Paul Spergel is the founder and clinical director of the Chester Psychotherapy Group.
He is a licensed professional counselor with more than 25 years of experience and his practice includes adolescent and adult cognitive behavioral therapy. Paul Spergel also specializes in depression, mood disorders, gay and lesbian issues, anxiety, substance abuse and couples and family counseling. He is an approved clinical supervisor through the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).
Diverse Experience in the Field of Psychology
He received his B.A. in psychology from Seton Hall University, where he was a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology, followed by a master’s degree in psychology from Kean University. Paul Spergel completed a clinical internship at Union County Psychiatric Clinic in Plainfield, NJ. He was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive therapy. Prior to founding Chester Psychotherapy Group, he was on staff at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital and Bergen Regional Medical Center where he was a licensed screener.
Active Member of Renowned Associations
Paul is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Counseling Association and is a member of the American Counselors Association. He is a Free and Accepted Mason, as well as an Eagle Scout.
Emphasis on Philanthropy
Paul has done volunteer work as a member of the Red Cross and is the former Mental Health Manager for the State of New Jersey. This position was the highest volunteer position within the Red Cross and has taken him into a variety of emergency situations including the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Ike and Sandy, and the airplane landing on the Hudson River.
A Thought Leader
Paul Spergel has published numerous articles and frequently lectures on managing insurance issues and running a private practice. He is currently writing a self-help book on fibromyalgia and contributes to articles for the New Jersey Counseling Association.
Kristin Staple is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years of experience working with children and adolescents of all ages. Kristin employs a relaxed and friendly therapeutic environment while utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior modification. Kristin has worked with a variety of mental health issues with children and adolescents such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, and mood disorders. Kristin has also worked with children and adolescents who have gone through a divorce or suffered from low self-esteem.
Kristin Staple earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Ramapo College of New Jersey and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Rutgers University.
Michael Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Theology and a Masters of Divinity. Michael has more than 25 years experience in the field of psychotherapy. Michael is comfortable working with adolescents, adults, couples and families dealing with a multitude of issues including depression and anxiety. Michael also has years of experience as a Pastoral Counselor helping people who are struggling with grief, loss, gender and religious issues. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, reading, trout fishing and model trains.
Katelyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over five years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Katelyn’s focus is on helping you get to your identified goal with your own specific strengths and experiences. Katelyn employs an active and goal-oriented approach with a basis in cognitive-behavioral therapy utilizing skills from a variety of therapeutic approaches. She greatly enjoys working with families and helping them improve communication and quality of inter-family relationships. Katelyn has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, oppositional defiant disorder, and mood disorders.
Katelyn has her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University School of Social Work and is currently attending the College of St. Elizabeth for her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology.
Vicki Reinhard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of experience in a myriad of therapeutic settings. She has experience in working with individuals, families, groups, and crisis counseling and in doing so has honed her skills for engaging reluctant and resistant clients. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults using a diverse blend of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal style therapy. Vicki’s sessions are centered on developing trusting connections with her clients through empathy and genuine, caring concern. Her goal is to help others find their way to a happier life.
Patricia is an executive with a unique and valuable blend of expertise in marketing, sales, operations and regulatory & compliance. She gained her knowledge and expertise with medical insurance plans, eligibility & benefits, and the billing & claims process while working for one of the largest third-party providers in the medical insurance industry.
From its inception she has been responsible for the day to day operations, human resources, and practice management of The Chester Psychotherapy Group. Patricia is a problem solver who adapts easily in the fast-changing insurance industry and has a high level of integrity and a tireless work ethic. She believes in doing everything possible for our clients to feel comfortable in our practice.
Along with her husband Paul Spergel, they present classes in practice management, insurance claims and billing for peers in the mental health industry.
Queen Nala of Wisteria joined our team in November of 2018 at the age of 8 weeks. She is a registered golden retriever with the American Kennel Club and shares her maternal lineage with our beloved Abbi. She very quickly showed off her happy and playful personality alongside of Abbi. She has become a favorite of our child and adolescent clients as she has quickly grown out of her puppy stage and into a 2 year old working on her therapy training. Nala is in the office most days and will be the first one to greet you as you enter our office!