Our Dedicated Staff

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 with maintaining their balance while enhancing and improving their quality of life.

Staff:

Our dedicated staff of board-certified child therapists, counselors, and social workers have more than 35 years of combined experience in the field of mental health. The staff at Innerspace Counseling 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.


Ajita Mohan, MA, LPC, NCC

Founder/Program Director at Innerspace Counseling, LLC

Ajita earned her master’s degree from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University with an additional certification in behavioral pharmacology. For the past decade, Ajita has been dedicated to creating and enhancing mental health and counseling programs across New Jersey to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided for all of the populations served. As an LPC, Ajita believes that education, training, and proper supervision are key to ensuring that clients receive the highest quality of care. Her goal in opening Innerspace Counseling in 2014 was to create an environment for clients that allowed them to enhance the quality of their lives in the safest and least restrictive setting. To that end, Ajita has created a strong DBT-based curriculum for all programs. This curriculum, along with the system’s-based approach provided at Innerspace, ensures that clients are learning concrete and usable skills that can be translated into any area of a client’s life. In addition to working with clients individually, the treatment team at Innerspace also regularly and consistently involves families in treatment. This allows for change not only within the client but also within the system; thus providing a platform for true long-term success.

Recent Awards:
Innerspace Counseling, LLC:
2016 and 2017 Best of Old Bridge Award in Mental Health Counseling
Personal Award:
2017 Women of Distinction Award Recipient


Courtney Stone, MA, LPC, NCC

Assistant Program Director, Licensed Professional Counselor

Courtney earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell College, and she 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.


Arthur S. Platt, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Arthur Platt has been practicing psychiatry for 40 years. During that time, he has had many roles, including the Chief of Adult Psychiatry at United Hospitals Medical Center, Newark, NJ, 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 he has held the same title at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Platt also has a private practice in which he practices General Psychiatry with a sub-specialty in Confrontational Psychotherapy, and he has developed unique methods for attaining a positive response to therapeutic input.

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Jodi Ster, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Coordinator, 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 clinical social worker who is educated in addiction treatment. Jodi has several years of experience interning and working with dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults in an 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.


Jennifer E. Platt, D.O.

A proud third generation osteopathic physician, Dr. Jennifer 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 Adolescent Psychiatry in Adolescent Psychiatry; and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry.

Dr. Platt is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Co-Coordinator of the Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Module for the NYC Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Consortium.

In addition to her work at Innerspace Counseling, Dr. Platt has a private practice in Cedar Grove, NJ where she specializes in psychiatric consultations for special education planning purposes.  She has been sought as a consultant by both parent attorneys and school district attorneys for her expert testimony and her thoughtful and nuanced consultation reports.

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Melissa Maranzano, B.A.

Community Outreach Liaison

Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Staten Island and is working toward her master’s degree in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University. Melissa brings more than 15 years of experience in the social services field where she worked as a case manager, advocate, behavioral assistant, and parent coach. However, it was her work at a NJ Family Success Center as a Volunteer and Community Partnership Coordinator that brought her to Innerspace. She is dedicated to building strong community relationships to promote positive health and well-being, and she is committed to improving outcomes for children and families affected by abuse, mental health issues, poverty, and addiction.