Therapist Biographies

Timothy Trenary, MA., LMFT. - ( Clinical Director)

Timothy is the clinical Director at Ramsey Family Therapy. He received his Masters Degree in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University. He has experience with Anger Management Counseling, Conflict Resolution Therapy, Substance Abuse Groups, but since entering the field has focused most of his experience on working with couples and families. Timothy's belief is that the greatest conflict between couples and families is the individual's inability to understand their own vulnerability. "People are taught from birth to show strength and hide their emotions which leads them down the path of being self-serving and closed off to others. With the widening of one's own perspective, couples may learn to be truly vulnerable with their partner and pass down for generations to come the power of positive communication." Timothy has previously worked as a staff therapist at Wayne Counseling Center (Wayne, NJ) and Pascack Mental Health Center (Park Ridge, NJ), as well as his own private practice in Ramsey, NJ since 2014. He has been the Clinical Director of Ramsey Family Therapy since 2015.

Mofeeda Hassan, MA., LMFT. - (Assistant Clinical Director)

Mofeeda is the Assistant Clinical Director and a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy. She has been a part of the Ramsey team since 2017. With a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Post-Graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Mofeeda has focused her experience on working with couples and families. Mofeeda describes her therapeutic approach as "I am an Experiential Family Therapist who integrates various modalities in my holistic approach to therapy. I often bring in strategies from across the MFT landscape including but not limited to Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and even Play Therapy when working specifically with families. I truly feel joy every day knowing that my works makes a difference in so many lives. I love what I do and every day is a new adventure I look forward to concurring with my clients."

Sersaray Basarir, MA., LAMFT.

Sersaray is an associate licensed marriage and family therapist with Ramsey Family Therapy since 2018. She has her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Psychology Department at Kean University of New Jersey. Her primary therapy modality is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Stated in her own words,

“As individuals, we are made up of our emotions; we think and act according to the way we feel, most...if not all the time. Our family and friends, our society, and our constant exposure to media of the world will naturally affect our emotions heavily during our daily life, and if we do not know ourselves, if we cannot understand our own personality, we will get lost through the mixture of messages we receive. We often find ourselves confused which can lead to panic, which in turn causes mistakes of thought processing and actions.

The key is to understand ourselves by looking inward, so that we may better understand the world and those people around us.”

Sersaray assists her clients in exploring, understanding, and then finding healthy/thoughtful ways to express and verbalize these emotions. Sersaray’s belief is that “love” is our main nutrient, and we should start with loving ourselves. She has been working with children and families, couples, as well as individuals from teenagers through adulthood.

Additionally, Sersaray possesses an Art degree, which has allowed her the opportunity to implement Art Therapy with her clients.

Finally, Sersaray is an active member of the US Army. When she is not working or on duty she can often be found enjoying time with her family, friends, and her 2 dogs.

Kerrie Ragan, LAMFT.

"I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and teens and their families. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nyack College.

I really pride myself on creating a genuine, personable, and caring rapport with my clients. I want to hear your story! I also really value a good sense of humor and will incorporate that into our sessions together when appropriate. If you are looking for a super serious, no smiles therapist- then I am not your girl!

Theoretical orientation-wise, I work mostly in a Cognitive-Behavioral and Experiential Therapy view lens. So, be prepared to do good work during our sessions together and learn more about yourself in an effort to improve how you view yourself and your interactions with the other’s you are surrounded by in your life!

Outside the therapy room- I am an animal lover, crafter, and experience seeker. So when not in the therapy room, I can be found talking about my pets and researching new places to go to and new things to try!"

Irene Sullivan, MA., LAMFT, MAFP

Irene received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Stated in her own words,

"Helping individuals, couples and families navigate through and beyond short-term and long-term challenges and crises is at the core of my practice as a therapist.

My work has one essential goal: to help people feel emotionally safe and stable in their relationships (romantic, family and platonic), and extending this comfort and confidence into other realms of daily life and routines. My approach to therapy begins by creating a safe environment for people where they can have the space and support they need to flourish and begin utilizing strengths they already have, but may not be aware of.

My experiences extend to working with couples, families, and individuals, and I believe that by working holistically, I can best support the people in exploring the impact their interactions have on them. This will assist in having a deeper and stronger understanding of self. I have helped people address and work through depression, anxiety, grief, domestic violence, sexual assault, family life cycle issues, relational problems, and transitional issues with individuals, couples, and families.

I believe therapy is not about shrinking problems, but rather expanding a person’s understanding of themselves and their experiences. My goal in working with you will not be to minimize your current challenges, but rather, to expand and better understand your perspective and awareness, and empower you to achieve your therapeutic goals."

Lauren Lima, MA., LAMFT.

Lauren is a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kean University. She currently holds the Membership Chairperson position with the New Jersey Association in Marriage & Family Therapy (NJAMFT). She adopts an advocacy approach to therapy within limitless bounds of fairness and empathy toward individuals, couples, children, and family systems, empowering respective clients to find strength in vulnerability and to harness circumstances under their control while coping with circumstances out of their control. Stated in her words,

 “I believe that connection and support in a therapist are core components that are necessary when an individual, couple, or family seek counseling. My goal is to meet my clients where they are, to create a safe space for them without judgment, and to offer empathy as they tackle the challenges of life to initiate growth from their experiences.

 These are just some aspects to which empowerment comes into fruition; with a therapist’s guidance, clients are encouraged to reflect on their personal goals, to determine what they feel is fair and just, and to bear witness to their own and their loved ones’ intrinsic growth. From these conditions, it is with hope that clients find more of an understanding within themselves and with each other to create a level of equity for interpersonal connection.

 My experience consists of providing mental health services to individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds coping with the complexities of grief and loss, trauma, managing conflict within the family structure, and other various presenting problems.  

  I believe I do my best work by cultivating an understanding of generational patterns and the circumstances that have allowed or disallowed individuals to show up for themselves in their present state. I pride myself on the ability to help clients explore new endeavors to achieve optimal personal growth.”

Tibian Hassan, MAMFT.

Tibian is a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy. Tibian describes her therapeutic approach as being an experiential family therapist while drawing on the importance of individual growth, self-expression, and self-fulfillment. Tibian also uses solution-focused techniques allowing for goal achievement through emphasizing personalized and empowering objectives. With a background in working with children of all age groups, Tibian enjoys play therapy and incorporating others’ personal values into the therapeutic setting. 

I truly enjoy working with groups, families, couples, and children of all ages. My prior background stems from Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. As a certified Yoga Instructor, RYT200,  I like to draw from and emphasize the importance of movement and the connection of the mind, body, and spirit into our everyday practices. 

From my personal experience, I believe everyone has the tools and capabilities to grow, change, and foster their own desired reality. We may just need assistance in clearing that path. You are the expert in your own life and my goal is to help facilitate you through that discovery.

Michael Macedo, MAMFT.

Michael is a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy.  Michael would describe his therapeutic approach as client-focused.  In his own words:

"The client is the expert of their own life. Families know their systems better than anyone.  It is with this understanding and knowledge of the system that I can help introduce people to new angles of understanding on long held and possibly misunderstood relational processes.  The content of our problems is the dynamite; the process of our problems is the fuse that sets us off.  Let's work together to stop lighting the fuse."  

Fredelyne Lebrun, MA., MFT. MPA.

Fredelyne is a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy.  In her own words: 

"Therapy, to me, is a safe place where people can explore issues related to their relationships with others, notably family, in close collaboration with the therapist where the client is seen as the "expert" of their lives. I would describe my style as pulling from various approaches as I believe no one approach fits all. Individuals and families come to therapy to learn ways to best adapt to their life situations and if a therapist is unwilling or unable to adapt to their client's needs, they will be doing them a great disservice with the process. I like to explore different approaches such as Structural, Experiential, Existential, Solution Focused, and EFT; just to name a few. I believe that everyone has the capability to grow and together we will work to make the process smooth in guiding your journey."

Simon Song, MA., LAMFT.

Simon is a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy. In his own words:

"I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and received my Master's degree from Seton Hall University. As individuals, we are a product of our environment. The way in which one perceives the world begins with the experience of the family and is further influenced by the surrounding environment. Every person has been provided with certain tools to deal with the world. I believe therapy can be a place where one discovers, sharpens, and learns different ways to utilize his or her tools to overcome obstacles and challenges in life.

In terms of theoretical orientation, I use a combination of Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and element of Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, and group dynamics. I will use the most suitable approach that meets the needs of the client. So that means be prepared to work! Outside of the therapy room, I am a high school counselor, educator, and enjoy working with young people."

Samantha Fishman, MSMFT

Samantha is a staff therapist at Ramsey Family Therapy. In her own words:

"I believe that it is important to make meaningful connections with clients and create a space where they can explore their feelings and vulnerabilities. Family, romantic, platonic, and individual clients process their challenges and lived experiences they endure differently, and I enjoy being a part of the clients' journey because we can assess their experiences to have a better understanding of it and what it means to them, especially since they are experts in their own lives! As a part of the therapeutic process, we will acknowledge how these experiences impact their relationships and everyday interactions while applying the already established tools and methods clients utilize and implementing new ones to improve their relationships and circumstances. My goal is to help clients assess their emotional and behavioral interactions to have a deeper awareness on how this influences their dynamics with others and themselves with empathy and collaboration.

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