Owner/ Psychotherapist

Rose Celia Rosato, MA, LPC

Welcome to Balance and Thrive. I am a Licensed professional counselor. With 32 years of experience in the mental health field as a counselor and psychotherapist, I have maintained a well-established practice in Bergen County for 28 years. I am highly experienced in individual, group and family counseling and psychotherapy in addition to workshops, lectures and program development and administration. I have worked in a variety of community and private agencies with diverse populations and services. I have written a template for psychotherapy titled The Thriving Model, which has been registered as an original work by the government.

Areas of experience include depression, anxiety, women’s issues, trauma, life transition, adolescent issues, family issues, addiction, gifted population, eating disorders and more. My approach is empathetic, evidence based, and client centered.  Based on my client’s needs, I integrate one or more of the many modalities I am trained in to provide focused and highly effective treatment. I continuously train and learn. While I am well trained to work with many disorders, I specialize in trauma, gifted populations, anxiety, and depression. I weave psychoeducation, which includes the latest social science and neurobiology advances, into my treatment to help clients have a firm understanding of their treatment. 

I am passionate about equality, self-compassion, empowerment, and genuine connectedness to the world.

Thank you for your interest in the services we provide.  We will work our hardest to help you achieve your goals. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or suggestions.

In 2011 I expanded my practice and created Balance and Thrive, a center established to provide premier mental health services.  I have carefully chosen qualified, experienced, and compassionate professionals who understand the importance of mental health providers prioritizing their own emotional and physical health and are dedicated to continual professional development. The therapists each have their own area of expertise which increases the center’s knowledge base which enhances the quality of clinical treatment and allows us to provide a team approach to treatment when needed.


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Kelsey Bisson, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of NJ with 10 years of experience working closely with individuals, groups, and families. I specialize with adults across the lifespan with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and the effects of aging and illness on individuals and families. I have specialized training in treating our older adult population and their caregivers. 

Using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), insight oriented, solution, and focused therapy, I help foster an individual’s inherent right to self-determination and guide clients to discover and achieve their own personal goals. I bring a passion in assisting our clients to overcome adversity, feel positive about themselves, and create a healthy and satisfying life.


Wendy Coffey, MSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. My background is in family systems therapy. Having been trained in crisis intervention, I am familiar with family dynamics and how they affect the individual. I have worked with adults, adolescents and children who present with anxiety, depression, and time of life stressors.

I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, which includes the integration of environment, body, and mind. I have an intuitive approach and as such, I am in the process of becoming a Certified Equine Therapist.


Amanda Malanga,

I have a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in addition to BFA and MA degrees.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have practiced in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health centers, residential placements, and family homes. 

I hold Approved Clinical Supervisor Certification and have experience working in schools. I treat children and adolescents, collaborate with parents, and offer strategies to improve parent-child and sibling relationships.

My areas of experience include treating depression, anxiety and trauma, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, attachment issues and social skills difficulties.  I use an integrative approach to treatment, tailoring therapeutic services to the specific developmental and interpersonal needs.  Specialized treatment techniques include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT.  I am also an advanced trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach.

Administrative Staff

Office Support/Billing Coordinator

Kathleen Behnke

I have 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant and ensure our office operations, including billing, run efficiently. I work   closely with our staff to provide full and confidential office support.  My attention to detail, ability to multi-task and exceptional communication skills are an integral part of running our office in a smooth, efficient, and HIPAA compliant manner.

In a warm and compassionate manor, I will assist in helping answer questions you may have and contribute work help to you having a positive experience at Balance & Thrive.

Outreach & Business Operations Coordinator

Dominick Rosato

I look forward to the opportunity to speak with referral sources about our services and contribute to maintaining business operations to help to make client’s experience at Balance & Thrive confidential and positive.

I have a wide variety of experience including, teaching music, working with gifted children, hospitality, outreach, and implementing business operations.

I am passionate about mental health care, social advocacy, social justice, and equality. I look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to the services we provide and learning more about services that could help our client grow and thrive.


Victoria L. Motkowski

I come to Balance and Thrive with a BA in Education, 30 years experience in sales, account management, and marketing,  where I engaged warmly with clients, anticipated their needs, and delivered positive results.  During the pandemic my interest in wellness and mental health grew as I was able to help others in meaningful ways and self reflect on what is important in life.

I am most passionate about wellness, physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health.  I look forward to collaborating with referral sources and educating them about our unique services at Balance and Thrive.

When Im not working I love spending time with my family, friends, and puppies, take barre and spin classes, cook healthy meals, and foster rescue dogs.  I am always looking for ways to create balance and thrive in my life, and it is my goal to help others do the same.

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