Carolynn Aristone, MSW, LCSW, CST
Carolynn has been described as “compassionate, insightful, consummately trustworthy, calming”. As an Intimacy Breakthrough Specialist, Carolynn helps couples breakthrough the barriers that keep them from achieving their highest relationship potential.
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.
Carolynn 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.
Debra Pilzer, MS, NCC, LPC
Debbie believes that people need a place where they can feel heard, cared for, validated and safe to work through change and healing. Her therapeutic approach empowers her clients to create transformation and develop positive outlooks for their lives.
Debbie specializes in sexual problems, life transitions, blended family concerns, alternative lifestyles and LGBT related issues. She recognizes that intimacy issues can be difficult to discuss and exercises high levels of confidentiality and safety for her clients. She helps put her clients “at ease”.
Debbie’s holistic approach to relationship and sex therapy takes into account various influences such as family, work, faith and the environment at large.
In addition to facilitating Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, she keeps her finger on the therapy pulse by researching and continuing her education in the field of sexual and LGBT health.
Debbie holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, NJ Clinical Licensure in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Judy provides impeccable, compassionate, confidential client care. From the moment you call or email, Judy will handle all of your initial questions. She provides you with important practice information and schedules your first appointment or free consultation. Our “Center” would not be the same without her!
What People Are Saying About Their Experience
With the Center for Intimate Relationships
Thank you so much for your support and guidance and ability to provide calming perspective during the most stressful time in our relationship as a couple. Thank you for being consummately trustworthy and committed to your work. Your ability to create a safe space for listening to our points of view was invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Not only did Carolynn help us manage the immediate challenges of being new partners and new parents, but she also helped us to develop communication strategies that will serve us for the rest of our marriage. She’s kind, compassionate, and astute and, with her help, we strengthened the foundation that we already knew we had for a long and loving life together.
Not only is Carolynn a great therapist but in getting to know her through my sessions, it was easy for me to see that she is also an exceptional human being. I genuinely enjoy her personality and her healthy perspective:) THANK YOU, Carolynn!
I continue to learn a great deal from Carolynn and have been able to transform my life relying on her guidance. She is a very empathetic, educated, thought-provoking therapist. Every single time that I leave Carolynn’s office, I am so grateful to have the supportive and non-judgmental environment that she provides. I feel as though Carolynn has absolutely given me all of the tools and guidance I need for true healing.
We have our relationship back. We have our intimacy back. We move around in the same space and carve out time to check in with each other. Carolynn has helped us navigate huge life decisions. She has helped us connect enough again that we decided to have another baby. We know that will bring more stress into our lives again, but with Carolynn behind us – we feel stronger than ever. We feel like we can accomplish anything together as a family.
From the moment we met Carolynn, we knew we were in the right hands. We both connected with her on day one. Carolynn’s passion for her work shines through immediately. My wife and I actually started connecting again. We walk out of her office and always embrace. We hold hands until we had to leave each other again. We always know, as difficult as the session may be, that we are making progress.
We are a lesbian couple who have been together for 10 years. We have two beautiful children together. The stress of parenting and the endless sleep deprivation took a toll on our relationship. We never made time for each other. We took each other for granted and we took our stress out on one another. Something had to change. We both dreamt about what we had when we first met. That time as a couple felt so magical but seemed so distant in our past.
Carolynn helped me to heal and helped to restore our relationship and healthy sex life. I am forever grateful to her for that.
When I began seeing Carolynn, my husband and I had not had sex in years but were beginning to talk about starting a family. I had been to other therapists in the past and had felt uncomfortable and even ashamed. Carolynn created an atmosphere of trust while handling my most intimate issues and her genuine level of caring and investment was evident in every conversation.
With Carolynn’s encouragement and thoughtful insights we explored many elements of my marriage as well as individual issues going on with me that I had not even realized were contributing to our lack of intimacy.
When my husband and I were unexpectedly faced with handling the sorrow of a miscarriage, Carolynn’s depth of knowledge and experience became even more evident by her ability to support me through this dark time in my life.
I am grateful I found The Center for Intimate Relationships and Carolynn! Carolynn has supported me navigating a difficult relationship and finding peace when it ended. With Carolynn’s compassion, patience, and simple direction I was able to use the tools I learned in session and apply it in all my relationships -family friends, workplace, intimate relationships, and most importantly the relationship with myself. I came in not knowing what I wanted or who I was, and today I genuinely love myself and have fulfilling relationships…