Our TherapistsOur wonderful, licensed professionals bring with them deep clinical experience and a wealth of knowledge from their prior therapeutic settings. Please scroll down to learn more about each therapist.
Please scroll down to learn more about each of our therapists.
David A. Helfgott, Psy.D.
Dr. David Helfgott holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University, NY. After several years working with veterans, children, and victims of traumatic brain injury and dementia in various hospitals in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Helfgott shifted his focus to private practice. He received training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy under senior psychoanalysts affiliated with the Academy of Contemporary and Applied Psychoanalysis (ACAP), Livingston, NJ, and the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey (CPPNJ). After several years treating individuals and couples at Block, Federbush, and Associates in Union, NJ, with a focus on anxiety and depression, he opened his own solo practice. In 2013, he launched Insight Psychological Group to extend his unique vision of psychotherapy, bring more like-minded practitioners together, and offer better access to quality psychological care to more individuals searching for answers.
Dr. Helfgott serves as the Director and CEO of Insight Psychological Group. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Jersey Psychological Association.
Alexia Arntz, LCSW
Alexia Arntz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Kean University. With a background and undergraduate degree in art, Ms. Arntz’s incorporates creativity and freedom of expression in treating clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and bereavement. Ms. Arntz also works with clients in managing stress, working through relationship and parenting issues, and improving communication skills. She provides psychotherapy for adults as well as children and adolescents, incorporating Solution-Focused therapies with Psychodynamic Theory. Her clinical experience includes supportive counseling and psychotherapy in nonprofit agencies and counseling centers, as well as facilitating grief support groups in hospital settings. Ms. Arntz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists (NJAWT).
Brett Vasquez, LPC
Brett Vasquez is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who received her Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Ms. Vasquez has experience working with individuals and families in both school and private settings. Prior to turning to private practice, she spent ten years working as a School Counselor. This experience helped her to understand the challenges faced by families in the preschool through high school years in terms of separation anxiety, school phobias, and various other school-related stressors. Ms. Vasquez currently provides counseling to adults, children, and couples. She uses a variety of therapy techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioral issues in children, parenting issues, family therapy, and relationship counseling.
Elise Breen, LCSW LCADC
Elise Breen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Masters Degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and has completed Post Graduate Training at the Bowen Family Institute in Princeton, New Jersey and the NLP (Neuro-linguistic) Institute of New York. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which she uses to treat individuals with extensive trauma, anxiety and depression. She is also a certified Hypnotherapist. Ms. Breen works with individuals, couples and teens. Ms. Breen previously worked in a community-based mental health clinic at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey where she worked primarily with families and teens, providing treatment in both group and individual settings.
Jacob Winkler, LCSW CGP CAMS-II
Jacob Winkler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Certified Anger Management Specialist, providing individual, couples and family therapy at IPG. He also runs its Group Therapy program. Mr. Winkler uses a unique style of therapy often called Modern Psychoanalytic or Jungian. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and has pursued training at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, the Center for Group Studies and in Somatic Experiencing. Mr. Winkler also runs the Group Therapy program at the Blanton-Peale Counseling Center in Manhattan, where he has worked with adults of all ages struggling with anxiety, depression, social phobia, difficulties with aggression and problems with intimacy and relationships. He is the creator of www.GroupTherapyNJ.com a blog and directory for therapy groups in New Jersey.
Daniella Jernick, LCSW
Daniella Jernick is a Licensed Clinical Social Work who earned her Master’s from Rutgers University. She has worked in a variety of settings, including residential, partial care, schools, and community outreach and educational programs. She completed the VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) certificate program at Rutgers. Daniella is a certified school social worker and has worked with children and adolescents of various ages and their families. She actively treats both children and adults utilizing integrative therapeutic approach. Her style includes a systems theory foundation, which is based on individual’s needs, expectations, functioning, and attributes of the people in their system.
Roger Boetsch, LPC
Roger Boetsch is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey in accord with the standards of the NJ State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton and completed a doctoral internship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. He had over 25 years of experience providing psychotherapy and related clinical services in nonprofit agencies in Union and Essex counties before turning to full time private practice. Mr. Boetsch currently provides treatment for adults, teens, young children and their parents. His specialty areas include: psychodynamic theory, clinical applications of attachment theory, current thinking in neuroscience, and cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness.
Elizabeth Miller, LCSW
Elizabeth Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who studied at Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University. She has worked for the State of New Jersey with the Office of the Law Guardian as well as completed an internship with the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, D.C. Ms. Miller has experience working with adults and children experiencing a broad range of symptoms including: anxiety, depression, mood changes, adjustment-related problems, and family and work stressors. Much of her clinical experience has been with Preferred Behavioral Health in Lakewood as well as Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ. In addition to her work at IPG, she also treats clients at Catholic Charities in Newark, NJ, an outpatient setting providing needed services to clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Ms. Miller is currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Pennsylvania State Alumni Association.
Dvora Brandstatter, LSW
Dvora Brandstatter received her Masters Degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York and her Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Ms. Brandstatter has experience working with individuals, groups and families in both medical and mental health settings. She has worked with women in situations of domestic violence, children and families in the foster care system, the homeless mentally ill population and individuals coping with epilepsy and blindness. Ms. Brandstatter currently counsels clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders and attachment, parenting and relationship issues. Ms. Brandstatter is also pursuing advanced post graduate training at The Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies in New Jersey.
Melissa Servedio, LPC
Melissa Servedio is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. Ms. Servedio received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Kean University with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Ms. Servedio brings a variety of experiences with her to IPG. Some of her work includes helping teens transition from high school to college, as well as facilitating grief support groups for children. She has also worked at telephone and online crisis and sexual assault hotlines. In addition to her work at IPG, Ms. Servedio works full time in a school based program, providing individual, group, and family counseling to middle and high school students and their families. She has worked with individuals with a variety of disorders including: anxiety, school refusal, depression, adjustment related difficulties, family stressors, and relationship struggles. Ms. Servedio uses a variety of techniques and theories when working with clients, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
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