Staff

Please Note Some Therapists’ Availability May Be Limited

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Susan Freedman Ouslander, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Susan has worked in counseling services in Employee Assistance Programs, Social Service Programs and Private Practice for over 25 years. Susan has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Addictions, Grief, End-of-Life Issues,  Family Therapy, and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Susan works with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families in our outpatient offices as well as in our Primecare Integrated Behavioral Health program. NJ LCSW License #: 44SC00519700


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Urszula Kobylinska, MA, LPC received her Master of Arts in Applied Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University. She has worked in private practice for over 10 years counseling children, adolescents and adults. Urszula has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief Counseling, Mindfulness Anxiety and Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and couple’s therapy. NJ License #: 37PC00338600


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Mandi Houser-Puschel, MEd, LPC, RYT, received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services degree from Lehigh University. She has worked for 14 years with children, adolescents and adults in Residential, In-Home and Outpatient counseling settings and was a supervisor in an Outpatient Children’s Treatment program. Mandi has presented on Mindfulness.  Mandi is experienced in treating Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADD/ADHD, and oppositional behaviors. Mandi has advanced training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and therapeutic play. Mandi is a Registered Yoga Teacher and is certified in Clinical Supervision. NJ License #:  37PC00393200


CONRAD FOUNTAINE

Conrad Fountaine, MSW, LCSW received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked for 35 years with adolescents and children in counseling in both school and private practice settings.  Conrad has advanced training in working with behavioral issues, Autism, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Social Skills and Structural Family Therapy.  NJ License #: 44SC00746700


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Kathryn (Pillion) Rim, MSW, LCSW is a Behavioral Health Specialist in Meridian Primecare and a clinician in Outpatient services.  Kathryn received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Kathryn has provided in-home behavioral health services for 6 years to people with medical and behavioral health needs.  Kathryn has advanced training in Integrated Behavioral Health, Motivational Interviewing, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Grief and Loss, Palliative Care, Medical Social Work, and Perinatal Mood Disorders.  NJ License #: 44SC05682500


S. Heath Williams, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Smith College.  Heath has provided services for 8 years in outpatient counseling settings with adolescents and adults with broad behavioral health needs, HIV services, and end-of-life counseling.  Heath has advanced training in Gestalt, Trauma-Informed Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  NJ License #: 44SC05896500


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Amanda Ihlenfeld, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Amanda has been in the social work field for over 20 years, providing therapy, counseling, supervision and oversight, clinical training and administration.  Amanda provides therapy to older adolescents and adults. Amanda has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Client Centered Therapy. NJ License #: 44SC05806400


Brittany Higgins, MSW, LSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Brittany has provided counseling services to children, adolescents and adults in our outpatient offices.  Brittany has advanced training in child therapy, Eating Disorders, Trauma-Informed Care, Women’s Mental Health, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  NJ License #: 44SL06303800


Maggie Strasle, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Maggie has provided therapy to children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient services as well as in a community clinic.  Maggie has advanced training in Grief and Loss, Women’s Mental Health, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy.  NJ License #: 44SL06283600


Inez Malenbaum, MA, LPC received her Master of Art in Counseling from Arcadia University.  Inez has provided counseling to adolescents and adults in day treatment and outpatient settings for 25 years.  Inez has advanced training in Group Therapy, Oncology, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Depression and Anxiety Disorders. Inez is also a Certified Yoga Instructor. NJ License#:  37PC00574200


Meredith Silver, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She has provided counseling to children, adolescents and adults for 7 years in inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient settings.  Meredith has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and strenths-based treatment. NJ License #: 44SC05820000


Marcely Jean-Pierre, MSW, LCSW received his Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  Marcely has been providing counseling to children, adolescents and adults for 7 years.  Marcely has worked in in-home counseling, in schools,  residential treatment, as well as with families and individuals with behavioral challenges.   Marcely has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Crisis Management, and At-Risk Youth.  NJ License #: 44SC05784200


Jane Griess, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Jane has worked with adolescents and adults in crisis centers, emergency rooms, day treatment and residential settings for 24 years.  Jane has advanced training in Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Mindfulness, Trauma and Solution-Focused counseling.  NJ License #: 44SC05667700


Michelle Gaffney, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Michelle has worked with children in education settings and has worked with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient and day treatment settings for 10 years.  Michelle has advanced training in Childhood Disorders, Trauma, Addictions, Anxiety and Mood Disorders. NJ License #:  44SC05899600


Caroline (Martin) Wolf, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  Caroline has worked with children, adolescents and adults in school, hospital and hospice, and outpatient therapy settings for 7 years.  Caroline has advanced training in Grief and Loss, therapeutic play, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.  NJ License #: 44SC05850000  


Shanna Manger, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. Shanna has worked with adolescents and adults in community based services, and has worked with adults in eating disorder treatment as well as counseling settings for 13 years. Shanna has advanced training in eating disorders, depression and anxiety. NJ License #: 44SC05639500

Carol Janer, LPC received her Master’s in Counseling with a concentration in Chemical Dependency from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Carol has over 20 years of experience in counseling and as an administrator in inpatient, outpatient and Crisis settings. Carol has advanced training in working with adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. NJ License #: 37PC00235100

Arianna Bowles will be receiving her Master of Arts in Counseling Education and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey in May, 2021. Arianna has interned with Meridian Counseling Services for 18 months, during which she has provided counseling to adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, as well education of mindfulness and relaxation practices. Arianna is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Arianna has worked as a graduated assistant teaching individual and group counseling skills.


OUR LEADERSHIP STAFF

Miriam Stern, MSW, LCSW is the Founder and Executive Director of Meridian Counseling Services. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in counseling services for 24 years. Miriam has worked in inpatient hospitals and day treatment programs as well as outpatient treatment. She specializes in treating addictions, trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and panic, Postpartum Mood Disorders, and sexual orientation issues. She has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is certified in Clinical Supervision and EMDR Level II. She has guest-lectured on Motivational Interviewing, Assessing and Treating Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, and Treating Trauma at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and The Richard Stockton College. She has also presented to other psychotherapists on Treating Trauma, Motivational Interviewing, and Treating Postpartum Depression. Miriam’s writings on Communication and Boundaries have been published in a Peer Support Program training manual. Miriam focuses her time on Meridian Counseling’s operations as well as providing counseling to a small number of clients. NJ License #:44SC05163700


Justine Farnsworth, MSEd, LPC is the Clinical Director of Meridian Counseling Services. She received her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in counseling services for 28 years. Justine has worked in community mental health at both the direct services and supervisory roles. She has advanced training in treating trauma, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Postpartum Mood Disorders, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy by Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech program, couple’s therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Justine is certified in EMDR Level II.  Justine oversees the staff clinical supervision as well as providing counseling for adults and couples. NJ License #: 37PC00052100


Elana Dobrowolski, MSW, LCSW, LCADC is a clinician and Internship Supervisor.  Elana received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. She has worked in counseling services for 15 years and has advanced training in treating Domestic Violence, Postpartum Mood Disorders, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Addictions. Elana has presented on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Bullying Prevention, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Integrated Behavioral Health. Elana works with adults, adolescents, individuals in our outpatient offices as well as in our Primecare Integrated Behavioral Health program. Elana is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is certified in Clinical Supervision and EMDR Level II.  NJ LCSW License #:   44SC0534200,  NJ LCADC License #: 37LC00199300