Meet the Team

Deirdre Waters, PsyD, Director, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist who has worked in the mental health field for over twenty years and her areas of expertise include anxiety disorders, early recovery issues, substance abuse/dependency, women’s issues, and stress management. Dr Waters has supervised graduate students in various stages of training (practicum, pre doctoral interns and post doctoral fellows) and is committed to teaching third wave cognitive behavioral therapy (ACT) to her students. She is also dedicated to trying to close the treatment gap in the Bayshore area and providing empirically supported psychotherapy to its residents.


Julie Matsen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and Georgia.  She recently completed a postdoctoral training year at the Medical College of Georgia focused on the psychology of women with training in both ACT and DBT. Her clinical interests include trauma, disordered eating, and emotion dysregulation. Dr. Matsen was raised in the Bayshore area, and she is pleased to be able to return to Monmouth County as a licensed psychologist.


Willow, AKA Therapy Dog in Training, hopes to be at the office soon providing comfort and care to BHI clients. She is a loving puppy who will spend the next year in rigorous training to earn her certificate as a therapy dog.




Extern Class

Louise Athens, BA, is a master’s student in applied psychology at Rutgers University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in English at Skidmore College and spent two years teaching at Lycée Fénelon in Paris before returning to New Jersey. Her experiences with literary and personal stories turned her path towards psychology. In her clinical training, Louise hopes to create trusting relationships through which clients feel empowered to explore their lives.


Julia Dobre, BA, is a second year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She completed her BS in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a research assistant in a lab that focused on the study of attachment theory, emotion regulation, personality disorders, and psychotherapy process and outcome. She is in the process of further exploring and consolidating her interests throughout her time at Rutgers and she looks forward to working at BHI to help individuals improve their quality of life!


Adam Ben-Hanania, MA, is currently pursuing his doctorate in organizational psychology at Rutgers University. He completed his BA and MA at Reichman University in Israel, where he lived for 6 years, working in organizational consulting and executive coaching, before returning to the States. His passion for human development and exploration of the self led him to pursue clinical training. Adam’s goal is to create a safe space in which openness and honesty are valued. Together, he and his clients gain deeper understanding and work to overcome obstacles.


Daniel Muhlbach, MA, is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program with GSAPP at Rutgers University. Dan completed his MA in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis with Arizona State University and worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for two years with neurodiverse adolescents and adults. In 2021 Dan retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of service. He is committed to a new mission by working with BHI to further develop therapeutic skills and practices to best serve the community and veteran populations.


  Carleigh Palmieri, MA, is currently in her third year of doctoral training at Kean University’s Combined Clinical and School Psychology program in Union, NJ. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rutgers University before beginning her advanced clinical training at Kean. Carleigh has loved working with individuals across the lifespan in various treatment settings, such as outpatient clinics, schools, and a hospital. Clinically, she finds it important to use an empathetic and flexible client-centered approach to therapy to help individuals she works with feel safe and validated when discovering their authentic self and freely-chosen values. Carleigh is currently interested in various areas of clinical exploration, including trauma and the benefits of integrating spiritual growth (e.g., one’s connection to their faith) into mental wellness journeys, when applicable. Overall, Carleigh looks forward to expanding her clinical skills and knowledge during her experience at BHI.