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Monmouth University Community Care Telehealth Clinic

What Is MUCCTC?

MUCCTC is a free online counseling service staffed by supervised Monmouth University clinical social work graduate interns. With flexible hours and accessible from anywhere, the program provides therapeutic support for the adult population of New Jersey. Participants must be 18 years or older and cannot be a member of the Monmouth University community.

MUCCTC Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a community leader in providing accessible telehealth services to adults residing in the State of New Jersey. Built on the principles of collaboration and strengths-based counseling, we seek to promote the emotional and mental well-being of the individuals we serve, while also supporting the professional growth of clinical social work interns.

MUCCTC Values Statement

We are dedicated to providing a competent service built on integrity, that is committed to equality, and embraces diversity by respecting the importance of all human relationships and the dignity and worth of every individual.

MUCCTC Staff
Use the links below for information on each staff member’s professional background, treatment philosophy and specialization areas.

Clinical Graduate Interns

I am here to be your ally through all of life’s up and downs. Through a client-centered approach we can work together to enhance your wellbeing.

Photo of Kevin Baily MSW Intern 2021Over 3 years experience working in substance abuse facilities facilitating group and individual therapy. I will meet you where you are at in an empathetic environment to help provide you with coping skills to overcome triggers and help you reach your goals.

  • Safe Non-Judgmental Environment
  • Empathetic
  • Strength’s Focused

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use
  • Self-Esteem

Photo of Ja'Londa Boyd MSW Intern 2021You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

Even with well-meaning support, it can be inconvenient, disruptive, and isolating to cope with some life experiences on your own. It is important you have a safe space and an empathic, warm, and genuine climate to share your concerns. Because counseling is not a one-size fits, I will work collaboratively with you to understand, explore, and create resolutions to your life encounters by harnessing your innate strengths combined with personalized resources and tools.
  • Five years experience working in public school system with children, adolescents, and families.

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
  • Empowerment

Photo of Amanda Caprio MSW Intern 2021Navigating through life can be challenging and it is okay to need support. I can offer a safe, non-judgmental space to identify your goals and strengths, achieve your goals and work through any challenges and obstacles together.

I am dedicated to providing a safe, trusting, and empathetic environment for you to be able to express yourself and enhance your wellbeing. Using a strength-based perspective and client centered approach, I will meet you where you are to help you identify your areas of concern and work with you to achieve your goals. Together, we can work collectively to facilitate positive change.

I have six years of experience working with children, families, and adults that are in crisis and have developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges. With my experience, I have learned to actively listen, identify strengths and abilities, and develop individualize plans to help meet the needs of every client.

Areas of Focus

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma Focused

Photo of Stephanie Cervino MSW Intern 2021You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

My goal is to provide an empathetic and  non-judgmental environment where we can work on your identified struggles and reach your goals.

Using a strengths-based and client-centered approach, we will identify coping skills to work through the stressors of life.

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Traumatic life experiences
  • Isolation/loneliness
  • Relationship issues

Photo of Nicole Clark MSW Intern 2021“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

No matter where life takes you and the struggles you face, know you are never alone. I am here to listen and provide an empathetic approach. I will hope to provide you with self confidence to overcome your struggles and find purpose again.

With me, you will always have a safe space with no judgment. My goal each week is for you to leave feeling better. I will be your biggest cheerleader and never stop believing in you. You are stronger than you know!

  • Strengths Based Perspective
  • Cognitive Behavioral Approach

Areas of Focus

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Grieving Process
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Traumatic life experiences

Photo of Gerard Cureton MSW Intern 2021Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Dr. Martin Luther King

It is so important to tell the truth and be kind to others and always have a spirit to learn. It is my goal to help people with the spirit of empowerment to achieve the confidence to fulfill their goals. I would like to help people manage their lives and serve as positive people for their communities. If you are knocked down create a strategy to get up and move out on the good foot.

  • I have experience working in Hospice.
  • I am currently a Resident Services Coordinator/Social Worker at an independent living senior apartment building.
  • I am a state health insurance assistant program counselor in Monmouth County.

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
  • Empowerment
  • Working with older adults

Photo of Greyce Dias MSW Intern 2021Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. ― Roy T. Bennett

Using an empathetic and strength- based approach, I will help you successfully navigate through life’s hardships. I will provide a safe space and judgement free environment, while we work together to identify and confront all obstacles, focus on self-worth, strengthen coping mechanisms, and enhance healthy living.

*Falo Portugues
Sou Brasileira e moro nos EUA há 25 anos. Cresci em Nova Jersey e se precisar de alguma ajuda, entre em contato comingo.

  • Languages: English and Portuguese

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Counseling
  • Immigration Assimilation
  • Couples Counseling
  • Self-esteem

Photo of Emelyn Galvez MSW Intern 2021You are a fighter, look at everything you’ve overcome, don’t give up now. – Olivia Benson

Life can have its ups and downs. My desire is to make sure that everyone gets an equal chance to succeed. I want to make sure that everyone utilizes all the resources and tools available to make sure that they achieve their best selves.

Growing up in a diverse community and being in the profession of social work for the last four years I have learned that my clients and the community I am a part of are my biggest teachers. I am always willing to learn.

I use an empathetic and understanding approach to validate one’s struggles. When working with me you can rest assured that you are in a safe non-judgmental space.

I am ready to work together so that we can find the best resources for your needs so we can overcome the current obstacles in your circumstances.

  • Languages: English and Spanish

Hola, mi nombre es Emelyn Galvez. Cuando trabajes conmigo, tienes la certeza de que estás en un espacio seguro y sin prejuicios. Estoy lista para trabajar en conjunto para que podamos encontrar los mejores recursos para tu necesidades para que podamos superar los obstáculos actuales en sus circunstancias

Areas of Focus

  • Family relationships
  • Immigration
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Single parents

Photo of Catherine Klimek MSW Intern 2021“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I am here for you and together we will collaborate to make a positive change. My goal is to give you a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your thoughts and feelings. I can help you develop your self-awareness and put you on a journey of self-exploration and reflection.

I have years of experience working with children and families in crisis, doing DDD work, and working with adults with severe mental and emotional challenges. From my experiences, I learned how to listen, know their strengths, and collaborate with my clients to create care plans that will provide the most effective and proper care that made such a positive impact on the person’s life.

  • Strength-Based Perspective
  • Wrap Around Theory
  • Non-Judgmental
  • Support and Caring

Areas of Focus

  • Trauma-Based Focus
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Family relationships

Photo of Victoria Lake MSW Intern 2021I am dedicated to providing strengths-based, client-focused therapeutic services that empower you to enhance your internal and external peace and wellness.

Many challenges may come our way throughout our lifetime, and I want to be there to work with you to help cope with those struggles and live a fulfilled life. I am still learning new things everyday in my social work education and willing to learn from not only my teachers but my clients as well. I want to help you maintain a well-balanced mental health lifestyle.

  • Safe Non-Judgmental Environment
  • Empathetic
  • Strength’s Focused

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Isolation/Loneliness
  • Healthy Boundaries

Photo of Amanda Ross MSW Intern 2021The most important relationship a person has is the relationship they have with themself.

Understanding who you are, learning about your aspirations, your needs and helping you to achieve your goals will be my primary focus. Rest assured you will be provided a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment. My mission will be to enable you to better cope with even your most difficult situations.

Our journey together should hopefully provide you with the best tools to help you achieve a better sense of self-fulfillment and to also enable you to improve the relationships in your life.

Together, we will develop new healthier coping strategies that will be tailored to your specific needs. I believe when we connect with our feelings, acknowledge them, and ask for help healing is indeed possible.

Areas of Focus

  • Substance Use
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Empowerment
  • Self-Care

Photo of Kaitlyn Ruitenberg MSW Intern 2021Through utilizing a person-centered approach and working with methods such as CBT, I aim to help you find your inner balance and peace.

After working for years at a non-profit organization, I decided to go back to school to earn my Master’s degree in social work and fulfill my passion for helping others in a more direct way. Last year I interned at an outpatient facility working with those who struggle with substance use disorders, and immediately felt an affinity with this population.

  • I have an undergraduate degree in fine art, which led me to have an affinity for creativity and expression through artistic modes.
  • After obtaining my Master’s and licensure, I aim to work in the Mental Health field and focus on Substance Abuse treatment.

Areas of Focus

  • Substance/Alcohol Use
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Family Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Work Faculty Members

Photo of Dr. Ralph CuseglioDr. Cuseglio formerly served as a high school social worker for 9 years in an urban school district, having worked primarily with Latino adolescents and families. In this capacity, he provided supportive and therapeutic counseling to over 500 adolescents in individual and group modalities.
 
 
MUCCTC Supervisor

  • Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2010
  • Clinical Supervisor Certificate
  • Teaches primarily in the MSW Clinical program
  • Private Practice
  • Mental Health Trainer for Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers (CASA)
  • Secretary, Executive Board for NASW, NJ Chapter

Specialization, Treatment Philosophy, and Intervention

  • Mental Health
  • Collaborative
  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Mindfulness-based practices

Photo of Dr. Elena MazzaDr. Mazza formerly served as the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Monmouth Medical Center. Her passion has been in her work individuals affected by chronic and persistent mental health struggles. She has been a provider in the NJ Children’s System of Care since 2003, providing in-community services to children, adolescents and their families.

MUCCTC Supervisor

  • MSW Program Director
  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1999
  • Clinical Supervisor Certificate
  • Teaches primarily in the MSW Clinical program

Specialization, Treatment Philosophy, and Intervention

  • Mental Health
  • Collaborative
  • Strength’s-Based Perspective
  • Psychotherapy
  • Ego Psychology
  • Object Relations

Photo of Jamie Nappi, Social Work Faculty MemberProfessor Nappi has spent her practice career in a variety of specialized areas providing clinical services in residential care, children’s partial care, community mental health, and private practice. Jamie’s current clinical focus is trauma specific treatment and working with the LGBTQIA community.

MUCCTC Supervisor

  • Specialist Professor, School of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2000
  • 10 years teaching undergraduate and graduate social work students
  • Clinical Supervisor Certificate
  • Private Practice

Specialization, Treatment Philosophy, and Intervention

  • Trauma Focused
  • Supportive and Collaborative
  • Strengths Based
  • Psychotherapy
  • Wrap-Around Services

Photo of Professor Christa HoganProfessor Hogan has spent her practice career in a variety of specialized areas including school social work and private practice. However, most dear to her heart is her work with older adults and caregivers in long term care, hospice, and rehabilitation centers.
 
 
MUCCTC Supervisor

  • BSW Program Director, School of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2005
  • Clinical Supervisor Certificate
  • 15 years teaching undergraduate and graduate social work students
  • Curriculum development specialist for End of Life Experiences and Social Work with Older Adults preparing students to become certified hospice volunteers
  • Private Practice

Specialization, Treatment Philosophy, and Intervention

  • Older adults and their families
  • End of Life Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Supportive and Collaborative
  • Strengths Based
  • Psychotherapy

Photo of Dr. Joelle ZabotkaDr. Zabotka is the coordinator of the Clinical Practice with Families and Children specialization within the MSW program. Her research focuses on parenting experiences, clinical work with families and children, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
 
 
MUCCTC Supervisor

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997
  • Certified in Kazdin Parent Management Training (Yale Parenting Center)
  • Clinical Supervisor Certificate
  • Private Practice

Specialization, Treatment Philosophy, and Intervention

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Working with and Supporting Parents of Children and Adolescents
  • Supportive and Collaborative
  • Strength’s-Based Perspective
  • Psychotherapy
  • Communication