Keryn Shane, MA, LPC
“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday”
My name is Keryn Shane. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with fourteen years' experience in the mental health field. I attended Rider University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I believe therapy is a collaborative process. The first step is developing a counselor/client relationship built on trust. The guidance and support provided in therapy can lead to self-discovery and change. I structure my orientation to fit the person, and therefore take an eclectic approach with therapy. My goal is to make each and every person that I work with feel safe, and comfortable when expressing their thoughts and feelings.
David Seegert, MSW, LCSW
"Don't judge yourself or act on every thought and feeling that arises, take a breath and remember they too, are only temporary."
My name is Dave Seegert. Making the decision to enter therapy is not easy. I believe it takes insight and courage, because developing yourself and strengthening your relationships is hard work. Finding the right therapist to help facilitate that change is also not easy. My therapy is Person-Centered around compassion, so focus is on establishing goals that motivate stages of change at your own pace, while maintaining a healthy and trusting therapeutic alliance. Just as each person is unique, each session often uncovers new insights unique to your own circumstances. I practice using the principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Rationale Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy, so we can develop a custom set of coping skills and thought patterns that will benefit you. In between sessions I may sometimes prescribe "homework" so you can transfer the skills learned inside the therapy hour into the real world, such as a meditation and breathing practice, and though tracking. It is my belief that symptoms will decrease, relationships will grow, and healing will occur.
I earned a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from Stony Brook University and am a fully licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of New Jersey. I have been providing direct care services to individuals, families, and couples from kids age 10+ through adult years in an office, school, in-home, and foster care setting since 2000. I have served as an adjunct professor of Suicide Prevention at Monmouth University, hold a clinical Supervisor certificate in Social Work practice and offer meaningful private supervision upon request.
Judy DeFrancesco, MA, LPC
"Never underestimate the power of the human spirit"
I am Judy DeFrancesco. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and I bring 20 years of providing adults and children with behavioral and substance abuse related issues in both agency and outreach settings. Due to my professional experience within various agencies, I have vast knowledge of government and social networks including child welfare, courts, schools and mental health systems.
Brett Mekles, MS, LPC
"Love and genuineness light the way to purpose and strength"
My name is Brett Mekles. I am a licensed Professional Counselor as well as a School Certified Counselor. I earned my Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University. I work with school-aged children, primarily teenagers, in a variety of settings, but also have experience with adults and families. Trust and authenticity are the pillars of my practice and I maintain a goal of creating an open, genuine therapeutic environment in which each client can share and strengthen. Common therapeutic goals include improving self-esteem, developing healthy and effective coping skills, increasing self-awareness and personal growth.
Brian O'Rourke, MS, LAC
"Old habits can change, and new beginnings are more than possible"
I am Brian O'Rourke. As a Group Facilitator for Thompson Therapy Group, I strive to create self-awareness within my client-base, with the ultimate goal being measurable, lasting change within the individual. On a weekly basis, I am conducting assessments on substance abuse, domestic-violence, mental health, risk assessments and anger management. I enjoy introducing new material and topics within our group programs, encouraging group members to collaborate with one another and share their subjective ideas. I focus on personal growth within each one of our clients and very much enjoy being a part of the Thompson Therapy Group team.
Bethany Hall, Administrator
My name is Bethany Hall. I have worked in different capacities within the mental health and substance abuse feild in various states for the past 6 years. I moved to NJ from Hawaii and recently joined Thompson Therapy Group as an intergrative part of our administrative team.