Bridge Mental Health’s staff of professionals provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and seniors in Point Pleasant, NJ. Here are brief biographies of our experienced and dedicate staff:
Dr. Helen Demetriades, PsyD
Dr. Helen Demetriades is a N.J. Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New School for Social Research in New York City, and then went on to New York University where she received her Master of Social Work degree. Dr. Demetriades continued her studies at Columbia University where she received her Master of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology. She completed her studies at Long Island University where she obtained a Master of Science degree and ultimately a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.
Dr. Demetriades is a seasoned therapist with over 20 years of experience serving others. Dr. Demetriades’ understanding of depression and bipolar disorder led her to writing and publishing the book entitled Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders, which was stocked in libraries and schools across the country. Dr. Demetriades is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. She is proficient in Personality Assessment, including projective testing (e.g., Rorschach Ink Blot Test and Thematic Apperception Test).
Dr. Demetriades offers a compassionate and non-judgmental atmosphere wherein patients are guided through an exploration of self, leading to a greater understanding of themselves and those around them. She believes that the critical ingredient for therapeutic progress is the therapeutic relationship, which requires mutual respect and safety.
Madeline Skalitza, L.C.S.W.
Madeline Skalitza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. Prior to joining Bridge Mental Health, Ms. Skalitza spent twelve years providing counseling to children who were abused and neglected, as well as victims of domestic violence. She provides psychotherapy to individuals with anger issues, stress, depression, mood disorders, trauma, grief, ADHD, learning disabilities, and adolescent issues.
Ms. Skalitza has also worked with our service men and women at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Fleet and Family Support. She continues to accept Tricare Insurance for military personnel while at Bridge Mental Health.
Ms. Skalitza earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, prior to receiving a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in N.Y. Ms. Skalitza’s experience, skill and compassion can help guide you and/or your family to a more adaptive and healthier lifestyle.
Susan Warner, L.C.S.W., L.C.A.D.C.
Susan Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Georgian Court University, and her Master in Social Work degree from Rutgers University, N.J. Ms. Warner has a Certification in Disaster Response (DRCC), and has been a member of the Ocean County Mental Health Emergency Response Team (OCMHER). Ms. Warner is trained and experienced in providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment.
Susan P. Talty, L.C.S.W.
Susan Talty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York since 1982, and in New Jersey since 1994, and certified as a School Social Worker for Ocean and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey. Ms. Talty has worked in various outpatient community mental health facilities in N.Y.C., the South Bronx and the Jersey Shore for over 15 years. She has provided therapy to children, adolescents and families since 1982.
Ms. Talty’s specialty is working with psychiatrically at risk children and adolescents with behavioral difficulties, and their families. She co-developed an intergenerational club in the school system, bringing together special education students and senior citizens. Ms. Talty has led various therapeutic groups focusing on divorce, ADD, self-esteem, and social skills development. She is skilled at working with women experiencing depression, domestic violence, mental illness, crisis and trauma, and parenting and family issues. Ms. Talty has provided support groups for mothers and grandmothers. She has worked closely with Ocean Partnership for Children, involving families that are experiencing significant emotional pain and crisis. Ms. Talty has supervised graduate and undergraduate students during their field work from New York University School of Social Work, Rutgers University School of Social Work, and Monmouth University School of Social Work.
Ms. Talty received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simmons College in 1978, majoring in Psychology and English. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 1982 from Columbia University School of Social Work. She received family therapy training at the Fordham Tremont Community Mental Health Center in Bronx, N.Y.
Amy Ryan, L.C.S.W.
Amy Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey since 2002. Ms. Ryan has experience working with diverse populations. Prior to joining Bridge Mental Health, Ms. Ryan worked at Bonnie Brae Residential Treatment Center, where she worked with adolescent boys and their families. She received intensive group training to address issues such as substance abuse, sexual offenses, victims of abuse, and emotional/behavioral problems. Ms. Ryan provided Family Structural Therapy under the supervision of Emma Gemajovich of the Minuchin Institute. In addition, Ms. Ryan worked at a local community mental health center providing psychosocial assessments, individual counseling, and group therapy to address stress, homelessness, trauma, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Ms. Ryan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology at Rowan University, N.J., and her Master of Social Work degree at Rutgers University, N.J. Ms. Ryan’s passion is empowering those who are having difficulty reaching their full potential in life. Her “down to earth,” caring demeanor, along with some humor, creates a comfortable environment for clients to reflect on their lives and acknowledge their strengths in order to reach their goals. Ms. Ryan is honored and enthused to be a part of Bridge Mental Health, and is consistently dedicated to assisting others!
Mary Jean Gibbons, C.M.T.
Mary Jean Gibbons is a Nationally Certified and New Jersey Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with over 20 years of professional experience. She has worked with individuals at all stages of life in a variety of settings, including long term care facilities, chiropractic offices, schools, spas, and wellness centers.
Ms. Gibbons believes that bodywork is a wonderful way to reduce stress, help manage pain, and bring a sense of harmony, balance and peace to life. She has studied both Western and Eastern healing methods, and brings an integrated and compassionate approach to her work with each individual. Among the techniques she frequently employs are Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial, Thai, Reflexology, Reiki, Zero Balancing, Hot Stone and Towel Techniques, and Aromatherapy. Her personal practices of Yoga, Qigong and Mindfulness Medication have also influenced her work. She has facilitated Creative Self Care workshops that include gentle expressive movement, body treatments and meditation.
Ms. Gibbons has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., and has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Penn Program for Stress Management. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and the Zero Balancing Health Association.
Ms. Gibbons is currently working at Bridge Mental Health as an independent contractor. Please call to schedule an appointment and ask about our monthly specials!