Meet the Therapists

Marie Scodari

MSW, LCSW, Director

Marie has been a MSW since 1982 and became licensed in 1994 when licenses were permitted in the field. Marie has been in the field of social work since 1982 and began her private practice in 1989. Ms. Scodari has been trained in many of the modalities offered at Inner Light. Some of Marie’s training and certifications include EMDR, NIP (new identity process), Gestalt Therapy, Imago Therapy (couple’s therapy), Seimei, the Journey Process and Minuchin Family Therapy. Inner Light Counseling and Holistic Center was born out of her passion for helping clients get the most out of their therapeutic treatment. Marie uses a psycho-dynamic therapeutic approach while incorporating many of the above mentioned action therapies. She believes in treating the whole person – body, mind, emotions and spirit. Marie works with our adult clients.

Hope Capra


Hope received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and a law degree from Columbia University. Trained in psychodynamic therapy, she also draws on more interactive modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused problem solving, and Non-Violent Communication.

In addition, Hope offers therapies that support the connections between the mind and the body. She is a certified Core Energetics practitioner, a certified medical Qi Gong practitioner, and is trained in EMDR. Her practice includes individuals of all ages as well as couples and families. Hope’s integrated holistic and personalized approach addresses common concerns such as anxiety, sadness, and indecision. She particularly enjoys helping clients improve family, friend, and workplace relationships. She also has years of experience working with survivors of abuse, trauma, high-conflict family dynamics, and addiction-related issues. Hope brings patience, compassion, open-mindedness, and pragmatism to her work.

Hope believes therapy is a creative quest leading to enhanced health, fulfillment and aliveness.

Eileen Walton


Eileen Walton is a Board Certified Professional Counselor. She received the distinction as a testament to her professional excellence from the American Psychotherapy Association in May 2008. Eileen has been a therapist at Inner Light Counseling Center since 2006. In her practice, Eileen specializes in individual and couples counseling. She employs an eclectic approach utilizing numerous psychodynamic techniques, which aim at healing developmental wounds. Eileen is certified in Reiki and Journey process. She is also certified in Psychological First Aid and Traumatic Incident Intervention. Additionally, Eileen is certified in Advanced Post Traumatic Stress Management and is an active member of the Essex County Traumatic Loss Coalition. Eileen has extensive experience in dealing with a variety of childhood and adolescent issues.

Ashley Romero


Ashley is delighted to continue her journey at Inner Light. Ashley is a Licensed Social Worker, and earned her master’s degree with honors from Rutgers University in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of NJ in 2007. During school, Ashley had extensive education in mental health, gender/LGBTQ issues, and loss and bereavement. Ashley has also earned a certificate in An Introduction to the Hakomi Method, based on Mindfulness and Somatics in Experiential Psychotherapy. In addition to her education, Ashley has experience working with children and families that have been referred to Child Protective Services, adults and adolescents in out-patient hospital settings, and individuals with mental and physical limitations.

Ashley seeks to create an environment for people of all ages and backgrounds to feel connected, safe, and honored as the divine and unique person they are with kindness, compassion and non-judgment as a means to do so. Ashley has found her way to successfully customize a client’s journey based on the client’s needs and goals, while recognizing that in order to get well- we have to focus on not only the mind, but the body and spirit as well.

With that notion, Ashley blends a variety of techniques and modalities when working with others (mindfulness and meditation, art, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, solution focused, and Gestalt therapy) in this way, clients are receiving the most from their counselors experience . Outside of Inner Light, Ashley is pursuing her yoga teaching certification and is an avid supporter of many environmental and animal welfare organizations. “You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”- Buddha.

Judy Rogers


Judy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, a Master’s in Education from the College of New Jersey and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of New Jersey. Judy has 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field and has learned that regardless of our outer differences, we all cope with many of the same feelings, fears, anxieties and life concerns on the inside.

One of her guiding priciples is “To make the unspoken – spoken” and in doing so we ease the power of our fears and worries by working through them openly and with courage. She also believes “A good cry is worth a thousand words”. Judy has extensive experience helping others recover from loss and trauma and has worked with victims of major disasters like Sept 11 and Hurricane Sandy. Judy utilizes a mind/body and person centered approach with the goal of empowerment and recovery. She specializes in women’s issues, recovery from trauma, addiction and codependency, personal growth and enhanced self awareness.

“We are mind, body, feelings and spirit and all must be engaged in this journey for a fulfilling life”.

Margaret Huettenmoser


Margaret Huettenmoser joined the staff of Inner Light Counseling in June of 2015. Ms. Huettenmoser graduated from Rutgers UMDNJ with honors receiving a dual Bachelor Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Psychology going on to receive her Master’s in Social Work from Kean University.

Ms. Huettenmoser has experience working for various populations with a focus on mental health, individual, marriage and family issues. She has specialized in work with individuals, couples and families to begin to heal trauma from mental illness, addiction, depression, grief and loss. Ms. Huettenmoser uses an eclectic approach with techniques that include mindfulness relaxation, anger expression and cognitive/behavioral therapy. She takes a holistic approach to implement strategies and therapy focusing on deepening relationships, a positive sense of self, the healing of mind, body and spirit.

Ms. Huettenmoser assists individuals and couples to recognize and utilize their full potential to heal. She provides a safe and supportive environment to enhance and promote the well-being of individuals and families.

Joann Lee Anderson


Joann Lee Anderson, MSW, LSW, CAC, CCTP, CSAT is a licensed social worker, certified addictions counselor and trauma therapist. She is also a certified sexual addiction therapist. Joann graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Social Work in 1987.

Joann has post graduate training from the Ackerman Family Institute and in Gestalt Theory, psychodynamic therapies and mindfulness stress reduction and EMDR.

Joann is known for her warm, relaxed and supportive approach to therapy. Her approach involves genuine caring, sympathy, acceptance and non-judgement. Joann works with clients from a strength-based positive and affirming perspective. She treats a wide range of issues including substance abuse/addiction, behavioral addictions such as shopping, exercising and sexual addiction, depression, anxiety, other mental disorders, unresolved emotional issues, trauma and post-traumatic stress, low self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship/family concerns which include victims of sexual abuse/incest, eating disorders, codependency, children of addiction, separation and divorce, sexual addiction and their partners, betrayal trauma and chronic pain.

Joann has dedicated her life to helping others improve their lives and she considers it to be a privilege to be invited into her client’s inner lives and to accompany them on their journey through healing, change and self-empowerment.

Karen Fabian


She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2004.
Karen’s areas of specialization include mood disorders, anxiety and neurological, developmental and personality disorders. In addition, she has worked with many clients who are struggling after experiencing significant life changes or trauma stemming from various forms of loss or abuse.

Karen works with individuals, couples and families. Her approach is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy while integrating basic psychoanalysis and acceptance and commitment therapies.
In 2018, Karen obtained certification in EMDR.

Chris Foster


Chris is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a certificate in Ageing and Health. She has provided supportive counseling for the elderly and their caregivers. Chris’ experience also lies with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, conflict, grief, and loss. She has worked with clients who have severe and persistent mental illness, provided counseling and support for their families as well

Chris practice is based on the principle that effective counseling leads to freedom, connection, and a more fulfilling life. She has led numerous workshops on spirituality and on healthy living, as well as one-on-one counseling in spiritual wellness, and has taught classes on personal well-being.

Her approach is with a caring, sensitive, and compassionate understanding of individuals needs and challenges. Her conversational style is a nonjudgmental method, making her sessions with clients a safe and hopeful experience. She believes that mental and emotional healing are not only possible, but are the key to rediscovering our true selves.

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.”

-Marianne Williamson

Brittany Dhiman


Brittany is a Licensed Social Worker. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University with a clinical concentration in working with children and families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Brittany has advanced training in Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. Brittany’s areas of specialty include trauma, children and families, and chronic/terminal illness.

She is deeply committed to helping individuals and families heal and learn to manage issues related to depression, anxiety, grief/loss and substance abuse.

Brittany’s approach is supportive, relational and eclectic. She draws from modalities such as Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Play Therapy.

Anna Wilverding


Anna is a Licensed Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Centenary University and her Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University. Anna has worked with families in low income situations, homeless, the elderly community, parents, children and adolescents.

Anna is a certified Behavioral Assistant and Parenting Coach. She is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach, adolescents with substance use dependency, multicultural therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Anna has given seminars on the Enough Abuse program, preventing sexual abuse. She also volunteers at various assisted living facilities.

Elizan Morales

Ed. M, LSW

Elizan graduated from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Mental and Behavioral Health.

Elizan took his pedagogical roots and applied his initial masters degree towards case managing adolescents living with emotional and behavioral challenges. I n addition, he has worked with adults living with persistent and severe mental health challenges at Hunterdon Behavioral Health (HBH). Further areas of specialization include: christian (and all faiths) counseling, children/adolescents (11-17 yrs.), learning disabilities (ADD/ADHD), anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, persistent and severe mental health challenges, EAP counseling for conditions of employment, grief/loss, anger management, LGBT+ and marital challenges.

Elizan’s therapeutic style is that of Supportive Psychotherapy. Elizan offers a non-judgmental, safe, and caring presence to his clients.

Linda Guzik


Upon graduation from Bloomsburg University, Linda taught Special Education before attaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Linda is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with over 15 years of experience. She works with children, young adults, individuals and families. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Linda draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and their situation.

Linda’s areas of specialties include children and adolescents with behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, post partpartum depression, PTSD, relationship issues and marriage and family counseling. Linda also has a great deal of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse.

Elaine Harrison-Yau


Elaine graduated from Rutgers University with her Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Clinical Counseling. She holds a LSW as well as a Certification in Child & Adolescent Well-being. In addition to her MSW, Elaine holds Masters degrees in Special/General Education, and Educational Administration.

Prior to entering the field of Social Work, Elaine worked in Education with children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her specialties include child, adolescent, and family counseling. She also works with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Elaine uses a holistic approach when working with others and draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities; Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).

She believes everyone is an individual and is committed to helping them on the journey toward living a more mindful, valued life. She especially enjoys working with children, and adolescents, and through her work is compassionate and empathetic seeking to empower her clients through therapy.

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Paul Brandt

Karen Mitchell


Karen Mitchell is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker. She earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Adolescents and Families. Karen graduated in the top 1% of her class and was nominated by faculty and staff as an Outstanding MSW Student. Karen is a member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in New Jersey.

Karen has experience with individual, couple and family therapy. She also works closely with adolescents and families helping them manage the many stressors and challenges of development toward adulthood. Karen is proficient in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Centered Therapy. She has also received Upstander training to combat sexual assault, stalking, and interpersonal violence. Karen is a trained Sexual Assault Warmline Crisis volunteer through the Rutgers University Violence Prevention Victim Assitance program.

Karen believes in a collaborative client-therapist process and is ready to work with you to establish and reach goals together.

Rachel Shasho


Rachel Shasho is a Licensed Social Worker who received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a focus on child and family therapy. Rachel also earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Concordia College New York.

Rachel has experience treating clients with trauma, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders and ASD. Throughout the session, Rachel incorporates a variety of treatment approaches ranging from CBT, Psychodynamic therapies, mindfulness, expressive arts, and child-centered play therapy. Additionally, she helps guide clients through their thoughts and feelings to gain clarity about themselves in order to make wise decisions and build healthy relationships. Rachel firmly believes that communication even when it is difficult is one of the best ways to heal.

Rachel’s main goal in therapy is to provide clients a warm, supportive and safe space to work through challenges and build inner strength.

Carolyn Smiley


Carolyn holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunters College in NY. Carolyn is a licensed social worker in New Jersey and New York. She has over ten years of clinical experience in behavioral health.

Carolyn’s experience lies in the areas of Substance abuse, crisis intervention, hospice work with patients and their families, and sexual abuse and the severely mentally ill. She works with clients from adolescence through the life cycle integrating traditional psychotherapy and other leading models of treatment. Carolyn firmly believes in the power of human connection and through talk therapy, strives to free patients to trust their inner guides and to enjoy what is positive in life.

Sharon Shasho


Sarah Shasho is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work through Concordia College. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler College.

Sarah has experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADD & ADHD, social anxiety and substance abuse. In her practice she uses a variety of treatment approaches including, CBT, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts, Music Therapy, Child-centered Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Sarah believes in creating a warm and safe environment for clients to truly heal and maximize their full potential. In addition, she focuses on each client’s individual strengths and helps clients to use their strengths to overcome the challenges they are facing in life.

Stacey Nicholas


Stacey received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2008 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011. Stacey comes to Inner Light Counseling with experience in clinical supervision, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings.

Stacey has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Nurtured Heart, Structural Family Therapy and substance-related disorders. Her work with adolescents includes nine years of experience supervising a school-based therapeutic program focused on working with adolescents displaying school avoidant behavior as well as other mood disorders affecting their ability to function at their personal best. Stacey works with individuals, couples, and families.

“Research has confirmed for years that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to success in therapy. The goal of my work is to use that relationship to help my clients break free of unhealthy patterns they have developed due to their own past or the pain of their early relationships.”

Caitlin Kenny


Caitlin Kenny earned a Master’s of Social Work degree with honors and a clinical concentration. As an undergraduate, Caitlin earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. Caitlin is a licensed social worker and certified brain injury specialist.

In addition to mental health, Caitlin has studied topics such as gender, LGBTQ+ issues, dynamics of domestic violence, and the psychological/social impact of chronic illness/disability. Caitlin began her career working with people who have limitations related to cognitive and physical abilities. She seeks to empower her clients while utilizing a variety of techniques from approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness stress reduction.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ― Vivian Greene

Samantha Corbin


Samantha is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelors Degree from The University of Connecticut as a Psychology Major. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Boston College. Samantha started her career working with at risk adolescents in New Jersey. After receiving her masters, she also began working with adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Samantha has experience working with clients of all ages struggling with such issues as trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. In addition, she has a specialization in alcohol and substance abuse.

Samantha strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship. She focuses on a strength based approach in working with clients. She includes evidence based practices such as CBT, mindfulness, supportive psychotherapy and motivational interviewing to help her clients heal and grow as individuals. Samantha is committed to creating a safe, supportive environment for clients to work towards and achieve their personal goals.

Lisa K Zucker


Lisa is an LSW with over 15 years of clinical experience. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in Social Work, and a specialization in clinical practice. Lisa also attended a two-year post-graduate fellowship at the New Jersey Institute of Psychoanalysis, studying child development while working with children and families at the Institute.

A believer in the mind-body-spirit connection, Lisa began her career in healthcare as a medical social worker helping children, adults and families navigate through the health care system. She followed that experience working clinically in therapeutic foster care, school social work and family service agencies working with children, adolescents, individuals and families from all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.

Lisa’s vast experience includes working with clients coping with anxiety, depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorder and mood disorders, social anxiety, adjustment disorder, parent-child conflicts, marriage counseling, gender identity issues, health issues, women’s issues, and grief and loss. Lisa also has experience working at child development centers with children/adolescents who have learning disabilities, autism spectrum, and ADHD.

Lisa’s approach is sensitive and eclectic; she draws from her training in holistic and psychodynamic, therapies, including humanistic and gestalt, mindfulness, strengths perspective and narrative therapies, as well as family systems and play therapy.

She uses active listening during sessions, and has an empathic, non-judgmental, eclectic and collaborative style. Lisa believes that the therapist-client rapport is of utmost importance to successful treatment; her sessions are conducted in an atmosphere where clients feel part of the treatment plan and are at one with the process as they heal. They are supported and empowered in a safe, warm and comfortable environment, while reaching their goals of self-awareness, self growth and can work toward their authentic and true potential.

Katy Engel


Katy is a Licensed Social Worker who earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Social Work from the Nathan Weiss Graduate School of Kean University. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in New Jersey.

Katy is a Board of Trustee member of Caring Contact, a suicide prevention and crisis hotline in northern and central New Jersey, and is a part of their quality assurance committee, which provides educational training to call listeners. She is also a member of the Mental Health Committee in the town where she resides, working towards providing residents with supportive tools to navigate their own mental health.

Katy believes in the dynamic power of the therapeutic relationship. She has worked extensively with those who have experienced loss to help them navigate the grieving process. Her practice focuses on a strength-based approach in working with clients. She includes evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, imago therapy, supportive psychotherapy and motivational interviewing to help her clients heal and grow as individuals. She is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and is committed to creating and holding a safe, supportive space where clients can realize their full potential and lead happy, meaningful lives

Tammy Ivers


Tammy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling from Kean University.

Tammy is experienced in both intensive outpatient, partial care settings, and individual counseling in a private outpatient setting.

Tammy has worked with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families. The variety of issues she has experience with includes depression, anxiety , anger, addictions, crisis intervention, crisis assessments, suicidal ideation, grief and loss.

Tammy utilizes a variety of approaches including CBT, mindfulness, solution focused, nurtured heart approach and psychodynamic therapy. In addition, she maintains continued education in an effort to provide each client with the best therapeutic approach and wisdom to help them reach their goals. Counseling those reaching out for help is her passion; she believes that the counseling process will provide empowerment and a successful completion of each individuals goals.

Hieka Wiese


Hieka is a Licensed Social Worker who graduated from Kean University with her Masters in Social Work. In addition to her academic degrees, she holds a NJ state Domestic Violence Certificate and has trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach.

Hieka specialized in foster care and adoption issues. In addition, she has experience with such issues as addiction, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, anger management, crisis assessment and intervention and clients at risk of suicide. She works with children, adolescent, adults and families.

Hieka uses an eclectic approach in working with her clients including such modalities as the Nurtured Heart Approach, psychodynamic, family systems, meditation and supportive counseling. She believes that every individual has the ability to heal and grow to their fullest potential and is grateful to help her clients in this process.

Nancy Brooks


Nancy Brooks graduated from The College of St Elizabeth in1992 with a degree in Psychology. She received her MSW from New York University: The Ehrenkranz School of Social Work in 1994. She worked with both the adolescent and frail-adult population in California and Florida, while obtaining her licensure. She is currently a LCSW in the state of NJ, and is a LICSW in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Having a core belief in object relations theory and psychodynamic therapy, through years of practice, she expanded to a multi-model approach when helping others heal. She found that her psychodynamic background aligned perfectly with the Eastern and Spiritual philosophies that came to resonate with her. She includes elements of psychodynamic therapy Gestalt, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness practice in her life, and her work with others. Nancy currently works with the adult population. She has an interest in helping others heal inner wounds, while helping them navigate and improve their relationships with others.

Rachel Lippman


Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker. She graduated with her Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a clinical concentration. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Rachel's areas of specialty include trauma, conflict, grief, stress, anxiety and depression. The populations that Rachel specializes in include children, adolescents and young adults. She draws from such therapeutic modalities as Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and mindfulness techniques.

Rachel works with each person on an individualized basis, utilizing the best approach for each. She is deeply committed to helping them heal and grow.

Cara Banafato


Cara is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received her Masters in Social Work with a certificate in Violence Against Women and Children.

She is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Cara is passionate about helping clients heal from pain related to trauma, life transitions, relational difficulties, and mental health challenges. She believes in helping the client to use their existing strengths and then employing creative adaptations of evidence-based techniques. Cara believes in partnering with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs.

Cara utilizes several trauma-informed modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Additionally, Cara is experienced in play-based treatment for children and families including Theraplay and Sand Tray Therapy.

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