Providing counseling services for children, adolescents and families. Specializing in Play Therapy/Sand Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Therapy. We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns and offer a highly personalized approach focused on each client's individual needs. We believe it is important to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which an individual can be guided toward their self-healing potential.
Dawn Wilcox, LCSW
Dawn Wilcox, MSW, LCSW specializes in working with children, teens and families, specifically in the areas of trauma and attachment. She began her career as a School Social Worker for 7 years before beginning her private practice in 2007. Ms. Wilcox is approved New Jersey Clinical Supervisor , a Certified EMDR therapist and an EMDRIA approved EMDR Consultant in training. She is trained in Sand Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska’s Integrative Attachment Protocol for the treatment of attachment trauma in children. She is currently enrolled in the Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute located in Boston. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Play Therapy, the Sandplay Therapist of America and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).
Lauren Van Velson, MSW, LCSW
Lauren Van Velson obtained her Bachelors of Science in Special Education in 2003 from Monmouth University and then obtained her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2011. After graduating, Lauren worked at the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County in the Family Crisis Intervention Unit as a crisis clinician working with adolescents and their families. Lauren then went on to work at The Community YMCA of Monmouth County as a clinician in the Therapeutic Visitation Program working with DCP&P involved families. Lauren completed the EMDRIA approved EMDR training and is working toward completing her consultation hours to be certified as an EMDR therapist. Lauren is also enrolled in The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska’s Integrative Attachment Protocol for the treatment of attachment in children and adolescents. Lauren utilizes play therapy, sandtray therapy, and EMDR in her work with children and adolescents.
Ellen Guerrero, MS, LAC
Ellen Guerrero began her journey into counseling career during adolescence. She was fascinated with how the mind worked and studied psychology during her undergraduate years. Briefly, she explored other career options (including cake design!) but none held the wonder of the human mind, spirit, and body. Ms. Guerrero returned to school and graduated from Monmouth University with a Master's of Science in mental health counseling, specializing in substance abuse. Currently, she is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey. Ms. Guerrero has experience working with a diverse background of individuals including children, teens and adults. Additionally, she has furthered her education in areas including mental health, Sand Play Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Attachment Trauma, Yoga in Children and Teens, Mindfulness, and dream interpretation.
In her spare time, Ms. Guerrero practices yoga, cooking, painting, and other wellness activities. She looks forward to helping others on their path to wellness.