Meet the Team

Melody Smith, LAC (she/her)
Licensed Associate Counselor &
Office Manager

Specialties: anxiety, stress management, identity formation

NJ License #37AC00703700

I’m Melody, and I help clients bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be. I have a passion for helping clients find balance and wellness in their lives.

Life’s inevitable challenges can leave you feeling stuck and defeated.  The frustration, worry, and loneliness of your troubles has made you feel disconnected or out-of-control. You find yourself in a cycle of unhealthy habits, but feel powerless in making it better. Perhaps you notice that your relationships, work life, and overall health are suffering. Are you ready to receive guidance on how to achieve the best version of your fully functioning self?

Sessions with me include focusing on you as a whole. This means exploring all aspects of wellness–physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and more. Through a collaborative approach, you will gain the tools to navigate the ebbs and flows of life, while cultivating inner strength to evolve. These changes can strengthen all your relationships, including the one with yourself.

I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Psychology with a focus on mental health. I have my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University.

I have additional experience working with addictions, couples, and grief. I provide a calm, nonjudgmental, safe space for my clients. My sessions include: 

  • Understanding the impact of past experiences 
  • Holistic approaches
  • Gaining coping skills
  • Developing knowledge about the mind-body connection

In addition, I’m a certified yoga instructor. I enjoy guiding others as they learn to express and strengthen themselves through movement. In my free time, I enjoy being outside in nature, meditating, and spending quality time with family and friends.

I offer telehealth and in-person sessions to clients in NJ. Together, we will work to create an authentically empowered life.

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

Specialties: trauma, couples/relationships, teenagers

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.

Jaunai Staton, BBA (she/her)
Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Specialties: couples/relationships, families, trauma

I’m Jaunai and I help clients improve their relationships. I’m passionate about helping others establish, maintain, and build on the relationships in their lives. Whether it’s with your partner, children, or friends, relationships are challenging.

You may feel invalidated and misunderstood by people in your life. If you’ve experienced trauma, loss of trust, or grief, you’ll notice that your relationships are affected, too. You’ve tried to make things better but nothing seems to work. You might feel lost and confused about the future of your relationships. Perhaps your self-esteem is at an all-time low.

Working with me means finding stability and harmony in your relationships. Sessions with me include exploring the painful or unpleasant experiences in your relationships, as well as finding ways to heal. Together, we can:

  • Find your strengths
  • Build self-esteem
  • Learn new communication skills
  • Better understand you, your partner, and your relationship

I graduated from Berkeley College with a BBA. Currently, I am enrolled in Syracuse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program. My therapy approach is integrative and dependent upon your unique needs, as there is no “one size fits all” with therapy. Modalities I use include Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Outside of work, I enjoy writing, creating content, and spending quality time with family and friends.

I offer telehealth and in-person sessions to clients in NJ. If you’re ready to find balance and healing in your relationships, I’m here to guide you.

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

Specialties: couples/relationships, teenagers, parent coaching

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

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 serve as Vice President 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, Connecticut, and Florida.

Contact us to schedule an appointment.