Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
Director and Clinician
Hi everyone! Thank you for taking the time to allow me to introduce myself. As your therapist, I am your personal advocate for helping you create a meaningful life and a happier, healthier, and loving relationship with your spouse and/or children. My style is to provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment where we work together as a team to achieve your goals. Many of my clients say that I have the empathy of a good friend and the knowledge and skills of a true professional who empowered them to make positive changes within themselves and their relationships.
Most of my experience in recent years has been focused on helping individuals and couples with relationship issues. I work with people seeking individual therapy, couples' therapy, or marriage counseling. My passion, training and expertise is centered on helping people create engaging and deeply satisfying relationships. With compassion and understanding, I offer support and practical feedback to help individuals and couples address and change hurtful and destructive patterns in the relationship and create a stronger more meaningful connection.
My treatment approach is twofold addressing both content and process. The content piece is the specific issues that you are dealing with such as infidelity, intimacy, money matters, in-laws, co-parenting, addiction etc. The process piece is how you communicate with each other and problem solve. Healthy communication is a key ingredient in any successful relationship. You will always have issues that come up in your relationship or marriage but most people don't want to go to counseling every time they have an issue. Therefore, not only do I help you address and resolve the current issues (content) you bring to your sessions but I also give you the tools and strategies that facilitate resolution (process). These communication skills are invaluable since you will now have the capability of resolving any future issues on your own without a therapist.
My treatment orientation includes but is not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and solution focused therapy. I also work with couples using the Gottman method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and discernment counseling. We will work together to identify your strengths and resources which can help you deal more effectively with any triggers or obstacles that prevent you from having the relationship you want and living a life you love. As you gain insight into yourself and your relationships, unwanted symptoms and negative thoughts that keep you stuck in dysfunctional behavioral patterns will disappear. You will develop new strategies, effective coping skills and a greater sense of personal control.
I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutger's University in New Jersey. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and serve on several committees of the NJ chapter. I am also a member of the NJ Association of Women's Therapists and a member of BIG, an organization which inspires women.
I have post graduate training in many disciplines including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and Wellness, Mindful Based CBT and Couples Therapy. I am a certified Gottman Couples Educator and a Certified Infidelity Coach. I am also certified in postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders.
For many years I have been in the behavioral health and social work field working in private practice, hospitals (intensive outpatient mental health programs) and social work agencies.
I am passionate about my kids, my career and my life! I never stop growing, believing and achieving! Now it is my turn to give back what I have learned both personally and professionally so that you can live your best life too!
I look forward to working with you. Please give me a call at 732-742-0329 or E-mail me for a free phone consultation.
Leslie Zindulka, L.C.S.W.-R, L.S.W.
My therapeutic approach includes providing play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) for children, tweens, teens and their parents. I believe that CBT, a relatively short-term treatment will improve your satisfaction with day to day life by helping to identify how you are thinking, feeling and behaving to then understand each of these thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they impact one another.
My specialties include treating parent-child attachment related concerns, the effects of families in transition on children (e.g. divorce), ADHD, social skills, anxiety and depression in children and tweens/teens, special education and school issues. I additionally specialize in treating pre and post adoption issues for adoptive families including conducting domestic & international adoption home studies, post placement supervision evaluations and birth mother consultations, which I have done for over sixteen years. (My adoption clients include married couples, singles, domestic partners, step–parents and those over forty). Clients say that my friendly approachable style makes children feel immediately comfortable and parents value my professional empathetic, supportive and clinical skills.
Ms. Leslie Zindulka, L.C.S.W.-R, L.S.W. is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker, licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners, with over twenty-five years of experience, having previously worked as a School Social Worker and an Adoption Social Worker. I received my undergraduate degree in Social Welfare from SUNY Stony Brook and my Masters of Social Work degree from Columbia University. I have post graduate introductory training in the Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) model as well. Additionally, I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and hold a School Social Worker Specialty credential in New York and New Jersey. I am a founding member of the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network and a board member and active volunteer with the Adoptive Parents Committee, where I am also a regular guest speaker. I have volunteered my services to families participating in a Russian-orphan summer camp program, taught on-line education classes for pre-adoptive parents have written a monthly column for an adoption web site.
I have both personal and professional adoption and special education experiences. My interest in adoption began while still in graduate school, where I interned in a foster care agency. Seeing children with no hope of permanency touched me. While working in the public school system, I had the opportunity to work with many domestically and internationally adopted children. My husband and I are the proud parents of three wonderful children, two of whom were adopted domestically and two of whom have special education needs. I bring this unique expertise and first hand understanding and skill dealing with the adoption roller coaster ride and negotiating the intricacies of the Committee on Special Education to my work.
I look forward to working together to help you and your families reach your personal goals. Give us a call at 732-742-0329 to set up an appointment or for more information!
Sarah Kimelblatt-Devries, LSW, MSW
Certified Addictions Counselor
Radical authenticity. Compassion. Honesty. These are the values that drive my specialized and unique approach when working with my clients. My work has been mostly focused on helping teens and young adults with various issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, social issues, bullying, trauma and body shaming. One of my specialties that I am passionate about however; is helping those who are suffering from addiction. Whether you are 13 or 75, male or female, wealthy or poor, highly educated or never finished high school…addiction can strike anyone at any time. If addiction is controlling you, your spouse, or your kids I am here to help you and your family.
Clients with addiction are some of the most compassionate and intuitive individuals I have ever met, and they need a therapist that treats them as such. This is especially true with my work with adolescents and young adults-they have a sixth sense when it comes to reading people and their authenticity and compassion. That's why I believe the relationship I have with my clients is so important, and my style is authentic and empathetic.
The quote that most summarizes my treatment philosophy is by Carl Rogers-"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change." I accept my clients where they are at, and we work from there. To not do that is a disservice to you as the client, and can even be counterproductive. People deal with enough judgment, especially as adolescents, and that's why you're the authority on your journey! Admitting there is an issue, especially with substances, and entering therapy is an incredibly brave act, and I am grateful to be part of each person's journey toward positive and lasting change. My hope as your therapist is to provide a reparative and positive experience in a safe space, which will help you to build upon the strengths that you already have to manage your addiction (and other symptoms), as well as learn and implement new tools to achieve your treatment goals.
You might feel stuck and hopeless in an endless cycle of substance use, and pressure from people around you, that doesn't seem to end, no matter what you try to do to fix it. Or, it seems like urges and emotions control you, instead of the opposite. It's exhausting. There's an idea that if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Humans are not problems to solve. Everyone's journey to addiction, mental health, and life is different-it's a story of strength and resilience.
To that end, I use a strengths-based approach where we will work together on the process of acceptance, and simultaneously work on changing behaviors and old patterns to meet goals determined by you. To that end, we will create a personalized treatment plan. We will use evidence-based techniques for addiction and all co-occurring disorders from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Compassion, nonjudgment, and empathy are integral parts of my practice, as they are vital to create and sustain a useful therapeutic relationship. If these qualities aren't present, there won't be much of a relationship, and the work will suffer. You have the strength to recover and create a satisfying life that is connected to your values-you CAN add new chapters to your story.
I am a licensed social worker who has had intensive training with addiction and trauma, in adolescents, young adults, and also older adults. I have specialized expertise with addiction, from alcohol abuse to opiate dependence. I have helped many with co-occuring mental health conditions, behavioral issues, self-esteem challenges, interpersonal conflict, and trauma, etc. I am also a therapist at Penn Medicine Princeton House's intensive outpatient programming. For several years in this setting I worked in dual diagnosis, where I treated clients with both addiction and mental health disorders. Before I became a therapist I worked in the pharmaceutical industry in communications, so I am also well versed in managing issues related to working in the corporate arena. I received my MSW and a certificate in Addictions from Rutgers University School of Social Work in 2016. Lastly, I am a member of the National Association of Social Work, and have completed DBT core training.
I am passionate about working in addiction and mental health and am inspired by each person I work with. I look forward to hearing from you - please feel free to give me a call at 732-742-0329 to set up an appointment or to further discuss any questions you may have.
A trusting, collaborative relationship between a client and his or her therapist lies at the core of effective treatment. I work from the assumption that you, the client, are the expert on your life. With that as our starting point, it is my job as the therapist to help you first identify, and then create the kinds of lasting, positive change you desire in your life, relationships and family. Our initial session will have three primary purposes. First, I'll try to help you feel comfortable with talking to me. Many people initially find it hard to share personal information with a stranger, so part of our process is to work together to build a rapport. Second, we'll talk at length about the sorts of problems that you're experiencing. We assess not just the problems, but also the strengths that help you cope in times of difficulty. Third, I will consult with you about the various strategies we might use to address the problems you are experiencing.
I provide services to clients with a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and treatment issues. I often draw upon empirically based treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Psychotherapy (GP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). For couples work I'm trained in Imago Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy. While brief solution focused therapy (8 to 20 sessions) is often sufficient to help clients resolve specific issues, I also offer long-term therapy for clients seeking insight and clarity regarding identity and interpersonal relationships.
Background and Specializations
I received my dual Master's Degrees in Social Work and School Psychology from both Long Island University and New York University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners for over 13 years, as well as a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
I have extensive postgraduate training and experience in areas including the treatment of anxiety and depression, recovery from trauma (including EMDR work), and treatment for couples (specifically but not exclusively with those couples dealing with infidelity and/or addiction issues).
I also provide therapy for tweens/teens and their families; helping them navigate and work on the tenuous issues that arise during these sensitive years. I likewise help with addiction issues with a sub-specialization in behavioral addictions such as gaming, porn, gambling and eating. Lastly I am a certified Divorce Mediator and Parent Coordinator for those in need of those services (please see link for description of these two services).
To set up an appointment or for more information, you can call us at 732-742-0329!