Individual Adult Psychotherapy Services

“Throughout The Lifespan “

Through psychotherapy, individuals have an opportunity to better understand the inner workings of their own mind • uncovering aspects of themselves that have both helped and hindered their own personal growth. Through this process, a person learns to understand how previous experiences have shaped their identity, their views of the world and most importantly, their views of themselves.

Early Adult Years

  • Acquiring healthier coping skills for stress, anxiety, depression and obsessive thoughts / behaviors
  • Becoming more equipped to anticipate and overcome obstacles that will occur during transitions throughout life
  • Developing a path of purpose and self fulfillment
  • Finding acceptance & appreciation of oneself
  • Fostering a romantic relationship that is rooted in respect, honesty and trust
  • Gaining a healthier, more productive perspective on current life circumstances
  • Mastering how to manage various roles both personally and professionally
  • Mourning losses such as separation, miscarriage, infertility, or death of loved one
  • Nurturing supportive relationships with peers while mastering the ability to release more toxic & unfulfilling connections
  • Understanding and embracing the wide range of emotions experienced throughout motherhood
  • Strengthening one’s own sense of self identity and purpose

Later Adult Years

  • Accepting the changing dynamics of the household as the children grow and become more independent
  • Embracing the physical and psychological changes that occur with aging
  • Establishing a new sense of identity and purpose
  • Finding the strength to handle chronic / terminal illness of self or loved ones
  • Fostering supportive friendships and allowing for termination of less fulfilling connections
  • Fostering supportive friendships and allowing for termination of less fulfilling connections
  • Mourning losses such as separation, divorce or death of a loved one
  • Processing and healing painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear
  • Putting closure to a career and embracing retirement
  • Re-establishing intimacy and connection to spouse / partner
  • Working to connect to one’s own spiritual beliefs regarding the afterlife .

Recent Publications

The Residual Impact of 2020

Although there is light at the end of this tunnel we have traveled through for almost a full year, it is important that we take a moment and reflect on the impact that this experience has had on ourselves and our children. The truth is that this moment in time has...

Is 2021 Going To Be Different Or More Of The Same?

As we turn the corner and enter into the new year, many of us have begun to fantasize about a fresh start in 2021 - putting behind us the tumultuousness of the past 12 months and looking forward to a clean slate.   Like years past, we allow ourselves to hypothesize...

The Misconception of Self Care

Strengthening our own emotional wellbeing involves becoming more aware of ourselves and our own internal process. The concept of self-care can be daunting for women. We crave self-care, but the romanticized version seems to demand that we remove ourselves from our...

Why Women Feel Disconnected From Their Partners

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The Selfish Truth About Anxiety

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Anxiety Identified Through These 5 Behaviors

"I don't feel anxious, so how can I be suffering from anxiety?" Many people who experience anxiety are unaware of the sensation because it isn't presenting as what we assume anxiety to be. Anxiety has most commonly been described as nervousness, difficulty breathing,...

Are Telehealth Services Right For You?

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5 Strategies To Assist The Working Parent During Quarantine

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New Jersey’s Compassionate Wellness Center

Navesink Wellness Center is a compassionate wellness center based in New Jersey. We provide emotional, physical, and spiritual healing through psychotherapy, meditation, massage therapy, and imagery regression hypnosis. We also offer nutritional counseling, Reiki,...

Social Distancing: How To Minimize It’s Impact On Our Mental Health

Social Distancing – Although a current necessity in keeping ourselves physically healthy, the residual impact on our mental health can be severe. Now more than ever, it is essential to prioritize your own self care. Learn how to stay protected during this vulnerable time.

Meet the Team

Nikki P. Woods, MSW, LCSW

Founder of NWC & Psychotherapist

Nikki Woods is a highly-sought after licensed clinical psychotherapist and founder of the Navesink Wellness Center. After earning her Masters Degree at New York University, Nikki dedicated her career to studying the intricacies of the developing female mind. In her practice (both locally and globally), she empowers mothers to better support their daughters’ development, and assists young women in channeling their own voice – one built on self awareness, acceptance and love.

Nikki’s advice and insight has been featured in publications worldwide, including Forbes, Thrive Global and Inc.com. 

Her intuitive and insightful approach helps clients gain a greater sense of self worth, pursue life goals, improve relationship dysfunction, establish a more defined identity, and celebrate their own unique assets and capabilities. Her work has been featured in top publications such as Forbes and Inc. She works with patients both locally in Rumson, New Jersey as well as globally via her remote psychotherapy offerings.

Andrea Cernero, MA, LPC

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University and Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. In addition, Andrea completed a Post Master’s Program in Advanced Counseling at Montclair State University. Andrea has experience working as a counselor in the school setting at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in the clinical setting providing intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient counseling services.

Andrea is passionate about providing therapy to clients who would like to explore personal difficulties that impact their sense of well-being. Andrea has extensive experience working specifically with children and adolescents. Among her areas of expertise are assisting clients with anxiety, depression, self harm, family changes, and suicide prevention.

Andrea has utilized the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model to facilitate counseling groups for teens focusing of teaching interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, & distress tolerance skills to reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additional Training: Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Lifelines Suicide Prevention Trainer, & Mindfulness Fundamentals Program

Stephanie Conti, MS, LAC, NCC

Stephanie is a Licensed Associate Counselor with clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric, dual diagnosis, trauma, developmental, and behavioral health issues. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, Stephanie achieved her Master of Science Degree from Monmouth University. 

Stephanie’s counseling experience ranges from Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient clinical settings to in-home and nonprofit organization settings. As therapist, she delivered crisis intervention, individual, and group counseling services for clients in recovery from trauma, substance abuse, and general mental health illnesses. She also provided individual and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as, in-home therapeutic interventions for preteens with developmental disabilities. Stephanie applies research-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. Furthermore, her certifications include Trauma Informed-Approach, Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Telehealth, and Sand Play Therapy. 


Brigid Laudermilch, MSW, LCSW

Brigid is a licensed clinical psychotherapist that specializes in working with adolescents, teenagers and adults. She earned her Master’s Degree from New York University and has dedicated the past twenty five years of her career assisting individuals to gain a greater understanding of their emotional and behavioral reactions as well as practical strategies that help along the way. 

Brigid’s seventeen years as a school social worker has honed her skills with executive functioning deficits, symptoms associated with autism, school refusal and much more. She also specializes in behavior management and treatment of symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Brigid’s approach is practical, solution-focused, collaborative and creative using out of the box methods. She is passionate about helping people improve their most important relationships, which includes their relationship with themselves.

Michele Newman, MSW, LCSW

Michele is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults as they navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. Michele has earned her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University, and has dedicated the past ten years to working with individuals and their families. Michele has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, impulse control and trauma. Michele is highly skilled in working with couples and families as they work to improve communication, understanding and empathy. 

Michele’s approach to therapy is client centered, as she assists individuals to determine the direction and depth of therapy. Michele is highly skilled at offering her clients the tools needed to reframe thought processes to not only increase self actualization and identity, but to also optimize individual strengths needed to achieve personal goals. Michele welcomes the opportunity to facilitate this experience for anyone who is ready to make meaningful change in their lives.

Christiana Rutkowski,MS, LAC, NCC

Christiana is a Licensed Associate Counselor who specializes in working with adolescents, teenagers, and adults. Christiana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and Master of Science degree from Monmouth University.

Christiana has experience working in both private practice and outpatient settings, using interventions based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Christiana also loves incorporating journaling, art therapy, and ecotherapy into the therapeutic experience, and prioritizes the therapeutic relationship throughout the process. 

Jenna Zemachson, MSW, LCSW

Jenna Zemachson is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, and then earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University.  After completing her Master’s, she went on to attend a four-year Post Graduate Program at The National Institute of the Psychotherapies, where she was certified in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  

Jenna believes with the right psychotherapy, one can face any life challenge head on and develop the insight and skills to grow from them.  She has an empathic approach that allows the space for her patients to look within and do the necessary work to improve their lives.  She has extensive experience helping individuals cope with occupational conflicts, relationship difficulties, lack of self esteem, and overall dissatisfaction, frustration and anger.   Jenna has dedicated her career to helping individuals develop a sense of self that feels confident and at peace, while freeing up the roadblocks interfering with their ability to create the life they always wanted.