Carolynn Aristone, MSW, LCSW, CST

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Carolynn has been described as “compassionate, insightful, consummately trustworthy, calming”.  She and her team help couples tap into the heart and soul of intimacy. Together, they help lay the groundwork for couples to create Exceptional Relationships. 

As a client of therapy throughout her life, Carolynn personally understands the experience of moving from pain into healing. Whether she sought help as an individual or as a couple with her spouse, she has been fortunate to experience good, productive, life-changing therapy.

Her therapeutic style blends Eastern and Western philosophies. Through a mindful, compassionate lens, Carolynn uses a three-tiered approach to healing: education, experiential therapy and coaching. This combination helps her clients better understand how their lifelong belief systems keep them stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns, strengthen core relationship skills and heal deep emotional and erotic wounds.

As Founder and Executive Director of CIR, Carolynn creates innovative services to help individuals and couples heal from common relationship problems. She and her team aim to de-stigmatize the therapeutic experience and bring good, productive, life-changing therapy to all clients. She supervises her team members through all aspects of client care ensuring the highest levels of compassion, professionalism, and clinical integrity.

Carolynn holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, NJ Clinical Licensure in Social Work, Certification from The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, Clinical Certification in Sex Therapy from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and Certification in Clinical Social Work Supervision from the National Association of Social Workers. Carolynn is also an expert author for GoodTherapy.org.

When Carolynn isn’t working, she can be found strengthening her mindfulness and meditation practice. She also loves hiking with her spouse and two sons, attending high vibe music concerts, taking singing lessons and laughing…a lot!

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Rebecca Zuspan, MSW, LCSW

Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Described as “easy to talk to” and “understanding”, Rebecca loves helping couples create fulfilling relationships while also helping each partner become the best version of themselves they can be. 

Rebecca approaches each session with sensitivity. She strives to provide a safe space for couples to open up about challenges in their relationships – aware that, at times, this can feel quite difficult for partners.  

Rebecca believes that a strong intimate relationship is one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have.  She loves to work with couples who feel disconnected from each other, alone, hurt and lost, even when in shared space with their beloved. This includes couples with ineffective communication styles, blaming behaviors and fears of abandonment or rejection. Her work emphasizes developing a healthy self so that partners can co-create the relationship they want to have. 

Rebecca’s treatment approach emphasizes compassion, non-judgment, and curiosity. She teaches couples practical, concrete, evidence-based skills that are then applied to daily life. Couples also gain valuable insights into underlying issues related to past relationships and family of origin.  

Rebecca holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and is working toward certification in the Gottman Method, an evidence based treatment model for couples.  She is also trained in Fidelity Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a Certified Grief Counselor. 

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys artistic endeavors such as painting with acrylics and sketching portraits.  She loves day-hikes, an occasional camping trip, caring for her houseplants, and attending live concerts.