Katherine Sheldon – Owner/Director, MS, MBA
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
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
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.
Patricia Palko MA, LAC
Patricia Palko is a Licensed Associate Counselor as well as a Certified School Counselor with over ten years of professional experience providing mental health services in community, educational, as well as clinical settings to children, adolescents, and their families within Northern NJ.Patricia firmly believes that in order for behavioral health service outcomes to be successful, working collaboratively as a team will promote carryover and follow-through across all realms of treatment.Patricia utilizes therapeutic interventions that are evidenced-based within the models of CBT, with an emphasis in Solution-Focused Brief Treatment. Patricia also practices Person-Centered and Family Systems therapies due to beliefs centered around the family being an integral part in the treatment plan and overall progress of the youth. Patricia provides therapeutic and behavioral intervention services to children and adolescents diagnosed with depression and mood disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, and those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. She has also provided parent training and support services as well as family therapy for families undergoing post-trauma, substance and/or alcohol usage and abuse.
Lastly, Patricia currently resides in Sussex County and is passionate about special needs advocacy and rights within Special Education. Patricia has undergone training in ABA, DIR-Floortime, Mindfulness, DBT, Yoga/Meditation, IEP education, and can implement basic ASL. Patricia’s ultimate goal is to obtain her LPC and continue working with children, adolescents, and their families within the Sussex County Community.
David Rodiguez, LCSW – Bilingual Spanish
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.
Angela Fucci, LSW
Angela is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania who works with children, adolescents and teens using eclectic approaches tailored to the unique needs of each new client. Angela has over 10 years of experience in a broad variety of settings, including work within the child welfare system, work with the senior citizen community and work as a mobile therapist with the delivery of therapeutic interventions across client home, school and community settings.
Her areas of expertise include:
- Behavior Interventions including those based on principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism spectrum disorder or related concerns
- Children and adolescents with behavioral issues and difficulty with social and emotional functioning
- Anxiety, depression, and anger management
- Phase-of-life changes, grief, and loss
- Life stressors and empowerment
Angela graduated from Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in Social Behavioral Science and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Angela is currently pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is seeking training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She is also certified in the Nurturing Parenting Having completed courses in creative and expressive writing, she incorporates writing and art into the therapeutic process when a client is interested in those expressive outlets.
Laura Michel, LCSW
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
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.
Nurturing Parenting Parent Coach
GAIL ROFFE, LSW
Gail Roffe is a strengths based, culturally sensitive clinician committed to creating a compassionate culture of care so that families may learn the skills and tools they need to enjoy the quality of life they deserve. A graduate of Columbia University, Gail has many years of Clinical and Case Management experience working with children and families impacted by mental health issues, family conflict, domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, school avoidance, bereavement, and behavioral challenges. She is trained in the Nurturing Parent Program and has a variety of clinical techniques to coach parents wanting to learn strategies for helping their child to manage or improve symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, and behavioral disorders. With a warm and gentle demeanor, Gail has been successful in engaging both children and adults in working together to move their lives forward in a manner that fosters hope and creates calm. She has 10+ years of Professional experience working with both children and adults through the Mental Health, Non-Profit, and Education sectors and over 25 years of combined volunteer experience facilitating children’s programming, working with parent groups and organizations, and helping families to build resiliency and achieve goals.
Melissa Huelbig, BA
Melissa Huelbig has always had a passion for working with and helping children. At a young age she was the town sitter which sparked her interest to become a daycare teacher for over ten years. While pursuing her Bachelors in Psychology, Melissa worked as a private nanny and volunteered with a couple of organizations with helping those who needed it most. First she volunteered with Children’s Hope Foundation, an aftercare program for underprivileged children. Then, she volunteered with providing music lessons for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Since completing her Bachelor’s, she has moved on to pursue her M.S. in Professional Counseling through Grand Canyon University and works as a Respite Provider and Behavioral Assistant with Prasada In-Home. She hope to one day become a child counselor and continue to help children who need it.