Allies In Caring
Allies In Caring, Inc. is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in promoting culturally-responsive, mental health services for diverse populations. We recognize that persisting racial and ethnic disparities in health care are major clinical, public health, and societal problems. Our approach to culturally competent responsiveness involves:
- provision of language accessible and culturally affirmative; counseling, education and community advocacy
- focus on supporting the development of bilingual/ bicultural professionals and
- collaboration with key stakeholders and constituency groups.
Our counselors specialize in the following evidence-based models:
- Systems Centered Therapy (SCT)
- Mindfulness Based Interventions: ACT, MBCT, DBT
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Providers for Camden County
Amy Ashenfelter (MA) (IIC & IIH) (DD Experience) is the Clinical Director of Allies in Caring and a Master's level therapist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Applied Psychology from Rowan University and a certificate from Drexel University in Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently pursuing BCBA certification. She has post-graduate training in play therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing with experience using CBT, sand tray and art as therapy. Amy uses an eclectic, strengths based approach that values the importance of the family system. She has extensive experience working with children and families affected by DCPP involvement, foster care, adoption, trauma, stress, grief/loss, AD/HD, anger issues, mood disorders, and abandonment/neglect. She has had opportunities to work with child survivors of human trafficking and a solid understanding of the challenges, needs and resources for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. (C: 609-560-9905)
Laurie Colón (MA) (IIC) (Spanish) is a bi-cultural Licensed Social Worker, fluent in English and Spanish. She has experience working with and understands the challenges, needs and strengths of immigrants. Ms. Colón specializes in transitions, acculturation, anger issues, anxiety and stress Ms. Colón utilizes the following interventions: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Positive Behavior Support and Motivational Interviewing. Her services include social skills coaching, financial management, positive behavior interventions and conflict resolution. ( C: 201-673-2357)
Veronica Vega (MA) [Spanish] is a bilingual Master’s level therapist fluent in English and Spanish. She has training as a domestic violence counselor and possesses extensive experience working with diverse populations in the community. She utilizes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Client-centered therapy, and Integrative therapy in realizing behavior modification. Veronica specializes in working with adolescents/ young adults, individuals struggling with eating disorders, stress/transitions, domestic violence/ abuse and/or acculturation. She embraces the importance of behavior modification, Veronica comprehends and encourages those who feel capable and accomplished, she believes these individuals hold the power to build confidence and empower others within their community. (C: 856-784-8048)
Joseph G. Williams (MA)(IIC) has over fifteen years of community mental health experience. He utilizes interventions grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Applied Behavioral Analysis. Mr. Williams is a licensed social worker in NJ and PA, and also a Licensed Behavior Specialist in PA. He specializes in trauma, stress, domestic violence, transitions, acculturation, grief and loss, social anxiety and isolation, anger issues, mood disorders, abandonment and neglect. (C: 215-380-4282)
Michelle Guerra (IIC, IIH) (MA) is a Licensed Behavior Specialist and possesses a certificate in Trauma-Focused CBT. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field in various roles and has received numerous awards for her dedication, leadership and service. Michelle strives to break down barriers and stigmas associated with mental health through educating and training others. She provides sensitivity training to help educators understand the disparities often faced by children and their families and how it impacts their school environment. She is deeply committed to helping others, and is amazed by how the efforts of one person can truly make a difference in promoting awareness in the field of mental health. Michelle specializes in working with youth who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, mood disorders, abandonment, and neglect. She possesses an extensive working knowledge of CBT, Play Therapy, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Systems-Centered Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. (C: 215-768-3871)
Timmia Dreher (MS)(IIH)(ISS 1&2) is a master's level Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC expected March 2018) who possesses moderate experience with Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and adults. She has experience with ABA, CBT and addiction counseling. Ms. Dreher has worked with youth and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities for over five years in group home and in-home settings. She also has a special interest in parenting, life skills and career coaching with large groups. (C: 856-580-2006)
Diane Rogbeer-Ortiz (Tech 1 & 2) has over 23 years of professional experience in Human Services. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Societal Change. Ms. Ortiz is a forward-thinking, resourceful and multi-faceted professional with experience in leadership and behavioral management. She is collaborative, adaptable, and versatile, with excellent communication and interpersonal abilities enabling her to build rapport with individuals, family members, and communities. Her approach helps to build sustainable relationships and healthier families. (C: 856-516-5001)
Ryan Schaefer (BA) (IIC) is a behavioral assistant who has experience worked with children with a variety of disabilities and needs. He also has experience working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Ryan specializes in the application of emotional support, sport-based interventions, positive behavior interventions, life skills coaching, communication coaching and emotional intelligence training. (C: 856-649-6631)
Tracy Mastrangelo (ISS Tech. 1) is a certified Teacher of the Handicapped with a BA degree in Special Education. Most of her professional experience has been with behaviorally challenged students with various disabilities in and out of district educational facilities. In this environment, she developed skills in conflict resolution, positive behavior interventions, and career coaching. Tracy has developed and implemented positive behavior modification plans as well as coping and accountability for explosive behaviors. In addition to her teaching certificate, she is also a certified Structured Learning Experience Coordinator. Advocacy and special education rights are of special interest to Tracy.
Susan A. Clark (MA) (IIC) (Spanish) is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who has training in the following areas: Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay. Susan has expertise in working with children with developmental trauma, especially related to attachment, and has done extensive parent coaching. She received a certificate in Adoption Studies from Rutgers University and is pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist. Susan has lived and worked in multiple lesser-resourced countries in the field of public health, and appreciates a collaborative, strength-based approach to helping vulnerable families.
Deanna Richards (BA) (Tech 1 & 2) is a behavioral assistant who is expected to have her BA certification as of July 2017 She graduated from Rowan University with a bachelors' degree in Psychology and a minor in sociology. She began college as an early childhood education major, so she understands what fosters appropriate maturation for a child. She has experience with adolescents and adults with a wide variety of behaviors and symptoms, mostly related to autism and traumatic brain injuries. Through previous employment, Deanna has become specialized in mood disorders, anger issue, trauma, and stress. Also, Ms. Richards' intervention tools include, but are not limited to, art based interventions, conflict resolution, safe and positive approaches, and decision-making skills training.
Lorena Colon (Bilingual) (BA), is a behavioral assistant who has been working in the social field for nine years. She possesses a Master’s Degree in Criminal justice with concentration in Labor Relations. She has worked with families (children and adult) with behavioral difficulties, as well as depression, anxiety and different needs. Here intervention tools include: Positive behavioral supports, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, parenting coaching, and mediation. In her work Lorena utilizes her understanding of culture-based norms to support family dynamics and social re-integration into the community.
Loraine Molano (Bilingual) (BA) 8 years of experience in tending to children in a classroom setting. She knows how to demand the attention of a classroom while remaining calm and engaging the children in a fun energetic academic way. In recent years, she has learned how to apply positive behavior interventions and anti-bullying strategies to the classrooms she tends to. She has obtained 109 credits at Rowan University, where she plans to graduate in the Spring of 2018. Her major is in Psychology with a specialization on child behavioral services. She is knowledgeable in the areas of computer application, data entry, customer service, and adult and child care.
Genessis Garcia (Bilingual)(BA) is currently working towards her BA certification. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish. She is a student at Camden County College majoring in psychology with a 4.0 GPA. She has taken courses in early childhood education and child psychology. She understands the culture of immigrants, the challenges, need and strengths. This understanding has driven her to train as a BA so that she may be an advocate for immigration families. She is dedicated and willing to expand her knowledge and education in different interventions and specialties. She is patient, hardworking, and kind. She has worked with and cared for children with autism and AD/HD. She has experience working with children of all ages. (C: 856-524-3473)
Glenn Alleman, Jr (BA) (ASL) for Allies in Caring since August 2017. Glenn sign fluently in American Sign Language and has basic knowledge to write in Spanish Language and some knowledge of Spanish Sign Language including Mexican (L.S.M.) Glenn came from an experienced background in mental health which serves variety of deaf and hard of hearing clients with behavioral and/or mental disorders including clients with multiple disabilities. He was also trained to practice hands free restraint techniques and self-defense and escape route called T.A.C.T. He also have extensive knowledge of cognitive behavior training (CBT) also was trained and took classes on approaches, interventions, discussion, and many more taught by Neil Glickman Ph.D himself who wrote a book based on this. Glenn also is working on getting himself back into college to complete his degree in Social Work at Rowan College either Gloucester County or Gallaudet University where he can either work towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Glenn also have worked with children and youth adolescents from various backgrounds and troubles which places them in our care at the former group home that Glenn worked at before. He also supervises the residence serving adolescents in Pennsylvania.
Valerie Colquitt Wright (IIC) (IIH), since 1985. She has worked in the social work field for over 30 years and holds a Master Degree in Social Work from Temple University School of Social Administration. She has worked with children and youth struggling with mood disorders, trauma, personality disorders, behavior issues and children with autism. She utilizes positive behavioral supports, art therapy, cognitive behavioral and solution focused therapy, trauma focused therapy, parent-child psycho-therapy and other interventions. Her approach is strength based with the goal of empowerment for the children, youth and families she serves.
Geoff Gardner (IIH) has worked with children and adults of all ages in a variety of mental health care treatment settings including residential, outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, as well as school and educational settings. Geoff utilizes intervention methods such as CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Positive Behavior Interventions, Life Skills and Communication coaching, decision-making skills and emotional intelligence training, Mindfulness-Based therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, and addiction counseling. Geoff specializes in working with those suffering from issues related to trauma, mood disorders including depression and anxiety, attention or focus, anger management, addiction, and family relationships. (C: 609-408-1163)
Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington Counties
Glenn Moore, LPC (IIH, IIC) (French, basic Spanish) possesses both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and an Ed. M. in Psycho-educational Processes. He is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Glenn has received formal training in and currently employs the following modalities in his clinical practice: CBT, DBT, MI, Systems-Centered Therapy, Psycho-dynamics, EFT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and ABA among others. He has over 15 years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults from all cultural and socioeconomic tapestries in assisting clients to reduce symptoms and behavioral challenges around depression, anxiety, PTSD. ADHD, defiance, opposition, anger, grief and loss, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and many other diagnoses. (C: 215-518-2827)
Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Burlington, Atlantic Counties
Aryanna Hanson (IIH) has experience working with youth ages 2-19 facing a variety of traumas, immigration concerns, abuse and neglect, and developmental disabilities. She has been trained in Adlerian theory, play therapy and art therapy, which she incorporates into an eclectic, play therapy – based orientation to counseling. Aryanna’s experience includes working at a therapeutic preschool for children of immigrants, working with art therapy for siblings of gang members, and a domestic violence group for children in a women’s shelter. She has experience working with a variety of LGBT+ identities and has a special interest in sex and gender issues. Aryanna believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to foster healthy families, positive development, and strong self-esteem. (C: 312-734-9491)
Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Burlington, Salem, and Atlantic Counties
Samantha Wurst (IIH) has experience working with both elementary and high school-aged youth. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices in individuals therapy to assist youth in achieving recovery and stabilization goals. Ms. Wurst’s areas of expertise include anger management, emotional regulation, anxiety, and depression. She always strives to engage family members in developing healthy communication skills. (C: 856-689-0306)
Evelym J. Rivera (MA) [Spanish] is a bilingual, bi-cultural mental health counselor with experience working with children and families in the Hispanic communities for last 20 years. She has training in Family therapy, Domestic violence, Filial therapy and Trauma. She likes to provide education, support to improve family communication and solving problem skills. She also has been leading support groups for women and parents from immigrant children that are dealing with reunification issues. (C: 609-313-3372)
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Last Updated: 05/13/22