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 CBT to her students.


Tina Onikoyi, M.S., LPC, NCC  works as a Therapist in the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Robert Wood Johnson. She attended Monmouth University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012, and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. For the past nine years she has dedicated her time and energy to the field of mental health and developmental disabilities in various capacities. She has served as a; Child/Adolescent Therapist, Family Therapist, Behavior Specialist, Intensive In-Community Therapist, and Residential Counselor. She is currently licensed in New Jersey as a Professional Counselor and is certified as a National Certified Counselor. She is currently pursuing a PhD. in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. She plans to gain more experience in the field and eventually open her own private practice focusing on the mind-body connection and holistic healing. She also plans to effect change by working to pass bills and create laws that affect clinicians and the overall mental health of our society. She is excited to join the Behavioral Health Institute of Monmouth County in her role as a doctoral practicum student.



Rachel Dubois, LCSW,  completed her BA in Sociology from Montclair State University and her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University, and is currently a NJ Licensed Social Worker and a certified NJ School Social Worker. Throughout Rachel’s career in social work her focus has been on working with children and families. She has worked as an investigator of Abuse and Neglect for the Department of Children and Families for over ten years. Rachel has recently transitioned into private practice where she provides individual and group therapy with clients ranging from children to older adults. Rachel is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) at Felician University. Through her experience in the PsyD program, Rachel seeks to further enhance her clinical skills and create new opportunities to make greater contributions in the field.



Pete J. Economou Ph.D., ABPP was trained in counseling psychology and is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specializing in evidence-based psychology and working with high performers (e.g., athletes). Dr. Pete is licensed by NJ and NY to practice psychology and is also a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC-AASP). He has conducted research in several areas including: multicultural psychology, evidence-based treatments (mainly third wave CBT), Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) topics, and issues related to executive functioning. He is an active member of state and national psychology associations, has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology since 2014, and is a contributor to media outlets and social media. Lastly, as a student of Zen Buddhism, Dr. Pete has been studying at the Morning Star Zendo with Robert Kennedy, Roshi for several years, which has translated into his mindfulness practices offered through the third wave CBT theories.