About the Human Growth Center of New Jersey

Mission Statement:
Our empathetic, non-judgmental staff will provide a comforting therapeutic environment in order to help you find your inner joy, strengths, and healing. Our inherently caring and compassionate team of clinicians are completely dedicated to you, your needs, and empowering you through life challenges and difficulties.

Human Growth Center of New JerseyKonstantin Mouhtis, PhD, BCFE, LMFT, ACS.
My name is Dr. Konstantin Mouhtis and I am licensed psychologist. I founded The Human Growth Center of New Jersey in 1990. My goal for the center is to offer the utmost in clinical care with an interdisciplinary approach to treatment. Our staff includes highly dedicated professionals including a psychiatrist, clinical social workers, and psychologists. My goal continues to tailor a treatment plan for every client who is a unique individual with different psychosocial and cultural needs. I specialize in chronic mental health, forensics, disability issues and evaluations, PTSD, veterans’ issues, and addiction issues. I strive to give my very best to my clients whom I care about very much.

Credentials and skills:

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Psychology
  • Board Certified Diplomate Senior Disability Analyst
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Fluent in English and Greek

Joseph M. Verret, M.D.
I am the Medical Director and Licensed Psychiatrist at The Human Growth Center, and I have been working with the facility since 1990. I specialize in the treatment of adults 18 and over with chronic psychiatric disorders, addictions, co-occurring/dual diagnosis, forensic psychiatry, and geropsychiatry. I provide all psychiatric and medical evaluations as well as prescribing psychotropic medication. I am a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of both therapy and medication as needed to address all aspects of clients’ issues; therefore, your psychologist or therapist will typically join us in our medication sessions together. I am also knowledgeable in natural remedies, herbs, and supplements should you wish to explore a more holistic psychotropic approach.

Credentials:

  • Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Medicine
  • Board Certified Diplomate Senior Disability Analyst
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Addiction Medicine
  • Fluent in English and Creole
Human Growth Center of New JerseyMichelle Mouhtis, MSW, LSW.
I am the Director of Social Services and Clinician at the center, and I have been a part of HGCNJ since 2010. I strive to provide an empathetic and non-judgmental environment for my clients to be free to share their stories. I became interested in the field of counseling at a young age; I was always drawn to help others in need. This passion led me to pursue a Bachelors in Social Work from Ramapo College of New Jersey and subsequently a Masters in Social Work with a clinical counseling concentration from New York University. My experiences and specialties are in addictions, trauma, forensics, anxiety, and depression with children, adolescents, and adults. During my training, I came across the mind-body approach Energy Psychology. This powerful complementary technique has been able to unlock personal blocks and works tremendously for anxiety, stress management, depression, trauma, public speaking, sports/performance enhancement, and much more. During our sessions together, you will be able to choose if you would like to use this approach, traditional talk therapies, or a combination of both. I am also a Certified Divorce Mediator taking on new cases for mediation services. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of the healing process with my clients and those to come!

Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor Candidate
  • Comprehensive Energy Psychology – Level 2, DCEP Candidate
  • Certified Divorce Mediator

Human Growth Center of New JerseyMiranda Dekker, MSW, LSW.
As a therapist, I am committed to empowering you in a safe and comfortable space to work through issues and assist you in identifying your strengths and achieve your goals. I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Ramapo College of New jersey and went on to receive a Masters in Clinical Social Work at New York University.

I am a Board Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. I use a client-centered approach, food education, and lifestyle modifications to help bring you closer to understanding your relationship with food, body image, and weight. I partner with my clients to help them achieve practical and lasting healthy lifestyle changes. In addition, I have experience in working with adolescents and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health and life struggles including but not limited to depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, loss, bereavement, coping with chronic illness, mental illness, eating disorders, and self-identity.

Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Board Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant
Dona Baldassarre-Caamano, MSW, LCSW.
I am a clinician and clinical supervisor trained to provide clinical supervision for Licensed Social Workers earning hours for their LCSW’s. I have over 20 years of clinical counseling experience as well as experience as a school social worker. I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with learning and developmental disabilities, as well as psychotherapy for adults.

Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Clinical Supervisor through NASW-NJ