Our Therapists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome! My name is Kara Kushnir and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as the founder of A Work of Heart Counseling Center. I feel it is a privilege to empower individuals and families to cope with life's stressers, heal emotional wounds, and feel empowered to overcome whatever obstacles they face.

My approach is down to earth, genuine, and supportive. To me, modern therapy is about real people having real conversations; so while I I use evidence-based clinical practices, I make therapy feel like coffee with a good friend who helps guide you towards solutions to your problems for the world we live in today. I don't believe in a "one size fits all" approach to therapy, so while I am trained in a number of clinical modalities including CBT, DBT, exposure and response prevention (EXRP), psychodynamics theory, and family systems therapy, I use an eclectic and person-centered approach to each client. I am committed to treating mental health issues, relationship issues, school issues, parent-child conflicts, child behavior issues, and other difficulties that arise in life in a collaborative manner so that my clients feel seen and heard. Together, we can work to identify solutions that will reduce anxiety and negative behaviors, lift depression and improve self-esteem. My focus is on helping you discover the obstacles that are keeping you and your family from enjoying life, and taking them down together!

Some of my specializations include working with children/teens with anxiety or depression, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, life transitions, self-esteem related issues, LGBTQ youth, parent coaching, future planning for families of children with disabilities, family therapy, counseling for young adults and engaged couples, school related issues, and changing family dynamics. I am a graduate of Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and have pursued advanced training in working with children and adolescents. I am also a member of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and have experience as a school social worker on a child study team, as well as prior experience in geriatrics and in-home counseling through Perform Care

 

 

 

 

 

Hi! My name is Kristen, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I love working with children, teens, young adults and families to help them lead fulfilling and successful lives. I look forward to helping you with whatever concerns or questions you look to address in therapy.

My approach to therapy is down to earth, genuine and humanistic. I believe that a feeling of comfort walking through the door helps create a place where you can spark great transformation. I do not believe in a one size fits all model, and I use an eclectic variety of evidence based practices from CBT, DBT, play therapy, structural family therapy, as well as mindfulness based strategies. In addition, I also have specialized training in Exposure Response therapy to treat specific phobias or OCD and behavioral training to help target unwanted behaviors children may display. My approach to modern therapy means that instead of being an authority sitting across from you, I am another human being helping you connect the dots in your life one conversation at a time.

I specialize in the clinical treatment of diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, phobias, OCD and Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also help individuals with concerns around self esteem, social skills, life transitions, future planning for young adults with disabilities, school related issues, changing family dynamics and young women navigating modern dating. I am a graduate of New York University's Silver School of Social Work, and have experience working on a child study team as well as prior experience in outpatient services with children and adults. Likewise, I have worked with children through in-home counseling services through Perform Care. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! My name is Amanda and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My favorite part of being a therapist is empowering the individuals I serve within a safe and supported environment. I have a passion for helping children, teens and adults cope with their difficulties and life challenges, resolve problems or conflicts, and enhance their quality of life. I graduated with an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and received my Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University. My work ranges from treating children, teens and adults with varying clinical diagnoses included but are not limited to anger management, trauma, anxiety, grief counseling, ADHD, low self-esteem, and stress management. I recently completed a New York University’s Post Master’s Certificate Program in Child and Family Therapy. 

In addition to having experience working in various outpatient settings offering psychotherapy to teens and adults, Amanda works as a school social worker in an urban elementary school as a school social worker. Amanda offers flexible appointment times including weekend appointments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Angela and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work with my Masters of Social Work, and I have also completed a certification in Trauma-Focused CBT. I continue to explore new research and evidence to better assist those I work with. 

 

As a clinician, I truly believe that each and every person is unique and worthy of therapy that matches their own individual needs. Life can become complex and difficult- whether planned or unplanned, and I am committed to guiding you through these times with a humanistic, strengths based, and solutions focused approach.  Therapy at times may seem daunting and scary, but my goal is to create a safe and comfortable space to make any difficulties become a bit lighter to hold. 

 

I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with vastly different diagnoses and problem areas including but not limited to anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-esteem, trauma, child behavioral management, parent coaching, stress management, and grief counseling. I have also worked as an Intensive In-Community Therapist working with both children and their parent/guardians, in addition to my work with populations in children and adult outpatient settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello! My name is Erin and I am a Licensed clinical Social Worker. I am passionate about working with individuals and couples in a caring, supportive, and nonjudgmental manner. I consider it a privilege to help you achieve your goals and improve your relationships and life.

 We are all unique individuals with our own stories, therefore my approach to therapy is holistic and genuine. The therapeutic relationship is developed through meeting needs as they arise during periods of adjustment, change, milestones or crisis. We will work together to help you feel more in control, confident and happy. Therapy is not a one size fits all model so through evidence based practices such as CBT, mindfulness, meditation and family systems therapy we will alleviate distress and promote growth and well being.

 

I specialize in perinatal mental health and mood disorders, perinatal loss and bereavement, women’s issues, family/relationship stressors, anxiety and depression and navigating through life’s transitions in young adulthood. 

 

I graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. I have advanced training in perinatal mental health from Postpartum Support International (PSI) as well as training and certification in perinatal loss and bereavement through Resolve Through Sharing (RTS). I am a member of Postpartum is Support International and the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers . I have experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings with children, adolescents, and adults. 

Amanda Shaw, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Consultant

Kristen Sellix, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Consultant

Kara Kushnir, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Founder

Angela Buck, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Consultant

Erin Smith, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Consultant

Women's Mental Health, Fertility & Couples

Children - Teens - Young Adults

Children - Adolescents - Families

Children - Teens - Young Adults

Children 8 & up - Teens - Families

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