About Us

Meet Our Team

Dawn M. Raffa, Ph.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Executive Clinical Director/Founder

Dr. Raffa is Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes with children and families. She received her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Walden University, attended graduate school at Rutgers University earning a Masters of Social Work and earned her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Rutgers University, Douglass College. Dr. Raffa has been a licensed therapist since 2000 and is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association, Mercer County Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, New Jersey Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Her 20 year work history includes working as an in home family therapist and an outpatient therapist in private group practices in Northern and Central New Jersey. Dr. Raffa received specialized training in structural family therapy from the Minuchin Center for the Family in New York, NY and from the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. She also completed Gottman level one training for treatment with couples. In addition, she trained at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA to become a certified diplomate of cognitive behavioral therapy. Dr. Raffa conducts psychological, ADHD and psychoeducational evaluations and is certified in biofeedback. She attended 40 hours of Divorce Mediation training at the Center for Mediation and Training in New York, NY and 16 hours of Collaborative Law Training to become a parent coordinator, child specialist and divorce coach and she served as a collaborating investigator on one of the task forces for the DSM-V. In addition to her background working with children/adolescents, adults, families and couples, she has a knowledge of school social work, neuropsychological testing, cognitive retraining and pain management with personal injury clients.

Dr. Raffa employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to assist patients children, adolescents, adults, couples and families and her area of expertise is in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders and childhood disorders. She specializes with women and children and incorportates a combination of technique, humor and empathy when working with her all of her clients. Dr. Raffa employs CBT, ACT and mindfulness techniques to assist patients with reframing their dysfunctional beliefs and changing their self defeating behaviors. Additionally, Dr. Raffa supervises doctoral candidates, post doctoral residents and clinical staff in the practice. Dr. Raffa utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Ecosystemic Family Therapy (ESFT) and habit reversal training, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR-Level One) and Gottman Level Two Training.

Tara Calafiore, Psy.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director

Dr. Calafiore is a licensed clinical Psychologist providing services in all three of our locations; Pennington, Marlton and Philadelphia. Dr. Calafiore has been with Inner Balance since 2014 and provides evidence-based treatment and assessment for Adults, Children, Families and Couples. Dr. Calafiore received her Psy.D. in Combined and Integrated Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University. She has experience working with clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings including; inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, schools and traditional outpatient facilities. Dr. Calafiore has expertise in providing evidenced-based treatment to children, adolescent, adults, and families and has received specific training in the acceptance and commitment therapies and mindfulness interventions. Dr. Calafiore’s treatment approach emphasizes behavioral change in the service of her clients’ stated goals. Dr. Calafiore specializes in the treatment of behavioral disorders in children adolescent and adults, including anger regulation. She has given presentations on evidenced based treatments and practices at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) conferences. Dr. Calafiore is currently licensed as a Psychologist In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is also licensed as a New Jersey school psychologist and is proficient in providing psychological assessment for both children and adults.

Maria Giordano, LMFT, LCSW, ACSW

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Assistant Clinical Director

The therapeutic experience is an important healing process and different for everyone. Maria guides clients through their personal process encouraging self-awareness and empowerment. Her clinical orientation and style of practice is psychodynamic and holistic (mind, body, spirit). It includes but is not limited to Jungian theory where wholeness is worked toward by the integration of the past and present. She believes this process gives people an opportunity to learn healthier coping skills through insight and other wellness practices. A client can understand how past unresolved hurts, angers, disappointments, and losses affect their experiences and behaviors in the present. Maria’s clinical practice includes work with individuals, groups, couples and families . She has an eclectic background which includes counseling needs related to relationships, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, separation and divorce, and other life adjustment/transition concerns., such as aging. Special interest includes Women’s Health and Wellness ,and issues related to women growing older, especially those within the Baby Boomer Generation. Her experience spans 30+ years in a variety of mental health settings as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Maria holds a Certification with the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and was inducted into the Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society. Maria is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Rutgers, The State University and have been an Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hall University for the past 20 years where she teaches Social Science courses and works with Student Athletes.

Tracey Swain, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Tracey Swain is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience. Tracey obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech and then went on to pursue her Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. Tracey has experience managing a group home for dual diagnosed adolescents and teens, has worked with youth in treatment foster care, residential placements, teen moms, and has provided intensive in home therapy to youth and families ages 4 – 21. While working in programs and in the home, Tracey has had the opportunity to provide individual, group, and family therapy, to a variety of diverse groups and populations. Tracey’s work within the community has afforded her the opportunity to learn about and make many connections with community organizations. Tracey enjoys using play, art and talk therapy to engage children and adolescents. Tracey works well to engage teenagers using current events and cognitive behavioral therapy. She has extensive experience treating youth with ADHD, ODD, depression, spectrum disorders/PDD, anxiety, anger management, social skills, life skills, and effective communication skills. Tracey has also worked with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and grief. Tracey’s laid back approach works well to ease new patients in therapy and she is able to build rapport easily.

Lyn Watson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lyn Watson is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Many of the children she has seen have been identified as struggling with anxiety, attention, hyperactivity, defiance, self-esteem, depression, and trauma. She also works with adults to manage life transitions, difficulties in relationships, and the challenges of parenthood. Using various modalities, Lyn’s focus in therapy is to help individuals and families recognize their own strengths and develop bonds that promote a positive sense of well- being.

Lyn graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her experience includes multiple years of working in community residential and college counseling settings. She has worked with a wide range of diverse populations and in recent years has focused on assisting women, children, and families with recognizing their full potential using a person- centered approach to therapy.

Alyssa Catuogno, Psy.D, NCSP

Post Doctoral Resident

Dr. Alyssa B. Catuogno is a post-doctoral fellow providing services in the Pennington location. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2010, her Master’s of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2013, her Master’s of Science in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2015, and her Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Dr. Catuogno has experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, autism, developmental delays, substance use, LGBTQ, and suicidal ideations. She is also widely versed in the area of psychological assessment. Dr. Catuogno has experience working with clients from toddlerhood to adulthood and in a variety of settings including; schools, inpatient treatment centers, and traditional outpatient facilities. In addition, she has given multiple presentations on evidence based treatments, specifically mindfulness-based interventions, at the Florida Association of School Psychology (FASP) and the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) conferences. She is also an active member of the New Jersey Association of School Psychology (NJASP).

Catarina Martins, LPC, NCC

Lead Clinician, Licensed Professional Counselor

Some of the scariest moments in life are when we feel as though we are losing or have lost control, and I hope to assist you in getting through the chaos. By providing a safe, non-judgmental, and encouraging environment, my goal is to support you in creating a life in alignment with your values and who you would like to be.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in NJ and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), with a master’s degree in counseling from Caldwell University from 2017, as well as experience with CBT, REBT, and ACT techniques, I am confident in my ability to walk with you through the process self-discovery.

I hope to hear from you soon; in the meantime, I will be crafting, reading, spending time with family, friends, my partner, and my cat!

Juliana Collins, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Juliana Collins is a Licensed Social Worker providing services at our Philadelphia location. Juliana obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University and her Master of Social Work with a clinical concentration from the University of Pennsylvania. Juliana has worked with clients on a large range of presenting issues, including substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, major depression, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, sexual and domestic violence, and community violence. Juliana is skilled in Dialectical Behavior Therapy practices (including mindfulness-based practices), trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sexual assault counseling, and substance abuse therapy. Juliana’s treatment emphasizes strengths and person-centered approaches, believing in the resilience and individuality of each client. Her work is both passionate and empathetic, fostering a safe and inclusive space where individuals can be who they are without fear of judgment. In addition, Juliana is collecting her clinical hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well learning how to further incorporate spirituality in her counseling through Reiki and meditation.

Jessica Halpin, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Seeking help and connection to others in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges takes great courage but leads to healing and thriving. Jessica considers it her greatest privilege in life to help others tell their own stories in a safe, constructive, and unbiased environment to help transformation take place. Jessica utilizes a person-centered, trauma informed approach in her counseling to encourage healing and growth. She believes that counseling is a space for honest exploration of a person’s story and goals, seeing collaboration as a way to overcome the discouraging obstacles that prevent flourishing.

Jessica has Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Licensed Social Worker, and has directed an accredited graduate Counseling program. She has over 11 years of experience providing crisis and long-term support for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mood imbalance, family and relationship issues, addiction, abuse, and acute concerns such as suicidal/homicidal thoughts, acute addiction, and acute psychosis.

Emma Twomey, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Emma Twomey is a Licensed Social Worker who specializes in working with people with substance use disorders, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and grief and loss. She attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and earned her B.S.W. at Temple University. Emma’s person-centered approach allows her to navigate the use of therapeutic approaches based on the effectiveness voiced by each individual client. She utilizes a trauma-informed, harm reduction approach to apply motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques to sessions in order to support people to build the tools to reach goals and live life more enjoyably. Emma is currently working in the Philadelphia location and works with clients ages 5 and older.

Rachel Andrews, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Rachel Andrews is a Licensed Social Worker providing services to children, adolescents, and adults at our Marlton location. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Rutgers University, as well as two additional degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies. She obtained her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Through her clinical work Rachel has developed extensive experience in working with young women with Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as anxiety disorders, major depression, and trauma. In addition to this Rachel has worked with clients on a wide range of presenting issues including autism, anger management, behavioral concerns, ADHD, mood disorders, sexual and domestic violence, self-esteem, chronic illness, self-harm, learning difficulties, and family conflict. She is also widely versed in career counselling through her work in college admissions. Rachel’s clinical interests include trauma, women’s issues, and healthy sexuality; including helping survivors of sexual trauma develop a positive view of sex and sexuality.

Through her extensive work in crisis settings, Rachel understands the importance of meeting clients where they are and tailoring her approach to meet their unique needs. Rachel brings an eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Psychoeducation. Rachel’s approach emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and building a trusting and supportive environment, believing that clients are the experts in themselves.

Rachel is currently collecting hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games and watching Marvel movies with Penny, her pet bird.

Anna Lisk, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Anna is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years of experience. Anna obtained her Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Kean University and her Masters in Clinical Social Work with Children and Families from Monmouth University. Anna has worked with diverse populations. Her experience includes residential treatment, adult and adolescent substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety, grief and trauma.

Anna works in a strengths based perspective to help individuals recognize their own resiliency; catering her approach to the individual in order to address their needs in the most effective way. Anna employs aspects of art, play and music therapy to engage individuals from children to young adults and families.

Anna is currently collecting hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is always looking to learn new skills and enhance current skills to best help her clients.

Fallon Coulombe, LAC, NCC

Licensed Associate Counselor

Fallon is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently providing services in the Marlton location. Before becoming a LAC, she was a school counselor for 7 years where she enjoyed assisting college students meet the daily challenges they faced and improve on their personal growth. She uses client centered and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to help clients gain insight into their thinking and behavioral patterns. In her free time she likes to ride her bike, complete crafts with her family, and enjoys going to dog parks with her two dogs.

Lindsay Linebarger, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lindsay Linebarger, LCSW, earned her undergraduate degree in social work at Fordham University and her graduate degree in social work at Columbia University. There, she focused on clinical social work in a school setting. Lindsay has worked in therapeutic schools and community mental health settings for over five years. Lindsay utilizes mindfulness techniques and acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as aspects of CBT and DBT.

Lindsay helps each client understand their needs and become their own advocate and best friend. She supports clients in building lives that align with their values and goals, all while practicing self-compassion.  She believes that the greatest gift she can give her clients is a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Lindsay is a yoga instructor and meditation practitioner. She specializes in life transitions and works in our Pennington, NJ office.

Casey Muller, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Casey is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree with a Clinical Concentration and Behavioral Health Specialization from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is a licensed provider in both Maryland and New Jersey. Currently supporting clients at our Marlton location, Casey has served a variety of populations within the forensic, inpatient and behavioral health systems presenting with various psycho-social backgrounds. She has had the opportunity to grow her clinical skills and passion for the profession at agencies including The University of Maryland Clinical Law Office, Springfield Hospital Center and Sheppard Pratt Hospital.

While working with adult and adolescent populations, Casey has experience providing individual, family and group treatment to clients with various diagnoses including psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and mood disorders. She has also worked with individuals who have experienced adverse life circumstances resulting in grief, loss, trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In practice, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Strengths-Based and Client-Centered approaches with a foundation and understanding of trauma-informed care. She is also trained in Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) to better support clients at any stage of treatment. Casey believes that each individual should be met with the highest level of care and respect regardless of age, race or gender identity.

Melanie Lowe Hoffman, LSW, MSW, MPA

Licensed Social Worker

Working alongside clients and communities to center their needs is a central theme of Melanie’s career. She has experience empowering others in a variety of settings – including public schools, higher education, museums, employee assistance programs – and draws on her history to join with clients in addressing the unique challenges they are facing.

Melanie takes a compassionate, holistic, and empathetic approach to counseling. When the time is right, Melanie even integrates humor as a way of finding lightness in even life’s hardest moments. Her aim is to assist clients in identifying their strengths and exploring solutions as they navigate what has brought them to therapy. Melanie has experience working with domestic and sexual violence survivors, trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, and relational concerns, along with life/career transitions. Melanie is committed to providing culturally responsive care recognizing impact of different lived experiences based on identities and social locations.

Melanie is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her social work degree from Rutgers University School of Social Work. Prior to her career as a social worker, Melanie earned a master’s in public administration from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

In addition to working with clients, Melanie teaches graduate-level social work courses and is in the process of obtaining her clinical licensure. In her free time, she enjoys music, movement, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Alex Epply-Schmidt, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

Alex Epply-Schmidt is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Bryn Mawr College. Alex has worked with a range of clients at challenging stages in life at: the Good Grief Support Center, Burlington County Alternative School, and, most recently, Princeton University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Alex provides services in our Marlton and Pennington, NJ offices.

When working with immediate areas of concern for clients, Alex uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients develop problem-solving skills, determine personal goals and reduce stress and anxiety. For clients addressing unresolved difficult past experiences, Alex uses psychodynamic Attachment Theory.

Alex has a particular interest in helping adolescents develop insights and skills to create a personally meaningful life. He has experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, academic stress, and relationship difficulties. Alex has received training in counseling for grief and other forms of loss, and mental health support for children and adolescents affected by COVID.

Three Convenient Office Locations!

Marlton, NJ

5 Greentree Center
525 Route 73 North, Suite 107
Marlton, NJ 08053

Pennington, NJ

2 Tree Farm Road
Suite A-220
Pennington, NJ 08534

Philadelphia, PA

1628 JFK Boulevard
Suite 1003
Philadelphia, PA 19103