Our stories may shape us,
but they don't have to define us.
I believe wholeness is what we are created for and how we are meant to live.
I’m a therapist after a long career in marketing and communications. I loved my work and my colleagues, but began to feel called to a different path. Answering that call meant returning to school at midlife, letting go of old ideas about who I was and rediscovering parts of myself that had been there all along, so I can live and work with integrity and wholeness.
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, though I have specialized training in supporting those in Christian contexts. For those who have been harmed in religious or educational settings, I bring an open-hearted and non-dogmatic approach to your care.
Whether you’re seeking support for short-term and problem-focused therapy or more long-term work related to healing or insight, my approach is adapted to your goals and timeline and I’d be honored to join you.
If you’re interested in working with me, please get in touch to schedule a complimentary 20-minute consultation.
Judith Alfano, MSW, LCSW is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University and 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, somatic and cognitive behavioral approaches. For those who wish to draw on their faith, Judith is dedicated to wisely integrating the Christian faith with professional psychological therapies.
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 with The Allender Center
Specialized trauma training with 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