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Meet our caring and compassionate consultants.

Management

Katherine Sheldon – Owner/Director, MS, MBA

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Team development, goal setting and programming coupled with belief in helping others by providing healing, growth and support for emotional well-being in individuals led Katherine Sheldon to create and build Prasada In Home in 2015. Katherine has 12 years of experience working in the Children’s System of Care in Care Management and over 20 years management experience building teams, improving programs and ensuring quality services. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and completed her MBA in Healthcare Management providing her greater expertise and knowledge in the ever changing healthcare climate. She has also authored a number of online articles for Families.com, American Adoptions, Our Everyday Life.com and E-how.com speaking on topics of Adoption, ADHD, Parenting, Relationships and Nutrition. She believes that “Everyone is meant to have the life they envision and Prasada leads them to that path”.

Mary Beth McDonald – Clinical Supervisor, LPC, LCADC, ACS

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Mary Beth McDonald, a Licensed Mental Health and Addictions Counselor, has been providing services to youth and adults for the last 30 years in a variety of clinical settings, utilizing evidence based practices in individual, family and group counseling. Ms. McDonald is also a Nationally Certified Supervisor. With an understanding that each person presents with unique issues, her clinical strength is her ability to see the individual’s needs, strengths and potential and adapt her counseling style to the needs of the individual. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals who present with bereavement, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, addiction, trauma related issues, and oppositional behavior. In her capacity as a Clinical Supervisor, she applies and imparts her knowledge, compassion and clinical skills to her supervisees, enabling them to develop their own style of counseling.

Intensive In Home Therapists

Alex Gitter, MS, MEd, LAC, NCC

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Alex Gitter is a Licensed Associate Counselor with a Master of Education in Professional Counseling from William Paterson University and a Master of Science in Child Clinical Psychology from Penn State University. Over the past 20 years, Alex has worked in a variety of clinical and community settings as a clinician, program developer and evaluator, supervisor, instructor, and researcher. As a clinician, Alex counsels children, adolescents, adults, and families using individual, family, and group therapy modalities. She works with a range of clinical presentations, including intellectual and developmental delays, anxiety, depression, attention and behavioral challenges, trauma, and autism spectrum disorders.

David Rodiguez, LCSW – Bilingual Spanish

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David has been a resident of Bergen county for the past 17 years. He’s attended school in one of the state’s most well-funded areas for special education services. As a result, David has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities as a youth, and later as an adult case manager after graduating from Rutgers in 2010 with an MSW. As an LSW, David has worked with a variety of youths, male and female, including those on the ASD spectrum. He has extensive experience with oppositional children, parent coaching and employing ABA techniques including token economies and behavior modification. David works with a youth’s entire circle of support, reaching out to schools, parents and case managers for comprehensive services.

Laura Michel, LCSW

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Laura Michel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Laura has over 10 years of experience working in the area of mental health and addiction treatment. Laura has experience with modalities including individual, family, couples, and group therapy in a variety of settings, such as in community mental health centers, outpatient and residential substance abuse programs, supportive housing, long-term psychiatric hospital, and in-home counseling. Laura uses a variety of models, techniques, and interventions to assist clients based on the specific needs and goals of each individual. These include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, art, music, mindfulness, and meditation. Laura is also a certified yoga instructor. Laura has extensive training and experience working with individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders, PTSD, anger management, depression, and anxiety.

Jennifer Figliolino, LSW

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Jennifer is a licensed social worker who has worked closely with developmentally disabled youth and young adults, as well as at-risk youth who face social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Through compassionate delivery of evidence-based practice, Jennifer educates and empowers individuals so they may come to know their strengths, understand their weaknesses, make use of resources, overcome challenges, and build self-esteem as they move toward realizing their full potential. As a parent of two young adults, Jennifer blends life experience with acquired knowledge to cultivate an insightful professional perspective.

Holly Selepouchin, MSW, LCSW

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Holly Selepouchin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a concentration with high risk youth. She attended Richard Stockton College and graduated with her B.S. in social work and went off to graduate from the University of Denver with her Masters of Social Work. Since then, Holly has been working with youth and their families to help develop skills to effectively communicate and function in society. She has used interventions such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT ) which include mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, conflict resolution and distress tolerance. With a focus on strengths based perspective, she is able to help provide and teach effective skills they will have the confidence and abilities to apply during stressful and overwhelming moments in their lives.

Cindy Harvey, LCSW

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Cindy has always been very interested in helping others and working with children. While earning her BA in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, she was very involved in community service as a Big Sister to a local girl for 3 years, and interned at both an adolescent shelter and Project HeadStart. While pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University, she interned as a therapist providing outpatient counseling to children, adolescents and families. Cindy has worked as both a mental health counselor and family clinician on an inpatient child and adolescent unit, and as an inner-city school social worker. She particularly enjoys utilizing play therapy, art therapy, behavior modification techniques, and family systems theory in working with children and families.

Britney Adams, LSW

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Britney Adams is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Delaware State university. Her passion is working with youth and adults in a variety of areas such as mental health, trauma focused interventions, depression, behavioral issues, anxiety, anger management, adjustment disorder and more. Some of her techniques and interventions include motivational interviewing, strength-based perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation techniques and behavioral conflict resolution. Her interventions are tailored to everyone based on their specific needs. Britney helps individuals improve the way they address day to day challenges in order to function effectively in society.

Valerie Panny, LSW

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Valerie Panny has been working with the Children’s system of Care for the past 2 years. She is a licensed social worker and is currently working on her LCSW. Prior to working with CSOC she has worked with adults and families in the hospital setting, rehab and home care environments.

Valerie began her work with youth at Unlocked Potential and initially the with DDD and autistic population. She often utilizes play therapy, social stories and family systems counseling when working with these youth and families. Valerie also utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and the Wellness Model from Mary Ellen Copeland when working with youth experiencing depression or bipolar disorder.

She has found that solution focused therapy can be effective with some families as well as role playing as a technique with parents and caregivers when children are struggling with ADHD and ODD. Valerie is trained in Nurtured Heart and finds that this approach can also benefit many youths and parents at home struggling with aggression and emotional regulation. Valerie enjoys her work with youth and families and hopes to continue this work as a full-time therapist eventually once she receives her LCSW.

Nancy Bodnar, MSW, LCSW

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Nancy Bodnar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree at the Hunter College School of Social Work in Manhattan (Clinical tract, specializing in children and family therapy). Her professional experience has been in both private practice and outpatient hospital settings. Nancy specializes in working to empower her clients, both children and adults, as well as their families, who may be experiencing relational or other obstacles, which may include loss, mood disorders, anxiety, panic, self-esteem issue, cultural diversity, and sexual orientation.

Irene Garcia, LCSW

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Irene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specialized in the mental health and addictions field. Irene has a master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a concentration in children and families. Irene’s undergraduate degrees consist of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Rehabilitation/Psychology. Irene has experience in healthcare, school settings, child welfare, inpatient hospitals, crisis intervention, and has worked as a liaison and instructor with social work students in the Bachelor and master’s level programs. Irene has also worked as a supervisor in a supportive housing outreach team. Irene utilizes evidence-based interventions in which she utilizes techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, social skills training, psycho education, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and coping skills.

Behavioral Assistants:

Asanta McKenzie

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My name is Asanta McKenzie. I am a graduate of Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ. I have been working with youth since 2015 starting as an art teacher. Since then, I have moved into behavioral care working with youths in the community. My hobbies include DIY art projects, running, and baking. I have a passion for the work that we do and am in pursuit of working with families and youths as a professional licensed therapist in the future.

Melissa Marin BA

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Melissa graduated from Monmouth University with a BA in Psychology in 2019 and has 3 years of experience in the mental health field. Her passion for working with children began in high school and decided to include working with children as her career goal. She was able to minor in Childhood Studies and Criminal Justice to broaden her knowledge on how to help children with their needs and goals. Melissa had experience working with Mental Health and Substance Abuse from her previous job, working with adults who were currently or were homeless at one point or another. She has also gained experience interning for a music therapy and rehabilitation center where she was able to learn and implement techniques that included music that helped clients from a variety of ages improve their individual rehabilitation plans. Melissa decided to take the next step to work with the younger population by becoming a Behavioral Assistant and eventually going for her License in Professional Counseling.

Caitlyn McCormack BA

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Hello! My name is Caitlyn McCormack and I am a recent graduate from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. I majored in English as well as psychology with a concentration in applied clinical science. Through the concentration, I was able to intern at various places, including ACES Mill Elementary School. Interning at ACES was when I truly realized my passion for working with children. ACES was an alternative school for children with behavioral and emotional disorders and being able to guide and teach them was incredibly rewarding. During my senior year of college, I worked at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, CT. Wakeman is a place for at-risk youth to go after school where I served as a mentor for a lot of students, especially those who were in elementary and middle school. I was able to guide and support them in any way they needed. Working at Wakeman allowed me to really make a difference in children’s lives, and there is nothing more rewarding than that! Besides my experience, I am an avid reader, I love art and dogs, and most of all, I love a good Disney movie!