Westfield Office Therapists

Our 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.

Most therapists offer virtual as well as in-person sessions.

Katherine Homa

Katherine Homa, Psy.D.

Dr. Katherine Homa is a postdoctoral fellow at Insight Psychological Group.  She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Her academic and clinical training has been grounded in the use of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral practices, which focus on the relationship among factors such as thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and how they impact daily functioning.  Additionally, Dr. Homa is well-versed in implementing other treatment modalities, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy, in order to provide a comprehensive treatment approach.  She has experience working in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings, substance use organizations, partial care programs, as well as conducting psychological evaluations in children, adolescents, and adults in order to provide greater diagnostic clarity.  Dr. Homa views therapy as a collaborative process wherein the relationship is based on working toward a mutual goal while placing emphasis on the importance of an individual’s autonomy.

Carolyn Buoscio

Carolyn Buoscio, LSW

Carolyn Buoscio is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of New Jersey who earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.  Carolyn primarily works with adults, adolescents and couples.  She believes the quality of the therapist-client alliance is the most important factor in therapeutic outcome. She offers an empathic, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive and strengths-based approach so that the client feels accepted while building rapport and connection, which leads to improved self-confidence and increased motivation to gain greater agency over one’s life. Carolyn treats a range of challenges, such as anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, and life transitions.  Some of the treatment approaches Carolyn utilizes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Trauma Informed Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.  While these and other treatment modalities are frequently utilized, Carolyn believes in the uniqueness of every individual, so treatment plans are customized and refined as needed throughout the therapeutic journey.
Kely Peck

Kelly Peck, LSW

Kelly Peck is a Licensed Social Worker who treats children, teens and adults. She earned her Master’s Degree at Seton Hall University and comes to Insight having most recently worked with youth facing emotional and behavioral challenges at a residential treatment center in central New Jersey. In therapy, Ms. Peck seeks to create a space for people of all ages and backgrounds to feel safe, connected and heard. Ms. Peck blends different modalities when working with clients which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Rayna Choquette

Rayna Choquette, LSW

Rayna Choquette (she/her) is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who earned her Master’s degree from Rutgers University. She works with individuals and families through many issues related to depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and grief.  She is also trained in crisis intervention and de-escalation skills. Prior to joining IPG, Rayna worked with adults in a wide variety of settings, including residential intensive support with community support services, psychiatric inpatient units, and behavioral health outpatient services. She also worked with children in providing individual and group counseling to elementary students classified with emotional and behavioral challenges. With a deep respect for the therapeutic relationship, she practices through trauma informed and anti-oppressive lenses, ever mindful of the unique individual’s personal strengths and right to self-determination.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Attachment-based Therapy influence her therapeutic approaches.  She is currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Anna Gonnello

Anna Gonnello, LCSW

Anna Gonnello is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her master’s degree in social work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She worked in various therapeutic settings for over a decade with extensive experience in school-based social work prior to joining IPG. Anna utilizes modalities such as person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and solution focused brief therapy. Anna maintains a humanistic and strengths-based approach to therapy as she is a firm believer that no matter how grim one’s current circumstance or present outlook on life, each individual has an inner light, power and strength that they can call upon to better their lives. She believes profound change and personal healing is possible when provided with a safe, non-judgmental  environment. In her work, Anna strives to create a safe space where her clients can be heard and validated in order to allow supportive, collaborative healing to take place. Anna works with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, family issues, women’s issues and maternal mental health (training obtained through Postpartum Support International). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers – National and New Jersey Chapters and the New Jersey Association of Women Therapists.

Karolyn Estevez

Karolyn Estevez, LSW

Karolyn Estevez is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University School of Social Work.  She treats clients across the lifespan with a particular focus on adolescents and young adults coping with anxiety, depression, trauma history, relational and life stage adjustment issues. In addition to her work at IPG, she also works at a therapeutic day school for children and adolescents providing intensive psychotherapy. Her previous settings included, crisis management in the emergency room, outpatient therapy, and school-based therapy. Karolyn conducts therapy from a strength-based approach, utilizing different treatment modalities and techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Her therapeutic approach is collaborative as she aims to create a safe and supportive environment that helps empower her clients to navigate their life experiences.

Christina Pallotta

Anna Tivade, LSW

Anna Tivade is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. Anna works with adults, families, couples, and teens with various mental health issues such as parenting challenges, divorce, family conflict, anxiety, depression, end of life and grief, and faith and spirituality. Anna has a holistic background that contributes to her integrative therapeutic approach which includes Bowen Family Systems, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and the Gottman Method. Before working with IPG, Anna facilitated mutual support groups and spoke on podcast shows and conferences on the topic of Parental Alienation. She also facilitated therapy groups in intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP), worked with children and families as an IIC (Intensive In-Community services) and did traditional psychotherapy in private practice. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers-NJ (NASW-NJ), Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

Trucly Hernandez

Trucly Hernandez, LSW

Trucly Hernandez is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons University and her Bachelor’s degree in Family Child Studies from Montclair State University. Trucly gained clinical training in providing therapy to patients and families at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, NJ and at Family Intervention Services in Paterson, NJ. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Trucly also has experience working with new mothers providing perinatal therapy,  and she continues her education on evidence-based practice for perinatal mood disorders. She is skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and play therapy. Prior to joining IPG, Trucly provided therapy in private practice and supportive case management for individuals and families experiencing homelessness through her work at The Salvation Army. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and strength-based and she strives to create a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment where clients can work towards their identified goals.

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. Prior to turning to private practice at IPG where she currently provides counseling to children, adolescents, and adults, she was a school counselor for ten years, gaining invaluable experience understanding the unique 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 uses a variety of therapy techniques in her work, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), treating anxiety, depression, behavioral issues in children, and family conflict. She also specializes in OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Ms. Vasquez has been trained through the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention in her treatment.

JulieGoetz

Julie Goetz, LCSW

Julie Goetz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of New Jersey who earned her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University.  Julie is a warm and nurturing mental health professional who provides a safe, supportive, culturally sensitive, non-judgmental environment where teens, adults and families feel comfortable to explore issues and find solutions to the challenges they are facing. Julie uses a variety of psychotherapy modalities to provide strength-based, individualized care uniquely tailored to her client’s needs. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and has worked with clients of all ages with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment difficulties and substance abuse.

Jessica De Sousa

Jessica De Sousa, LAMFT

Jessica De Sousa is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Masters in Psychological Services and Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University. Prior to joining IPG, she worked as a clinician at High Focus Centers’ Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs in which she facilitated group and individual sessions focusing on cultivating coping skills to enhance clients quality of life and improve ability to regulate emotions and manage daily stressors. She is skilled in various therapeutic approaches including structural family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy. Jessica is compassionate, and works collaboratively with her clients to empower them to gain the necessary coping skills to manage concerns related to depression, anxiety, relationship stressors, parenting, trauma, loss, or work/life balance. Jessica’s holistic approach allows her to tailor her therapeutic interventions to clients’ individual needs and creates a safe and supportive environment in which clients can navigate through their life experiences.

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.

Chastety Fgueroa

Chastety Ivaniuk, LSW

Chastety (Chas) Ivaniuk is a Licensed Social Worker and an English/Spanish bilingual therapist. Chastety obtained her Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University and a second Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University. Chastety provides counseling to adolescents, adults, and families with various challenges, including depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, parenting, relationship issues, and addiction. Prior to joining Insight, she worked in various settings, including: acute and sub-acute outpatient programs, school-based addiction prevention programs, as well as with the homeless population. She is currently pursuing her Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling license. Chastety’s therapeutic style consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-based therapy. Her therapeutic approaches have influenced her commitment to creating a warm and growing space for clients to address their overall needs.

David Needleman

David Needleman, LSW

David Needleman received his Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business from Thomas Edison State University. David works with adults, adolescents, and children utilizing various modalities of therapy that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. David places great emphasis on using the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist to help them with life’s major challenges such as depression, anxiety, anger management, fear, addiction, grief, relationship issues, and adjustment to change. David believes each patient is unique and works closely with each one to help them help themselves lead a life they find fulfilling and meaningful. David is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Sara-Stever

Sara Stever, LAC, LCADC, LPAT

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Licensed Associate Counselor and a Licensed Professional Art Therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Creative Art Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University.  Prior to working at IPG, Sara worked in an outpatient substance use and mental health treatment program providing individual and group therapy. She has also worked in hospital settings on both detox and inpatient psychiatric units. Currently, Sara treats adults and teens utilizing an eclectic approach involving techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), creative art therapies and mindfulness. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship with the client and working together to build healthy coping skills to manage life’s struggles.

Veronica Holbrook

Veronica Holbrook, LMFT

Veronica Holbrook is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) who received a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology from Kean University. Ms. Holbrook is an EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) specialist and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Ms. Holbrook has experience treating clients with anxiety, depression and PTSD in trauma-specific settings with a focus on domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, Ms. Holbrook also has a certification in Prolonged Exposure treatment to treat PTSD and other forms of anxiety and phobia, as well as in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). At Insight, Ms. Holbrook treats children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and depression often using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is a compassionate therapist that strives to provide the highest quality treatment to empower individuals and help them achieve their utmost 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.

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