Connie Miller, MS, TEP, LPC, NCC, ACS is the owner and founder of both the Spring Lake Heights Counseling Center and the International Institute for Souldrama®. She has been practicing individual, marital, family and group psychotherapy for adults and children for over 20 years. Connie is a trainer, educator, and practitioner of group psychotherapy and psychodrama and is renowned in her field as an innovator, author, and teacher. Connie created Souldrama® in 1997, which is a seven-stage process of spiritual transformation that integrates psychology, spirituality, and creativity enabling individuals to move forward in their lives, especially after years of therapy. Connie has written two books and several articles. Her work has been published in numerous professional journals and in several languages. Her most recent publication, Starve the Ego: Feed the Soul, is contributing all profits to a scholarship fund for training pastoral counselors in Indonesia. Connie has guest-lectured at universities, professional conventions, and conducted workshops in England, Italy, Greece, Portugal, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and throughout the United States. To schedule an appointment with Connie or to request information about upcoming workshops, call: 732-974-1978 or visit: www.centerforcounseling.com or www.souldrama.com.
Connie is the recipient of the 2011 American Counseling Award for Innovation, creativity and cutting edge practice, the ASGPP Innovators award and a much sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter and trainer. Her new article in the Journal for Groups in Addiction Recovery names Souldrama as the new action model for the 12 steps.
Gwen Barry, MSW, LSW
Gwen Barry, LSW,MSW holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. Gwen is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. She has attended intensive trainings in child and adolescent play therapy, psychodrama, domestic violence and grief recovery. She has worked with women in abusive relationships for the past three years and also with addictions. Gwen is an active National Association of Social Workers Association member and professional volunteer. Her interests include socialization in children, addictions, and developmental psychology. She has been extremely active both in the community of Spring Lake Heights and with the school system. She can be reached at
Nancy is a Licensed professional counselor who has over 23 years working in a public education setting and several years private practice at the Spring Lake Heights Counseling Center. She is a certified special education teacher, K-12, School Counselor, and Substance Awareness Coordinator who also holds a Supervisor’s certificate. Nancy is extremely passionate and intuitive when it comes to helping others. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Georgian Court University, followed by earning her Masters in Counseling at New Jersey City University. She is a certified Alcohol and Drug counselor and has been very proactive within her community as a task force member and working with many individuals that suffer from addictions. She understands the importance of promoting substance abuse awareness and prevention by teaching drug education. Nancy has worked closely in providing post-traumatic stress management to the local communities during crisis situations, along with crisis counseling. Being a Prevention Specialist, Nancy has worked with her community crisis team and as a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of Monmouth County. She has enjoyed volunteering at the Common Ground Grief Center, located in Manasquan. At the Common Ground Grief Center, she worked with children and facilitated the Adult Grief Group which is very dear to her heart. During her continued study and training in the areas of Psychodrama and Souldrama which has helped Nancy to broaden her skills and knowledge for introducing action methods to her clients which allows an array of counseling services. Nancy is committed to helping others and enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, families, groups and couples as well. Nancy is insightful, genuine, and demonstrates a natural ability to help, coach and assist families with interventions as she continues to guide clients on their journeys through life.
Nancy can be reached at Nancysanders1130@gmail.com or 732-996-4605.
Sonora Foster, MSW, LCSW
Sonora is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania school of Social Work with an MSW concentrating in clinical social work. She joined the staff at the counseling center in 2014 after having practiced in a variety of clinical settings and taken time off to raise her five sons. Her past clinical experience along with personal experiences were enhanced at the counseling center by her experience in Souldrama, both as a participant and a leader. Her ongoing training in Souldrama has allowed her to broaden her clinical approach with clients and to work with different groups both here and abroad.
Sonoras clinical approach to wellness encompasses the whole person -mind body and spirit-believing that wellness involves all aspects being in balance. She utilizes both spiritual psychology and cognitive based treatments in her practice where she views the therapist as a partner in the journey to find the solutions that lie within each person. Therapy allows us to quiet the mind so we can hear the answers from within.
Sonora works with couples, families, individuals and groups addressing a wide variety of issues.In addition to her work at the counseling center she also volunteers as a facilitator for a children’s grief healing program and is a level two reiki healing practitioner.
Sonora can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-600-5761