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 passionate and intuitive individual who aspires to help others. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Special Education at Georgian Court University, followed by earning her Masters in Counseling at New Jersey City University. She is a certified Substance Awareness Coordinator and has worked closely in providing post-traumatic stress management to the local community during crisis situations, along with crisis counseling. A natural born teacher and counselor, Nancy has worked in the Manasquan School District since 1984 and has a passion for working with children. She holds her Supervisors Certificate and currently works as a Guidance Counselor. A Certified Prevention Specialist, Nancy works on the community crisis team, is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of Monmouth County and is a volunteer at the Common Ground Grief Center, located in Manasquan. Under Connie’s Souldrama Training, Nancy enjoys working closely with children, adolescents and young adults, providing an array of counseling services. With a genuine, natural ability to help and guide young people on their journeys through life, Nancy looks forward to opening her arms and embracing the community.
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