Staff

Ouslander_0448Susan 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

 

Clyde Boucher, MSW, LCSW received his Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. He has worked in counseling services, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, for over 30 years. Clyde has advanced training in Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR, substance abuse treatment and couple’s therapy. He takes a Family Systems approach in his work. Clyde works with adolescents and adults, couples and families. Clyde is certified in Clinical Supervision and EMDR Level II. NJ License #: 44SC01339000

 

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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

 

Mandi Website photoMandi Houser-Puschel, MEd, LPC, RYT, therapist and Healing Yoga instructor, 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

IMG_0847Kelly Corbitt, MSW, LCSW, ERYT is a clinician, provides supervision for child therapy services and currently provides Teletherapy at Meridian Counseling Services.  Kelly received her Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She has worked for 10 years with children and adolescents providing counseling in residential, in-home, and in-school settings, and supervised clinical services in high-schools and middle-schools.  Kelly has also provided counseling to children, adolescents and adults in a private practice. Kelly has presented to groups on Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and has provided training and  supervision on therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Kelly has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, therapeutic play, and Mindfulness.  Kelly is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and is certified in Clinical Supervision.  NJ License #:  #44SC05434600

CONRAD FOUNTAINEConrad 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

 

Kathryn PictureKathryn Pillion, 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, LSW
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 #: 44SI06094100

 

Amanda PictureAmanda Ihlenfeld, MSW, LSW received her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.  Amanda has provided counseling in schools K-12 as well as in group settings, provided clinical supervision and oversight, clinical training and administration for 17 years.  Amanda has extensive experience working with children of all ages as well as their families.  Amanda has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Sand and Play Therapy.  NJ License #: 44SL04957800

 

Michelles Pix for WebsiteMichelle Brooks, MA, LPC received her Masters in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Michelle has been providing outpatient counseling for 12 years in private practice, partial hospital and inpatient hospital settings.  Michelle has extensive experience working with children of all ages and their families, as well as adults.  Michelle has advanced training in Child Centered Play Therapy, Neurofeedback, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. NJ License #:1447547179

 

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, LSW 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

 


Shanna Manger, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University.  Shanna has provided assessments and counseling to adolescents and adults in community-based and day treatment settings for over 10 years. Shanna has advanced training in Anxiety and Depression Disorders, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. NJ License #: 44SC05639500

 

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, LSW 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 #: 44SL06281900

Caroline Martin, MSW, LSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  Caroline has worked with children, adolescents and adults in school, hospital and hospice settings for 5 years.  Caroline has advanced training in Grief and Loss, therapeutic play, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.  NJ License #: 44SL06078200

 

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

Danielle Clauss, PhD is a clinician and Primecare Program Director.  Dr Clauss received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She completed her clinical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Clauss has worked in the area of health psychology and behavioral medicine for over 10 years, providing empirically-supported behavioral health treatment to military service members, veterans, and individuals with chronic medical conditions. She has also worked in the area of behavioral weight management for the past five years as part of National Institute of Health-funded weight loss interventions. Danielle is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and works with adults. Danielle is a Licensed Practicing Psychologist in NJ (35SI00559000) and a Licensed Psychologist in PA (PS017125).