Mission: It is the mission of Innerspace Counseling, LLC to provide the highest quality of care possible, in the safest, least restrictive manner to all of the clients we serve. We understand the unique challenges that come with balancing one’s life with their own personal needs. Our goal at Innerspace is to assist all individuals served with maintaining their balance, while enhancing and improving their quality of life.
Staff: Our dedicated staff of board certified child, counselors, and social workers have more than 35 years of combined experience in the field of mental health. The staff at Innerspace are trained in and utilize empirically based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a family systems approach to assist our clients in building a life worth living.
Assistant Program Director, Licensed Professional Counselor
Courtney earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell College and has several years’ experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings. Through her hard work and dedication to clients’ served, she has empowered children and adolescents to create positive change in their lives.
In addition to her experience in the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Care settings, Courtney has also worked in community-based foster care programs with young children and their families. She has helped children through play therapy as well as other cognitive approaches (i.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy). She is a compassionate and professional mental health counselor who uses a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family, and group settings. Courtney strives to help individuals achieve the goals they have in mind for themselves and she enjoys engaging people in the process of positive change.
Master’s Level Therapist, Licensed Associate Counselor
Melissa earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization from Caldwell University, following a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy from New Jersey City University. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various settings, and with a multitude of populations. She believes change is most effective when families are involved in the recovery process, and encourages support systems to join family sessions when possible. It is through her experience that Melissa is able to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where clients can achieve self-efficacy and positive self-expression.
Dr. Arthur Platt has been practicing psychiatry for forty years. During that period he has served as the Chief of Adult Psychiatry at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark, NJ, as the Psychiatric Medical Director of “The Harbor”, an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, and as the Medical Director of the Wayne Counseling Center. Dr. Platt has also been an Assistant Clinical Attending Psychiatrist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and held the same title at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in the Department of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Platt has additionally maintained a private practice in which he practices General Psychiatry, with a Sub Specialty in Confrontational Psychotherapy. having developed unique methods for attaining a positive response to therapeutic input.
Master’s Level Therapist, Licensed Social Worker
Jodi received her master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, following an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ramapo College. Jodi is currently a licensed social worker and working towards her clinical social work license. Jodi is also educated in addiction treatment and is working toward becoming a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. Jodi has several years of experience interning and working with dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults in the outpatient setting. Jodi is passionate about client-centered therapy and believes in a multi-disciplinary approach as she recognizes that each client will have specific and unique needs. Jodi utilizes various treatment modalities in her therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Psychiatrist- Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Dr. Jennifer Platt is very happy to join Innerspace Counseling. Dr. Platt graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an osteopathic rotating internship at Seton Hall University – St. Michael’s Medical Center. She went on to Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ) – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she did her residency in psychiatry, as well as fellowships in both child/adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Platt is currently board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry; and the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry in adolescent psychiatry. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition to her work at Innerspace Counseling, Dr. Platt is also a consulting child psychiatrist for Sage Day Schools, a forensic psychiatrist for Ann Klein Forensic Center, and has a private practice in Cedar Grove, NJ.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
Dr. McNeil graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her clinical training includes clinical rotations in the Lehigh Valley Health Network psychiatry department in Bethlehem PA, the KidsPeace Hospital in Orefield PA and the Rutgers Focus Wellness Center in Newark NJ. Her work experience encompasses various levels of psychiatric care including, inpatient, outpatient and residential work settings. Dr. McNeil has a personal commitment to promote optimal mental health for individuals across the lifespan using an integrated holistic approach. She engages every aspect of the self- physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual to promote well-being. She has adopted a therapeutic approach that incorporates various therapy principles from cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy to engage clients and effect therapeutic change. As an adjunct professor, she supports the growth and development of nursing students for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at DeSales University. She is experienced in curriculum development focused on nursing research and evidence-based practice. She has earned several awards for high levels of achievement in both academic and clinical studies.
Master’s Level Therapist, Licensed Social Worker
Giovanna appreciates each person who has the courage to engage in the therapeutic process. Giovanna believes each of us have different and unique needs. Therefore, she individualizes her approach to therapy using a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other treatment modalities. Giovanna is passionate about taking a Humanistic Approach, meaning she strives to support each client in their own development of a healthier sense of self, including a sense of safety and purpose in their lives. She shares some of her own self-care practices with her clients, including journaling, meditation, and aromatherapy.
Giovanna earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Monmouth University, following her undergraduate studies in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the multidisciplinary team at Innerspace, Giovanna worked compassionately assisting families in end of life counseling and grief counseling. Her other experiences include mental health counseling for adults, and in-home therapy with children and adolescents. Giovanna practices unconditional positive regard with everyone she works with, and enjoys assisting people in the activation of change.