FAMILY WELLNESS SUPPORT CENTER TEAM

Our Family Wellness Team is dedicated to helping clients and couples navigate infertility, pregnancy challenges, and postpartum depression or anxiety.  Each therapist we hire has a certificate in perinatal mental health. 


Our center is in-network with Aetna, Horizon, BCBS, United Healthcare/Optum, Meritain & 1199 SIEU plans.  We offer daytime and evening appointments. All sessions are telehealth right now but we plan to re-open this summer.  Read on to meet our team and request your first appointment.

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PRADNYA SHINDE, M.A., NCC, LAC

Psychotherapist, Jersey City Office & Telehealth

Pradnya works with families, couples, adults, and children with a special focus on children's issues, adult relationship issues, recovery from addiction and trauma, and postpartum care.  With children, she uses play therapy, sand therapy, and drama therapy to build confidence and help kids regulate their emotions.  Pradnya has worked in school settings and head start programs and has a systemic perspective on helping children succeed.  She is also completing her certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and has special expertise supporting women and families going through infertility, pregnancy and postpartum seasons.  Pradnya cares about supporting her clients as they overcome struggles, reclaim their power, and make informed decisions. She has her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Jersey City University and is offering telehealth sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7am-2pm and 6pm-8pm, Tuesdays from 8am-3pm, and Fridays from 7am-1pm.  When the office re-opens this summer, she will have some in-office availability as well.

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PAULA BARDALES, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist, Jersey City Office & Telehealth

Paula works with adults, teens and couples with a focus on relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and supporting women and couples going through infertility, pregnancy, postpartum stages, and parenting.  With couples, Paula uses the Gottman Method, an evidence-based model that helps couples feel heard and understood by their partners while they build a lasting relationship.  Paula has been in the field for more than ten years and uses a variety of evidence-based techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, Feminist Theory, DBT, and the Strength-based perspective.  She earned her Masters of Social Work from Stony Brook University and is working toward her Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health.  Paula offers telehealth sessions on Mondays, and Thursdays from 12pm-10pm, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-3pm, Wednesday 7pm-10pm, and Saturdays from 8am-1pm. When the office re-opens this summer she will have some in-office availability as well.

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DINA NIEWOOD, MSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, Jersey City Office & Telehealth

Dina is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience working with adults and couples. She earned her masters at the University of Pennsylvania, gained additional training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, and is a certified clinical supervisor as well.  Dina specializes in supporting clients through challenges with anxiety, depression and post-partum depression, fertility, grief, relationships, and career changes.  Dina works with adults and couples to help them gain insight into the struggles they are facing – both internally and within the context of their relationships – and to develop coping skills to help them manage them.  Her work is founded in positive, solution-focused principles and she combines approaches ranging from cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT), mindfulness, holistic/integrative psychology and psychodynamic treatment based on client need.  Dina works Sundays from 8-4pm and Monday-Thursdays from 9am to 5pm.  Currently she is offering telehealth sessions only due to COVID-19 but normally offers in-office appointments as well.

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SHAKIRAH EWELL, M.S., LPC, NCC

Psychotherapist, Jersey City Office & Telehealth

Shakirah works with couples, adults and teens, helping clients cope with trauma, depression, anxiety, and postpartum or infertility concerns.  Shakirah uses the Gottman Method in her work with couples to improve communication and increase emotional connection.  She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing techniques and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  Shakirah also has certificates in Perinatal Mental Health, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Spiritual Competency Training. Her practice is informed by her own experiences as a mother and by her spiritual orientation.  For clients who wish to do so, Shakirah can integrate Islamic principles and beliefs along with therapeutic techniques in session.  She has her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and works Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-4:00pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-5:00pm. Currently Shakirah is offering telehealth only due to COVID-19 but normally offers both in-person and video sessions.

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MADELINE SALERNO, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist, Jersey City Office & Telehealth

Madeline works with children, teens, and adults, using modalities like art therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief, and CBT to help people move toward happier, healthier lifestyles.  She has a special focus on grief and loss as well as perinatal and postpartum experiences and developmental disabilities.  In addition to experience in counseling settings, Madeline has also worked in hospital-based labor and delivery settings supporting women and families facing all kinds of loss and difficulty.  She is also a certified yoga teacher and offers meditation and body-based work in addition to talk-therapy.  Madeline obtained her Masters in Social Work from New York University and works Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00am-3:00pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-8:00pm. Currently Madeline is offering telehealth only due to COVID-19 but normally offers both in-person and video sessions.

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TOVA MCCALL, MSW, LSW

Site Director, Family Wellness Support Center, Jersey City Office

Tova is a Licensed Social Worker who works with couples, families, individuals, teens, and children.  She earned her masters from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, has experience in school counseling, and has completed her certificate in Perinatal Mental Health. Tova specializes in work with new moms and women who are pregnant or post-conception, supporting them in the challenges that can arise in these stages of life. In her work with couples, Tova uses the Gottman Method, an evidenced-based therapeutic approach that increases effective communication and emotional connection. With children and teens and their families, Tova uses play therapy and narrative therapy methods within a family systems lens.  Tova values a holistic perspective in therapy, using the approach that will help each client most effectively, from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques to trauma repair to practical supports like goal-setting and self-care ideas. She is fluent in French and English (and speaks Spanish at an intermediate level).  Tova works Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Currently Tova is offering telehealth only due to COVID-19 but normally offers both in-person and video sessions.

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MELISSA SCHNEIDER, MSW, LCSW

Practice Owner

Melissa is our practice owner as well as staff therapist and a seasoned speaker and trainer.  After getting her masters in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University, she worked as a Wall St. wellness counselor and consultant for many years.  Melissa is trained in the Gottman Method, a research-based approach to strengthening relationships.  Some very smart people have spent decades studying what factors matter most in happy relationships and Melissa specializes in teaching the tools, strategies, and mindsets people can use to heal, gain clarity, make decisions, and grow a great relationship.  She launched Resolution Counseling Center in 2019 to create a user-friendly place for local couples, individuals, and teens to get excellent care from a hand-picked staff of caring professionals.  She is not taking on new clients in 2020 to focus on growing the business, but she is available to speak at conferences, workshops, retreats, or community events.

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