Thank you for your interest. We hope you will find information on our background and expertise helpful in starting the therapeutic process.
Heather DiDomenico, LPC, BCPC, BCIM
Owner/Director, specializing in the solution focused treatment of children, adults, couples, families and athletes, with a clinical specialization in attachment, trauma, how brain development supports healing, and attuning to the whole athlete.
My clinical work focuses on individuals, couples and families struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, behavioral difficulties, high conflict, parent child conflict, life cycle issues, athletic performance issues, and life cycle changes (birth, aging, death). I strongly believe that although difficulties in life may exist; people are not broken. It is my privilege to work alongside our clients in discovering and learning to use unknown strengths and resources which lead to significant brain changes ultimately supporting definitive improvements in life, sport, and overall well being. I curiously search for the root function and key to solution for even the unhealthiest of behaviors in a warm, engaging and confidential therapeutic relationship which becomes the foundation for lasting change.
My educational background includes:
- Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Exercise Science from Rutgers University
- Master’s of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seton Hall University where I was honored to be a part of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society for Education
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Board Certified as a Professional Counselor (BCPC) from the American Psychotherapy Association
- Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM) from the American Association of Integrative Medicine
In addition to owning and directing Bridges Counseling for the past 9 years, my clinical experience spans across 18 years and includes:
- Therapeutic companion at Rutgers University for individuals seeking psychological support
- In-home and outpatient family therapist at Catholic Charities and Family Intervention Services working with DCPP and 150 of NJ’s most vulnerable families
- Individual and family clinician at Matheny Medical and Educational Center, working with severely disabled adults and their families
I also provide community education on attuning to the whole-child, parenting; serve as guest lecturer at Montclair State University presenting on the whole-brained approach to engaging families in the educational setting, and sit on the Editorial Review Board for the American Psychotherapy Association. Although I am rigorously committed to our work at Bridges Counseling, I am eternally devoted to my husband, two daughters, Codie, Sage (our pets) yoga, and writing my first book.
Patricia Wissen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers University.
My practice philosophy is rooted in the belief that all people have an inherent ability to heal. I have over 10 years of experience treating a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relational stress and have extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is a respected and research based treatment that uses the power of emotions to reduce conflict and create secure relationships. In addition, I am trained in family therapy, trauma, loss, and substance abuse. I am a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, New Jersey Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and National Association of Social Workers.
Susan Nemeth, LPC, LCADC
Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, MA in Counseling-Seton Hall University
I enjoy helping adult clients tap into their inner resources to overcome issues with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addictions to alcohol or drugs. I utilize a strength-based, solution-focused approach, firmly believing that clients already possess numerous tools that they can use to promote self-healing. Recognizing that “one size doesn’t fit all,” I also use cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques when appropriate. I have a special interest in utilizing equines in the counseling process and I am certified in equine assisted psychotherapy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, horseback riding, cycling, and practicing yoga.
Susan Costello, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the cognitive behavioral treatment of adults, children, adolescents, and spectrum disorders. Also holds a Certificate as a School Psychologist.
Educational Background Includes:
- MA in Child Development from Tufts University.
- Training /coursework for PhD in Child Clinical Psychology with the exception of the final thesis from Pennsylvania State University.
I have over 24 years of experience in working with adults, children and families in a variety of settings. I’ve worked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ as a mental health clinician working with children and families at University Behavioral Health Care and in the Early Intervention Program providing developmental intervention and family counseling. I’ve also served as a School Psychologist in Harmony Township, NJ and maintained a private practice in Cresskill, NJ. Prior to Bridges Counseling I worked as a Mental Health Consultant in southeastern Massachusetts.
Areas of specialization include:
- Autism-spectrum disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Mood disorders
Training / Experience in:
- Psychological and behavioral assessment
- Child play therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family systems therapy
- Parent training
- Social-skills group treatment for children
Jessica Jackson, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in child and adolescent mental and behavioral health using strengths based approach.
Originally from the Pocono Mountains, I obtained my Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania. I started my career working in home based wraparound behavioral health, working closely with children on the Autism spectrum and with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have experience working in residential treatment facilities with adolescents who have developmental delays and mental illness. Most recently, I gained experience working in the higher education system while working with young adult students. I believe that building on client strengths and meeting them “where they are” is an important approach to therapy and rapport building in the therapeutic relationship.
Elizabeth Karlinski, MS, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist, MS – Seton Hall University
Life presents us with many challenges and sometimes we need help to navigate our way through them. I believe that true courage lies in our ability to ask for help. I also believe in the power of connection. We all need and thrive in healthy and fulfilling relationships. My therapeutic goal is to create the safe environment necessary for my clients to face the challenges that threaten their relationships, well-being and quality of life.
I received a BA in psychology from The George Washington University, which helped me to develop an understanding of cognitive neuroscience as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. I then attended Seton Hall University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s of Science program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Throughout this program and in my prior work experience, I have been trained in clinical and multicultural competence in family and couple assessment and intervention as well as drug and alcohol assessment, diagnosis and counseling. My experience includes working with culturally diverse individuals, couples and families struggling with substance abuse, mental health disorders and trauma of all kinds. My approach to therapy is influenced by Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Affiliations: NJAMFT – Pre-Clinical Fellow Representative, Central Chapter. (Seeing Clients at Bedminster Office)
John Cerrato, LCADC
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor specializing in the treatment of adults, adolescents, families and couples struggling with addiction.
I have over 25 years of experience treating adults, adolescents and their families struggling with drug and alcohol dependency as well as other family and couples issues. I am one of the three founders in opening up and developing the Daytop-Mendham residential program where I currently serve as the Family Therapy Director. I also served in other critical leadership roles such as Clinical Director and Outpatient Director. I practice using a structural family therapy model which examines and addresses issues in family functioning that continue to support a problem. I help clients feel at ease while searching for solutions and positive behavior change in treatment. I am honored to have been named a Top Counselor in Mendham by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals (IAHCP). My personal interests include family and physical fitness.
Colette SanFelice, LPC, LCADC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
I enjoy helping people discover new ways of doing things. I believe that everybody can be given a new beginning and can benefit from a therapeutic relationship. I specialize in clinical work that focuses on adolescent females and issues regarding self esteem, self mutilative disorders and eating disorders. I am also skilled in working in substance abuse, anxiety, family and marital counseling, and working with young children of alcoholics and/or those dealing with the divorce of parents. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Additionally I’ve earned licenses as a Professional Counselor and an Alcohol/Drug Counselor. I have developed many programs over the years to help young girls through the ups and downs of life; including a nutritional wellness program at Daytop Treatment Center. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children and traveling as much as possible.
Suzanne DuFour MPS, ATR-BC
Masters of Professional Studies in Art Therapy with a specialization in Challenged Populations, Registered and Board Certified through the Art Therapy Credentials Board, Completed intermediate level training in Sandplay though a registered Sandplay Practitioner of the Sandplay Therapists of America
Many times is it difficult to express how a situation impacts your life. I feel that it is very important to support all ages and abilities. Providing a client with a safe, supportive space to explore and work through issues and concerns is one of the most important parts of the Art Therapy process. My specialty is using art to help clients express what might be too difficult for them to verbalize, and what they might not be able to talk about. Art can be a natural bridge of communication through visual imagery, and I am able to decipher symbolic imagery and help the client begin to process their experiences in a healthy and positive way.
My previous clients include individuals on the autistic and special needs spectrum (both adults and children), children, adolescents and teens who have experienced addiction, trauma, neglect, depression, physical and sexual abuse, children and women who are survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a residential hospital setting and with children in both public and private school settings.
Each population and age group has its own unique set of challenges and gifts when working with them. This is why it is very important to focus on building a trusting therapeutic relationship with each client and focusing on his or her story when creating goals and working with them. Each person is an individual and it is important for the Art Therapist to meet the client where they are ready to be in treatment.
Individuals do not need to have prior art experience or training in art to participate in Art Therapy. When the art materials are used it is to help the individual explore feelings and ideas that relate to the issues and or challenges a client faces. Art therapy does not focus on the end product but rather the process in which the artwork was created.
Christine Faccone, MA, EdS, LPC
MA- Counseling, Education Specialist, Licenced Professional Counselor
I take a holistic approach to counseling, empowering clients to focus on their strengths, and helping them identify the barriers keeping them from positive goals and healthy decisions. The client and I work together to develop coping skills specific to their needs; skills which can guide them through difficult times. Using evidenced based techniques, I help the client know and understand themselves better as it relates to unhealthy behaviors, and guide them as they work through their challenges.
I maintain my own life balance by practicing yoga, and I cultivate an ongoing interest in nutrition.
Experienced counsel for:
- Addiction issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Mood disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Attachment Issues
- Life Transitions
- Family dynamics
- Loss of Independence
- Caregiver Fatigue
Heather Hernandez, MA, MFT, CCLS
Marriage and Family Resident, MA- Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
I received my Master in Arts at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling at Nyack College, specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy. I hold a permit that allows me to work towards licensure, currently undergoing residency at Bridges Counseling under the supervision of Heather DiDomenico, LPC, BCPC, BCIM. I also work as a Certified Child Life Specialist that has counseled pediatric and adult populations throughout acute, chronic, and terminal diagnoses for 10+ years; my specialty is medical family therapy with a focus on palliative care and bereavement support. My developing clinical approach fosters an understanding of cultural and psycho-spiritual contexts, a passion for the family system, and a humanistic lens to promote health and emotional well-being. I believe in guiding individuals, couples, and families by uncovering their hidden strengths and resources for building healthier communication, self-esteem and identity, and overall ways of living throughout every season of life. My other interests lie in church community, Jewish culture, International relief work, and LGBT healthcare equality.
Graduate Intern in Marriage and Family
Trials in life come in all different ways, and I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families alike discover new ways to meet these challenges. My therapeutic approach revolves around systemic family therapy tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. This approach allows many clinical focuses to be addressed, such as anxiety, relational issues, child and family development, grief issues, and more. In addition, I am also currently undergoing residency at the Graduate Counseling Center at Nyack College.
Kristen Brinkman, Office Manager / Insurance Administrator
BA – Communications and Business, Pennsylvania State University.
From the first phone call to Bridges Counseling, I’m happy to work with clients to listen to their needs, determine any insurance benefits, explain how we operate, and match them with the appropriate therapist. I work directly with insurance companies, problem-solving when necessary, to create an easy, hassle-free experience. My goal is to thoroughly deal with all business related matters so that clients can focus on their important therapeutic work. My background includes marketing, sales, customer service, education and charitable fundraising.