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!
Facing divorce after two decades of marriage and being in my early 50’s was a nightmare. I made every mistake in the book! I took my certification in divorce coaching expressly to help others avoid these pitfalls and support them in their decision-making process, You can move from fear and emotional turmoil to getting your mental clarity back. For empathy and expertise, you can count on me! Personally, I am the proud mother of two young adults, and cherish the role of motherhood. I am a dog lover and enjoy cooking and eating a plant- based diet.
I advocate for my clients, whether they are contemplating divorce or are in the midst of it. With non-judgment, attentive listening skills and questioning that leads to visualizing your next steps, coaching with me will move you forward. As a divorce coach I support my clients through heightened emotions and fear to the business of making long-term life decisions.
Divorce is a journey, and like a destructive fire in one's life, one must find strength and re-build, a new life, a new self, and a new outlook.
Together we will discover if you need support in sharpening your skills in any of these areas:
* Decision-making practices
* Communication skills
* Conflict competence
* Emotional Intelligence
* Organization skills
* Future visioning
Having a divorce coach will free you from feeling obligated to take advice from friends and family, and will provide you with the mental clarity to be most productive with your legal team.