Meet the team
We have assembled a team of the most-qualified specialists to deliver the care you and your family need.
Cheryl Kasper, MSW, LCSW
Cheryl Kasper, LCSW received her Master of Social Work Degree from Rutgers University in 1996. Cheryl is the owner and operator of Cheryl Kasper, LCSW and Associates and Ocean County Social Skills.
Cheryl has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults for over 20 years and specializes working with clients with Anxiety, Trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Grief, and an array of other mental health issues. She is trained in Sand Play Therapy, Neurofeedback, EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and Rapid Transformational Therapy.
Cheryl is also trained in Energy Psychology, she is a Mindset Expert and is also a Reiki Master.
Cheryl believes that in order to to have Emotional Freedom, you must address the mind and body to clear out any blocks and negative beliefs that create limitations and self sabotage.
Cheryl had worked for many years at Kimball Medical Center- Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service (PESS), for the Jackson Township School District Crisis Team, and the Jackson Township School District Child Study Team, as a School Social Worker.
Cheryl is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Brittany LaFemina, MSW, LCSW
Brittany received her Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Tampa. She then went on and received her Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University with a concentration in Clinical Practice. She was an active member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Brittany is very passionate about mental health awareness and maintaining one’s mental health through self-care, attachment-based issues, interpersonal and/or intimate relationship issues, communication within interpersonal relationships, and couples based therapy and compatibility counseling.
Brittany has two years of experience with people in active mental health crises. Brittany is currently working as a Clinician at the CREST/Crisis Stabilization program through Ocean Mental Health Services, providing crisis stabilization and clinical interventions to adults with psychiatric and/or substance use issues throughout Ocean County.
Brittany interned at Penn Medicine’s Princeton House inpatient psychiatric hospital on the adult involuntary and dual diagnosis wing. She provided assessments, group therapy, support counseling, risk assessments, and crisis stabilization to adults in active crises and/or with persistent and chronic mental health issues, while strengthening her clinical skills in symptom identification and diagnosis.
Brittany has past experience working at an adolescent partial care program, where she provided support, individual and group therapy for adolescents experiencing diagnosed chronic mental illnesses and trauma.
Brittany’s preferred treatment modality utilizes a humanistic, therapist-client focused, and psychodynamic approach to treatment. She believes everyone is capable of resiliency and change and that a client’s treatment should be individualistic. She also believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to treatment and actively reinforces a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment.
She also works with adolescents and adults diagnosed with Anxiety, Attachment-based issues, Intimate Partner Relationship Issues, Interpersonal relationship issues, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief-related issues, LGBTQ youth, Personality Disorders, Post-partum related issues, Relationship-based issues, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-esteem issues, Self-injurious behaviors, Substance use, and varying forms of childhood, adolescent, and adulthood trauma and abuse.
Brittany Kieslor, MSW, LCSW
Brittany received her B.A. from University of Tampa and her Masters of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy.
Brittany uses a strengths-based, client-centered, and solution focused method. Her experiences include social skills training, parent training for children with challenging behaviors, and family therapies to help rebuild toxic relationships. Brittany is trained in Play Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy, EMDR, CBT, and Sand Play Therapy. She works with children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and diverse forms of trauma.
Brittany currently works in the Brick Township Public School District as a Social Worker for the Brick Memorial High School Child Study Team. She works with students with special needs, social skills, mental health issues and crisis management. She previously worked in the RISE Academy for at-risk teens in the Brick Township Public School District and as an ABA Instructor for Xanadu Behavior Therapy .
Kristen Cladek, MSW, LSW
Kristen graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Georgian Court University in May 2014. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2015 Fordham University. Kristen has worked with children and teens in a variety of capacities for nearly half of her life, including having interned as a counselor at a school for children and adults ages five to twenty-one with behavioral and developmental disabilities. She has worked with the State of New Jersey in the Division of Disability Services in their Personal Preference Program.
Since 2015, Kristen acts as the Director of Social Skills at Ocean County Social Skills and facilitates the high school, middle, and elementary school groups. In addition to her work with Ocean County Social Skills, Kristen works as a social worker at the LADACIN Network’s Lehmann Adult Day Program in Lakewood, where she manages the cases of adults with variety of developmental disabilities. Kristen is passionate about advocating for individuals with disabilities and serves as as a member of Jackson Township’s Committee for the Disabled and coaches Challenger League Softball each spring.
Kristen is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and is trained in Sand Play therapy.
Michael Caponetto, MA, LAC, NCC
Michael received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Kean University of New Jersey. He then went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling, also from Kean University, in 2015. From 2017-2019 he finished coursework in a post-masters program at Kean for licensed professional counseling. Michael is a Certified School Counselor for grades K-12 and recognized as a National Certified Counselor since January 2019. Additionally, in the Fall of 2019 Michael became a Licensed Associate Counselor.
Michael has been working for more than a decade with children and adolescents in various capacities. His experience includes working extensively with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has also served as an interim guidance counselor at several of the Toms River elementary school’s guidance departments over the course of the last several years. In a separate setting in the summer of 2019 he began working for St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Toms River as a counselor in there Summer Religious Education Academy. Since 2011 he has worked for ESS through Toms River Regional Schools as a Substitute teacher and paraprofessional for the elementary and intermediate schools.
Michael also dedicates his time to co-facilitating elementary, middle, and high school social skills groups as well as providing individual therapy services to adolescents and children at Ocean County Social Skills.
Fallon Sanchez, MSW, LCSW
Fallon graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She specialized in Clinical Practice with Children and Families and is passionate about advocacy, policy reform, and community development. Throughout her studies she focused on the impact and effects of trauma and bullying on individuals and families.
She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey and an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Fallon has 5+ years of experience providing care management services to youth and families struggling with mental health, behavioral, substance abuse, and/or developmental needs. She runs a Girl’s Empowerment Group focusing on self-esteem and self-worth for pre-teen and teenage girls. Fallon is a seasoned clinician. She is empathic, compassionate and professional. She respects the therapeutic boundaries between therapist and client. Fallon has an extensive knowledge of resources available in the community and will make recommendations if and when appropriate.
Fallon practices cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, strengths-based and person-centered approaches. She specializes in anxiety and depression.
Christine Malinowski MSW, LCSW
Christine received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education from Kean University of New Jersey and went on to receive her Masters of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University in 2001. She is a Certified as a New Jersey Teacher of Elementary Education, a Certified School Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Christine began her career over 22 years ago and has worked extensively with Families and Children throughout Ocean County. As a Residential Group Home and Case Manager with the Division of Developmental Disabilities State of New jersey, she was a Certified Prevention Intervention Specialist for adults with disabilities. She interned with the Ocean County Family Crisis Intervention Unit where she provided support to teens transitioning back into their homes and community from Residential Treatment Facilities. As a Family Social Worker and Site Supervisor for Head Start Preschool in Toms River, Christine provided In Home Needs Assessments for low income, at risk families with vulnerable young children.
Christine is a Certified Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Group Leader for the Toms River based Positive Parents Program. Christine is a Parent Educator and provides a Therapeutic Parents Group for Families raising children ages Preschool through Teen. She also coordinates an after school Social Skills Elementary School Aged Group at the Toms River Youth Services. Christine has also been volunteering as a Mental Health Social Worker with Camp Noah, a Disaster Relief Summer Program for children and families affected by Hurricane Sandy, since 2012.
Christine currently works for Toms River Regional Schools. Initially she was the District’s Elementary Substance Abuse Coordinator, and then went on to become a School Social Worker for Special Services where she has worked in the Preschool, Elementary and Intermediate Schools. Christine provides assessments to determine the bio- psychosocial needs of students with cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental and educational disabilities.
Jamie A. Landsman, MSW, LSW
Jamie achieved her B.S. in Social Work from Rutgers University with a Minor in Psychology. Jamie received her Masters of Social Work from the Monmouth University with a concentration in clinical practice with children and families.
Jamie utilizes a strengths based approach, solution focused approach, client centered treatment, and regularly utilizes CBT, DBT, art therapy, and play therapy. She has experience working with individuals in crisis, adjustment and transitional disorders, ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Attachment disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Personality Disorders, Self-esteem issues, Self-harming behaviors and ideations, Substance use, and individuals dealing with grief and trauma.
Jamie has worked with New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) and completed a variety of training under the Department of Children and Families, which assists her with recognizing and planning for children and families in crisis. She has also served as an outpatient clinician and in-home therapist, counseling children and adolescents referred through NJ Children’s System of Care and is trained to facilitate the Nurturing Parent Program in-home to parents in the state of New Jersey. She is the author of A Dog’s Tail: Alice’s hindsight of alcohol abuse in her family.
Meredith received her Bachelors of Arts in English LIterature from Stockton University and began working in the health insurance industry in 1988 as an employee of Prudential Insurance as well as US Life Insurance (now AIG.)
Meredith has been working for Cheryl for the past four years serving primarily as her financial and billing administrator. She currently resides in Toms River where she continues to raise her family. She is an active volunteer and team leader in a local pet rescue and enjoys spending her time outdoors and with animals.
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