Kristina Silvestry, MA, NCC, LPC, ACS, CCTP, RYT Director/Counselor
Kristina Silvestry is the founding director of Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center. Kristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and nationally board certified with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. In 2008, under the guidance of Ruth Castellano, Kristina was introduced to Sandplay Therapy, a Jungian-based counseling modality that was instrumental to her growth both professionally and personally. Furthering her studies she became trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and obtained her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional designation. All of these modalities allows Kris to connect and provide a safe space for people working through multiple life experiences.
Over the years she has committed her professional work to non-profit organizations as a counselor advocate at Domestic Violence Service Center; family therapist for Shelter Our Sisters; counselor at the Union County Rape Crisis Center; Pre/Post Adoption Clinician for Family Resource Center and the counselor for A Child’s View at the YWCA Union County. Throughout her years in counseling she has focused on families and individuals working through trauma and life changes. Over the years working within the trauma field, Kristina was able to identify the need for a holistic method including body, mind and spirit. The impact of her experiences motivated her to start the practice of Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center and expand to Peace of Mind Yoga.
Along with her work experience, Kristina volunteered for First Friends, the Municipal Alliance and is a current Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for the local rape crisis center. Through her volunteer work with women and children, she received Women of Excellence Award in 2009. In 2011 she was also selected as an alternate delegate to represent the United States during YWCA World Council. Kristina utilizes all of her experiences-professionally and personally to help develop Peace of Mind. To speak with Kris, please call 908-363-5535 x 101.
Katherine Omoifo, MA, LAC, NCC, Counselor
Katherine is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey. Over the years, Katherine has worked with a diverse group of adults, adolescents and families. As a counselor, Katherine is dedicated to helping her clients navigate through difficult times and achieve their goals.
Her clinical experience includes counseling children, adolescents, and adults. Katherine provides individual and group counseling. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral problems and social skills issues. She utilizes various treatment approaches such as CBT, EMDR, Psycho-education and Sandplay therapy. Katherine integrates these approaches to provide for the unique needs of each individual.
Katherine has a passion for working with teenagers as they struggle to define their identity and cope with the challenges of school, family and society. She works collaboratively with parents, schools, doctors and other counselors to provide for the overall care of my clients. Katherine uses a structured model when running teen groups. Katherine is trained as a Girl’s Circle Facilitator to enhance the resiliency and self-esteem of my clients.
Her counseling philosophy is to help clients adjust to challenges, and life transitions. Katherine's goal is to create a comfortable and non-judgmental environment that allows the clients to grow mentally, emotionally and live healthy lives. To speak with Katherine, please call 908-363-5535 x 102.
Tracey Saia is an Art Psychotherapist with 16+ years of experience working with child, adolescent, and adult populations. Through the process of art therapy, Tracey helps children and adults understand the origins of their difficulties and develop skills that allow them excel in their daily life. Her experience is deeply rooted in attending to the needs associated with domestic violence. This experience has allowed Tracey to successfully treat complicated issues such as trauma, family conflict, divorce, anxiety and depression. Tracey intimately understand the intricacies associated with anxiety and depression and successfully lead her clients through these complicated physical and emotional issues.
Art Psychotherapy is a specialization in the field of mental health that uses the creation and expression of one's own art as the vehicle for growth. Through the creative process, the individual creates art that allows them to have a deeper understanding of their own psyche and enables healing.
Her deep knowledge of child development has enabled her to help her younger clients through difficult school and social experiences. Tracey's range includes understanding and reinforcing limits and boundaries for pre-school aged children through more complicated issues of peer relationships, bullying, social, and behavioral difficulties common in older children. To speak with Tracey, please call 908-363-5535 x 104.
Tracey Saia, MS, ATR-BC, Art Therapist
Adam Makofske MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Adam Makofske has been playing guitar for 30 years and teaching for over 20. Adam hold a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz where he studied jazz guitar, as well as a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Montclair State University. He is also a board certified Music Therapist (MT-BC).
In addition to teaching music privately and in stores and studios in New York and New Jersey, Adam has taught at SUNY New Paltz, The National Guitar Summer Workshop (CT campus), Rockland Community College, and Orange County Community College.
Adam has also worked in the music therapy field at Rutgers UBHC in Newark, NJ, YWCA PALS Program in Kenilworth, NJ, and Family Connections DREAMS program in East Orange, NJ. He currently works as a music therapist at Peace of Mind Counseling and Wellness Center in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Adam has music therapy experience with diverse populations including veterans, senior citizens, people with Alzheimer’s/dementia, people suffering from mental illness/substance abuse, domestic violence survivors, the developmentally disabled, children with cerebral palsy, and children on the autism spectrum.
As a performer Adam has worked as a sideman for various projects in upstate NY, NJ and New York City as well as leading his own jazz trio/quartet. Adam has performed in bars, small clubs, restaurants, private parties, and weddings with various groups. To speak with Adam, please call 908-363-5535 x 105.
Sarah Brown, MA, NCC, LAC, Counselor
Sarah Brown is a Licensed Associate Counselor is the New Jersey and nationally board certified with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Sarah has over seventeen years experience in education. Her time in education has allowed her vast experience in assisting children, adolescents and families navigate their way through educational and personal hurdles.
Throughout the years, Sarah has worked with a varied group of adults, children, and families who have experienced challenges in life, crises, trauma, and domestic violence. She has experience in group and individual counseling. Sarah was introduced to Sandplay Therapy in 2014. She believes sand allows clients to express themselves in a ways they may find difficult to do in traditional talk therapy.
Sarah is passionate about assisting clients through the process of personal growth and believes she is fortunate they are willing share their story along the way. To speak with Sarah, please call 908-363-5535 x 103.
Maria Egoavil, MA, NCC, LPC, Bilingual Counselor
Maria Egoavil is a nationally certified and licensed bilingual counselor with experience working in schools, in-home, substance abuse, MICA, 9/11 survivors and the domestic violence population. Being bilingual, Maria has the ability to work with many different people with different life circumstances. She believe in the notion that people work to do their best in their lives. Focusing on the positive attributes of families helps attain and achieve success. Therapy is collaborative work and Maria is here to help support you on your journey.
As a biligual counselor she can help those in situations regarding relationships, loss and bereavement, divorce, domestic violence and trauma.
At Peace of Mind we all have different backgrounds and work together to help a family move forward as a whole unit. Maria's expertise and background help the team and families on a number of different levels. To speak with Maria, please call 908-363-5535 x 107.
Kristine Iarussi, MA, NCC, LPC, Counselor
Kristine is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of New Jersey and nationally board certified in Mental Health Counseling. A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology allowed Kristine to pursue her interests in learning about human behavior. She attained her first Master’s degree in Education because she felt passionate about creating a safe, comfortable environment for students to learn. She knew the social-emotional struggles many students face so advocating and supporting students through their school experience was her main priority.
While working with many children, adolescents, and families through her 20+ years of experience, Kristine attained an additional Master’s degree with Distinction in Clinical Mental Health. During her clinical training, Kristine continued running counseling groups, and providing individual sessions using a psycho-educational approach in the school setting as well as in private practice. This ongoing approach focuses on areas such as anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, anger and/or stress management, family conflict, divorce, and relationship problems for children, adolescents and adults.
In addition, Kristine has worked in a women’s shelter for homeless adolescent mothers helping address life skills, parenting skills, and mental health concerns. Kristine has much experience in working with parents in developing more effective parenting skills through parent workshops, parenting groups and individual care. Kristine also presents on topics such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, social-emotional development in school-aged children, and emotional regulation in adolescent development. Kristine offers a comprehensive treatment approach that is client-centered and solution-focused in a warm and supportive atmosphere. She utilizes various approaches including cognitive-behavioral, art, and sand play therapy to meet the needs of her clients.
When working with Kristine, she will listen to your story, work with you on identifying the areas of need and meet you there. Together, you will address those areas of need while drawing from your strengths and soon you will begin to realize that there is hope. Then it will become apparent that relationships can heal, trauma and loss can be transformed and confusion can lead to understanding so you can live the life you desire. To speak with Kristine, please call 908-363-5535 x 108.