Meet the Team

Tree of Life Counseling Center is a multi-specialty group private practice which utilizes a team approach as an important tool in providing specialized care. Our diverse practitioners bring individual, family, couple and group counseling.

 

We have adopted a collaborative approach with a strong emphasis on case consultation, team supervision and continuous clinician development. This allows us to focus on giving our clients the best therapy from the most qualified clinicians.

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Aly is a graduate of Georgian Court University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She is currently licensed to practice counseling in New Jersey (LPC), New York (LMHC), Florida (LMHC), and Arizona (LPC).  

 

She has been in the field for over 10 years in various settings and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults.  Aly's areas of specialty include but are not limited to: bereavement/grief, end of life, anxiety, mood related disorders, addiction, and marital and family issues. 

 

Aly utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities focusing primarily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which enables clients to recognize their own skill set.  Respecting that the therapeutic process can be a vulnerable experience, it is important to Aly that clients feel understood, appreciated and validated within each session.  Aly additionally has experience with grief and death and dying in which she uses Motivational Interviewing techniques to empower clients with difficult and advancing medical conditions to gain insight into their life values/goals now, and in the future as things may progress with their medical condition.

 

Through a non-directive and empathic therapeutic process, Aly works with clients to ensure that this is an environment in which they can feel empowered and motivated to fulfill their own potential.

Director

Aly Resnick, LMHC, LPC, ACS

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a NJ Certified School Counselor. I utilize an eclectic/integrative, humanistic, client centered, solution focused approach. I have experience with CBT and Trauma Focused CBT, EFT, Choice Theory, Motivational Interviewing and Narrative therapy. The bulk of my post Masters Training has been in Motivational Interviewing where I spent several years training with several of the leading MINT Trainers. I am consistently commended for my ability to partner with my clients, increasing motivation for change, while structuring the session by holding the focus using accurate empathy and cultivating change talk. 


I have extensive experience in both group and individual therapy with several different populations including those with issues related to Addictions and Long Term Recovery including dealing with secondary addictions and Adult Child (Developmental Trauma)issues; Aging, Advanced Illness, End of Life and Grief; Parenting, Reunification and Teen Issues; Employment Issues; Minority Issues including issues related to Race, Gender and Sexual Identity; as well as issues including but not limited to PTSD/ Complex PTSD anxiety and depression.


As a seasoned professional I am interested in using my strengths to empower the next generation of professionals to become more skilled in working with their clients. I am extremely, professional, highly ethical, and task oriented; I consider myself a true team player. My unique life experience and extensive training and supported by diverse work experience make me knowledgeable both educationally and experimentally. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss the ways in which I could bring my expertise and energy to your organization.

Clinical Director

Zenobia Lee-Briggs, LPC

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As a therapist, I want to help you improve your mind and body connection. Through a warm and collaborative approach, we will process your past to increase self awareness and get answers about the present. Together we will create more stability and balance within your life. I empower my clients to utilize the strengths they already possess to create healthier habits and thought patterns.


I have a strong working knowledge of issues related to addiction recovery, trauma and co occurring disorders. I have my masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I have worked with all ages and utilize an eclectic approach of evidenced based practices. My therapy practice encompasses solution focused and mindfulness approaches.

It is my belief that all people are worthy of respect and understanding and I hope to provide you with this in our work together.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lauren Simicich, LCSW, LCADC

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Most of my professional career I have spent working in hospitals with people struggling with severe and chronic mental illness as well as co-occurring addiction. During this time, I have met many unique and incredible people with astounding resiliency. The main issues I have become experienced with have ranged from depression and anxiety, to trauma, to supporting working professionals in adjusting to major life changes. In recent years, I have narrowed my focus to the treatment of PTSD, trauma, bereavement, and finding meaning and purpose in one's life.

Due to working in community mental healthcare, I have had the opportunity to grow my knowledge in areas such as gang involvement, prostitution, and homelessness as well as the ability to assist working professionals in adjusting to life issues such as divorce and infidelity, relationship issues, and career advancement.

In addition to individual sessions with adults, I am available to meet with children, adolescents, and geriatric/older adults. Aside from individual sessions, I am able to meet with couples and families and am an experienced group facilitator as well.

Mental Health Counselor

Angela Fahmy, LPC

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Going through a major life change? Feel like you're not good enough? Whether it be graduating from middle school or high school or applying to colleges, to beginning your first job or quitting a job to pursue your dreams, I have been there. From school, job searching, relationships, and motherhood I have been there. Whenever change is happening, whether good or bad, planned or unplanned, it can be overwhelming and it's no secret that life is tough sometimes.

Having someone to talk to without fear of judgment or embarrassment will help make whatever you are going through less overwhelming. I can be that someone. I can help you go through life with less anxiety, fear and insecurity. I can help you gain the confidence, increase your self-esteem and help you overcome whatever life stressors you may have.

I offer in-person and online therapy to help fit into your busy lifestyle.

Licensed Social Worker

Lena Suarez-Angelino, LCSW

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Sarah is an LCSW in both New York State and New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and her master's degree in social work from Fordham University.

 

Sarah has over 10 years of experience working with clients in a variety of settings, including the foster care system, in-home therapy, schools, residential treatment facilities, and hospice. She has spent the majority of her career working with youth and families but as also spent a great deal of time working with adults.

 

Sarah understands the collaborative nature of the counseling relationship and while she is trained in methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, every interaction is tailored to each individual client to meet their needs.

 

Sarah's areas of expertise include women's issues related to pregnancy, fertility struggles, prenatal anxiety, and postpartum issues. She also specializes in bereavement / grief, end-of-life, anxiety, marital and family issues, and stress reduction-among others.

 

Sarah's approach to therapy is open, collaborative, non-judgmental, and transparent. She values each interaction with her clients and will meet you where you are and move at a pace that is comfortable for you to help you best reach your therapeutic goals.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sarah Phillips, LCSW

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Christie earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tulane University and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New Jersey.

 

Christie’s clinical training has allowed her the opportunity to work with a variety of populations. Her past experience includes work with individuals and families impacted by mental illness in a community-based setting. Additionally, she has counseled elementary and high school students, addressing both social and emotional needs within the academic setting.

 

 

Currently, Christie’s work in private practice involves individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. Her clients present with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, difficulty with identity development, and relational stress. Christie takes a holistic approach to psychotherapy, integrating psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral principles in her work. She also often uses psychoeducation and feels that educating clients about their symptoms is imperative in taking steps toward change.  

 

Christie believes the most important component of therapy is providing a warm and accepting environment in which clients can process and grow. She recognizes that all humans have unique strengths and have the ability to make positive change, and she strives to help her clients believe the same.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Christie Andolena, LCSW

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialty in working with children and adolescents, though I have also enjoyed working with adults and seniors in both group and individualized settings.

 

I have experience with individuals with a wide range of needs, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, gender identity, substance abuse, family issues and other mood related disorders.

I enjoy taking an eclectic approach to therapy, allowing for me to conduct an individualized, client centered approach with a concentration on dialectical behavioral therapy, family roles and positive psychology.

 

I believe a genuine authenticity can help clients to feel accepted, valued, validated and empowered to reach their full potential and achieve their personal goals.

Mental Health Counselor

Lyndsey Buludis, LPC

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Change is possible. Three of the most powerful words we can all learn to live by and put into action. I believe we are all made as resilient humans, and resilience makes us capable of achieving more than what we may tell ourselves at times. My passion to help others and educational background allows me the privilege to embark on the process of change with those who seek a safe therapeutic environment.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University and my Masters of Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration in health, mental health, and disabilities. I have since received my License in Clinical Social Work and a License In Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

 

I apply multiple therapeutic techniques, but am mainly driven by the Strengths Based Perspective and am Solution Focused in practice. I specialize with young adults and have experience working with a variety of populations including those suffering from chronic mental illness and PTSD and will frequently apply motivational interviewing to help my clients recognize, set, and achieve their treatment goals. Change is possible, and I look forward to working with you! 

Clinical Social Worker/ Addictions Counselor

Alexandra Miller, LCSW, LCADC

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At the end of each day, I reflect on this mantra- we are all just people who possess our own unique set of challenges. We all deserve to have support, helpful insights, and compassion as we learn how to cope and navigate through our circumstances. This belief has founded the way I practice and my therapeutic approach.

 

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Social Work from Monmouth University. I have since received my License in Clinical Social Work and it is an absolute honor to help those who seek self-improvement and wellness. I use multiple methods in my therapeutic approach, but primarily use the Strengths Based Perspective and am  Solution Focused to help each client achieve the treatment goals set. I also believe in using motivational interviewing, and frequently incorporate this method in session.

 

I have experience working with a variety of populations, but specialize with young adults, adults, and senior citizens who struggle with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The benefits of receiving therapy and embracing this form of self-care can improve overall quality of life. The bottom line- you’re worth it! Thank you for reading about my background and methods. I look forward to working with you! 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Christine Isaac, LCSW

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. I use evidence-based therapies and techniques in Motivational interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also incorporate client-centered and strength-based approaches to help and empower people, so that they can improve their quality of life. I have worked with a range of people from teenagers to adults/seniors with varying difficulties i.e. grief and loss, end of life issues, substance dependence/addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, anger management, and self-esteem.

Teens who participate in daily sports and exercise activities are less likely to transition from opioid pain reliever use to heroin, according to research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and published today in Pediatrics.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jimmy Passe,  MAEdS,  LPC, LCADC, NCC, CCS

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Some consider putting others before your own needs a weakness but I consider this a strength.  I believe boundaries are just as important as self-care and my main priority is putting my clients first.  My passion is working with children and families but I also enjoy working with adults and in groups.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work through Stockton University and my Masters of Social Work with a track in clinical practice with families and children through Monmouth University.  After graduating I was able to pursue and obtain my License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in New Jersey.  

 

Prior to working in private practice I had 5 years experience working in home therapy, truly getting to know my clients, their families, and home lives.  This background has helped shape my client focused strengths based practice that I utilize with my clients today at Tree of Life Counseling and Wellness Center.  It is important that my clients understand that they are an essential part of their treatment goals.  I have experience with anxiety, depression, grief, family conflict, bereavement and stress/time management.  

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Stephanie Fegan, LCSW

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Jenna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor whose background includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families in both school and community mental health settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honors from Rutgers University and Masters of Science from Monmouth University, where she was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, the National Honor Society for Counseling Students and Professionals. Her studies focused on crisis intervention and counseling with a concentration in suicide awareness. She is also a certified NJ Student Assistance Coordinator and School Counselor. Jenna specializes in working with young adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, mood changes, and adjustment-related difficulties, along with family and work stressors. She also has experience working with clients experiencing grief and trauma.  Jenna’s approach to counseling draws from Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered therapies along with evidence-based techniques. Jenna takes a client-centered approach to therapy; a collaborative relationship to formulate realistic goals with accessible strategies that the individual client can apply in their life. She works to establish a space of warmth and acceptance to support clients while they resolve their difficulties and rediscover their strengths.  

Licensed Professional Counselor

Jenna Ruditsky, MS, Ed, LPC, SAC, NCC

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Tree of Life Counseling and Wellness Center, LLC

303 West Main Street, Suite 350

Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Phone: 732-393-8391
Fax: 732-308-4500

We are open 6 days a week. We offer morning, daytime, and evening appointments. Your therapist will work with you to best accommodate your need.

Contact us to make an appointment by email or phone. 

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