Meet The Team

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Carolynn Aristone, MSW, LCSW, CST

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. 

Bearing witness to her parent’s own marital struggles and divorces as well as overcoming intimacy obstacles in her own 20+ year marriage, she has first-hand experience on what it takes to create a strong, meaningful, intimate life – emotionally, physically and sexually.

As Founder of CIR, Carolynn strives to create innovative services to meet the needs of all couples, from DIY classes to full immersion programs. She supervises her staff 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 enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two sons, attending high energy music concerts or laughing…a lot!

Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Debra Pilzer, MS, NCC, LPC

Described as “a great soul” by clients, Debbie believes that authentic connection sits at the heart of a healthy relationship. She teaches couples how to navigate the push and pull of trust, intimacy, communication and sexual engagement.

Debbie believes that good couples therapy involves supporting each partner to find their unique voice within the shared relationship. She creates an environment where each partner learns to listen, empathize and validate their partner’s perspectives.  Using evidence-based research from the Gottman Institute, sex therapy and mindfulness techniques, Debbie teaches clients how to create a meaningful relationship and life.

Debbie’s non-judgmental and inclusive approach welcomes clients with sensitive issues related to sexuality, open relationships, betrayal as well as the LGBTQIA community. She is also passionate about leading a mindful life, both personally and in her work with clients.

Debbie holds a Masters of Science degree from Capella University and is certified in the Gottman Method, an evidence based treatment for treating couples issues.  She is also pursuing her Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from NorthCentral University.

In her spare time, Debbie is a Ballroom dancer and competes in many national competitions on the East Coast.

Danielle Dunne, MA, LPC, CCTP

Danielle’s empathetic, genuine and passionate nature shines through when she is helping others succeed in life and relationships. She believes that each client is an expert of their own lives and her role as a therapist is to help them realize their true potential.

Danielle’s areas of interest include supporting first responder and military relationships, helping couples understand postpartum sexuality, facilitating the sensitive work of trauma recovery and guiding couples toward healthy, sustainable relationship habits.   

With over 10 years experience in the field of mental health, her eclectic approach uses evidence-based methods including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Counseling and Motivational Interviewing.  

Danielle holds a Master of the Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University and a Bachelors in Psychology Degree from Rowan University. She is also a NJ State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) and The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

When Danielle isn’t working, she can be found spending quality time with her husband and her three children, two of whom have four legs and steal the couch most of the day. She also enjoys boating, traveling, running, gardening and drinking really strong coffee.

Beth Marciano, Client Care Specialist

Known as Carolynn’s “right hand”, Beth might as well call herself an administrative ninja! Beth helps ensure our clients transition smoothly into our practice. She provides impeccable and compassionate client care. She handles all initial questions and concerns, paperwork, scheduling free consults and appointments and overall quality care for our clients. Beth also holds confidentiality in high regard and helps our team ensure HIPAA compliance.  Beth’s role helps free up our clinicians to do the work they do best: provide high quality therapy.

When Beth isn’t working, she can be found volunteering in the community at a variety of events or cheering on her teenagers at their numerous sports activities.