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.
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Registered Nurse, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified
Dr. Dworkowitz (who often goes by Dr. Val) graduated cum laude from the Rutgers University College of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. Her RN experience has been comprised mostly of work with patients requiring acute medical rehabilitation care. The deep fulfillment she gained from caring for her patients and her passion for psychology as well as the power of self-reflection and self-help propelled her decision to attend graduate school. Dr. Dworkowitz graduated magna cum laude from the Rutgers University School of Nursing in 2015 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health. This degree has prepared her to practice as a clinician at the advanced nursing level, as well as engage in psychotherapy with individual clients, families, and groups. In her work, Dr. Dworkowitz has utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a person-centered approach. Dr. Dworkowitz believes in working with patients in a holistic manner; she places the patient as priority and honors the nurse-patient relationship. Dr. Dworkowitz also has a Level I training as a Pranic Healer and is currently completing her Advanced Training in Sand Play Therapy, an effective medium for working with clients across the life span in processing emotions to help the clients psyche move towards healing.
Clinical Coordinator, 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 Associate Counselor
Jamie believes in a wellness model of healing where holistic interventions have a place among psychological and medical interventions. She believes in treatment of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit and invites her clients to embark on a path of self-study.
Jamie graduated from Monmouth University with a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling with a specialty in spirituality and wellness, and has been in practice since 2012. She works from a humanistic perspective and believes that a strong client/counselor relationship is the foundation for healing. Jamie is trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Positive Psychology, and incorporates holistic practices such as mindfulness, breath work, meditation, yoga, visualizations, and guided relaxation into therapeutic sessions. Jamie has worked with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, cancer, infertility, and chronic pain.
Jamie has also completed over 1000 hours of training in therapeutic yoga, and specializes in offering yoga to mental health populations. She has shared yoga with several treatment programs including eating disorders, substance abuse, at-risk adolescents, in a therapeutic high school, and has researched and facilitated specialty groups on the effects of yoga for anxiety and depression.
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.