Ms. Barbara Reese, MSW, LCSW, MPS, BC-DMT, is Owner and Clinical Director of The Women's Therapy Service of Montclair. Ms. Reese is a NJ State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a NJ approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist - a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Board-Certified at the Supervisory Level.
Ms. Reese provides all aspects of clinical DBT – individual therapy, mindfulness meditation, DBT Skills group training, phone coaching, and participates in a formal DBT consultation team. She is a member of the second cohort of the Linehan Institute Behavioral Tech’s Comprehensive Training for Independent Practitioners in their Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Ms. Reese is an experienced Eating Disorder Professional and treats the full-range of eating disorders - Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge-Eating Disorders in children, teens, and adults, both male and female, with evidenced-based approaches. She:
- Has a Certificate in CBT-E for Eating Disorders by the Credo-Oxford Institute of Christopher Fairburn, in England.
- Is in consultation for Family Based Treatment Certification, (FBT) with the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders – the Maudsley Approach.
She developed the INNER IMAGE Group Program for Eating and Body Image Disorders. She has lectured widely on The Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders and on the Psychology of Body Image – in schools, facilities, national/international conferences, and for athletic forums.
She is the Coordinator of A.N.A.D. of Northern NJ, which is a monthly Eating Disorder Support Group held at The Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston. She coordinates teams of Professional and Recovered Group Facilitators, for this group program that is free and open to the public. This support group site was recognized in the Forum for the Academy of Eating Disorders Journal, in 2009.
Ms.Reese is an experienced Child/Adolescent Therapist and treats toddlers to teens, with play therapy, creative arts therapy, and talk therapy. She has worked in leading teaching hospitals in NYC in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Her approach is to work as a team with parents and include family therapy and Parent Guidance whenever possible. She sees young children and teens with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and eating disorders. She has an orientation to the Collaborative Divorce Family Law and utilizes this constructive approach in counseling children and parents in their journey thru the separation, divorce, and the blended Family process.
She has extensive experience with Grief/Loss Counseling. She works with young children and families who are also supported by grief organizations such as Rainbows, Good Grief, and C.O.P.s – Concerns for Police Survivors, for families affected by a parent killed in the line of duty.
Throughout her professional career, she has utilized the Arts in Psychotherapy in teaching professionals and in her clinical work. Her graduate degrees are from Pratt Institute in Expressive Arts Therapy, MPS, and from NYU in Clinical Social Work, MSW. This mind-body blend is a core foundation in all of her clinical work.
Ms. Reese is a professional member of:
- The Academy of Eating Disorders (AED)
- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- The National Association of Eating Disorders (NEDA)
- The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
- The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders (ANAD)
Ms. Vanessa Matos, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, experienced Clinical Supervisor, and member of our group psychotherapy team. She provides counseling in a multi-cultural context, and can treat in Portuguese and English. She provides both child/adolescent and adult counseling, and parent guidance. Outside of the Women's Therapy Service, she holds a position of Clinical Supervisor for a leading non-profit Essex County agency that helps at-risk children and families.
Ms. Matos has an expertise in the prevention and intervention of eating disorders. Her clinical focus has been with the full range of eating disorders - anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders, utilizing CBT/DBT techniques. She is trained to treat in children and adolescents - anxiety, depression, grief/loss, adjustment to medical illness, adoption related issues and academic and behavioral issues. She applies stress management techniques with adults and youth to increase personal coping.
Ms. Matos has a masters degree in counseling from Montclair State University and has completed the Adoption Certificate Program at Rutgers University. In addition, she is certified in the Post Traumatic Stress Management Model by the Trauma Coalition of New Jersey. Ms. Matos is experienced in working with children and families impacted by trauma and traumatic loss, and uses a range of counseling methods to help the child or family heal and move forward.
Ms. Matos is a professional member of:
Ms. Kaity B. Rodriguez, MSW, LSW, is a Licensed Social Worker. At the Women's Therapy Service, Ms. Rodriguez is our Young Adult and Adolescent Specialist and is a member of our Group Psychotherapy team. A firm believer in education as an essential life tool, Ms. Rodriguez is a 2008 graduate of New York University School of Social Work after graduating Magna Cum Laude in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.
Combining Cognitive-Behavioral with Insight-Oriented approaches, Ms. Rodriguez is able to help young adults and teens resolve symptoms of depression/anxiety, grief/loss, eating disorders, self-esteem or self-image dissatisfaction, in a positive and lasting manner. Her Multi-Cultural orientation helps young adults, adolescents and their parents, come from a position of strength when arriving at solutions that are unique and appropriate for their family.
Ms. Rodriguez is passionate about inspiring and equipping young men and young women with the tools they need to be their strongest, most confident selves, to avoid being taken advantage of, or bullied. She has a strong background in helping with community youth organzations.
Mr. Brian Pollack, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mindful Meditation Instructor, and a member of our Group Psychotherapy and DBT Skills Training Team. At the Women’s Therapy Service, he provides Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Family Counseling.
He is an Eating Disorder Specialist with experience with the full range of eating disorders from Anorexia, Bulimia, to Binge Eating Disorder. He utilizes evidence-based approaches such as DBT, CBT, MBCT, and is on the certification track to obtain this CEDS (Certifed Eating Disorder Specialist). He maintains a position at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's Eating Disorder Program as a Primary Therapist on the inpatient, partial, and IOP levels of care.
Mr. Pollack is experienced with co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, mood disorders, and trauma. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and his Masters in Social Work from NYU, and integrates the arts, creativity, and role play in psychotherapy.
As a Social Work advocate, Mr. Pollack has a Board position for the Jewish Services for the Developmentally Disabled of Metrowest in West Orange, NJ.
Mr. Pollack is a Professional Member of:
- NASW - The National Association of Social Workers
- IAEDP - The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals