Youth & Family Counseling Services of New Jersey - with a total of over 100 years of experience at the agency, enable the Youth and Family Counseling Service to provide excellent skills which help resolve problems and strengthen the individual and family. The staff consists of licensed New Jersey clinicians but we are pleased to announce our recent partnership with Psychiatric nurse, Maureen Ambinder.


Carol M. Pedro, Executive Director, LPC

Kean University, MA, Counselor Education

Carol joined YFCS in 2007 and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2011. Carol has developed and implemented Parent, Children and Family Programs for East Orange General Hospital and other Private Community Mental Health Programs.


  • Counseling children, teens and adults who experience

  • Relationship issues, poor self-images,

  • Anxiety and depression.

  • Treatment in substance abuse and mental health.


Rutgers University, M.Ed, Education, Kean University, MA, Counseling

Before coming to Youth & Family Counseling, Lisa was an educational counselor for at-risk youth. Her experience in teaching, school counseling, and college advising have proved to be useful tools when working with clients who have academic anxiety. 

Lisa feels that exercise and laughter are important to mental and emotional health.  She has designed and sold custom comic books and paper-mache sculptures.  She uses a blend of Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other modalities, to assist clients in moving closer to their personal goals.

Lisa is an Approved Counselor Supervisor and offers supervision for students and interns who are working toward licensure.  She has been with our group since 2013.


  • Academic Anxiety

  • Couples Counseling

  • Counseling Supervision



Andrew has been working as a psychotherapist for over a decade now. His clinical experience is focused on child psychotherapy and family counseling. He is also trained and certified to teach yoga and meditation.  

Experience: After graduating from New York University in 2008, he began honing his clinical skills while working with adolescents at Orange High School. In 2015 he began working with Youth and Family Counseling Service of Westfield. 

Fun Fact: Andrew can play more than three musical instruments!


Brian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He earned a Masters Degree in Social Work with a Concentration in Clinical Practice with Children and Families from Monmouth University in 2011. He has several years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential settings for children/adolescents; hospital based mental health/substance with adults; and community based mental health/substance abuse with adults.    

His clinical approach is person centered where the client is the expert on their lives. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, substance abuse, and behavioral problems. In his free time, Brian enjoys several activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and fishing. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Brian has been with our group since 2014!

Andrea Peyser, LCSW

Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and brings to Youth and Family Counseling Service an extensive career background in law. She is experienced in Family Therapy and works with children alone and conjointly with their parents. Andrea works with new parents, particularly mothers with post-partum depression and anxiety. She has run groups for adolescent girls, children with special learning issues, and youth at risk of becoming involved in delinquency. Andrea trained at the Bronx VA Hospital and counseled veterans on a range of issues including trauma, substance abuse, relationship violence and adjustment after service. Using a solution-focused approach, she provides both short-term solution-focused therapy and more intensive psychodynamic therapy.  Andrea has been with our group since 2013.


Todd Loffredo, MA, LPC, LCADC


Todd is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). He held a private Practice from 2008 to the present servicing patients from depression and anxiety to any substance abuse disorder. As a group leader, Todd covers topics ranging from stressors and triggers that lead to relapse and tips that can avoid relapse.  Todd has been with our Group since 2012




Diana SHOBACK, office Manager

Diana graduated from Moravian College with a B.A. in Buisness Management. She has been working in the medical field for the past 30 years and has been working at Youth and Family Counseling Service for 7 years.