Jennifer Eckert, LICSW
As a teen and an adult, I struggled while searching for answers surrounding my adoption. Looking back, I had wished that I had been able to share with others what I was thinking and feeling. Because this work is very important to me, I changed careers and went to Simmons college for my Masters degree in Social Work. I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in post adoption and blended family challenges.
Kelly DiBenedetto, LMHC, ATR
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist. For the past three years I’ve worked with families and individuals who are touched by adoption, foster care, and complex family dynamics. I work with adolescents, children, and adults and believe in the important work of helping people build connections and relationships. Family can mean many things to people and one of my goals is to help people define what it means for them. As a trained Art Therapist I utilize creative techniques to assist in self exploration and emotional expression, as well as an alternative method of communication.
Kristen (KC) Craig, LICSW
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I am passionate about working with children and families, and most of my career I have focused on helping individuals and complex-blended families who are adopted, divorced, experiencing major life changes or have a history of trauma. My work often centers on depression or anxiety related to relationships. Since 2011, I have specialized in working with adopted individuals and families, including identity work around loss and parent consultations. I focus on empowering the family system by incorporating cognitive-behavioral, narrative and solution-based techniques as well as some art and play interventions. I value self-care and meditation and am Reiki trained, so I love the way BPAR encourages wellness both for our families and for our staff!
Katie Gorczyca, M.A., Expressive Therapist
I am a license-eligible, masters-level clinician specializing in mental health counseling and expressive therapies. In the past I have had clinical experience with bereavement, post adoption support, and individuals with anxiety. I believe in strength-based work and the power of connection, and I understand that major life changes come up at different times with different meanings throughout a lifetime. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training and have additional training in therapeutic yoga for anxiety, depression, and trauma. Where appropriate, I use the arts in my work as a form of communication and expression, and ultimately as a means of self-discovery and healing.
Maya Rogers-Bursen, M.A., Expressive Art Therapist and Group Coordinator/Leader
I am a masters level, mental health clinician who specializes in art therapy. When I was six months old, I was adopted from India. Working in this field, as an adult adoptee, has opened my eyes to the dynamics that go into creating and defining family. I have had clinical experience in settings which focus in bereavement with children, adolescents with complex trauma histories, post adoption support, as well as intensive family work within the home. As an art therapist, I believe in the importance of integrating arts-based work into therapeutic settings when appropriate. I use this approach to help facilitate conversation as well as guide those in self exploration.
Mr. Roger, Therapy Dog
My name is Mr. Roger, but feel free to call me Roge. I was trained as a service dog at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. I’m partial to cable knit sweaters, and I get along with every kind of animal you can imagine—cats, birds, you name it. But I especially love people. I’m affectionate, gentle, caring, compassionate, and I’m a really good listener.
“I think it’s about the really thoughtful approach that you take.
And I think that this is the first time I’ve ever gone to a place where
listening seems to be the first objective. What is really steadfast, honest,
clear-sighted, intentional, thoughtful advice and just love towards me
sort of rubs off and helps my own development.”