Meet the Team

Female founded, Female led







Kelli Karver -  Behavioral, EMDR & Art Therapist

My name is Kelli and I take a holistic approach to my life and my counseling. I believe that your quality of life is maintained through nurturing a well rounded routine and living life everyday with purpose and integrity. I have experience providing trauma-informed care within an inpatient substance abuse facility. Working closely with grief and loss, anxiety, depression and trauma, I have helped loved ones of those suffering from addiction, couples therapy,  family therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. My background in art therapy can also provide another dynamic approach to exploration through creative modalities for adults and children. I have over four years of teaching experience, two of those as an autistic support teacher creating individualized behavioral interventions at school and at home. I am honored to learn your story and to assist you in achieving your goals.



Ashley Steelman - Child, Adolescent & Trauma Therapist

I am a licensed social worker and graduate of Stockton University's MSW program. While I have experience working with people of various ages,  I specialize helping children ages 11-14 overcome social, behavioral and emotional issues. I also have experience with grief and trauma therapy. I enjoy working with individuals, groups and families alike, and strive to help others reach their goals in therapy using evidence based practices. My approach to therapy is compassionate, solution-focused and strengths-based. I have a passion for helping others recognize their potential for change and their ability to take the first step towards wellness.



Sarah Emerson - Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapist

I graduated from West Chester University’s MSW program and I am a licensed social worker in New Jersey and Nevada. I have worked in a variety of settings, including case management with high needs youth, The Red Cross, Military support programs, NICU/ Pediatrics/Postpartum, and in-home therapy for children and families. Through my role as a hospital social worker, I gained experience working with women and their families struggling with infant and child loss, infertility, complex medical diagnoses, prematurity, and mental health crisis. I have a passion for helping people of all ages dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, and women’s issues. I practice therapy from a strengths- based view, and also utilize CBT and mindfulness. I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy and that each person’s treatment should be tailored to their unique needs. I look forward to with meeting you and hope to be a part of your healing journey.




Stacie Tomlinson - Child, Adolescent & Parenting Skills Psychotherapist

Stacie has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years as a licensed social worker, with clientele ranging from at-risk, homeless, abused or neglected teenagers and their families, to children with developmental and intellectual challenges, to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  Stacie received her Master's degree in Social Work in 2011, and since has found her niche helping adolescents, couples and families meet their goals with solution-focused, strengths-based cognitive behavioral approaches. Stacie has spent most of her career working in the community with agencies serving youth within the New Jersey Children's System of Care.  She enjoys bringing empathy, humor,  and compassion to her work with clients of all ages and is grateful to be a part of the Counseling by the Sea team!  







Deborah McCarren - Marriage, Family & Adult Psychotherapist 

                        Clinical Supervisor

My name is Deb McCarren -- I have been a psychotherapist for over 35 years. I have worked with all kinds of individuals who have benefited from my work with them. I have experience working in many settings (hospital, school, private practice). My years of experience has allowed me to better understand the plight of humans, their relationship to self, and to others. Though I can work with all, I especially like working with couples navigating the complexities of “relationship”.


I consider myself to be a humanistic therapist, even though I am educated and proficient in all modalities. *What is a humanistic therapist?

A humanistic therapist is a professional who believes that anyone can fulfill their potential.  I am a therapist who believes you can achieve a successful life -- marriage, friendships, career, parenting and help navigating chronic pain -- if you are willing to do the work!


My promise; 

To support you, to help you achieve self-acceptance, and love of self. To identify the barriers you face that have kept you from the success you seek. To provide you with skills to become a better communicator and negotiator.  


My favorite saying is “No wine before it's time." 

Are you ready? Is it your time?

Deborah is also a licensed clinical supervisor. If you are a clinician looking for an available supervisor for clinical hours, please call our office to schedule!

Taylor Groff - Nutritionist

Taylor is a functional nutritionist that specializes in using evidenced based nutrition and food as medicine to treat the root cause of any illness- physical, emotional, and/or metabolic- that affects our ability to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life. Taylor helps move individuals into a state of optimal health by providing the tools and resources necessary to make informed health choices. Taylor focuses on the client as an individual with their own personal and genetic uniqueness, health history, lifestyle, environment, and cultural influences and designs a personalized food plan specific to their nutritional needs and health goals.

Taylor’s functional nutrition service requires two initial consultations that take place no more than 2-weeks apart. The first session is 60-90 minutes and consists of an extensive series of questions designed to learn more about you and your present health status. Taylor also provides educational materials and teaches basic nutrition principles during the first session. In the second session you well receive your personalized nutrition plan, grocery list, recipe cards, sample meal ideas, helpful handouts, reference materials, and forms for tracking your progress.

Call our office to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation with Taylor to learn more!

Victoria Schwachter - Art Therapist

My journey to this opportunity to meet and work with you began in special education over 25 years ago.  I have worked in educational settings from elementary through high school, helping each place to be impactful in positive ways including suicide prevention and working to reduce student and families’ reported feelings of stress and isolation.  To me, therapy is learning, so I strive to hold non-judgmental space that promotes self-acceptance and encourages working to achieve goals by celebrating successes big and small.

I have learned from those involved in the mental health system while working there as well – from head trauma survivors’ group homes to psychiatric residential programs – inpatient units and partial hospitalization programs for adults, teens and kids.  I have seen first-hand the frustrations and obstacles that many families and individuals encounter and overcome on their individual path to wellness – living with diagnoses including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety and Mood disorders - and confronting high risk behaviors such as self-injury. 

I am inspired by those I have met, and by their willingness and drive to create a new life – to write their own story.  My work as a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist (Drexel 2001) has allowed me to focus on tools like perspective-taking, mindfulness, problem solving and authentic self-expression in a helping relationship.  My ongoing professional education has allowed me to become more and more trauma-informed and to continue learning aspects of neuroscience that maximize our time spent in session.  I believe that creativity can be a key to feeling joy and a path to experiencing inner and outer beauty. It is a wonderful way for people to connect.  I look forward to meeting with you.

Courtnay Mecca - Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

















Kelli Karver, MA, LPC, ATR


Ashley Steelman, MSW, LSW

Sarah Emerson, MSW, LSW

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Taylor Groff, MS, Functional Nutritionist


Victoria Schwachter, ATR-BC

Stacie Tomlinson, MSW, LSW


Deborah McCarren, MS, LPC, ACS


Congratulations on taking a big step towards better wellness! I am a functional and integrative nutritionist that takes a whole body approach, looking at the body as a whole vs. isolated bodily systems (cardiovascular, digestion, etc.).  Since there is no one way of eating or plan that fits all, I believe in using evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle interventions to support my clients using an individualized approach.  No change is ever too small nor is it ever too late to start to take a step towards optimizing your wellness. I support my clients by helping them navigate around roadblocks to their health, and educating and empowering them to make changes to produce results they can be proud of.

I graduated with an MS in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  I am a Board - Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) holding licensure in Maryland and a member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA).  Outside of work I am a yoga instructor and enjoy spending time with my family and dog in nature, experimenting in the kitchen, and attempting to garden.

Courtnay Mecca, MS, CNS, LDN
Licensed Dietitan Nutritionist

Dr. Ashley Crooks -  Psychotherapist
Owner & Founder of Counseling by the Sea

Administrative Team 

Michelle Brown

Office Manager & Administrative Assistant

Amanda Jewel Warren

Social Media Coordinator

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