Our Team

We accompany you and/or your family through transformation in an emotionally enriching space. We understand the vastness of the human experience and embrace the honor to teach and lead in the beautiful unfolding of growth.

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Heather DiDomenico, LPC
Owner and Director of Bridges Counseling
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Seton Hall University

  • B.S. Exercise Science/B.S. Psychology, Rutgers University, Douglass Women's College ​

  • Specialties:  

- Relationships (Relational Life Therapy)

- Children and Trauma

Heather focuses on the solution focused treatment of 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). Her clinical experience spans across 25+ years and includes being a Therapeutic companion,  In-home and outpatient family therapist, and Clinician working with severely disabled adults and their families. She is also an experienced Guest Speaker and provides community education on attuning to the whole-child, parenting, and marriage.  She serves as guest lecturer at Montclair State University presenting on the whole-brained approach to engaging families in the educational setting and sits on the Editorial Review Board for the American Psychotherapy Association.

 

“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. Although I am rigorously committed to my work at Bridges Counseling, I am eternally devoted to my husband, two daughters, Codie, Sage (our pets) yoga, and writing my first book.”

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Susan Costello, LPC 
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified School Psychologist
  • MA: Child Development - Tufts University

  • Coursework for PhD in Child Clinical Psychology - Pennsylvania State University

  • Specialties: 
    - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    - Spectrum Disorders
    - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    - Mood Disorders

  • Additional Training / Experience: 
    - Child Play Therapy
    - Psychological and Behavioral Assessment
    - Family Systems Therapy
    - Parent Training
    - Social-skills group treatment for children

Susan has over 25 years of experience in working with adults, children and families in a variety of settings. She’s 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. She served as a School Psychologist in Harmony Township, NJ and maintained a private practice in Cresskill, NJ as well as worked as a Mental Health Consultant in southeastern Massachusetts. 

 

“I use a strengths-based approach with the aim of helping families and children to build confidence, while improving their communication and self-regulation skills.”

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Tracey Bauer, LMFT, MA  
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • MA: Psychological Services - Kean University

  • BA: Psychology - East Carolina University

  • Specialties: 
    - Solution Focused Family Therapy
    - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Tracey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in an outpatient setting with children and adolescents, individuals, families, and couples addressing a variety of presenting problems. She is passionate about working with a wide variety of clients to manage behavioral issues, impulse control, depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, parenting, and relationship issues. 

 

“I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that helps client’s reach their own desired center of health. The tools and techniques I use are unique to the client’s needs, as I place importance on meeting the client where they are and joining them on their journey. The therapeutic process starts with creating a safe and comfortable environment where barriers to healthy living are addressed.”

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Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

International Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor

John Cerrato, LCADC, ICADC   

John has over 30 years of experience treating adults, adolescents and their families struggling with drug and alcohol dependency as well as other family and couples issues.  He is one of the three founders in opening up and developing the Daytop-Mendham residential program where he served as the Family Therapy Director.  He 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 also currently working at High Focus Centers with Adult and Adolescent Co-occurring populations, and I am honored to have been named a Top Counselor in Mendham by the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP).  My personal interests include family and physical fitness.” 

  • Specialties: 
    - Addiction
    - Substance Abuse

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Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Colette SanFelice, LPC, LCADC   
  • MA: Clinical Counseling - Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • BS: Psychology - Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • Specialties: 
    - Adolescent Females
    - Adults
    - Substance Abuse

Colette specializes in clinical work that focuses on adolescent females and issues regarding self-esteem, self-mutilative disorders and eating disorders. She is 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. She has developed many programs over the years to help young girls through the ups and downsof life; including a nutritional wellness program at Daytop Treatment Center. 

 

“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. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children and traveling as much as possible”

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Sara Klejmont, LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • MA: Social Work - Monmouth University

  • BA: Psychology - Monmouth University

I have over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, special education needs, depression, family conflict and various  life adjustments. I enjoy starting where the client is, and working to create individualized sessions tailored to their unique needs. My approach is solution focused, and cognitive behavioral. I also enjoy incorporating mindfulness into sessions, while I empower my clients to become the best versions of themselves. As a lifelong learner, I have completed classes to be an educational supervisor, as well as supervisor to social workers. I am also an adjunct Professor at William Paterson University in the Special Education/Counseling department teaching classes under the Disabilities studies minor, and I currently work in a school for children with disabilities.

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Jonathan "JC" Carvajal

Inner Leadership Coach and Creator of Win From Within

  • Specialties: 
    - Parent Coaching
    - Teen mentorship
    - Mental performance for athletes and executives

Jonathan "JC" Carvajal is an Inner Leadership Coach and creator of Win From Within, a lifestyle approach that teaches clients how to win where it matters most. Through the Win From Within framework, JC guides parents, teenagers, athletes and executives in sustaining the transformation necessary to become engaging and inspiring leaders in life's most important relationships.

JC believes we are all leaders - at home with family, on our work teams, on the field, and in our communities - who want to live with greater motivation, drive and connection.  In a process of mutual development, JC guides clients in building strong foundations and consistent life practices that nurture those foundations and increase the quality of the relationships that matter most.  

“I believe in the spirit and power of mutually supportive relationships which prepare us for life’s most challenging moments. I believe that within each of us is a desire for greater clarity, energy, purpose and connection.  When we "Win From Within" mutually supportive relationships, we achieve the happiness and fulfillment we desire.”

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Office Manager

Kristen Brinkman
  • BA: Communications and Business - Pennsylvania State University

  • Specialties: 
    - Intake
    - Insurance
    - Billing
    - Admin
    - Marketing

From the first phone call to Bridges Counseling, Kristen is happy to work with clients to listen to their needs, determine any insurance benefits, explain how we operate, and match them with an appropriate therapist. She works directly with insurance companies, problem-solving when necessary, to create an easy, hassle-free experience. Her background includes marketing, sales, customer service, education and charitable fundraising.  

 

“Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to call a therapist, and my goal is to make the process as easy as possible with a friendly, down to earth approach.  I truly enjoy talking with clients to understand their concerns and feel good about being able to assist in getting them the help they need while taking away some of their workload  administratively.  I aim to provide efficient, professional customer service and am always available to answer questions or act on a client’s behalf regarding insurance.” 

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Lauren Brinkman 

Social Media Manager and Co-Marketing Creator

After graduating from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Theatre and Music, I dove deeper into the world of social media, marketing, and design. With my experience as a Social Media Manager at two previous companies, I felt I could help Bridges Counseling tell their story-- help share, inspire, and motivate their followers & clients. As a writer and graphic design artist, I believe it is so important to deliver a story both within the content and aesthetic. I'm so happy to be a part of Bridges Counseling's story.