Our stories may shape us,
but they don't have to define us.
I’m a therapist after a long career in marketing and communications. I enjoyed my work and my colleagues, but began to feel a desire for a different path. Responding to that desire turned out to be more than just a career change, but an invitation to a life of greater expansion and trust—stepping away from roles and places where I no longer fit, learning to trust my intuition and rediscovering parts of myself that had been there all along.
In addition to training as a trauma and grief therapist, my expertise draws on principles of spiritual formation, contemplative practices and spiritual care, and is based on the integration of concepts and ideas across many traditions and disciplines.
It’s my hope to provide a safe place for asking hard questions and releasing painful burdens, whether due to trauma or abuse, illness and grief, anxiety or adjusting to difficult life events.
I work with people from all faith and non-faith backgrounds who want an approach that respects their unique family, spiritual and religious history. For those who have experienced relational abuse in spiritual settings, I bring an openhearted and non-dogmatic approach to your care.
Choosing to begin therapy is an act of both curiosity and courage: curiosity about yourself and courage to experience what you discover. I’d be honored to join you.
Judith Alfano, MSW, LCSW is a therapist in private practice, both online and in the coastal communities of New Jersey. Her research and professional interests are spiritual formation, the integration of psychology and religion, and women’s health and well-being.
Judith’s therapeutic approach is deeply relational, grounded in psychodynamic theory and integrating narrative and somatic therapies, parts work and the wisdom of spiritual care.
Earlier in her career, Judith held key roles in marketing, HR and communications at organizations ranging from an established energy company to higher ed and a tech start-up. She later transitioned to clinical mental health, working in multiple counseling centers where she supported those experiencing anxiety, grief and those impacted by trauma and abuse. Along the way, Judith explored other paths to join her community in healing and recovery.
One of those paths is cooking. Judith is interested in the intersection of cooking, spirituality and mental health, and completed a professional culinary program as well as continuing education courses in functional nutrition and integrative care for cancer survivors and those with chronic illness.
Master of Social Work, Monmouth University
Bachelor of Arts, Rutgers University
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certified, Institute for Creative Mindfulness
Specialized training in spiritual abuse and care, The Allender Center
Specialized trauma training with emphasis on parts of self, Dr. Janina Fisher
Integrative Oncology, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Prayer, Meditation and Spirituality in Healthcare, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing
Functional Nutrition, Institute for Functional Medicine
Education & Select Training