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 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.


Ajita Mohan, MA, LPC, NCC

Founder/Program Director-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 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 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 forty years. During that time 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.


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 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.


Jennifer E. Platt, D.O.

Psychiatrist- Child, Adolescent, and Adult

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 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.


Myrto Mia McNeil, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC

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 promoting 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.


Andrea Cernero, MA, LPC

Licensed Counselor

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her bachelor’s degree from Towson University and Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. In addition, Andrea completed a Post Master’s Program in Advanced Counseling at Montclair State University. Andrea has experience working as a counselor in the school setting at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in the clinical setting providing intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient counseling services.

Andrea is passionate about providing therapy to clients who would like to explore personal difficulties that impact their sense of well-being. Andrea has extensive experience working specifically with children and adolescents. Among her areas of expertise are assisting clients with anxiety, depression, self-harm, family changes, and suicide prevention.

Andrea has utilized the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model to facilitate counseling groups for teens focusing of teaching interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, & distress tolerance skills to reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additional Training: Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Lifelines Suicide Prevention Trainer, & Mindfulness Fundamentals Program


RANDI-JO FARRELL, MSW, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Randi-Jo Farrell is a Rutgers University alumnus who received her Master’s in Social Work following an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Randi-Jo is a licensed social worker and is currently pursuing her social work clinical license. She has dedicated her professional career to children, adolescents and families. Randi-Jo has extensive experience with developmental and intellectual disabilities using behavioral interventions as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy techniques and play therapy techniques.

Randi-Jo uses a strengths-based approach, tailoring to unique individual needs. She is a compassionate and dedicated professional who promotes and supports positive change in individuals and families.


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 & Policy from Montclair State University. Melissa brings over 15 years of experience in the social services field where she worked as a case manager, advocate, behavioral assistant, and parent coach, but it was her work at a NJ Family Success Center as a Volunteer & Community Partnership Coordinator that brought her to Innerspace. She is dedicated to building strong community relationships to promote positive health and well-being and is committed to improving outcomes for children and families affected by abuse, mental health issues, poverty, and addiction.