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.
Caitlin Alleman, LCSW
Caitlin Alleman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from New York University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Alleman utilizes an integrative, client-centered approach, drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and mindfulness tools in her practice with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She also holds a School Social Work certificate and brings with her a wealth of knowledge through her clinical practice in schools and higher education where she provided both individual and group therapy. Ms. Alleman offers support to her clients struggling with anxiety, depression, adjustment related challenges, interest in parenting support, and improving communication skills. With her experience in schools, Ms. Alleman also has a specialty in working with children and adolescents presenting with behavioral challenges, social skill delays, low self-esteem, school refusal, ADHD, mood disorders, and grief work. Ms. Alleman’s client-centered style of therapy offers an empathic and empowering approach as she supports her clients in finding their authentic voice and expanding their range of coping skills.
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).
Lisa Wolman, LSW
Lisa Wolman received her Master’s degree from the Catholic University of Social Work in Washington, DC. Ms. Wolman specializes in child, adolescent, couples, and family therapy, focusing on depression, anxiety, social adjustment and conflict that inhibit personal and/or professional growth. She has worked extensively with couples and families in conflict, providing parental coordination services to divorcing/divorced parents and helping couples and families in crisis resolve to daily parenting challenges. Ms. Wolman uses therapeutic techniques such as Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. She currently serves as a Divorce Mediator and Parenting Coordinator for the New Jersey Court Roster of Family Mediators.
Mark Morris, LSW
Mark Morris is a Licensed Social Worker who helps individuals, couples, and groups resolve issues interfering with emotional and mental health such as anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, life transitions, aging, and relationships. His aim is to help empower clients to live a fully conscious and meaningful life in harmony with the world around them. Mr. Morris holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from NYU and participated for three years in a post-graduate program in psychoanalytic training at the Metropolitan Center for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. The therapeutic modalities he uses include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. Mr. Morris is also a long-time Buddhist practitioner and ordained priest and teacher in the Soto Zen tradition and thus brings mindfulness, meditation, and a spiritual dimension to treatment where appropriate. Currently, he is a founding member and serves as coordinator and instructor with the Buddhist Volunteer Program at ADTC, New Jersey’s prison solely housing violent, recidivist sex offenders. Mr. Morris is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the American Psychological Association (APA) Div. 5 & 39.
Tina Frank, LPC
Tina Frank is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell University. Tina is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and treats adults, children, couples, and families. Her therapeutic approach includes a variety of techniques which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Multicultural Relational Theory, and mindfulness. Tina’s wide-ranging past experiences include working with children in schools, with women who have a history of trauma, and with clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, woman’s issues, post traumatic stress, and self harm.
Lindsay Zerafa, LCSW
Lindsay Zerafa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who treats children, adults, families, and couples. Ms. Zerafa earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Ms Zerafa has extensive experience working with children and families challenged by anxiety, difficult behaviors, school refusal, trauma, impulsivity, anger management, disrupted attachments, depression, and family discord, and is also a certified NJ School Social Worker. Ms. Zerafa also works with adults and couples experiencing life transitions, changes in moods, and relational stressors. Ms. Zerafa has a particular interest supporting very young children and their families, drawing from her experiences in the NJ early intervention system. In therapy, Ms. Zerafa utilizes a supportive, directive approach that draws from strength-based, relational and cognitive-Behavioral theories, as well as attachment theory to improve caregiver attunement.
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.
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.
Eileen Ortiga, LCSW, LCADC
Eileen Ortiga is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who received her Master’s degree at Rutgers University. She completed her Addiction Counselor Training Certificate at Rutgers and is currently pursuing her Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling license. Eileen has experience working with individuals in substance abuse treatment facilities and individual therapy with at risk youth in the community. She currently treats children, teens and adults. Eileen’s therapeutic style consists of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while using strength based practice and a client centered approach. She has experience working with individuals diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
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. 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 divides his time been the Westfield office and his office in Highland Park, NJ, where he also leads several groups. Mr. Winkler also created the recent group therapy program at Blanton-Peale Counseling Center, where he 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.
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.
Leah Felder, Psy.D.
Leah Felder, Psy.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at Insight Psychological Group, where she works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Felder received her doctorate in School-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Prior to joining Insight, Dr. Felder completed an APA-accredited clinical internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare in Newark, NJ. She has experience working in schools, college counseling centers, outpatient and partial hospitalization program settings, and conducting psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Felder has extensive experience providing trauma-informed care, and has worked with children and families in foster care. Dr. Felder is committed to cultivating a warm and collaborative relationship with her clients. She offers an empathic and client-centered approach to support her clients navigating concerns including relationship challenges, family conflict, parenting issues, trauma symptoms, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. Dr. Felder aims to help her clients explore patterns that may be holding them back and gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
Sean Foley, LSW
Sean Foley is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who possesses a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Sean holds certificates as a School Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and in mindfulness-based interventions. Sean has a wide range of experience working in various organizational and therapeutic settings. Some of his experiences include working with foster youth transitioning from high school into college, advocating and providing supports for homeless families, and assisting at-risk children. Sean’s therapeutic approach includes a variety of techniques which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. He treats individuals with substance use disorder, social phobias, anxiety disorders, and depression. Sean also speaks throughout the state about the potential psychological risks regarding smartphone and social media overuse, a topic he has been researching for the past three years.
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).
Ms. Servedio also serves as the Clinical Practice Administrator and Intake Coordinator for IPG.
Lisa Blazek Luisi, Psy.D.
Dr. Luisi holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from College of St. Elizabeth in N.J. She is a passionate, empathetic professional with strong diagnostic skills and an integrated approach to therapy that takes into account the specific needs of each client. She has a Humanistic orientation, and believes in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance rooted in unconditional positive regard and lack of judgment. Dr. Luisi has extensive experience in community mental health and college counseling center settings, providing outpatient therapy and conducting psychological evaluations to adults, adolescents, and children with a wide range of mental health issues. She holds a Certificate in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has expertise in the realm of Eating Disorders, having researched, developed and validated a novel group intervention for individuals with Anorexia Nervosa. Dr. Luisi is currently a N.J. temporary permit holder working at IPG as a post-doctoral fellow.
Blaire Franklin, LPC
Blaire Franklin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and received a Master of Education (Ed. M) in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College Columbia University in New York City. Ms. Franklin works with individuals, couples, adolescents, adults, and seniors grappling with issues involving anxiety, depression, grief, life-transitions, medical illness, faith and spirituality, work-related challenges, and relationships. Ms. Franklin’s experience in the mental health field is diversified as she has provided supportive case management services, worked in community-based mental health clinics, outpatient partial hospitalization program (PHP) settings providing counseling and facilitating groups, and in private practice. She is a compassionate and inspirational therapist who truly listens to her clients and utilizes a Humanistic and eclectic (though mostly CBT-oriented) approach in the counseling setting. She believes that every client has the ability to change and reach his or her potential.
Justine Johnson, LPC
Justine Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who earned her Master’s degree from Centenary College. She has worked in both outpatient, group and in-home settings, as well as for large, non-profit organizations. Ms. Johnson also currently serves as an Intensive In Community Counselor (IIC) through PerformCare. She provides counseling to children, adolescents, adult, families and couples utilizing an eclectic therapy approach that is adjusted to meet the needs of the individual, building upon strengths to promote personal growth. These approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy and Play Therapy. Ms. Johnson has worked extensively with individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, parenting and behavioral challenges.
Sammi Dehart, LCSW
Sammi Dehart (Sicherman) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which she uses to treat individuals with trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both individual and group settings within a variety of placements including outpatient, public high school, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP). In addition to her extensive therapeutic training, she also holds a School Social Work certification as well as an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts. Her diversified training, along with her strong belief that a trusting therapeutic relationship is a fundamental component to her client centered approach, enables her to skillfully tailor her practice to the needs of each individual. MS. Dehart is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
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.
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.
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