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who we are

The staff at Advanced Behavioral Counseling of Northern NJ, believes in tailoring treatment to each patient’s individual goals.  As such, we have adopted an integrative care model in our practice, utilizing complementary/integrative medical approaches when appropriate.  We have experience in the nutritional, vitamin, and herbal supplementation to treat certain mental health conditions when there is evidence to support their use.  However, there are many psychiatric conditions that require pharmacological management first, and the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options may be integrated later on.

 

The Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, prescribes psychiatric medication, and conducts psychotherapy/individual, group, marital, and family counseling in a variety of settings.

 

A Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse is first educated as a registered professional nurse with additional graduate education in psychiatric-mental health nursing at the Master's or Doctoral level. Psychiatric APNs are licensed by the NJ Board of Nursing to practice under the Nurse Practice Act and Nurse Practitioner/Advance Psychiatric Practice Nurse Act of the State of New Jersey. They are nationally certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Association.

 

In addition to passing a National Examination and meeting high standards for supervised clinical practice, the Psych APN is required to remain current in the latest knowledge and methods of providing expert mental health care through continuing education and rigorous re-certification requirements. 

 

Please visit www.spapn.org for further information on Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses

our staff

Deborah Drumm

Deborah graduated with a BS in nursing from SUNY Stony Brook and is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. She received an MA in Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing from New York University and a post Masters from SUNY Stony Brook. She has been a psychiatric provider for the majority of her 44+ year professional career.…

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Doreen Rasp

Doreen has been a Registered Nurse since 1995 and completed a Master’s as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University in 2009. She has specialized in primary care as well as gastroenterology. In 2015, Rasp completed a Post-Master’s certification as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Wilkes University. The dual certification has allowed her to…

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Kathleen Kilcoyne

Kathleen received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University. An RN since 1989 and APN since 2008, she has over 29 years of experience in Psychiatric nursing. She is affiliated with Saint Clare’s Hospital and provides medication management in private practice at Advanced Behavioral Counseling in Newton, NJ. Kathy has experience treating individuals with…

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Molly McGoldrick Hird

Molly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been providing mental health services in Sussex County for 13 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and Master’s degree from William Paterson University, where she graduated #1 in her class. Molly views her role of counselor as that of a trusted…

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Danielle Pignatiello

Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Danielle has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from William Paterson University of NJ and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She completed basic training in EMDR and sand play. Danielle has been providing outpatient counseling to children, adults and families for the last…

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Judy Leonard

Judy has over 30 years of nursing experience caring for patients across the lifespan with multiple physical, emotional and mental health needs.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in 2001 from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and completed her case management certification in 2010. Working in various settings, her education, training and experience has…

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Joann Cassaro

Joann has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years. She brings to our staff, experience from Morristown Medical Center outpatient Pain Management Center as a Clinical Coordinator and staff nurse.  Before retiring from her full time position at AHSYS, she was responsible for managing staffing, supplies, and physicians with various procedures. Joann educated patients regarding pain medication and…

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“Norie” Pereira

Norie has worked in the mental health field as an insurance administrator and an office manager for over 16 years. She corresponds with patients and generally keeps the office running by taking over many administrative responsibilities. She has kept up to date with the many changes affecting the medical health field, such as new billing (CPT…

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