Clinical Advisory Team
Emily Rosenblum | Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Ms. Rosenblum earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her Masters of Social Work from the Hunter Graduate School of Social Work in New York City. She went on to earn a Post Graduate Certificate from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy(ICP), also in New York City. Ms. Rosenblum then became one of the first teachers and supervisors in ICP’s post graduate Trauma Studies Program. She is also a Consultant level trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician and uses EMDR often with her private practice clients. She has worked with young children teens, and adults in schools, outpatient mental health clinics, private group practices, and her own private practice. Ms. Rosenblum worked with trafficking survivors at a drop-in center under the auspices of the former, Polaris Project. In addition to being a mental health clinician with a specialty in trauma, Ms. Rosenblum is also the author of five novels.
Elizabeth C. Salerno | Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Mrs. Salerno received her BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Social Work from Rutgers the State University if New Jersey. Mrs. Salerno worked for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Home of the Harvey Milk High School for 6 years providing individual and group counseling sessions to LGBTQIAA youth. Mrs. Salerno is the New Jersey Statewide Youth Advisory Board Coordinator at the Rutgers University School of Social Work Institute for Families working with youth aging out of the foster care system. Mrs. Salerno has worked with young people ages 12 to 25 for over 13 years in a variety of settings. Mrs. Salerno’s clinical interests include practice with adolescents, youth leadership development, civic engagement and gender and sexuality. She holds an LCSW in New York State and an LSW in NJ. She currently teaches as a part-time lecturer for the Rutgers School of Social Work. Elizabeth is deeply invested in social justice and environmental movements and is committed to the City of Newark and its residents.
Jennifer Abramson | Psychiatrist
Dr. Abramson was born and raised in Queens, New York. She attended Barnard College where while pursuing her premedical studies she designed her own major in Dance and Anthropology. While at Barnard, she developed an interest in global women's issues. After completing general psychiatry training at the University of Washington in Seattle and child and adolescent psychiatry training at Cornell University Medical Center in New York, she worked at a therapeutic nursery school in Philadelphia for autistic children. Since moving to New Jersey in 2002, Dr. Abramson has been in private practice specializing in the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Her clinical expertise is in the pharmacological treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Abramson embraces a holistic approach complementing her skillful use of medication with mindfulness based meditation. Dr. Abramson also continues to develop her own yoga practice. Dr. Abramson is also an animal lover and invites her patients to bring their pets to her office when it eases their anxiety.
Joan Hoeberichts | LCSW
Joan Hoeberichts is a Zen Teacher in the lineage of the White Plum Asangha, founded by Maezumi Roshi. She leads the Heart Circle Sangha in Ridgewood, NJ (www.heartcirclesangha.org). Rev. Hoeberichts, LCSW, is a graduate of and former faculty member of the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice in NYC and Montclair, NJ. Working with families, couples, and individuals, she is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist, and a Certified IFS therapist.
In 2005 Hoeberichts initiated Heart Circle Sangha’s involvement in the Psycho-Spiritual Healing Project, a joint project of Heart Circle Sangha and Sarvodaya, the largest nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka, following the tsunami of 2004 where 35,000
people were lost in Sri Lanka. Bringing together senior therapists from the U.S.,counselors from Sri Lanka, and the leaders of Sarvodaya, the project developed programs that integrated Western approaches to healing grief and trauma within Eastern spiritual traditions. The project trained local counselors to work with the trauma from both the tsunami and the long civil war. Hoeberichts received several awards for this work.
Mrs. Hoeberichts has been involved with Polaris Project New Jersey, now Sanar Wellness Institute, since 2011. She originally provided pro-bono counseling services to women who had been rescued from situations of imposed prostitution and labor exploitation. Hoeberichts is presently engaged by Sanar Wellness Institute to provide consultation and supervision to staff members on clinical matters.
Hoeberichts has published previously in Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy, in the Journal of Religion and Health and has a chapter, “Bringing Practice Home” in the book, Into the Mountain Stream, ed. Paul Cooper. She was a panelist at the Enlightening Relationships conference in NYC in October 2007 and is a frequent speaker at Buddhist events in the New York area. Ms. Hoeberichts had a prior career in business. From 1982-1992 she was President of Dassault Systemes USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the French company, Dassault Systemes, a software developer