November 2023

Edition 2


The Integrative Therapy Institute of New Jersey Newsletter

Central Park in New York City during autumn season

Happy Autumn!

Welcome to the latest edition

of our newsletter! Autumn is a profound reminder of the beauty and importance of change in our lives. Just as the air gets crisp and the leaves change color, we too experience transitions and transformations.

This fall, after many busy months of planning and renovation, our practice experienced some changes too and we are happy to announce our Metuchen office has a beautiful new location at 400 New Durham Road. This has enabled us to greatly increase the number of session rooms and provide a fresh, contemporary, and welcoming environment for all. For those of you that attend in-person, we hope you enjoy the new, improved space!

A big thank you to our Practice Manager and Intake Director for the hours of work it took to make it happen!

Wishing you all a season filled with self-discovery, growth, and the beauty of change.

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Coping with Change?

Strategies to Manage Stress

Coping with Change: Strategies to Manage Stress

Change is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s a new job, a relocation, a relationship shift, or even a global pandemic, change can be stressful. The uncertainty that accompanies change often triggers anxiety and fear of the unknown. However, it’s crucial to recognize that change can also bring growth, new opportunities, and personal development.

Here are some strategies to help you cope with the stress of change:

Embrace Change as a Learning Opportunity: 

Instead of viewing change as a threat, see it as a chance to learn and grow. Every change in life offers unique lessons and experiences that can shape your future positively. By adopting a growth mindset, you’ll be more open to the possibilities that change brings.

Establish a Support System:

Reach out to friends, family members, or support groups when facing change. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others can provide valuable perspective and emotional support. Surrounding yourself with people and understanding your situation can help ease the stress.

Practice Self-Care:

During times of change, it’s essential  to prioritize self-care. This includes getting enough rest, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress through relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation. A healthy body and mind are better equipped to handle change.


Set Realistic Expectations:

Understand that adapting to change takes time. Be patient with yourself and avoid setting overly high expectations.

Maintain a Routine:

Change often disrupts familiar routines. Try to establish new routines as soon as possible to create a sense of stability. Consistency can help reduce the feeling of chaos that accompanies significant life changes.

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Self-Care: Added Value

By Belinda Amatekpor, LPC

Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervision Director

Self-care is a cliché that appears to have lost its luster and value due to the term being overused. As a concept, it is frequently misunderstood, and certainly,under-practiced.

When others suggest that we need to practice more self-care, many of us roll our eyes and think “ain’t nobody got time for that.” In fact, I have done so myself. However, the more I reassessed my initial impressions relating to self-care, (that involved me engaging in self-indulgent and luxurious activities) the more I have mindfully and intentionally embraced what self-care truly means and what benefits I can gain from practicing it regularly. 

Self-care, for me, is the simple practice of taking care of my whole self (mind, body, and spirit) with mindful and intentional practice. I learned how to be deliberate in what I am giving myself and what I am doing for, and to myself.

When I teach self-care practices to my clients, I encourage them to evaluate their own views and biases with respect to self-care. I also encourage them to assess their own self-care practices, to explore new ideas, and to build on their strengths.

When I counsel my clients to adopt a greater degree of self-care, some of them initially view my recommendations as impractical or out of reach for them, especially during trying and stressful times. My clients do typically acknowledge the value of my recommendations to practice self-care but often return to follow-up sessions without engaging in them, overwhelmed with where and how to start, and fearful that they won’t do them ‘right’.

Over the years, I have become more aware of the genuine challenges facing my clients who look to adopt more self-care practices in their day-to-day lives. Clinically, however, I also enjoy the creative aspect of exploring ideas, perspectives, and the practice of self-care with my clients and I support my clients in their own exploration as they create and implement mindful and intentional practices as well. Likewise, I encourage self-care as a preventative practice that sustains well-being as well as a means to achieve an overall healthy life-balance for the long run.

The idea of “added-value” in therapy can be viewed as: 

  • Offering a fresh look at self-care.
  • Refuting myths surrounding self-care.
  • Minimizing the challenges confronting clients in practicing self-care.
  • Reducing the difficulty clients have in initiating, practicing consistently, and sustaining self-care routines. 
  • Committing to practicing them effectively over time.  

The ultimate goal in my clinical practice is to help my clients hit the reset button, and to begin again with a deeper and renewed understanding of self-care practice. I help them to look at self-care through a new lens, one in which they set aside old, tired notions and myths and courageously take on, and embrace, new ones that add value to their overall well-being.

Clinician Spotlight

Belinda Amatekpor, LPC

Hello there, I am Belinda, a psychotherapist and Clinical Supervision Director at ITI-NJ. I have a real passion for supporting my clients in working towards their authentic health and well-being.

Some things about me: 

I enjoy spending quality time with family where I tap into my competitive side in bowling and will pick up tennis again soon.

For exercise, I enjoy walking, Zumba and swimming.

I enjoy reading (audio books) and watching movies - psychological thrillers, crime and investigation.

I practiced skating at home during the pandemic and would like to be better at it.

I love to travel and explore new places. Daycations and staycations to explore are always fun.

Something I wish everyone knew: Self-care is healthcare.

See Belinda's full profile here

Meet Our New Staff!!

A big welcome to all our new therapists!

Marisa Bonamassa-Cimino, LAC

Hannah Cohen-Oppenheimer, LSW

Corrianne Conti, LAC

William DiGennaro, LCSW

Melesha Gunning-Banhan, Psy.D.

Coren Karpati, LSW

Emily Lee, Ph.D.

Lorraine Morgan, LAC

Jacob Pirogovsky, LSW

Nicole Puglisi, LAC

Adrina Quadrel, LAC

Daniela Rego, LCSW

Jade Remar, LAC

Benjamin Selesnick, LAC

Samphena Weah, LAC

Sadreika Williams, LPC

Kaitlyn Winkler, LAC

Cassandra Wojdylak, LAC

News from our Billing Department

In anticipation of the new calendar year, please be sure to let your clinician or the front office know of any upcoming insurance changes. Please also be aware that many plan deductibles and out of pocket expenses will refresh at the beginning of the year. If you need to make any changes to your method of payment, you may now do so at any time through your patient TherapyPortal or via telephone at

732-902-2181 x2.

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Main Office: 400 New Durham Road, Metuchen NJ 08840

Ph: 732 902 2181



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