Our Therapists

 
Katherine Omoifo, MA, LPC, 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

 

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

 
 

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