Our Therapists

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. Kris, along with the Peace of Mind staff, is engaging in an ongoing monthly Sandplay training and consultation with Betty Jackson and Ruth Castellano. Kris is currently taking part in a full immersion Polyvagal Theory training with Deb Dana with the Professional Counseling and Psychotherapy Seminars in Ireland. Furthering her studies she became trained and in the process of full certification 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, LPC, NCC, Counselor

Katherine is a Licensed Professional 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


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

Adam Makofske MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist


Sarah Brown, MA, NCC, LPC, Counselor

Sarah Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of 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 Professional 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


Danielle Dinneen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families exposed to domestic violence and other traumas. Danielle uses strengths-based therapeutic interventions as well as art, drama, movement and play therapy to ease and process her clients’ feelings of depression, anxiety, and/or fear resulting from past experiences. 


Danielle holds certifications for Domestic Violence Response Team and Violence Against Women and Children from Rutgers University School of Social Work. In addition to her clinical expertise, Danielle managed the domestic violence services at Family Connections’ DREAMS of Essex, a creative arts therapy program for children exposed to domestic violence and their non-offending parents. There, she helped trauma survivors progress in an efficient, safe and culturally competent manner. She also mastered the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework to meet their needs. Danielle has worked with clients individually, as a family and in groups.


Through the use of empathy, ability to meet people “where they are”, use of validation and learning a person’s self narrative, Danielle develops a trusting and honest relationship with her clients.  She learns how their environment currently impacts and how their past traumas are living within their bodies; thus helping a client express themselves both verbally and non-verbally. If you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, problems adjusting, issues with interpersonal relationships or even just hitting a snag in the road and need help processing and moving forward please reach out.  To speak with Danielle, please call 908-363-5535 x 110


Danielle Dinneen, msw, lcsw, therapist


Candice Hoffman, MA, NCC, LAC, Counselor

Candice Hoffman is Nationally Board Certified in Mental Health Counseling and is a New Jersey State Certified Licensed Associate Counselor who is in the final stages of completing her hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated summa cum laude from Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Candice is also a certified Student Assistance Counselor. Prior to coming to Peace of Mind, she worked with adult and child survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault and counseled adolescents experiencing profound mental health crises in an intensive outpatient program.  


Through empathetic listening, Candice compassionately cultivates positive feelings of hope and optimism while creating a safe, comfortable, calm environment for clients.   Her warm, person centered approach is an extension of her personality that has helped her flourish in providing counseling services as it enables her to connect with clients on both a therapeutic and professional level.

To speak with Candice, please call 908-363-5535 x 111


Danielle Heitmann, LCSW, MSW, MA, is a clinical social worker with a background in complex trauma treatment as well as spirituality. In addition, Danielle has a Certificate in Narrative Therapy, which helps her offer people ways of finding deeper meaning and, therefore, more possibilities in life. True to the narrative tradition, Danielle believes that people are more than their problems, and she draws on people’s unique strengths in order to facilitate transformation. In addition to her narrative perspective, Danielle also utilizes an approach that integrates mind, body and spirit. Danielle has also completed a year-long fellowship from the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute & Society, as well as courses in Organizational Psychology, Mentalization-Based Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and more. She is always seeking to learn more of the art and science of psychotherapy, so that she can provide outstanding care to those to whom she has the privilege to listen.

To speak with Danielle, please call 908-363-5535 x 112

Danielle Heitmann, msw, lcsw, ma, therapist