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.


Our COUNSELORS


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.

Specializations:

  • Counseling children, teens and adults who experience
  • Relationship issues, poor self-images,
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Treatment in substance abuse and mental health. 

LiSA DeVRIES, LPC, NCC

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

Before coming to Youth & Family Counseling, Lisa worked for 30 years, counseling at-risk youth. At the same time, she designed and sold custom comic books and papier-mâché sculptures. She studied art and theatre in New York City and uses the arts in counseling, when appropriate. Lisa feels that exercise is important to mental and emotional health and has been working out for several years. 

She earned a M.Ed. from Rutgers and her M.A. in Counseling at Kean. Lisa has advanced training in Couples Counseling and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Although she uses several counseling modalities, she considers herself to be a Humanistic therapist, focusing on the present, and integrating her clients’ past experiences and behavior patterns to achieve a greater understanding of who the client is today.

Specializations:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Youth Counseling

 
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MAUREEN AMBINDER, RN, Pscyhiatric NURSE

Maureen Ambinder has been a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse for the last 25 years; working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings including Residential, Partial Care and Outpatient settings.  Maureen is a graduate of Rutgers Universityx where she earned a Master’s degree in Adult Mental Health.  She has worked in various child/adolescent programs.  Maureen has pursued continuing education in alternative therapeutic modalities and she uses an integrated approach, considering all aspects of an individual’s life in working with her clients.

 


Andrew BLANCO, LCSW

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 GLASS, LCSW, LCADC

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.


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.

 


Allan Iuspa, LCSW, CSW

Allan graduated from Fordham University School of Social Work with a Masters in Social Work and became licensed in New Jersey and certified in New York State. He has been employed in family Counseling Agencies and Community Mental Health Centers as well as private practice. Allan has clinical experience with marital issues, parent-child relations, individual adjustment disorders as well as severe mental disorders. His clinical orientation is eclectic.


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 

Hobbies, Interests: Coach for youth girls and Boys Basketball and Softball ages 6-12 for 6 years 



 

OFFICE STAFF


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 2 years. 


Brittany Halpern, Office Assistant

Brittany graduated Suma Cum Laude with her Bachelors in Business Science with a concentration in marketing. She has recently joined the Youth and Family Counseling Service family to assist with daily operations and facilitate marketing our services.