Meet the Team

Lauren Stein Grossbach, LMFT (she/her)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: couples/relationships, teenagers, young adults, and communication skills
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NJ License #37FI00182200

I’m Lauren, and I’m a relationship therapist. I have a passion for helping others improve the relationships in their lives. Life revolves around the patterns we create and maintain in our relationships with others. Working with me means outlining the patterns in your life that aren’t serving you. Sessions with me include exploring your relationship boundaries, communication styles, individual strengths, and more. 

I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I then completed my Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. I have additional experience treating: 
· Divorce, remarriage, and blended families
· Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
· Anxiety and panic
· Grief
· Bullying

I provide a nonjudgmental, safe space for my clients. My sessions include:
· Ways to improve communication with others
· Understanding patterns of behavior
· Mindfulness-based approaches
· Self-regulation interventions for children and teens

In my free time, I’m watching reruns of The Office, spending time at the Jersey Shore, and relaxing at home with my husband and two cats. I volunteer as Treasurer on the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT) Executive Board.

I founded Mindful Connections Counseling to help couples, families, and individuals in Middlesex, Union, Somerset, and Monmouth county. I am proud to now offer telehealth services for people all over New Jersey and Connecticut.

If you’re feeling stuck and ready for change, let’s get started.


Melody Smith, BA (she/her)

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Hi, I’m Melody and I’m the Administrative Assistant and Clinical Intern at Mindful Connections Counseling. I provide coordination and support of administrative, clerical, and clinical tasks related to the successful management of Mindful Connections. I have a passion for helping others with an emphasis on mind, body, and soul health. As a certified yoga instructor, I specialize in working with trauma and addictions.

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in mental health. Currently I’m enrolled in a Master’s program at Liberty University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside in nature, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Lisa Marcelino, PhD, LAMFT (she/her)
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: trauma, couples/relationships, teenagers, and young adults
NJ License #37FA00020400

I’m Dr. Lisa, and I help clients heal from difficult experiences. I have a passion for helping those who feel stuck. The effects of trauma, depression, and anxiety deeply impact our self-esteem and relationships with others. This can leave you feeling lost in life.

Working with me means searching for your authentic self and rebuilding your self-esteem. Sessions with me include breaking cycles of dysfunction and creating healthier patterns. On this journey of self-reflection, you will learn coping skills, discover your strengths, and realize your potential.

I have a BA in Psychology, BA in Sociology, and MA in Psychological Services from Kean University. I completed my PhD in Psychology from Walden University. Most recently, I received my Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Diploma from Kean University. I have additional experience working with:
· Domestic violence
· Sexual abuse
· Traumatic social experiences
· Body image
· Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

I offer a judgement-free, safe space to share your concerns and thoughts. My sessions include: 
· Improved understanding of trauma and mental health
· Development of coping skills
· Reflections on your relationships
· Focus on solutions and goals

Outside of the office, I enjoy exercising, spending time outdoors, making arts and crafts projects, spending time with friends and family, and reading great books.  

I offer telehealth and in-person sessions to clients in New Jersey.

I am here to help you to live your best life and be the most fulfilled version of yourself. If you’re ready to find your voice, let’s get started.