ABOUT US

Our Team


Dr. Cassandra Hutchins

Founder

Dr. Hutchins understands that seeking out a mental health practitioner can be a challenging venture, and she assures you that she will make the process as easy as possible. She believes in providing confidential psychological services while paying close attention to details to ensure that your services meet your personal needs.

Dr. Cassandra Hutchins is a Licensed Psychologist (NJ #6032). Dr. Hutchins received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. She has experience in private practice and community mental health settings working with individuals experiencing numerous issues, including traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, trauma, and those involved with child protective services.

Throughout her training, Dr. Hutchins has gained experience working with adults, adolescents and young children providing intervention using cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and play therapy techniques. Dr. Hutchins has an extensive background in clinical, forensic assessment, and she has experience in numerous clinical and clinical-forensic settings, including psychiatric and forensic-psychiatric centers and prisons. Her training has focused on working with adults who have suffered from traumatic brain injury using such techniques as cognitive rehabilitation, biofeedback and neurofeedback. Additionally, Dr. Hutchins is certified in Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR), which is helpful for the processing of traumatic experiences.

Furthermore, Dr. Hutchins is listed as a provider for the National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA). She is also a Certified Divorce Mediator and is looking to utilize a portion of her practice to provide divorce mediation, divorce counseling, and parent-child supervised visits. Dr. Hutchins’ background with DCPP formally known as DYFS, provides her with an enhanced insight of family needs during delicate and possibly difficult times.

Raquel Aeillo

Clinical Supervisor

Raquel Aiello is a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a freshman in college, she took her first psychology class and it soon became her passion. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology in 2004 from Goucher College in Maryland and went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2006. She has experience working with adults and youths struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, career changes, and relationship issues.

Her approach to therapy is integrative and includes approaches such as psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

In working with Raquel, you can expect to feel safe, respected, and listened to. Your therapy will be a collaborative process working towards goals you have created for yourself. This is your time for personal growth and healing.

Kimberly Johnson

Licensed Associate Counselor

Kim Johnson is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2004 from Stony Brook University, received a M.S. in Counseling from Syracuse University in 2011 and is PhD a candidate in Educational Psychology at Regent University. She has extensive experience  as a program director in various homeless shelters in NYC for individuals with severe mental illnesses ,co-occurring substance use and domestic violence. She currently works as a Psychology professor at Molloy University where she teaches courses such as Biopsychology and Psychological assessments.  She has a passion for the field of counseling and specifically human development through each life stage.
She has experience working with young adults and adults who were managing a variety of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, anxiety and more.

Aileemah Cannon Horton

Associate Director

Aileemah Cannon Horton is a Licensed Associate Counselor. From the time she was a teenager she knew that she had an enthusiasm for engaging in helping young people and their families. Originally, she thought that path would be through education, but in undergrad she realized that her natural disposition drew her peers to her for recommendations for resources, guidance and sometimes just to have a listening ear. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University, a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New York Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health from Kean University.

Aileemah has extensive experience in working with young people and their families and she has worked for the past 8 years In Juvenile Justice where she provides intensive case management and monitoring to youth on Detention Alternatives and prior to that she was employed as a Family Service Specialist with DCPP (formerly known as DYFS).

As a clinician she has found deep passion in working with individuals dealing with Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Family, and relationship issues. She utilizes an integrative approach that includes Person Centered theory with CBT, Mindfulness, DBT and Adlerian components.

Clients who choose to work with Aileemah can expect to work with someone who is compassionate, respectful, culturally aware, considerate, open minded and above all dedicated to helping others reach their desired goals. 

Jennifer Denali

Clinical Energy Healer (Clinical Energy Healer)

Our practice works closely with Jennifer Denali, Clinical Energy Healer. With over 15 years of experience as an independent music artist, Jennifer has found her purpose in the gift of healing through Sound and other life-changing energy healing modalities. She is certified by the Complementary Therapists Association for Sound Therapy & Healing, the Antojai Shamanic Wellness Center as a Quantum Light Reiki Master Healer, and is a Facilitator of Trigger Point Tapping. Please see below for a detailed review of her services that are available to you.

Sound Healing Meditation

With the use of carefully curated instruments, sound healing attunes and pitches the energy body to the correct vibration for cellular regeneration and full body relaxation. This modality is highly effective and is also used to promote deep connection to self through meditation.

Quantum Reiki Healing

Distant Reiki touch healing intentionally directs the use of life force energy, providing assistance to the electromagnetic field of the meridians in the body and in the chakras to promote rapid recovery and release blockages.

Trigger Point Tapping

Trigger Tapping targets the emotional, physical, mental and energetic bodies. Tapping has been shown to reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy.

Research Article Links:
1. https://almedalabs.com/blogs/almeda-life/healing-sound-frequencies-and-how-to-use-them-in-your-day
2.https://www.uclahealth.org/rehab/workfiles/Urban%20Zen/Integrative_Review_of_Reiki_Research.pdf
3. https://www.healthline.com/health/eft-tapping

Shirley

Licensed Professional Counselor

Shirley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Shirley understands how working through life’s unpredictable moments is not an easy task. She strives to help others learn to develop oneself to be the best version of themselves. Shirley provides a safe and comfortable space to foster growth. She is client centered and integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to promote wellness and ability to become resilient.

Shakeira Randall

Licensed Associate Counselor

Shakeira Randall is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. From a young age Shakeira knew she wanted to become a counselor. Shakeira earned her B.A in Psychology from Rutgers University and continued to earn her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Shakeira is dedicated to helping individuals overcome personal challenges and improve their mental health. Her passion is to support individuals through their journey towards healing and growth. Shakeira believes everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life and her goal is to help individuals achieve that. At the core of her counseling approach is a belief in the power of human resilience. Shakeira’s approach is built around the individual needs of each client. She works with a humanistic, cognitive and behavioral counseling approach. Shakeira believes in helping individuals to leverage their strengths and resources to overcome obstacles, and she is passionate about empowering individuals to find the happiness and fulfillment they deserve. Together you’ll work to create a path forward that’s uniquely tailored to your needs.

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