Healing Road Counseling Services, LLC

  • We provide bilingual (English-Spanish), trauma informed, culturally sensitive, mental health counseling services to individuals, and families from underserved communities; particularly, the Hispanic or Latin populations, immigrants, African-Americans, and other diverse populations. We provide services to all people in need regardless of racial or ethnic background.
  • We have been in operations since June 19th, 2019.
  • We have 3 locations: Hackettstown, Highland Park, and Perth Amboy, NJ. We serve all of New Jersey.
  • Bilingual (English- Spanish) trauma informed counseling services provided in-person and online.
  • Providing trauma informed counseling to children, adults, couples, families/group therapy
  • Mental Health Evaluations including assessments for immigration/legal purposes.

Our Team

Yudelka Columna, MBA, MSW, LCSW, Author, Bilingual ( English-Spanish), Founder

Yudelka Columna is a multi-awarded Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in helping children, adults, and families overcome the difficult aftermath of mental, physical, and emotional trauma, including suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues.

In order to help disadvantaged groups with mental health issues, Yudelka started her own Counseling Private Practice in New Jersey named Healing Road Counseling Services, as well as a Non-Profit Organization named Healing Partners Counseling. Yudelka immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. She graduated in Business Administration at APEC University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she received multiple awards as a top student in college and even the whole country. When she moved to the US, she proceeded to take her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Yudelka received post-graduate training in Integrative Trauma informed Health Care from the University of Massachusetts. During the course of her career, she has continued to be awarded for her outstanding work as a professional therapist in New Jersey, United States. Yudelka has been invited as a motivational speaker at Universities and other organizations in NJ.

Yudelka worked as a Bilingual Family Service Specialist at the Department of Child Protection and Permanency of New Jersey (DCPP), assisting families dealing with child abuse and neglect. She also has served as a therapist in outpatient settings, such as US Federal Qualified Health Care Centers, and has provided Intensive In-Home therapy through the New Jersey Children’s Systems of Care (PerformCare).

Her expertise lies in using a mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive ethical approach to help her clients. She makes sure to provide an empathetic, safe, and ethical environment to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, immigration challenges, child abuse and neglect, etc. Yudelka received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat patients with Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Problem-Solving, Solution-Focused, Brain Spotting, etc.

Yudelka is also a published author, her book “Emotional Resilience: Practical Solutions for Overcoming Challenges to Thrive in Life”, is for every person who needs tangible, real-world tools that will help them become mentally, physically, and emotionally resilient, so they can successfully navigate adversity and fulfill their maximum potential. The book was selected to participate in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California, and the London Book fair at United Kingdom. It is available in English and Spanish in major book retailers such as Amazon, Kindle, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, etc.

ALTAGRACIA SANTANA,MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CASAC-2, Bilingual (English-Spanish):

I am a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I use evidence – based treatment to manage anxiety, depression, trauma and distress caused by life stressors. I work with young adults, adults across the life span and couples facing relationship conflicts. I also work with individuals and family members affected by substance use and co-dependence issues. I am a compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental, with over 15 years of experience helping others. Each client is different. I begin with a thorough assessment, and then together, my client and I tailor a treatment plan of action.

I use an integrated approach that combines behavioral and psychodynamic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Brief Psychotherapy; Behavioral Activation, Emotional Focus Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused Treatment.

In addition, depending on my client’s individual needs, newer techniques such as Trauma Informed Treatment, Guided Imagery and Mindfulness were appropriate. I hope you consider taking the first step. Reaching out can be the beginning of real change. I am Licensed in the States of New York – 07787; Florida – SW 14249 ; South Carolina – SW – 12252.

Ginamarie Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, Bilingual (English-Spanish):

Allow me to come alongside you on your journey towards overall wellness.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist for over 12 years, I have learned that progress is made when a trusting and therapeutic partnership is established.  Your story matters and deserves to be told.  It is my goal to provide an environment where you feel safe and comfortable to be yourself as well as an environment that promotes reflection and growth.  I provide online therapy sessions in both English and Spanish and specialize in working with children, adults, couples and families in the areas of stress management, anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties.  I look forward to assisting you in identifying your strengths as well as supporting you towards your goals. 

Permítame acompañarle en su viaje hacia el bienestar general. Como una licenciada trabajadora social clínica y terapeuta por mas de 12 años, e aprendido que el progreso se hace cuando se establece una colaboración terapéutica y de confianza. Su historia importa y merece ser contada.

Es mi meta proporcionar un ambiente donde usted se siente seguro y cómodo para ser usted mismo así como un ambiente que promueva la reflexión y el crecimiento. Yo proveo sesiones de terapia en inglés y español y me especializo en trabajar con niños, adultos, parejas y familias en las áreas de manejo del estrés, ansiedad, depresión y dificultades relacionales. Espero poder ayudarle a identificar sus puntos fuertes y a apoyarle en la consecución de sus objetivos.

Estrevina Rivera

Estrevina Rivera, LPC, Bilingual (English-Spanish):

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor that has worked with children, families, adults, couples and adolescents. I have over 14 years of experience assisting individuals in different community settings. My clinical experience has extended from community centers, in home therapy and integrative medical settings in undeserved communities. I have obtained a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Felician University. Currently I am a fourth year doctoral student pursuing a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.

The focus of my work has been with clients suffering from grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, self-esteem, relationships and communication difficulties using evidence based approach.I providebilingual, English/Spanish,therapeutic services via Telehealth. As an integrative counselor,I believe everyone has individual needs. I work from the evidence based approach that can best treat the client.I provide cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focus therapy, trauma focused therapy, mindfulness based, person centered therapy, and emotionally focus therapy.

I believe everyone has inherent strengths that can assist them in overcoming life’s difficulties. My mission is to provide you with a safe, empathetic, genuine and caring environment in which you can grow and overcome challenges using your inherent strengths. I provide a judgment free environment in which diversity is embraced.

Cesar Coronado

Cesar Coronado, MSW, LSW:

My name is Cesar Coronado. I am a Licensed Social Worker passionate about helping people realize their full potential. I am a firm believer that within the human psyche is the potential for greatest. You can be great right where you are. I am passionate about helping people live their life to the fullest.

However, our mind can be a battleground for our thoughts and emotions and that’s where I come in to help. My particular area of emphasis is children and families, however I work to help people of all backgrounds work through their problem. I employ a culturally sensitive evidence-based approach to problems such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I also prefer to focus on practical solutions to your current problems.

Moreover, I am goal-oriented. I will always work fervently toward our goals in our sessions. You will find that I am a calm, patient, non-judgmental listener. I will listen to your needs. In therapy, you will get support and tools to build self-esteem, self-image, and motivation.

Diana P. Spieker, LAC. Bilingual

Diana P. Spieker, LAC. Bilingual (English-Spanish)

I am bilingual English/Spanish, License Associate Counselor, with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Felician University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.  Currently I am a first-year Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Felician University.

I have worked in different areas of psychology including organizational, education and clinical psychology. Most of my experience in the United States has been in the work with culturally diverse population, especially Latinx, with focus onhigh-risk children and families with history of substance abuse and / or mental illness, and domestic violence.  Also, with persons that experience grief / bereavement, trauma, depression, and interpersonal relationships.

My approach is integrative, Cognitive and Psychodynamic, evidence – based treatments and Multiculturally oriented.that help clients to gain understanding of their issues and make changes in their lives that are meaningful and aligned with their personal and cultural values.

Brittanie Scalora, MSW, LCSW Bilingual (English-Spanish):

Looking for help managing emotions? I am here to help. Finding the right counselor can be challenging. It is something that should be done in a safe, non-judgmental environment that is individualized to meet your needs to help you feel validated and understood. I aim to help provide you with tools to use in combination with your strengths to improve your mental state. When you reach out for help, I will return every call or email.

As a licensed social worker for over 11 years, I specialize in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, relationship distress, and stress and time management issues in both English and Spanish. My experience has extended from community centers, in home therapy and integrative medical settings with underserved communities. I have also worked for many years with domestic violence victims and immigrants. A variety of types of therapy are utilized including Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Treatment, and Problem-Solving techniques.

Nicole Luthcke, MS, LAC, CRC :

Nicole Luthcke, MS, LAC, CRC, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology Drew University and a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutger’s University. She has held a variety of counseling roles, including experience in mental health and symptom treatment, case management, and vocational or career counseling.

Nicole has worked with youth ages 14 to older adults in both individual and group settings. She uses holistic approach to therapy, incorporating techniques such as CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness with emphasis on values, wellness, and strengths. Nicole is skilled in assisting individuals cope with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders as well as challenges that come with low self-esteem, work concerns, relationship issues, and trauma. Nicole’s goal is to provide support through life’s difficulties as an ally, helping to develop coping skills, emotional awareness, and rational thinking in a judgement free space.

Janessa Ortiz, MSW, LSW- Bilingual-(English-Spanish)

Kudos to you for beginning or continuing your wellness journey!

I started my career in mental health in 2006 after graduating from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Previously working in the education field for over five years, I took a position working as a Behavioral Assistant with adolescents and youth. Shortly after, my road led to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) in the State of New Jersey, where I have worked fervently in stabilizing the homes of children and families for the past sixteen years. While working with the State, I have served in the capacity of various roles including, Family Service Specialist, Screener, Special Response team member and a Supervising Family Service Specialist for the past seven years. Throughout all roles, I have prided myself in helping families make change by meeting them where they are and guiding them along the way. In 2017, I decided to go back to school after many, many years. I attended and graduated from Monmouth University in 2020 with a Master’s of Social Work, and became a Licensed Social Worker in 2021. I believe that it is never too late to reach one’s goals despite any obstacles that impede on progress.

I am passionate about providing a safe, secure and judgement free space through trauma informed practices. I have been clinically trained in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and other Psychodynamic theories. I am bilingual in English/Spanish. Allow me to meet you exactly where you are in your journey, and guide some of the steps to get you where you want to be. I look forward to working with you!

Mariel Furstner, MSW, LSW- Bilingual(English-Spanish)

Walking the path toward change can seem daunting, but I would be honored to help and walk by your side. As a bicultural and bilingual therapist, I strive to create a safe and judgment-free space for my client’s therapeutic experience. I am a Licensed Social Worker and completed my master’s program with a concentration on working with Hispanic families. I conduct sessions in English, Spanish, or a mix of both languages.

Driven by my passion to aid clients through their therapy journey, I provide a safe space to express feelings and life experiences. I integrate different perspectives and modalities of treatment based on your specific needs. Some of those forms of treatment could include, but aren’t limited to, using strengths perspectives, a solution-based approach, analyzing attachment styles, mindfulness strategies, and emotionally or somatically focused approaches.

In our sessions, we will identify the change you wish to see in your life, set goals, and create a path towards achieving them. The plan is custom-tailored to you and your needs using a holistic approach. There are many aspects of what makes you who you are, so we explore the connections between your mind, body, heart, and spirit. During your session, I encourage you to share your experiences with social, spiritual, and cultural practices/beliefs so that we integrate them into your customized plan. Together, we can work towards the change you seek.

While working in the field of hospice, I support clients and their families as they face the many challenges that manifest at the end of life. My other field experience is working with homebound seniors and co-facilitating group therapy with neurodivergent clients. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ and alternative lifestyle communities. My mission is to offer our diverse community culturally sensitive and inclusive therapy through honoring a client’s intersecting identities.

Jonathan M. Ledlow, MSHB, LCADC

Jonathan has worked in the Counseling profession for over twenty (20) years, and has experience in the Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Mental Health Counseling field(s). Jonathan is also a Certified Ex-Offender Employment and Basic Skills Specialist in the State of New Jersey by the American Correctional Association (ACA, 2011); he has completed the educational curriculum for the Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University (MSCMHC); he has an AA in Criminal Justice and a BS in Psychology from University of Phoenix, and a MS in General Studies in Human Behavior (MSHB) with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior from Capella University (CCTAB). Jonathan has worked with consumers who have had a wide range of issues that include substance abuse, severe mental health, criminal behavior, anti-social and/or developmental disorders, domestic/spousal/sexual abuse and more. Jonathan brings experience, professionalism, and cultural competency to any treatment team, and he is passionate about working with people. LAC (in progress).

Jonathan M. Ledlow, MSHB, LCADC

Natalia A. Aponte, LSW, Bilingual (English-Spanish)

I am a bi-lingual Licensed Social Worker with 18 years of experience working with children, adults and families in office and home settings to reach emotional well being while focusing on strengths. During my work with families I have gained a lot of experience helping families navigating different systems like Children’s System of Care, Board of Social Services, different school systems, Division of Women and Division of Developmental Disabilities.  I am committed to working together to provide you with the safe space you can use to achieve your emotional and mental health goals. I provide online and in person therapy in English and Spanish to deal with issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress management, relationship issues and communication issues among others.  

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University where I have been trained on implementing varied modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy among others.  My general approach to everything I do including my work with our communities is to focus on progress which means we will be overall better than when we started. While we work together your goal becomes our goal.  

Armanda Morel, MSW, LSW- Bilingual (English-Spanish)

It can be intimidating to walk the path of change, but I would be pleased to support you and walk beside you. I work to establish a secure and judgment-free environment for my clients’ therapy experience as a bilingual therapist.

I offer a secure space for clients to discuss their feelings and life experiences since I’m passionate about supporting them throughout their therapy journey. Depending on your unique needs, I combine various viewpoints and therapeutic approaches that help with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, parenting skills coaching, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, immigration and acculturation issues, school related issues, etc. 

Marlene Borges, MSW, LSW- Bilingual (English-Spanish)

Need assistance controlling your emotions? I’m here to assist. It can be difficult to locate the ideal therapist. To make you feel acknowledged and understood, it should be done in a secure, nonjudgmental setting that is tailored to match your requirements. I want to give you tools that you may use in conjunction with your strengths to enhance your mental health.

I provide a safe environment for clients to talk about their emotions and life experiences. I combine a variety of perspectives and therapeutic philosophies, depending on your needs, to help with issues like anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, parenting skills coaching, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, immigrant and acculturation issues, school-related issues, etc.

Jacqueline Cardona, MSW, LSW- Bilingual (English-Spanish)

Please allow me to accompany you on your quest for complete wellness. Since I’ve been a licensed therapist, I’ve come to understand the importance of developing a therapeutic partnership to make progress. Your story has value and should be shared. It is my intention to create an atmosphere that encourages introspection and personal development while also letting you feel safe and at ease.

I provide online counseling sessions in both English and Spanish. I’m eager to help you recognize your skills and support you as you work toward your objectives. to help with issues like anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, parenting skills coaching, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, immigrant and acculturation issues, school-related issues, etc.

Lucia Cristina Idrovo, LAC- Bilingual (English-Spanish)

Lucia Plaza is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey who specializes in the treatment of adults that struggle with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, stress management, self-esteem, body image, and grief. Lucia also works with young adults that are having difficulties with behavior and anger. Lucia’s treatment styles include providing tools and techniques to assist families who wish to receive support when faced with obstacles. As a multicultural counselor assisting individuals and families with evidence-based practices, primarily Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered Therapy. 

Lucia completed her M.A in Clinical Psychology at Centenary University. During her time at Centenary University, she completed her clinical internship at Healing Road Counseling Services and managed the virtual Hispanic Grupo organized by Family Support Organization for Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren County which provided support to Hispanic individuals with diverse mental health and resource needs. 

Prior to her time with Healing Road Counseling, Lucia has worked in various mental health settings providing therapeutic services to challenging populations. Her work has consisted of providing support to the homeless population with severe, persistent mental illness, as well as running support and processing groups for incarcerated individuals.

Since her involvement in the mental health field, Lucia has been a continued advocate for mental health and promoting the necessity of mental wellness for all. Through her involvement with counseling associations that inspire her and lasting connections she has made with other mental health professionals, she maintains up-to-date information on diverse therapeutic interventions, ethical changes and challenges, and available resources. Lucia is committed to expanding her knowledge with the latest evidence-based findings to provide the most effective care possible. As well her continuing passion working with multicultural individuals.  


Angel Cardenas, MSW, LCSW, Bilingual (English-Spanish)

I am a bi-lingual Clinical Licensed Social Worker with many years of experience working with children, adults and families in office and home settings to reach emotional well being while focusing on strengths. During my work with families I have gained a lot of experience helping families navigating different systems like NJ Children’s System of Care (PerformCare), DCP&P and other agencies.  

I am committed to working together to provide you with the safe space you can use to achieve your emotional and mental health goals. I provide online and in person therapy in English and Spanish to deal with issues including but not limited to parenting skills, anger management, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress management, couples & families, etc.

Michell Ellsworth, LAC, Counselor, Bilingual (English-Spanish)

I am a bi-lingual Licensed Associate Counselor with a passion for decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health and promoting the health and well being of my clients. As an immigrant, I understand the importance of holding onto one’s own culture while adapting to a new culture. I am mindful of approaches that need to be used when working with my clients, especially working with individuals from another culture. I have experienced working in outpatient and school settings with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, social skills deficits,
relationship conflicts, self-esteem issues, school related concerns etc. I look forward to meeting you and working together through your journey of growth.

Harriett Gaddy, Ph.D., MA, LAC

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) with a doctorate in counseling from Seton Hall University and a Master’s in counseling from Montclair State University.

I have experience with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and belief systems. I take a person-centered approach and enjoy working with individuals and their families to help them navigate and cope with challenges in their life. I strive to assist clients process emotions and learn coping skills to deal with everyday stressors and decrease symptoms. I utilize integrative methods which include cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, marriage and family techniques, and trauma focused approaches.

Marilyn Johnson, LSW, CAIP, CTP- Bilingual (English- Spanish)

I know it can be scary and uncertain to begin this process; but we can do this together.

I have 27 years experience working in the State of New Jersey – Department of Children and Families. I was privileged to hold various positions such as Bilingual Field Investigator, Supervisor, Internship Supervisor, County Training Coordinator, as well as Trainer and Training Supervisor. Throughout those years, I extensively worked with children, families, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, and the courts, helping to identify and secure personalized services that meet the family’s cultural and familial needs because not all services offered are for every family. As a Latina, I understand the role culture, religion, beliefs/values, and family shape who we are and help influence us and at the same time, affecting our life choices. I take pride in furthering my education so that I can provide the best services possible. I am certified in the following areas: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Trauma Professional, Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Child Advocacy, Anxiety Informed Professional, and Forensic Social Work.

I have a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University, a Master’s in Arts in Child Advocacy from Montclair State University, and I am a Licensed Social Worker both in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania. I can provide you with virtual and in-person sessions, your choice. I am fluent in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish.

I practice Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. My approach is non-judgmental, confidential, objective, and goal orientated. Hope to work with you soon.