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INTENSIVE IN COMMUNITY CLINICIANS (IIC for youth ages 3 - 21)
Teresa Buxton, MSW, LCSW Ms. Buxton received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Community Services from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She obtained her Master Of Social Work from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and holds a post-graduate clinical certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory. Ms. Buxton has over 25 years of experience working with children and adolescents with behavioral health needs in correctional, educational, and community settings. Her treatment areas of specialization/interest include working with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-injury, abuse, and other traumatic experiences. Ms. Buxton also has experience working with youth presenting with aggressive, oppositional, and abusive behavior. Ms. Buxton takes a trauma informed, strength-based, and client centered approach to counseling.
Kelly Coppola, MSW, LSW Kelly graduated with her Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2002 and became a licensed social worker that same year. Kelly is currently a social worker with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission where she works in a residential & work force community program with incarcerated young men who are high school graduates. She has also worked with female juvenile offenders. Kelly's passion for social work began while working at an alternative school with at risk youth. She gained mental health experience while working with adults at Oaks Integrated Care (formerly Family Service of Burlington County), adults with developmental disorders at Willow Glen Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ, and with adolescents at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro, NJ. Kelly is a true advocate for her clients and enjoys her work with at risk youth.
Alice Garcia, LCSW, DSW (Bilingual in English/Spanish) Dr. Garcia received her doctorate in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University in 2015. She started working in the mental health field in 1991 at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton New Jersey after receiving her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked on the adult mental health unit for 7 years and then in the psychiatric screening center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for another 14 years. Dr. Garcia began her work in the correctional setting in 1997 in the psychology department at New Jersey State Prison. Her move to the Juvenile Justice System occurred in 2001. Within the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), she began work as a clinician, became a supervisor in the most secure care facility, and in 2011 became the Supervisor of the Rehabilitative and Treatment Services Unit for the Commission.
Dr. Garcia’s interest in trauma began with her work at New Jersey State Prison. The inmates felt comfortable speaking to her about their trauma and for some it was the first time that they had spoke about the multiple traumas which many had experienced. This was overwhelming at times as the depth of their traumas were severe. Her interest in trauma continued as she worked both with the juveniles in the Juvenile Justice Commission and with Spanish speaking immigrants in the urban areas of New Jersey providing both needs assessment and individual counseling through the Children’s System of Care. She has been providing in home services primarily to Spanish speaking families for the last 9 years.
Chandra Medina Ramos, MSW, LCSW ( Bilingual in English/Spanish) Chandra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has over ten years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, families, and adults in New Jersey. In 2009, she earned her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She has provided services to English and Spanish speaking clients in their homes and an inpatient setting, and she incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused approaches. Chandra excels in parent-child problems and improving parental confidence and ability to foster positive change within the family. Chandra is extremely passionate about helping others improve their quality of life. Chandra is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Chad Mitchell, MSW, LSW Chad graduated with his master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University and is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is currently a Therapist within the Division of Developmental Disabilities where he works in a residential program with adolescents with developmental disabilities. Over the course of his career, he has worked in various levels of care and settings within the healthcare system.
Chad has had the opportunity to work with clients with a wide range of mental health issues and from many unique and diverse backgrounds. He has interest and experience working with clients who deal with intellectual disabilities, as well as anxiety-related disorders (GAD, OCD, panic & social anxiety) and conduct disorders. No single modality predominates his practice and he believes that each person requires a therapeutic approach tailored to meet their specific needs. Chad has also worked as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant where he has gained extensive experience with the development and implementation of behavior modification techniques and he is currently working towards Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Marissa Gibbons Toth, MSW, LCSW (IIC) Marissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the mental health field for 15 years. In 2009, she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University before receiving her Clinical License two years later. Marissa worked as a social worker for 10 years at the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. She has since worked in private practice at Holistic Behavioral Solutions for the past five years. She enjoys using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused, and Family Systems therapies. Marissa has experience working in the home, in residential treatment centers, and private practice.
OUTPATIENT CLINICIANS (ages 7 to 65) Allyce Baron, MA, LPC, ACS Allyce is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience working with individuals and families. Allyce has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and complex trauma. She has worked in an acute care facility for 10 years. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has begun working from home, providing telehealth services in private practice. Allyce has extensive experience working with healthcare workers, law enforcement, and retired and active duty military personnel and families. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques with an emphasis on Solution Focused, Psycho-dynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Dialectic therapies. Allyce's experience and commitment to helping people reach their full potential is what makes her an asset to the Emerge team.
Pamela Kawano, Psy.D. (Bilingual in English/Spanish) Dr. Kawano is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New Jersey and New York. She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degrees from California Lutheran University, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Orange County. Dr. Kawano completed both her pre & post doctoral training with University Behavioral Healthcare with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where she is presently employed full time as a forensic clinician. She has previously worked in inpatient facilities, outpatient community mental health, pediatric oncology, juvenile corrections, and collaborative experience with those involved with probation and the court system. Dr. Kawano is bilingual in English and Spanish.
While she has worked with various populations, she specializes in working with adolescents and young adults that struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, and other sources of distress (i.e. relational issues, life transitions, grief/loss). She utilizes various therapeutic approaches, but is not limited to: mindfulness therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, schema therapy, attachment-based therapy, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR).
Dr. Kawano strives to provide clients with the opportunity to share and have their unique emotional and personal life experiences validated. She believes the therapeutic relationship is pivotal in the treatment response of clients. Her goal for clients is to help them see their issues in an expanded framework, help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves, examine how early life and present experiences and situations potentially contribute to deeply embedded ways of thinking and behaving, and understand how cultural factors and temperament may contribute to distress.
Bridget Taylor, MSW, LCSW Bridget graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from Lock Haven University in 2000. Her social work experience includes working with children and families, at risk adolescents, hospitalized, maternal health, primary care and pediatric Health and long-term care patients. She received her Master’s in Social work in 2013 specializing in maternal health and postpartum depression treatment. Bridget has worked with a variety of populations including, residential, grant funded youth programs, subacute and long-term care facilities, hospital, outpatient social worker, program supervisor, and outpatient therapist. Bridget has a passion for engaging with clients to work towards their goals of wellness. Bridget specializes in solution focused treatment, mindfulness, trauma informed care, high risk adolescent treatment and special needs parenting.
Vanessa Tortoreto, MSW, LCSW Vanessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescents with trauma and behavioral challenges. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor's degree in Childhood Studies and a Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in children and mental health. She previously served as a social worker with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission working with both male and female clients, and with at-risk pregnant and postpartum teens dealing with issues of depression and anxiety. She is currently an outpatient social worker with the Osborn Family Health Center in Camden, NJ. Vanessa is a member of the Trauma Informed Care Committee and an avid practitioner of mindfulness.
Marissa Gibbons Toth, MSW, LCSW Marissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the mental health field for 15 years. In 2009, she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University before receiving her Clinical License two years later. Marissa worked as a social worker for 10 years at the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. She has since worked in private practice at Holistic Behavioral Solutions for the past five years. She enjoys using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused, and Family Systems therapies. Marissa has experience working in the home, in residential treatment centers, and private practice.