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Updated on Feb 23, 2024

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Samantha Nusom, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC05899700; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW024227

Seeing clients since 2016
About Samantha | She/her

Samantha is a psychotherapist who enjoys helping single female healthcare professionals in their 30s-50s, who stayed too long and gave too much in their past relationships, stop the cycle and build healthy relationship habits. Additionally, Samantha also provides trauma therapy for adults who want to move forward from past pains. The authentic connection Samantha brings, as well as years of providing therapy in various different settings is what has helped Samantha to motivate clients and empower them to overcome life's challenges. She hears and sees you, and she aims to get you to a place of accepting every part of yourself.

Message to clients

If you are a single healthcare female professional who wants to break past relationship cycles and build new habits, let's work together! The work that we will do together will help bring the enlightenment and changes you need. If you are an adult wanting to over past traumas, I aim to help you move forward so you can live the life you desire. You deserve that!

Education

Master of Social Work | Rutgers University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Abuse

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Empowering, Laid back, Calming, Direct

Modalities

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma-focused

Cost

$200

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Samantha is a prime example of who a therapist should be. She genuinely cares about her clients and wants the best for them. With her kind personality and extensive knowledge, she makes a fantastic clinician.

—James Castorina, LPC
Peer review

Sam is passionate about helping others. She strives to offer each client personalized care. Sam is kind and easy to talk to.

—Alicia Carpenter, LPC
Peer review

Samantha is kind, patient and empathetic. She always actively listens and provides constructive feedback. I would send any one of my family members to Samantha and feel fully confident that she will give them the care they deserve. She is truly an incredible person!

—Kerry Echavarria, APN
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Stephanie Payne Capecchi, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06017200; Wisconsin, LCSW #11049-123; Pennsylvania, LCSW #CW022781

Seeing clients since 2017
About Stephanie | She/her

Stephanie (she/her) is a mental health therapist offering therapy in Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She works with individuals 18 to 50 years old who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or borderline personality disorder. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a residential treatment facility for adolescents, community mental health, and private practice - this eclectic experience allows Stephanie to feel comfortable working with a variety of types of stressors and types of people.

Message to clients

Sometimes you feel so exhausted you can’t get anything done, and sometimes you’re so on edge you can’t even rest. You’ve already tried on your own to solve your problems: you’ve read the self-help books, follow the popular therapists on Instagram and TikTok, and know the “right” things to do. You know you’re insightful, but insight alone isn’t shifting things. You speak to yourself unkindly, which doesn’t help. You want to have fewer ups and downs, or maybe you’re wanting to change a relationship that your friends say is toxic. At this point, you’re ready to try something new. When we work together, I’ll approach things with compassion to help you shift your insight into action. I will guide you in shifting your relationship with yourself from one of harsh criticism to one based in flexibility and kindness. I often start with the basics: sleep, rest, grounding, nourishment - always with the intention to feel better, not to meet some external criteria or have an aesthetic influencer routine. I suggest things to experiment with, rather than giving canned or rigid advice. We may also work on having better relationships, being less mean to yourself, and getting off the emotional rollercoaster. When we work together, you’ll be in the driver’s seat, and I’ll be in the passenger seat, helping you navigate your way to feeling better.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Minnesota, 2018; Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies | University of Minnesota, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Body image, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Stress, Self harm, Self esteem/self worth

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Laid back

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Mindfulness based, Strength-based therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Stephanie is empathetic, attentive, kind, and reliable, and takes the time to really get to know and understand clients and their needs/personal goals in therapy. She is insightful and able to balance the dialectic of validation and directness in a warm and therapeutic way. She has great clinical knowledge and experience and is continuously pursuing trainings and other opportunities to grow in her career and clinical learning.

—Kiersha Mauch, MSW, LICSW
Peer review

Stephanie is a person-centered clinician highly skilled in emotional regulation, mindfulness training and trauma recovery. She is a thoughtful and conscientious clinician who demonstrates ability to be patient and challenging when clinically appropriate. She is able to guide clients to make their own decisions and improve their sense of self-efficacy. Stephanie truly joins with her clients and believes in the power of a good, healthy therapeutic alliance.

—Erica Laub, MSW, LICSW, CCTP
Peer review

Stephanie would be an asset to any agency, clinically and administratively. Stephanie is diligent, professional, timely and comprehensive in all documentation and work she produces.

—Nicole Cowan, LPC
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Kacie Mitterando, LCSW

New York, LCSW #93492; New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06141500

Seeing clients since 2017
About Kacie | She/her

Kacie is a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals and couples hoping to improve their relationships with their significant other(s), people they’re dating, family members, and friends. If you experience anxiety, and find yourself feeling helpless in the process of being safe and secure in your relationships, Kacie is absolutely there to help you feel better and more connected to those around you (and yourself) within your first few sessions.

Message to clients

Kacie wants your sessions together to be a combination of seriousness, helpfulness, healing, and sometimes the most necessary, a little humor. She uses both CBT and EMDR to accomplish these goals, working together as a team.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Stony Brook University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Trauma, Dating, Anxiety

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Body image, Codependency, Couples counseling, Disordered eating, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Neurodivergence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Humorous, Affirming, Inquisitive, Laid back

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$250

/

Individual Session

$250

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kacie is undeniably knowledgeable in every area of her expertise. She is motivated to understand her clients on a holistic level and treats the person as a whole, not just their symptoms. She is safe and secure and creates an environment that allows clients to disclose the vulnerable sides of their lives, knowing it will be received in great care and worked through with a compassionate, honest, motivated therapist.

—Brittany Dursi, LCSW
Peer review

Kacie is a calming presence, who has the ability to make people feel heard, adapts to clients needs as they occur, has a solution focused mindset and is overall an extremely empathetic, kind individual.

—Danielle Weiss, LMSW
Peer review

Kacie is the most knowledgeable and empathetic therapist. I have always and continue to refer clients to her given how much I trust her clinical ability. I would recommend her to anyone.

—Katie Sussman, LCSW
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Phaedra Dunn, LCSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC05934100

Seeing clients since 2000
About Phaedra | She/her

Phaedra Dunn, LCSW brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her practice, with over two decades of experience in the field of mental health. Phaedra specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety and life transitions. Phaedra approaches therapy with compassion, non-judgment, and evidence-based practices. She empowers clients to develop practical strategies for sustainability. Phaedra offers sessions tailored to the unique needs and goals of each individual who may be seeking relief from symptoms associated with: anxiety, depression and trauma. She believes in her clients capacity for growth and helps them find new perspectives and strategies to lead fulfilling lives.

Message to clients

Do you find yourself grappling with anxiety and overthinking? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with worry, fear, or struggling with insecurity? If you are navigating any of these challenges, know that you are not alone. I understand that you are seeking a sense of peace, control and confidence in navigating different aspects of life both personally and professionally. I am here to help you address these concerns and support you on your journey towards healing and resilience. We will work together to create a compassionate, understanding and safe space, sprinkled with humor, for greater self reflection. Together we will identify and explore underlying patterns, develop coping strategies, and create a deeper sense of self love and awareness.

Education

Masters of Social Work | State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001

Race and ethnicity

Black, Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, Hispanic culture, Caribbean culture, African culture, Native American culture, Asian culture, White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Self esteem/self worth, Midlife stress, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Direct, Empowering, Humorous, Challenging

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

$200

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Phaedra has a clear and effective communication style. She has the ability to assess situations, identify and help with problem solving.

—Sarah Pearson-Collins, CRC
Peer review

Phaedra is an experienced and skilled therapist that not only believes, but practices transformational work! She cares deeply about her clients, their failures and successes. The humility, hope, and belief that she brings to the therapeutic relationships supports the healing journey that clients seek and want to achieve.

—R. Pearsall, LMSW
Peer review

Phaedra makes you feel comfortable by understanding who you are and the nature of your concerns. She is accepting of every gender and lifestyle. She stays updated on current therapeutic strategies to make sure that she meets her client's needs. Overall, she is a warm person who makes you feel comfortable from the moment she says "hello."

—Abrina Wright, EdS, LAC
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Elise Robinson, LCSW, LICSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06144200; Massachusetts, LICSW #126903

Seeing clients since 2018
About Elise | She/her

Elise is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over a decade of experience in the human service and mental health fields. With a background spanning clinical, community-level, and hospital settings, Elise values holistic approaches to mental health care and is the founder of Mindful Care Therapy and Consultation. She works primarily with adults navigating anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, sex therapy and sexuality exploration, and identity development. Elise loves to meet her clients as a fellow human through relatable, relational approaches. When she's not working, Elise can be found reading 1 (or 3) books, spending time on her farm, and connecting with friends and family.

Message to clients

Do you wish life would slow down so you can take a breath? Stuff has been piling up and now your relationships are strained, your social life isn't what you want, and you don’t even really know who you are. However things got to this point, you know you want life to be different and can't wait anymore. Life isn't supposed to be this hard, yet it has been. I'm listening and can help make sense of the messy, confusing parts of life. Many of my clients are hesitant to start therapy or have had trouble connecting with other therapists. I get it! Let's be real, vulnerability is scary as hell. People come to me looking to connect with a fellow human whose been there because effective therapy is a place where you feel wholly seen & genuinely valued. I hold such gratitude to offer a space that feels safe & open to allow those I work with to freely explore themselves. I deeply value the relationship between a person & their therapist and prioritize nurturing this connection to make our work together the most meaningful for you. I joke with my clients: at the end of the day, I’m here to work myself out of a job. Together, we'll collaborate in achieving what you envision for your life and create lasting change by cultivating healthy habits, gaining tools to navigate life's changes, identifying unhelpful patterns, & discovering or reconnecting with your truest self.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, 2020

Race and ethnicity

Biracial

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, White culture, Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Indigenous spiritualities, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Sex therapy, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Autism spectrum, Bicultural experience, Burnout, Dating, Polyamorous/non-monogamous couples counseling, Existential questioning, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Neurodivergence, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Stress

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Empowering, Conversational, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$185

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

She is very compassionate about the work she does. She is extremely skillful and knowledgeable about the various areas of clients' needs and continues to take the time to learn more.

—Molly Stremba, LCSW
Peer review

Elise is committed to providing a safe, ethical, and clinically relevant therapeutic environment for her clients. She is insightful, patient, and humanizes mental health. Elise's warmth and compassion are an integral part of who she is as a person, and a clinician.

—Nicole Newberry, LGPC
Peer review

Elise possesses a remarkable capacity for empathy, which allows her to establish a strong therapeutic rapport with clients from diverse backgrounds. Her genuine compassion and nonjudgmental approach create a safe and trusting environment where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences openly and authentically.

—Nicole Gordon, LPC
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Samantha Nusom

$200

2016

Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Trauma

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Stephanie Payne Capecchi

$175

2017

Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder, Trauma

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Kacie Mitterando

$250

2017

Trauma, Dating, Anxiety

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Phaedra Dunn

$175

2000

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$185

2018

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