Meet the Team

Deirdre Waters, PsyD, Director, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist who has worked in the mental health field for the past 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.

Nick Bizzarro LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist that has worked for over eight years in a variety of treatment settings that include community and university mental health centers, schools, and in private practice. He received his Master’s
degree in Social Work at Rutgers University and is currently earning his PhD in Counseling Psychology as a graduate student at Fordham University.

Nick Bizzarro is passionate and enthusiastic regarding the delivery of mental health services and strives to continue learning and developing as a clinician and advocate for those he collaborates with. He has experience in providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy and utilizes clinical and culturally sensitive interventions informed by cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, solution-focused, and social justice work. In his clinical practice, he endeavors to empower others by prioritizing the therapeutic relationship. He aspires to create a safe and comfortable space for exploring conflict, finding meaning, and taking action. His goal is to assist others in building confidence, learning and developing meaningful skills, and improving the quality of life. He has a special interest in working with individuals experiencing marginalization, stigmatization, and discrimination.

Che Harris, B.A, is a second-year clinical psychology student at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Prior to becoming a doctoral candidate, he graduated from Arizona State University with his BS in Psychology. Che has worked on a research project focusing on the promotion of children's social and emotional development and positive family relationships. He has also acted as a research assistant in a lab studying the development of cultural and religious attitudes and behaviors. Che is currently exploring his many different interests within his doctoral program and is interested is working with a broad range of clinical presentations. He is excited to improve his clinical skills during his time at BHI as a doctoral practicum student.

Allison Spranger, MA,  is currently in her second year of doctoral training at St. Elizabeth University in Morristown. She completed her combined BA/MA degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2012 and immediately began working with a non-profit in Northern New Jersey. There, she provided case management and both individual and group therapy to clients of all ages.  Her areas of interest are group dynamics, family dynamics, trauma, and crisis intervention. She always welcomes the opportunity to utilize her background in forensics and work within the realm of criminal justice and family court.

Louise Athens, B.A, 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.