Navesink Counseling Associates Clinicians
Alicia Erickson Zink, MSW, LCSW
Alicia Erickson Zink, LCSW (managing partner) provides mental health counseling to individuals, couples and families. With an expertise in family therapy, Ms. Zink creates an empathetic, warm and supportive environment that promotes healing and growth. Individual, couples and group therapy areas include parenting, marriage, adolescence, self-harm, suicide, grief and bereavement, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, domestic abuse and LGBT. With over 10 years counseling experience, Ms. Zink began her career as the Pediatric Intensive Care Social Worker at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. In this role, Ms. Zink was responsible for providing direct clinical services through assessment, counseling, resources, and education services to pediatric patients and their guardians. While there, Ms. Zink expanded support services for the unit to include a Family Support Group and through collaboration with Bravery Hearts, initiated a bead program for congenital heart and heart transplant patients. Additionally, Ms. Zink has worked with the Family Service League in Montclair providing mental health counseling to individuals across the lifespan, couples and families in a unique setting designed from a family systems perspective including videotape and one-way mirror supervision. She also served as a school social worker in Maplewood Middle School where she provided individual counseling to students, co-facilitated social skills groups, collaborated with multi-disciplinary team of faculty, administrators and guided staff on Individualized Education Plans (IEP). She is credited with developing an anti-bullying research initiative at the school including an ongoing that resulted in the creation of an anti-bullying program within the school. Ms. Zink also currently works at Trinity Hall High School in Tinton Falls, NJ as the School Counselor. Ms. Zink earned her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 2005 specializing in Advanced Clinical Practice in Family, Youth and Children’s Services. An active member within her community, she has volunteered for the Junior League of Monmouth County for numerous years where she also served on the State Public Affairs Committee advocating for legislation on Human Trafficking laws in New Jersey. She also held the positions of Community Planning Chair where she responsible for the young girls empowerment program as well as the Community Director of the Board. Ms. Zink lives in Atlantic Highlands NJ, is married with three children, and enjoys traveling, cooking, and Crossfit.
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Kristin M. Newland, MSW, LCSW
Kristin M. Newland, LCSW (managing partner) provides mental health counseling for individuals, couples and groups. She offers clients a safe, non-judgmental space to work through issues that may be interfering with social, work or school life. Clients who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem or school related issues typically find that the therapeutic process can be life changing. Kristin works with children, adolescents and adults. Kristin began working in the field in 2000 and has experience working at Somerset Medical Center on the Eating Disorders Unit. Her role there as a clinician included assessment, family, individual and group therapy, as well as referral to step-down treatment upon discharge. Kristin has also worked in a variety of NJ public school districts. In this role, she provided both individual and group therapy to students, developed Individual Education Programs and facilitated social skills groups. Kristin is credited with acquiring new social skills curriculums within these schools and creating peer-buddy programs for students with disabilities to have more opportunities to interact with their non-disabled peers, especially during unstructured times such as lunch, recess and extracurricular activities. Kristin has also advocated for students to participate in both in-district or specialized out of district programs depending on the student's need. Kristin earned her Masters Degree in Social Work, with a Clinical Concentration, from Rutgers University. Kristin is married with two step-daughters. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, working out, cooking, sewing and spending time with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.
Colleen Harrell, MSW, LCSW
Colleen Harrell, LCSW (clinician) has worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years in a variety of settings. Early in her career, she worked with emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled adolescents in a residential setting. In the milieu setting, she was able to provide a full range of therapeutic care from teaching age appropriate social skills, activities of daily living, and conflict resolution. After a brief two year move to Australia, where she continued to work with disenfranchised youth, she returned to the United States and continued to work in the field of Mental Health, working with a vast group from young adults residing in a group home to adults who were being reintegrated back into the community, after being discharged from the hospital. After completing graduate school in 2005, Ms. Harrell began working in the school system as a social worker on the Child Study Team. In addition to her duties as a school social worker, she also has worked as an II-C therapist, providing Intensive In Home therapy to children and adolescents. Over the last 12 years, Ms. Harrell has continued to work in the school system along with providing a wide scope of therapeutic services including social skills, teen girls groups, individual services, family therapy, and couples therapy. Her approach to treatment is direct and goal focused, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with a systems approach. She is well versed in behavior modification and was the coordinator for a social skills group, Fun With ABA. In her free time, Ms. Harrell enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
Gail Pellicone, LPC
Gail Pellicone, LPC (clinician) provides mental health counseling for individuals, couples and families. She is an empathic listener who gives insight, support and a fresh perspective to those going through difficult times in their lives. Using behavioral, cognitive and client-centered therapy techniques, Gail creates an atmosphere of trust, support and acceptance. Through counseling, she assists clients in developing tools to help in their present situation and in the future. Some of the issues that Gail has assisted clients with include grief/loss, anxiety, depression, life transitions, women’s issues, parenting, stress management and self-esteem concerns. Gail is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree and Post Master’s Certificate in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University. Gail began her career at a partial hospitalization program in Jersey City for severely mentally ill adults. Her role as clinician included assessment, behavior management and group therapy. In her years of experience, Gail has worked as a crisis hotline training director for a large university, a family care worker for the YMCA, a clinician for youth at risk of residential placement, an academic advisor and crisis counselor at Brookdale Community College, and a student assistance counselor at a public elementary school. Gail has most recently volunteered with a support group for parents whose children have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth or illness in infancy. Gail grew up in Monmouth County, NJ and is married with two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, going to the beach, reading and connecting with friends.
Jane Dustman, LSW
Jane Dustman, LSW provides mental health counseling to individuals, families and groups. Jane has worked with various mental health diagnoses in her career and has experience working with clients who may be trying to cope with depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, adjustment periods, self-esteem and daily life stressors. Her experience includes working with adolescents and adults during their time of need, exploring their strengths and working towards their short and long term goals. Ms. Dustman is a graduate of Monmouth University and has a background experience of working on the outpatient level of care, running Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization groups, conducting family sessions and working individually with clients on treatment plan goals. She also has over two years of experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit running psychotherapy and psychoeducation groups, working with various members of the interdisciplinary team and various community members coordinating care. During her college career, she worked in a school on the Child Study Team developing Individualized Educational Programs as well as working with families and running lunch bunch. Ms. Dustman uses a variation of techniques including the Strengths-Based Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Approaches. She is goal focused and incorporates client’s strengths and leisure activities in the course of their treatment. In her spare time, Ms. Dustman enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out and spending time at the beach.
Faith L. Ulsh, MS, LAC, NCC
Seeking therapy may feel like a difficult step that can create feelings of failure or shame; however, seeking therapy is the first step to discovering your best self amidst any hardships you may be going through. It is okay to not be okay. It is not okay to feel like your suffering or pain has to be dealt with silently, and on your own. In my sessions, I utilize a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to talk with you, help you understand yourself, and help you to find your best self. I graduated from Monmouth University and fell in love with counseling. With my passion and energy, I am able to hold a space for you to be vulnerable, to explore your feelings, and begin to understand who you are. I have been very fortunate to work with great therapists and psychiatrist at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health on the Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior Link, and Women’s units. From my experience in the field, I have been trained in both CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). I have worked with those who have been diagnosed with various mental health issues and a wide range of life transitions such as death in the family, job loss, retirement, parenthood, divorce, college issues and many more. I have been trained and have had 5 years experience facilitating both children’s and adult’s grief and loss groups at Good Grief in Princeton, NJ. My goal as a therapist is to hold a space where you can explore who you are amongst any hardships you may be going through-for those are the times we find out what makes our life meaningful.
Charles Radiola, LPC, CADC
Charlie is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Charlie is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. With over 20 years in the field of mental health, Charlie has experience working with adults in all areas of mental health and substance abuse. Charlie has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient substance abuse, mental health agencies and private practice. Through his personal experience, as well as his educational background, Charlie believes he can help people obtain peace of mind and create a more manageable lifestyle by figuring out the true issues, not just the symptoms. Charlie will work with you to identify your feelings, explore the source and learn how to deal more effectively with those emotions in your day to day life. Charlie’s mantra is "I live in a glass house so I don't throw stones". He recognizes that we all have issues we sometimes struggle with and that he can use his experiences and challenges to help others get through difficult times. His office is a judgement free zone and along with that comes understanding.
Lauren Sullivan, MA, LAC, NCC
Lauren Sullivan is a graduate of Montclair State University with an MA in Clinical Counseling. She has experience providing individual, group and family counseling. Most recently, Lauren is a clinician at a child and adolescent partial hospitalization program. She has experience providing clinical services for a variety of needs including ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety, family conflict, trauma, grief, adoption related concerns and academic, relationship and life stress. Lauren also has experience with family crisis, child welfare and developmental related concerns. Lauren strives to set a comfortable space for each person to grow and self-reflect while encompassing a variety of approaches to help children and adults achieve their treatment goals and ultimately, a higher level of satisfaction with their life and with themselves. Lauren’s perspective on counseling is that everyone can benefit from counseling services at some point in their life as it helps regular people with their regular life occurrences. Lauren enjoys spending time at the shore, with animals, baking and practicing yoga.
Raphael Fredric Samson, LPC, LCADC
Raphael Fredric Samson, LPC, LCADC provides psychotherapy to a wide array of clients using an eclectic counseling approach. Utilizing evidenced based and client centered modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing all from a multicultural perspective. Raphael honed his craft in adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy at the Millhill Child and Family Development Center and CPC Behavioral Healthcare. He is excels in various therapy areas such as, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and anger management. Raphael holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Raphael also takes time to pursue research interests as he has presented at various national counseling conferences, on topics such as multicultural counseling approaches and trauma. Raphael currently resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, when not at work or doing academic pursuits he practices self care by exercising on a regular basis. Peer Reviewed Academic Presentations: "Men: Intersections of Privilege and Marginalization" , Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Tulsa Oklahoma, October 2017; "Exploring Relational Development in Men With Intersecting Identities", National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium, Atlanta Georgia, May 2017; "The Perils of the Model Minority Myth an Insight on Asian American Trauma" National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation Bridging the Gap Symposium, Reston Virginia, May 2018.