About Simone, LPC
Are you living the life you want to live? Do you feel bogged down by negativity and fear? While life has a way of challenging us, we all have the potential to thrive. Life is what you make it, don’t let self-limiting beliefs stop you from living a full and amazing life.
Simone Dougherty believes therapy is a partnership in which trust is the foundation. Through empathy, exploration, and a little humor, you and Simone, discover your strengths and natural abilities and utilize them to create the life you desire.
Simone has worked with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and other related disorders. She specializes in working with members of the LGBTQI+ community and has treatment experience with sexual orientation, gender identity, polyamory, and kink. As a mother of a transgender kiddo herself, she has a special interest in helping family members love and affirm each other.
While Simone is primarily trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, she has experience utilizing a number of evidence-based treatments including dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, motivational interviewing, and cognitive processing therapy. Additionally, her certifications include domestic violence and wellness coaching.
Simone is a licensed professional counselor and has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years. She earned both her Bachelor degree in psychology and her Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University.
About Kathleen, MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS
Kathleen Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Kathleen is also an advanced clinical supervisor. Kathleen began working in the field in 2008 and gained experiencing working with individuals with mental health and substance use concerns. Kathleen graduated with her master’s degree in community counseling from Rider University. She has experience providing compassionate judgement free care to adults using a person centered and strength based approach which utilizes motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques.
Kathleen has 10 years of experience working in leadership positions where she provided clinical supervision and ensured agencies meet licensing and accreditation standards. Kathleen successfully created and ran an award winning group program. Her expert understanding of issues relating to mental health and addiction paired with her innate ability to conceptualize and respond to challenges makes her a strong leader. While in leadership position Kathleen always continued to provide counseling services to patients and is excited to spend her days helping patients feel supported while they develop coping skill to minimize symptoms.
- Favorite Movie- Monty Python’s and the Holy Grail
- My favorite comfort- Peanut butter Cupcakes
- My favorite thing to do is- sit outside and watch my kids play
About Linda, LPC
My journey started in the Navy providing support to the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. This experience afforded me the opportunity to connect with people from all different backgrounds, and also led me to develop an interest in understanding more about human development.
I have worked for over 20 years with families who faced challenges navigating their lives in settings like Social Services, Mental Health and Outpatient Facilities, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), and schools.
I hold a Master degree in Counseling and Human Services from Montclair State University, and a Bachelor degree in Sociology from William Paterson University. Later on, I was certified as a Mental Health Counselor. I am also certified in Adult Protective Services.
My treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Techniques which are utilized through Telehealth.
I believe that we all have a divine purpose here on earth and my hope is that this can be achieved when you allow yourself to tap into your inner self.
About Laura, LAC, NCC
Laura is an Air Force veteran and served as a Chaplain Assistant during her time on active duty. Since leaving the military, she has devoted her time to serving military members and their families. As a veteran and current military spouse, Laura understands the unique challenges faced by military personnel and their families and is ready to serve the local military community.
Laura graduated in 2019 with her Master degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor working here at The Mental Mediator. She offers in-person office visits as well as online video sessions, which can be conducted from the comfort of your own home using HIPPA compliant software.
Whether you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or worried Laura offers a comforting and safe atmosphere to express all that has been weighing you down. Together as a team, Laura will work with you to help restore balance in your life.
About Shernay, LAC
Daily living is not a race won by the fastest, strongest or smartest. It is a journey for those that stay the course until completion. The same is true for meeting our personal wellness goals and overcoming obstacles that make us feel uncertain about our capabilities. I am here to guide, support and advocate for you as you work toward reaching your fullest potential.
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor with an Education Specialist degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University. My goal as a counselor is to provide a safe environment for you to explore and develop goals, heal and recover or simply remove barriers that hinder. I believe that when we build on our existing strengths we are empowered to become our best selves. In sessions, I use concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, especially mindfulness and relaxation techniques. I work with adults presenting with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, post-partum depression, grief and adjustment, as well as self-esteem and relationship struggles.
Watching others grow and flourish is my favorite part of being a counselor. I would love to meet with you and look forward to joining you on your wellness journey.
About Madison, LAC
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Towson University, Madison continued her education at Towson where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. Madison has clinical experience working with children and adolescents. Her passion is to help her clients lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. She offers a nonjudgmental, open, empathetic environment where she builds strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and their families. Madison has been trained to create specific, attainable treatment goals with her clients and then target each objective with evidence-based interventions. Everyone has their ups and downs and here at The Mental Mediator, we understand that! Madison is an emerging, young professional who is eager to start working with you!
About Chad, LAC
Chad is currently active duty Air Force where he has been serving for over 18 years. He understands the unique stressors and challenges associated with serving in the military. Furthermore, he understands how family dynamics can be affected by these stressors and is ready to help military personnel and their family members.
Chad graduated in 2020 with his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College and is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) working at The Mental Mediator under the direct supervision of Shannon Shadman Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Depending on the needs of the client, Chad offers in-person visits as well as online video sessions that utilize HIPAA compliant software.
Chad primarily operates from a cognitive behavioral therapy lens but does incorporate other techniques such as solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. He has worked with children, teenagers, adults and couples. He will work to create a safe atmosphere that will help you to achieve your goals and work through your stressors.
About Sade, LAC, NCC
Life is not always an easy journey. Detours, hills, roadblocks, curves, and even potholes seem to be part of life’s journey toward contentment. Sometimes we can overcome the hurdles, and other times we may need help. Sade (pronounced Sha-day), a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor, would like to be that partner on your journey of self-fulfillment.
Sade holds a Master of Education in Professional Counseling/Mental Health from William Paterson University, and is a member of her program’s honor society as well as the American Counseling Association. She has experience providing a plethora of therapeutic and person-centered techniques to youth, adults, couples and families. Treatment of depression, anxiety, self-image issues, postpartum stress disorder, domestic abuse, and marriage/relationship discord are just a few areas that Sade holds her expertise.
Through her empathetic, creative, and flexible approach, Sade empowers individuals to tap into their own strengths, so they can conquer virtually any obstacle in this thing we call life.
About Jennifer, LAC, NCC, Ed.S, SAC
Sometimes you wonder, "how did I get here?" and you're searching for the answers. I am here to emphasize your strengths in that "you are here."
I provide a warm, collaborative, and down-to-earth atmosphere to all my clients and tailor my approach to each individual's needs. As a person-centered and trauma-informed therapist, I believe it's essential to feel safe and free of judgment within our therapeutic relationship.
I utilize a combination of approaches and evidence-based treatments to meet your specific needs. Some clients may prefer a psychodynamic approach to explore past experiences and find patterns in emotions and thoughts as a way of understanding their current self. Others may prefer CBT, a "here and now" strategy, because of its emphasis on current life, coping skills, and adjusting unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors.
As a Licensed Associate Counselor, I have experience working with adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of clinical presentations such as anxiety, OCD, depression, and suicidal ideation, and have a particular interest in helping those with mood issues, complex trauma, and self-esteem. I have worked in both school and clinical outpatient settings.
I graduated in 2018 with a Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rider University. My post-education includes a Master degree in Education in Counseling Services (Ed.S.) and Student Assistance Coordinator Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (SAC CEAS).
Whatever your needs, I am here to support you.
About Christine, BA, MS, Ph.D Candidate
Christine E. Agaibi, received Masters and Doctorate graduate training in Counseling Psychology in Ohio.
Christine is the current Chair of the Special Interest Group on Religious and Spiritual Issues in Counseling Psychology in the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Counseling Psychology Division (Division 17).
Christine’s professional research and clinical interests are in the area of Resilience and Positive Psychology, Religion and Spirituality, and Diversity. She has presented on these topics at nearly three dozen Regional, State, National, and International Psychology conferences. She has also presented on these topics over 150 times at various invited community presentations and to Coptic Orthodox Churches and programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Wisconsin, and Canada. Christine has also been an invited speaker to the Eritrean Orthodox Community, and to Jewish Community Programs. She has also published over 15 journal articles (national and international), book chapters, and APA Division and State Psychological Associations newsletter articles on these topics.
Christine completed her APA Accredited Pre- Doctoral Internship at the Ohio Psychology Internship, a consortium, where she had comprehensive and diverse didactic and practical training with children and adolescents, families, couples, and adults, in assessment, forensics, substance use issues, and individual and group therapy.
Christine is the Past-President of Ohio Women in Psychology (OWP) and Past OWP liaison to the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) Board of Directors. She has also had several leadership and committee roles within the OPA and the OPA Board of Directors. She has also served on several committees in the New Jersey Psychological Association, the South Jersey Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and is the Past-Vice President of the Akron Area Professional Psychologists. She has also been the Practice Representative for the Section on Positive Psychology within APA’s Division 17. Internationally, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Students of the International Positive Psychology Association.
Christine has advocated for the profession of psychology and for clients of psychology at State Leadership Conferences in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and on Capitol Hill. She has been invited to National State Leadership Conferences four times and has twice served as the Diversity Delegate from Ohio.
Currently, Christine serves on two Task Forces within The Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality within APA’s Division 36, and she also sits on the Community Engagement Committee of APA's Division 17.
Christine has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at four Universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Christine has most recently conducted evaluations and provided therapy in a large community mental health clinic and at a leading national Child and Adolescent Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic both in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
About Christiana, LAC
Christiana is a recent 2021 graduate from Monmouth University with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and holds a Licensed Associate Counselor title. Additionally, Christiana received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University. Her clinical background holds a lot of experience working with those struggling with eating disorders, as well as experience in forensic psychology/counseling. She offers in-person sessions, as well as online Telehealth sessions. Christiana utilizes theoretical practices from a spiritual and existential framework. One of the most important factors in a successful therapeutic journey is the relationship between clinician and client, which she will be sure to prioritize during your time working together.
About Jesse, MA, CMHC
Meet Jesse! Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stockton University. He is an expectant graduate from Rider University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jesse has experience working with disadvantaged youths of the city population and mandated substance abuse cases. He is trained for all types of situations ranging from anxiety and other psychological disorders, anger management, different types of drug use, family matters, emotional distress, and more. Jesse can work with all ages. He uses a very person-centered approach, meaning there is a large focus on you with the utmost positive regard. Everybody is different, but nobody is alone. Jesse believes that challenges come and go, some harder than others and that is okay. Jesse is ready to help you find what you need, work with you, understand you, and achieve your goals with you. He doesn't judge. If you just need to vent about your spilled coffee or bellow out a whole plethora of stress, Jesse is here for it.
About Kiersten, MS, CMHC
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling stuck, hopeless, bogged down, depressed, anxious, or just plain exhausted. The process of change is not always easy but is always worth it. Seeking some help is a great place to start. Kiersten recently graduated from Keiser University with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from York College of Pennsylvania. Throughout her professional career, she has worked mostly with children and teens but is comfortable working with individuals of all ages. She has been trained to help clients through emotional difficulties, behavioral issues, life transitions, trauma, crisis, grief, stress management, low self-esteem, family and relationship challenges, various mental health conditions, and many other concerns. Sessions will always be conducted in a safe non-judgmental space where the therapist and client work as a team to create a plan that caters to the unique wants, needs, and goals of the client. These goals will be achieved using research-based treatment strategies in combination with overall wellness and holistic practices. It is her goal to help her clients get to know themselves, unpack their baggage, untwist their thinking, and begin to live a life they love.
About Kristen, LMFT
Do you often feel that your life is off track or unbalanced with feelings of anxiety, everyday stressors? Have you experienced a traumatic event? No matter the root or cause, we all experience some irregularities in our mood. Some we can control and others we cannot. This is the unfortunate truth. As we build rapport and start to trust each other through our client-counselor relationship, we will explore different strategies that will help you in recognizing those difficulties. By doing this, we delve into the true causes of certain feelings and emotions that may be interrupting your everyday life with the hopes of addressing each one.
Each client is different in their own unique way and that is what makes my role so rewarding. Kristen considers being able to help individuals have a healthy perception of themselves as well as strengthen their relationships throughout all domains of their lives, a passion that she will never take for granted. With that being said, she has worked with a diverse group of people from children and adults to families across ethnic backgrounds and cultures.
Throughout her time spent as a counselor, Kristen has learned that not one exact approach is used for every client. She will employ different techniques and coping mechanisms that will assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Please feel confident in knowing that she has been trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches including behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, client-centered therapy, existential therapy, dialectal behavior therapy, and integrative therapies.
Kristen’s educational background includes a Master degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington D.C., of which she graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Before this, she had earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kean University in Union, N.J. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with the hopes to graduate sometime in the next few years. Her passion for schooling has always been her motivational drive. These backgrounds have led Kristen to her role as a counselor in many different practices and areas of expertise.
She has worked as a school counselor assisting children with impulse control, ADD, ADHD, IED, ASD, and a range of other childhood diagnoses. Kristen had the privilege of working in a family-based practice focusing on different types of trauma, assault, loss, divorce/separation, couple’s mitigation, sexual trauma, neglect, victimization, as well as court-ordered individuals with the hopes of lowering recidivism. This led her into a more detailed role as a counselor that focused on populations with a clinical background in areas such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar illnesses, eating disorders, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Kristen also had the honor of working as a case manager for the Department of Defense Safe Helpline assisting military personnel, both domestically and abroad, who experienced sexual assault and/or trauma gain the help they deserve.
Today, Kristen is happy to say that these accomplishments have led her to work for this familial-driven practice, The Mental Mediator. The name says it all and requires a team-based approach that guides our practice to certain standards and ideals for our clients. The more focused we are regarding your treatment plan, mental health stability, mediation and balance of life’s everyday struggles, the more success in our client-counselor relationships. As a counselor, Kristen is completely honest, driven, motivated, and determined to the stability of your overall health and lifestyle. Her personality and belief system shine through in her philosophy which states: Doing hard and uncomfortable things will eventually build character and make one stronger than they were before. Kristen hopes that she has the pleasure and opportunity of building your client-counselor relationship one day!
About Brandee, Intern Counselor
I received a Bachelor degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix in 2014. I am currently a student in the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers University. Through what I have learned in this program so far, I know that who we are depends on many factors. I also know that we all have the power within ourselves to change our thinking and our situation. Evidence-based, ethical and person-centered care is what I strive for in my work with clients. I also strongly endorse holistic therapy that includes nutrition and exercise. As a military spouse, my home is wherever the Air Force sends us. I am a New Jersey transplant and have traveled the world with my family. I have learned over the years to adapt to many situations and many different people. I wear many hats as many of us do and I know from personal experience we all need a helping hand sometimes. I have a passion for the mental health field and truly appreciate the opportunity to form a therapeutic relationship with each and every client.
About Kim, Intern Counselor
Feeling as if your stuck in a cycle of forever anxiousness can become so overwhelming and often times, we struggle to find our way out and lose ourselves even more. The first step in saying I need help is the most empowering step any of us can take. After that first step, the first day of the rest of your life begins. My name is Kim and I have been a substance abuse counselor for nine years. I have worked in many modalities including therapeutic communities and intensive outpatient/co-occurring. I’ve worked with chronically mentally ill performing outreach teaching activities of daily living. I was a facilitator for children who were grieving the loss of family members through deployment, death, or divorce. I’ve worked in assessment centers where I was responsible for educating clients on the profound effect our emotions have over our thoughts and how they essentially effect our behaviors. I’m comfortable working with any age range and look forward to learning together how to focus on your goals and following your journey to greatness.
About Ashley, Intern Counselor
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BA in Psychology, currently working towards a MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy at Capella University. Ashley has worked as a nanny, case manager, and career readiness instructor. What do these jobs have in common? Each involves working with individuals of various backgrounds, addressing challenging life situations, and assisting those with a desire for change. Working in mental health, Ashley always tried to help clients understand that they are not defined by their diagnosis, but rather it is something that they have. In the role of nanny, Ashley has worked with children to learn how to express themselves in a healthy manner and identify triggers for negative behaviors. She has also volunteered with her home church as a teen ministry leader, in which she held monthly groups for teens, providing an opportunity to express struggles with school, family, personal life, etc.
Ashley views life as a jigsaw puzzle. Looking at each piece, you only get a fraction of the picture. It looks broken, lacking in importance, but once you begin connecting the pieces, you realize that every piece plays a significant role in creating the beautiful masterpiece. The circumstances encountered or challenges that are faced from day to day are the pieces to our life’s puzzle; sometimes we just need help connecting those pieces. Counseling provides a safe space to begin working towards resolving past hurts, communication issues, and simply a way to manage all that life throws at you. Our history cannot be re-written, but our future has the potential to be greater. It is her goal to assist individuals with navigating the “-ships” in their lives and discover how the puzzle pieces of their life fit together.
About Dee, Intern Counselor
Dee graduated Rider University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dee is currently finishing her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rider University. During her time as a student, Dee works to bring awareness to social injustices and bring inclusivity and equality to all. Dee additionally has clinical experience working with adults who struggle with addiction and is passionate about advocating for mental health. Dee works from a Person Centered Approach and lets her clients be their own expert of their problems/solutions while she is there to help support them, judgement free. Dee additionally uses person centered skills during sessions such as genuineness, encouragement, empathetic listening, and more. Dee’s goal is to make her clients comfortable throughout their time together and to work together to achieve the goals the client sets for themselves. Dee understands that life can be complicated and she is here to help you get through those hurdles life throws at you!
About Candice, Intern Counselor
Candice is a senior at Felician University completing her Master of Counseling Psychology program. She is working diligently towards her LPC and would eventually like to open her own private practice. Candice has experience working those deemed clinically high risk and predominantly worked with adolescents prior to joining our team. Her crisis intervention skills combined with her training in CBT allows her to meet clients where they are in their mental health journey. Candice would love the opportunity to work with you to achieve the best version of yourself.
Dana works as the Executive Assistant to Shannon Shadman at The Mental Mediator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and plans to continue her education to become an Art Therapist. She oversees all administrative aspects of the office including marketing, networking, client concerns and can direct you to the sources needed for your wellness journey.
Michelle graduated from Independence University with an Associate of Occupational Studies in Medical Specialties Degree. Her specialty is in medical billing. Michelle’s passion for working within the healthcare field stemmed from her love for working with people. Michelle helps navigate the sometimes-complicated billing process for the clients at The Mental Mediator while ensuring your concerns are heard and handled!
Shawna is a recent graduate of Rowan University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As the Administrative Assistant for The Mental Mediator, she will handle client scheduling, questions, and concerns. Navigating the services available to you can be overwhelming. By guiding you to a clinician best suited for your needs, she will be there to assist you along your journey to wellness.
About Dr. Orange, MD
Orange is a highly educated tabby cat who oversees productivity here at The Mental Mediator. His theoretical orientation can be explained by the quote, "The only thing a cat worries about is what is happening right now" -Lloyd Alexander. Part time he pursues his second passion as a model for the @mentalmediator instagram page. In his free time he enjoys sleeping, exploring, sitting in his spot on the couch and spending quality time with his sister, Sydney. When he is putting in office hours he fully encourages everyone who comes in to pet him...for purrrr-ely scientific reasons.