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Dilena Perez-Dilan, LCSW

“You can’t see inside someone’s heart unless you ask.” These words resonate with me and are the foundation of my practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I pride myself on being the therapist that questions you to work through your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Seeking to understand begins by asking the questions that influence an open and pure conversation that leads to connection and healing. Through dialogue, psycho-education, and uncovering, you can forge a stronger relationship with yourself, which is the most important one you will ever have. You can find relief from trauma,depression, anxiety, PTSD & loneliness

I use my clinical training and social work theories and modalities to serve you. Time with me is a judgment-free zone for you to practice self-exploration. I focus on your purpose for coming to therapy and the relief you are seeking. I approach each individual’s life journey in a custom way, focusing on your needs, current well being, and end goals. Healing~

I am a warm, authentic person, who is empathetic to feelings that come up when one is being vulnerable with others. I hold the therapist and client relationship in high regard. My passion is to guide and heal Individuals, children & families. Peace can be found when we learn to cope and thrive in our reality. I look forward to joining you on this journey.

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Jennifer Birt, License Eligible, Under Supervision for Licensure

After earning my Bachelor of the Arts degree in Sociology/Criminology from Millersville University in the
summer of 2000 I moved to Chicago, IL. I found myself quickly moving into the social services sector and
began working as a case manager at a homeless shelter. I moved on to working in pre-trial services with
juvenile offenders. This helped me realize my passion of helping children and transitional age adults.
After moving back to Pennsylvania a few years later I began my journey learning about different aspects
of the social service sector. I have worked in the field for almost 20 years with adults, adolescents,
youth, and families in extended care programs for addictions, trauma focused group homes, psych
rehabilitation programs, RTF programs for adolescents with behavioral and mental health disorders, job
corps programs for transitional age adults, disability services, and in the school system in a community
school based program. I have worked as clinician, direct services, case management, as well as
supervisory positions.
In December of 2019, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a masters degree in Clinical
Rehabilitation Counseling. I am also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Currently I am receiving
supervision hours for my LPC in Pennsylvania. My education and professional background give me a
unique and effective approach to counseling. My goal is to support you through your own healing
process to become a better version of yourself. I believe in meeting each person where they are in the
present moment and utilizing their personal strengths throughout the therapeutic process. I utilize a
holistic, individualized approach that may incorporate cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies,
mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and choice reality theories.

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Destiny Foster, Intern

Destiny Foster is a Stockton University graduate student, currently studying for her Master’s degree in counseling.  She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in the Health Sciences with a minor in Holistic Health from Stockton’s undergraduate program in 2020, with the original intent of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist.  However, along the way, she began to recognize the importance of nurturing the mind, body, and soul alike.  Thus, she has landed here, at Holistic By Nature.  Destiny has experience working with both children and adults with minor to major physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as ample experience caring for the geriatric population.

 

She enjoys writing, reading the densest books she can get her hands on, and thrift shopping for rare finds.  She is an avid weightlifter and believes in the importance of daily movement and exercise to coax the mind into a state of reflection.  Her professional goals include working to destigmatize the taboo associated with mental illness, as well as to help her clients realize that the strength to succeed has always been within them.  One thing she hopes to do is encourage her clients to “break the mold,” so to speak.  That is, instead of trying to squeeze yourself into a mold not meant for you, break that mold and create a new one.  She has the loudest laugh a human being can muster, and she intends to use it to her advantage when counseling clients. 

 

Destiny will be working as our newest Life Coach, while cherry picking ideologies from Existential and Person Centered theories, and finding her own personal style along the way.  She will also be managing a great deal of behind-the-scenes social media and outreach for Holistic By Nature.  In the future, she hopes to work with survivors of abuse, victims of trauma, and those suffering with severe anxiety.