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 and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
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.
Susan Niznik, Ed.S, LPC
Doctoral Resident, Licensed Professional Counselor, School Psychologist
Susan is a doctoral intern providing services in our Marlton location. She is currently working on her Psy.D in School Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also attended graduate school at Rowan University were she earned her Ed.S in School Psychology and La Salle University where she earned her Masters Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, in-home, and residential programs. She is also a New Jersey School Psychologist and has experience with conducting Psychoeducational assessments.
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.
Dr. Ashley Matz
Dr. Matz is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University’s Schreyer Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. She received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, along with a Master’s of Education from Widener University and completed an internship at AIDS Care Group. Dr. Matz developed an integrative theoretical framework, conceptualizing from a psychodynamic point of view, while including cognitive behavioral techniques.
She approaches clients from a relational and insight oriented standpoint, believing that both the relationship the client has with him or herself, along with the relationship established between therapist and client, are integral aspects of treatment and progress. Dr. Matz has experience working with anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, substance use, relationship / couples, LGBT and women’s health.
Katie Bartolucci, LSW
Licensed Social Worker
Katie Bartolucci is a Licensed Social Worker who has treated clients in the mental health field for more than a decade. She focuses on supporting individuals and families so that they may identify and work towards achievable goals. She recognizes the importance of developing a positive perception of self in order to develop and maintain fulfilling relationships. Katie values each person’s unique strengths and, when appropriate, seeks to collaborate with all parts of an individual’s support system in order to ensure the best possible resources and care.
She has worked extensively in crisis settings, and understands the importance of creating a safe therapeutic relationship to work through life challenges that bring her clients into treatment. Her clinical interests include working with children, families, those struggling with addiction, and women’s issues, including the intersection between health and mental health as well as post-partum depression and anxiety.
Her educational background includes a B.S. in Administration of Community Resources and Disabilities Studies from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Katie has also contributed to a PTSD study on accidental injuries at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has treated children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Katie sees patients in the Pennington and Philadelphia locations.
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, LAC, NCC
Licensed Associate Counselor
Catarina earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell University and is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). She also holds a certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Through a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and an eclectic mindset, Catarina works with clients to support and assist them in their growth. She believes that counseling is a process where we confront our fears in an attempt to create a path to our ideal selves and future. She works with adolescents aged 14 and older, adults and families in the Pennington, NJ location.
Catarina works with clients in the areas of Adjustment Disorder, Adolescents, Adults, Anger Management, Anxiety, Body Image, Career Counseling, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Dual Diagnosis, Emotional Disturbances, Family Conflict, Infidelity, Grief, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Peer Relationships, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Self-Identity, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Identity Issues, Sexuality, Social Anxiety, Spirituality, Stress Management, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Wellness/Self-Care, Women’s Issues
On off hours, she spends her free time reading, expressing herself through arts and crafts, spending time with family and friends, taking care of her cat, and exploring outdoors. In addition, Catarina is currently studying how to further incorporate spirituality into counseling.
Juliana Collins, LSW
Licensed 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.
Wendy Perello, LSW
Licensed Social Worker
Wendy Perello graduated with an MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service with a special interest in adolescents and teens. She also obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware where she first discovered how behavior affects the advertising and marketing world before venturing into social work counseling.
She will be serving our Pennington, NJ office and will see both teens and adults. Her approach is compassionate, strengths-based and goal-oriented in order to improve relationships and decrease stress by offering counseling and support in a practical way. Through a varied use of techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and parent support the goal is to feel measurable results and improvement in mood and behavior, and decrease stress and conflict. She believes you should feel lighter and reflective after working together.
Wendy has experience in school settings providing support to students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on reducing anxiety during the reentry phase. She also has extensive management experience working in a corporate setting and can provide relationship guidance and advice.
She and her husband have two teenage boys that provide a wealth of understanding of life as a teen in the modern technology age.
Three Convenient Office Locations!
34 East Main Street
Marlton, NJ 08053
Marlton, NJ 08053
2 Tree Farm Road, Suite A-220
Pennington, NJ 08534
Pennington, NJ 08534
Philadelphia, PA – New Location!
1628 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1003
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia, PA 19103