About Us | Attention Deficit Specialists

The leading provider of Neurofeedback in the Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Region.

At Attention Deficit Specialists, we have worked with thousands of clients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other emotional and behavioral concerns using our unique, non-medication, multimodal approach. Our multidimensional treatment, featuring neurofeedback as the cornerstone, also integrates other services including: counseling, Interactive Metronome ®, school advocacy and consultation, behavioral coaching, parent support groups and relaxation/anxiety management. We also work closely with several local psychiatrists for psychopharmacological consultation.

We have had 30 years of experience in helping children and adults in the Tri-State area who are struggling with ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety and Depression.  Our staff includes certified school psychologists, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and therapists certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback.

Attention Deficit Specialists staff work with the school, family and the child. We coordinate treatment with physicians, schools and healthcare professionals.

In addition we offer a comprehensive range of psychological services including traditional psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relaxation training through CEPD Psychological Services.  Visit us at cepdpsychologicalservices.com.

We accept most insurance coverage.

Our Team

Meet our professional team of licensed psychologists and certified counselors

Jennifer M. Perez, PsyD
Jennifer M. Perez, PsyDLicensed Psychologist, Owner/Executive Director

Jennifer Perez is the owner and Executive Director of Attention Deficit Specialists/CEPD Psychological Services since February 2015.  Dr. Perez was born and raised in Paramus, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2001. After graduation she worked for a year as an instructor at Alpine Learning Group, a private school for children with Autism, where she received extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis and behavior modification techniques.

She received her Master of Arts in 2005, and Doctor of Psychology from Widener University in 2007. While in graduate school, she received certifications in school psychology and neuropsychology. She completed five practicum and intern rotations, giving her a wide range of experience in a variety of settings ranging from federal prison to public school, residential schools and private practice. While completing her neuropsychology certification and working with individuals with brain injuries, she received intensive training in cognitive rehabilitation, neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic techniques with this population.

After graduating from Widener University, she began working at the Devereux Kanner Center, a residential school for children and adolescents with severe cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems.   Dr. Perez began working for CEPD/Attention Deficit Specialists in 2010. She works with children, adolescents and adults with problems related to AD/HD, developmental disorders, behavioral problems, depression, anxiety and brain injuries.  She is a certified Interactive Metronome provider, and has obtained an advanced pediatric certification. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques and individualizes treatment to meet the needs of her clients. Dr. Perez, became the owner and director of Attention Deficit Specialists/CEPD Psychological Services in February 2015. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to Disney World, reading, and taking dance classes.

Barry Belt, MA
Barry Belt, MA Licensed Psychologist

Barry Belt, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, received a BA from Boston University, an MA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire, where he was a Ford Scholar, and has completed advanced graduate work at Temple University and the College of New Jersey. Previously (1972-2015) the owner and director of CEPD Psychological Services/Attention Deficit Specialists, he is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, board certified practitioner in EEG Biofeedback, Senior Disability Analyst and Credentialed by the American Academy of Pain Management.

Prior experience includes director of special services and special education for Lawrence Township Schools, school psychologist, and Director of a special needs alternative school program.  He spent several years working as a corporate consultant for hospitals, major corporations and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he conducted training programs in stress management and communication skills, He has authored and co-authored several training and self-study programs on ADHD, stress management, pain management, time management, and communication skills. His interests include photography, growing orchids, physical fitness, gardening and his koi pond.

Gretchen M. Lichter
Gretchen M. LichterCounselor, Neurofeedback Coordinator

Gretchen M. Lichtner, born and raised in Bucks County, PA, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park, summa cum laude, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. She received her Master’s of Education in Counseling from West Chester University in May 2000. She has been working with CEPD/Attention Deficit Specialists since July of 1998, and is currently the Neurofeedback Program Coordinator. Ms. Lichtner also functioned as the Practice Manager between 2007 and May 2014, when she went to part-time work to spend more time with her family.

Prior to her work in counseling, she managed a high-volume florist and gift shop. She has also served as a part-time adjunct faculty member at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA, where she taught both Introduction to Psychology and Human Growth and Development courses between 2001 and 2007. She incorporates her interests in holistic health and spirituality into her eclectic counseling and biofeedback work with clients and often focuses on solution-focused practical interventions. She particularly enjoys working with children/adolescents/adults with problems related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, role/identity issues/conflicts, particularly in adolescence/young adulthood, family/parent/child relationships and communication, social skills, stress/anxiety management, and pain management.  Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and three young children.  She enjoys gardening, cooking, camping and other nature-related activities in her free time.

Jessica Cole, MA
Jessica Cole, MACounselor

Jessie Cole is focused on empowerment and wellness for her clients. Through her work she encourages clients to find their true selves utilizing exploration, acceptance, building insight and strong therapeutic support.  Jessie works with older adolescents and adults, helping individuals through life stressors, life transitions and relationship challenges.

Jessie received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from La Salle University in August, 2013 and her Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Psychological and Social Services from Pennsylvania State University in May, 2011.  She is a member of the Psi Chi Psychological Honors Society, the Chi Sigma Beta Counseling Honors Society and the American Counseling Association.  Jessie initially came to CEPD as a graduate intern and after completing her year long internship, was transitioned into her current role as a therapist. Her past work experience in the mental health field includes women’s self-esteem, substance abuse, mood disorders and general psychotherapy.  Jessie also enjoys implementing mindfulness, relaxation, and biofeedback techniques in therapy. In her free time, Jessie enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her friends, family and pets.

Teresa (Terri) C. Merk, MA
Teresa (Terri) C. Merk, MACertified School Psychologist

Terri Merk is a PA Certified School Psychologist and a Master’s-level therapist. She has been with CEPD since October 2011.  Terri graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2002, with a BA in Psychology. While attending WCU, Terri was selected to participate in an ambassador program where she and other WCU students visited local high schools to speak to 11th and 12th grade students regarding the transition from high school to college life.  During this time, Terri began working in early childhood development centers, which led to over a decade of experience in the field. Terri earned her MA in Counseling with a School Psychologist Certification from Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA, in 2008.

At that time, Terri began her career as a school psychologist in the Pennsylvania School System where she had the opportunity to work with many different types of children including students with intellectual disabilities, Autism, learning disabilities, selective mutism, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), hearing disabilities, physical disabilities, emotional disturbances, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), tic disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other mental health issues. As a Certified School Psychologist, Terri also has significant experience with conducting psychoeducational evaluations (intelligence and achievement testing) and planning/coordination of IEPs and 504 plans for students. Other areas of focus include working together with parents and clients on behavior  modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy.  Terri enjoys being able to work with children of all ages as well as adults. She spends her free time with her large family including 13 nieces and nephews as well as her friends.  Terri is also a fan of Philadelphia sports teams.

Lynne G. Taylor, MA
Lynne G. Taylor, MANational Board Cerrified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Lynne Taylor lived in Philadelphia until 13 years ago when she moved to Langhorne. She is a graduate of Penn State University and obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University. Before working in the mental health field she taught English, and worked in the financial sector as a Client Service Manager. Ms. Taylor began working for CEPD in 2005. She is licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) and is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). She enjoys working with adults coping with anxiety and depression and all of life’s stressors. She is particularly interested in helping adults with health problems cope with these problems and lead a satisfying life. She is skilled in working with individuals with relationship problems and loves working with couples. She also has a great deal of expertise in career counseling.

Ms. Taylor uses a variety of approaches in working with her clients but always tailors her approach to the individual’s needs. She often uses biofeedback and other relaxation techniques to help her clients lead a calmer and more focused life. She also likes spiritual counseling and is currently studying psychodrama. She attends frequent workshops, conferences and seminars to keep her skills fresh. She believes that her life experience as well as her training contribute to her therapeutic skills.Her interests outside of work are many. She enjoys time spent with her family, her husband, her three grown daughters and her six grandchildren,  is an avid reader, is currently writing her memoirs as well as writing poetry, loves scrapbooking and takes particularly pleasure in taking acting classes.

William Welsh, MA
William Welsh, MACounselor

Bill Welsh graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological and Social Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. In 2012, he earned his Master’s Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling from LaSalle University. Bill has been working with children for over 10 years and has extensive experience working with children who struggle with behavioral and attention-related problems, as well as children with Austism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses. He has worked as a therapeutic staff support for children aged 3-10 and utilizes those skills in an outpatient setting.

He enjoys involving parents in the children’s treatment as much as possible, and assists in transferring skills used in sessions to parents to utilize in the home. He has been working as a part-time therapist for CEPD for the last four years and focuses on a traditional counseling approach while also taking advantage of CEPD’s unique Biofeedback tools that are available. He is also currently employed at The Center for Autism as a mental health professional. In his spare time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, taking his dog skateboarding, playing the latest videogames and keeping up to date with new technology.

Leah Winter, MA
Leah Winter, MANational Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Leah Reitz Winter is a creative, eclectic, and client-centered mental health counselor. She works primarily with adolescents, adults, couples and families in a compassionate manner to assist those moving through life’s transitions with more ease. Some of her work includes: Adolescent Issues, Mood Disorders, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Self-Harm, Addiction Challenges, Family and Marital Issues, Stress and Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Parenting Struggles, Spiritual Counseling and Career Decisions.Prior to working for the Center for Education and Personal Development (since March 2011), Ms. Winter was a counselor at Rider University’s Zoerner House counseling center in New Jersey. Ms. Winter received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling and Human Services from Rider University, NJ (2009), is a National Board Certified Counselor (2009) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art/Art Education K-12 from Lycoming College, PA (2003).

 

Ms. Winter, outside of the counseling field, is a mother, fine artist, certified scuba diver, yoga practitioner, and maintains a mindfulness meditation practice and holistic lifestyle. Using her knowledge as a counselor, educator, artist and meditator, Ms. Winter will help clients find more peace in their lives through meaningful relationships with self and others.

 

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”-Carl Jung

Eileen Larr, MA
Eileen Larr, MANational Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Eileen Larr is a Licensed Professional Counselor (2007) and a National Board Certified Counselor.  She received her BA in Psychology from West Chester University in 1999.  From 1993 to 2003, Eileen worked at Elwyn Inc. serving adults with mental health and intellectual disabilities.  In 2002, Eileen obtained her MA in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University.  She has worked in community mental health since 2003.

 

Eileen has experience working with adults and adolescents.  Her experience includes individual therapy, marital/couples therapy, and family therapy.  She has helped clients develop coping skill strategies to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression and mood disorders.  She has also worked with trauma/PTSD, addiction/substance use problems, and self-esteem and relationship difficulties.  Eileen joined CEPD in November of 2013.  Her theoretical approach combines both a person-centered focus with cognitive behavior therapy.

Reshma Stafford, Psy.D. |  Psychotherapist

Reshma Stafford joined the CEPD team in October 2015. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Reshma has been living in New Jersey, USA, since 1987.

Reshma received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2009. Her focus in this program was on Multicultural Counseling. She went on to get her PsyD in Clinical Psychology, graduating from Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University, in 2014. As part of her training, Reshma has worked at a college counseling center, a private practice, an inpatient setting, a partial hospital-intensive outpatient program for women, and a community mental health agency for children and adolescents.

Reshma enjoys working with all age groups, children, adolescents, young adults and adults. She likes to assist clients in managing their depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity issues, life transitions, family issues, immigration and acculturation issues and traumas. Her training in the multicultural program greatly informs her work, and she prefers to think of the individual in context, as she develops her treatment plans. Her trainings with varied settings and populations have allowed her to develop a wide range of clinical skills and techniques that she draws on, to create a therapy program that is tailored to meet the needs of her clients. Reshma uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, insight oriented psychodynamic therapies, and humanistic therapies as needed. She also offers couples therapy and family therapy.

While work is certainly a passion, when relaxing, Reshma likes to walk, bicycle, and garden. Reshma is very interested in yoga, health, and nutrition. She also enjoys cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her family and travelling.

Kristi Evans
Kristi EvansFront Desk Coordinator