Know our Team

Ivonne De Pascual:

Ivonne De Pascual, the founder of the Counseling Care Center, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey (#37PC004445000.) She is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and her Masters Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association of the Person-Centered Approach (ADPCA.)

In 2018, Ivonne was awarded the "Outstanding Professional Achievement in Community/Mental Health Counseling" by Montclair State University. That same year, the National Board for Certified Counselors awarded her "Special Recognition for the Dedicated Pursuit of Continuing Education" for exceeding 130 hours of continuing education for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification.

She specializes in group work as well as individual and couples sessions, helping people to believe in themselves, overcome addictions, self-destructive behavior and gaining healthy skills to rebuild their lives. Her extensive experience includes but it is not limited to substance abuse, anger management, depression, anxiety, sexual identity, co-dependency, self-esteem, domestic violence, women’s issues, grief and loss, trauma, and relationship and conflict resolution, and many other life stressors that block individuals from reaching their potential and fulfilling their purpose in life. She has extensive experience in facilitating group counseling sessions serving a reentry population from 2005 to 2013.

She has touched hundreds of lives with her warmth and genuine care for helping others to reach their potential and developing their inner strengths into positive action. Her passion for the counseling profession drove her to develop the vision of the Counseling Care Center, LLC. Her commitment to the counseling profession keeps her constantly involved in additional training. She is presently pursuing her Certification in Psychodrama and Souldrama, under the supervision of Connie Miller, International author, trainer and founder of the International Institute of Souldrama.

Ivonne loves working in private practice where she offers counseling services for individuals, families and couples. Her life mission in counseling is “Inspiring Lives…Healing Hearts.” If you are looking forward to engage in a journey of healing, self-discovery, and forming healthy relationships, join her so that she can help you to help yourself.

 

Joann Elliott:

JoAnn Elliott is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#37PC00438200) working, for the past 10 years, with adults, adolescents, couples and families. JoAnn helps her clients address evident and underlying issues to help them gain insight and skills to alleviate their distress and reach their full potential.

She treats depression, panic and anxiety, social anxiety, addictions, grief, stress, physical and sexual abuse and other trauma. JoAnn works with many couples and families for conflict management and other relationship issues and has exceptional therapeutic relationships with teens. She also works to help educate parents on interventions to be used at home with their children.

JoAnn received her Master’s Degree in Counseling, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the New Jersey Counseling Association, and is on the Board of the New Jersey Mental Health Counselors Association.
JoAnn is empathic and engaging with her clients and works with them at their own pace and level. Her utmost focus is in establishing true connections with the people she treats.


Amanda Shaw:

Amanda Shaw is a Licensed Social Worker (#44SL06180200). She is currently working as a School Social Worker in an Urban Elementary School with children ages 5-9. She has experience working as a Social Service Counselor with adolescents struggling with mental illness ages 13-18 years old. She has a passion for helping children and adults cope with difficulties and life challenge’s, resolve problems or conflicts, and enhance their quality of life. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and received her Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University. She has experience working with children and adults with varying clinical diagnoses which include but are not limited to: anger management, trauma, anxiety, grief counseling, ADHD, low self-esteem, and stress. Amanda recently completed a New York University’s Post Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Family Therapy. Amanda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers of New Jersey. She is genuinely dedicated to empowering her clients. She works hard to provide clients with a therapeutic environment where they feel safe, supported and confident as they address their problems.


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Maria Billings: 

Maria Billings is a Licensed Professional Counselor (#37PC00783300) in the state of New Jersey who works with all age groups of various cultural backgrounds experiencing a wide range of clinical diagnoses that affect mental health and well-being. Maria’s goal is to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to encourage awareness and create desired change. Maria places a strong emphasis on developing coping strategies and communication skills to assist individuals with managing life difficulties including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship issues, identity issues, etc. Maria uses a wellness approach while highlighting and encouraging clients’ strengths to work toward acceptance and positive personal growth. Her theoretical foundation includes Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Psychodynamic Theory.

Maria holds a national certification for counseling through the National Board of Certified Counselors and professional memberships with the American Counseling Association, New Jersey Counseling Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I am also a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society that recognizes her distinguished academic achievement. Maria has an Education Specialist (Ed.S) and Masters of Art degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from New York University in New York, New York. She is furthering her education with a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University. In addition to providing services at the Counseling Care Center, Maria is a college professor and lead counselor at a local college.

Maria is passionate about helping people realize their potential and empowers them to live their best life. She is looking forward to helping you on your path to wellness. 


Jaquie

Jaqueline Pecora:

Jacqui is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) (#37AC00525200) who strives to assist her clients in achieving their goals by creating a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. She graduated from Kean University with her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is looking to continue her education by obtaining her Doctorate in Psychology. While she spent most of her career working in psychiatric hospitals, she presently works as a therapist in a correctional facility primarily assisting adults. She has worked closely with individuals struggling with life’s daily obstacles, self-esteem, and trauma. Additionally, she has counseled individuals diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar I & II disorders.  

 Jacqui understands how intimidating and stigmatized therapy can be, especially making the decision to find a therapist who will best fit your needs. That is why Jacqui utilizes an eclectic approach towards therapy, as she believes not everyone will benefit from utilizing one therapeutic modality. Although flexible, Jacqui’s therapeutic roots are linked to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, believing our thinking influences our behavior. She uses this goal oriented approach to assist clients in identifying and challenging negative patterns of thinking to achieve desired goals and overall behavior.

  Are you tired of feeling like you are lost or stuck in the forest of life? Are you longing to create a healthier lifestyle?  If you are ready to make the change, Jacqui has the professional background, and the therapeutic approaches to help you be in charge of your life. 


Michael

Michael Brown:

Mike Brown is a Licensed Associate Counselor  (#37AC00498100) with experience working with adults in the many stages of finding one’s place in the world. Mike works from an existential humanistic approach with a focus on the power of the therapeutic alliance that is created in therapy. He believes that as a therapist, it is always a great honor to be chosen to walk along the path of change with someone else.

As human beings we are often confronted with difficulties that greatly impact how we live and interact with the world around us. The challenges of life can leave us feeling disconnected, lost, alone, or stuck in patterns that prevent us from growing towards our personal meaning. In his therapeutic approach, Mike believes that once a person can accept responsibility for being the agent of change in their own life, shifts can take place.

Mike received his Master’s in Counseling from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City.


Jasmine

Jasmine De La Paz:

Jasmine De La Paz is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of New Jersey (#37AC00575700) and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Jasmine studied at Montclair State University and received her Masters in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. She specializes in Children and Adolescents and works full time as a School Counselor at a PK-5 Elementary School in a Title 1 District. She is a member of the American Counselor Association (ACA) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Counseling gives Jasmine fulfillment and purpose. This profession is her calling and she couldn't imagine herself doing anything else. She has always had a strong desire to help others with life's day to day challenges. She prides herself on meeting her clients where they are and working as a team to achieve success. Her hope is to provide help to as many people as she can throughout her career. Jasmine’s theoretical orientation is eclectic; she often uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy but depending on client needs she will also implement play therapy or art therapy techniques. She is dedicated to becoming the best counselor she can be and looks forward to making a lasting and positive impact on the lives of others. 


Nina

Nina Yousef:

Nina is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor in New Jersey (# 37AC00551000). She possesses a Master of Arts in clinical mental counseling from Montclair State University, a CACREP-Accredited program, and graduated with Chi Sigma Iota. Nina believes to be both a helper and an ongoing learner to gain awareness of her clients’ worldview, identity, cultural competence, and personal goals. 

She provides clinical mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults, in various diagnoses and life stressors in areas such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias, bipolar disorders, trauma, grief and loss, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, adjustment disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder conduct and behavioral issues, anger issues, time-management, self-esteem and body image, bullying, relationship issues, infidelity and any emotional distress related to everyday stressors.

Nina utilizes an eclectic approach to psychotherapy due to her knowledge and experience that each client is unique when it comes to their personal identity development and experiences. One treatment does not work for everyone. Nina integrates different techniques and strategies from various theoretical approaches to counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Person-Centered- therapy (Rogerian therapy), Solution-focused, humanistic therapy, existential therapy, play therapy, and art therapy.  Nina believes it is crucial in building rapport and trust with clients to opt-in completing their treatment goals and return clients to the highest level of functioning. Post-treatment clients will continue the path of self-growth, discovery, and attained effective learned skills.  


Deisther

Deisther Munoz:

Deisther Munoz is a Licensed Associate Counselor (37AC00157900) in the State of New Jersey who has over 14 years of experience providing therapeutic care to a wide range of age groups of various cultural backgrounds that may be experiencing a wide range of clinical diagnoses that has been impacting an individual’s mental health and well-being. Deisther's goal is to create a supportive therapeutic setting that encourages growth in self-awareness, create an increased desire to change, and continually practice coping skills throughout their time in therapy.

Deisther utilizes a client centered/eclectic approach to accommodate everyone's unique individual's need during their therapeutic journey. She completed her Bachelors in Science in Psychology/Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Kean University and University of Medicine and Dentistry. She also received her Masters in Art from Fairleigh Dickinson in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her career, Deisther has worked in various psychiatric settings that included intensive outpatient programs, program of assertive community team and worked with various mental health disorders including co-occurring disorders, various psychiatric disorders, major depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders.

Deisther seeks to establish and create a healthy rapport that builds trust and support during their journey towards self discovery, self growth and to achieve a higher level of functioning in their everyday lives.

As a hispanic minority female, I understand the struggles and unique issues of cultural identity in the therapeutic environment.



AlanAlan Miller:

Alan Miller is a Licensed Associate Counselor for the state of New Jersey, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. After, many years of various life experiences, Alan wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives. One of his guiding principles in the treatment of clients is his emphasis on how GD plays a role in all our existence and can have a strong impact in developing goals and meaning.

The last few years, Alan has worked significantly and provided care with clients dealing with substance use disorders, anxiety and depression. Alan also works with his clients to address their other personal concerns which range from trauma, relationship conflicts, low self-worth, career concerns or transitions and difficult life changes and grief.

Alan utilizes a number of modalities in his approach to therapy, pulling from psychodynamic theory, Solution Based Focused Therapy, Logotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Alan’s goal is to create an environment for his clients to feel very safe, identify specific issues that need to be stabilized that can lead to develop short term goals for meaningful results.




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