Meet Our Therapists

Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio, MA, EdS, MFT, LPC - Clinical Director

Regina Stanley, MA, LMFT

Elizabeth Pfeifer, MA, LPC, NCC

Rachel J. Hawryluk, LCSW

Audrey Andersen, LCSW

 

 

 

 

Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio, MA, EdS, MFT, LPC

Clinical Director

 

Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio, MA, Ed.S., LPC is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, graduate of Seton Hall University with a Post Master's as an Educational Specialist and Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

Ms. Sikoutris-DiIorio has been counseling with individuals, families and couples for over seventeen years. She is a member of the National Council of Self Esteem, New Jersey Counseling Association and Marriage and Family Therapy Association. She has been certified in Behavioral Systems Theory from the Multicultural Family Institute studying under the direction of Dr. Monica McGoldrick and a team of professionals. Currently, Ms. Sikoutris-Di Iorio is working with The Georgetown Family Center in Washington, DC., and The Princeton Family Center, Princeton, NJ coaching on a weekly basis and participating in their training programs for further study and supervision in Bowen Family Systems Theory. Ms. Sikoutris-Di Iorio also teaches at the Rutgers School of Social Work.

 

Ms. Sikoutris-DiIorio’s private practice in Scotch Plains is available to clients day, evening and weekend hours. In addition, she has been treating individuals, families and children in The Mount Carmel Guild Behavioral Health Care System intensive out-patient department in Newark, New Jersey. She has extensive experience in working with individuals with addictions and has over four years of experience counseling halfway house prisoners in Talbot Hall and Delaney Hall correctional centers. Ms. Sikoutris-Di Iorio specializes in working with couples dealing with issues of conflict and specializes in marriage and family therapy. She has been helping couples improve communication, resolve conflict and deal with issues of infidelity. Oftentimes she will meet with the entire family if necessary in order to assess the role of each family member and will make the proper recommendations.

 

In addition, Ms. Sikoutris-DiIorio has presented numerous workshops for the Elizabeth Court House on parents experiencing divorce (protecting the children), parenting workshops, and building self esteem. Ms. Sikoutris DiIorio has extensive experience working with the Juvenile Conference Committee and was Court Appointed Advocate for Union County interacting with Division of Youth and Family Services, Catholic Charities and foster care.

 

She is the past Owner and Director of The Westfield Diet Plan. A program that believes it’s not what you are eating, but rather what is eating you. She focuses on building women’s self esteem and self image and counsels on food addictions/eating disorders.

 

As a group facilitator, she has delivered programs such as: self esteem, assertiveness, stress management, 12 step programs, addictions and recovery, parenting workshops, anger management, improving communication, resolving conflicts and infidelity. She has also appeared as a guest speaker on Comcast Television promoting women’s self esteem issues.

 

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Regina Stanley, MA, LMFT

 

Regina Stanley is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her Master’s degree in psychological services and professional diploma in marriage and family therapy from Kean University. Regina also serves on the Board for the Central Chapter of New Jersey Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

In therapy Regina creates a safe, comfortable, and respectful environment to support those working through a variety of issues. Some of her main areas of focus include relationship conflicts, parenting issues, anxiety, and eating disorders. Regina incorporates a combination of both mindfulness practice and cognitive behavioral therapy when treating anxiety to help individuals develop strategies for self soothing while learning to understand the triggers for their anxiety symptoms. Regina brings years of both personal and professional experience when working with eating disorders and body image issues. When necessary, Regina will encourage coordination with nutritionists for greater success. When working with children, Regina incorporates both art and play to allow children to fully express themselves in a non threatening environment. Regina works with children however will meet with parents regularly regarding their child’s progress and also schedule to meet with other family members if appropriate.

 

Regina has extensive experience in working with couples and specializes in marital and family issues. Couples are treated together and individually … an approach unique to Hellenic Therapy Center. When couples are treated individually, all information is held in complete confidentiality. This approach allows the therapist to understand each member separately and together as a couple.

 

Regina also works at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Employee Assistance and Student Wellness Program providing professional counseling and related therapy services to individuals, couples, families, children, and groups.

 

Regina is available weekends and evenings.

 

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Elizabeth Pfeifer, MA, LPC, NCC

 

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey, with special coursework on substance abuse treatment and marriage and family therapy. Additionally, Elizabeth is a member of the American Counseling Association and New Jersey Counseling Association.

 

Elizabeth treats individuals of all ages. She has experience in working with adolescents, children, adults, couples and families. She specializes in working with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse, eating disorders, and stress management. Elizabeth also works with couples by treating them both together and individually, a treatment that is unique to Hellenic Therapy Center. She also has years of experience conducting group therapy that focuses on overcoming depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. In her groups, she teaches coping skills and provides psycho-education.

 

Elizabeth has a true passion for this work and is motivated to help others achieve happiness and become their best selves. She strives to create an open and non-judgmental environment where her clients feel respected and comfortable to share their experiences. Elizabeth believes that each person’s experience in therapy should be customized to their own needs and goals. Elizabeth utilizes a multi-faceted approach that includes exploration of one’s development and family of origin. It is through this exploration that clients can begin to understand learned behaviors that are impacting their present functioning.  Elizabeth believes that each client has unique experiences that contribute to their thoughts and feelings. She strives to help her clients better understand these cognitive and emotional experiences in order to develop the tools necessary for creating change, achieving their highest potential so that they may live a rich and meaningful life. Additionally, Elizabeth incorporates mindfulness techniques and relaxation exercises to help promote well-being and enhance joy in daily life.

 

Elizabeth is available for evening and weekend appointments.

 

 

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Rachel J. Hawryluk, LCSW

 

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the State of New Jersey. She received a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University, specializing in the mental health and medical health fields with a focus on working with Individuals, couples and families. Rachel works with individuals of all ages including toddlers and their families struggling with behavior management; to adolescents struggling with self-esteem, bullying, anxiety, family and interpersonal relationship issues; to adults coping with life transitions, work and family stressors, and relationship issues.  Her experience also includes working with couples struggling to have positive and supportive relationships to families struggling to navigate through life while finding a balance that is supportive to all family members.

 

It is Rachel’s belief that all members play a significant role in the family; and therefore, will benefit from working together to strengthen and support the family system.  Rachel utilizes aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive and strengths-based therapy with adolescents and adults. Rachel also implements family-systems therapy with couples and families.  In couple’s work at the Hellenic Therapy Center, Rachel works with a couple both together and individually in order to maximize the growth and progress in the relationship.  She utilizes play therapy techniques in working with children as young as five to work on social skills, anger management, anxiety, ADHD, and behavior management. When working with children and adolescents, Rachel feels it is important to meet with and include the parent(s)/guardian(s) in treatment in order to have the most consistent success.

 

Rachel has a true passion for this work and strives to create an open, nonjudgmental and safe environment where all clients feel respected, listened to and understood.  She adapts her techniques to each individual and recognizes that everyone needs a degree of support and guidance throughout their lives.  She loves witnessing individuals, couples and families recognize and embrace their maximum potential and move toward a more positive and fulfilling future.

 

Rachel is available for late afternoon and evening appointments.

 

 

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Audrey Andersen, LCSW

 

Audrey Andersen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in New Jersey.  Audrey received her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work and applies a mindfulness and wellness approach in her practice.  Audrey is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with extensive experience in the treatment of complex trauma and utilizes Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sand Play Therapy.  Audrey has experience working with individuals of all ages as well as couples and families struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, self-esteem challenges, divorce, parenting issues and more.  Audrey is available Wednesday, Thursday mornings and weekend hours.

 

 

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