Therapists

Kate Ecke, LCSW: Founder/Owner

I opened Live Your Best Life Holistic Healing Center because I recognized the unique need for such a place. 


I believe strongly in the power of therapy to help you find clarity and fulfillment in your life. In my own experience, I know how difficult it can be to make that phone call and allow yourself to be vulnerable with a complete stranger. That's why building a trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with my clients is paramount to my work as a therapist. In this way, I view therapy as a team effort where we build trust and then work together to find the most effective methods for achieving your goals. I also try to make it fun and crack a few corny jokes along the way.

You can expect me to provide a safe, compassionate environment where you can process your emotions and experiences, while also learning practical strategies to begin to create that safe space for yourself in your daily life.  My wide range of experience allows me to tailor sessions to meet your individual needs.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with certifications in Nurturing Parenting and Functional Family Therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been found to be effective in treating trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

I am a published author and have written 3 books, a counseling guide for schools and a social emotional curriculum.

My "best life" includes spending time with my husband and dogs on my farm.

Bachelors in Social Work: Alvernia University, 2011

Masters in Social Work: Stockton University, 2013

Toms River Office

Megan Dietrich, LPC

Let’s get real- life can be stressful. At some point you may be faced with a challenge that seems too hard to overcome. But guess what? You don’t have to go through it alone.

Maybe you need a safe space to work out your feelings. Maybe you just need someone to tell you “you’re right, I hear you, and it will get better.” Or maybe you don’t know exactly what you need, and that’s okay. We will figure it out together.

I believe that everyone is not only capable, but deserving, of a happy and fulfilling life. Through validation, empowerment, and support, it is my goal to help you become the best version of yourself.

Mallory Stufsky

My primary objective is to empower clients to take control of their lives and actions. To accomplish this, I strive to establish a mutually trusting dialogue and create a customized plan that targets achievable goals. Importantly, a successful outcome is also focused on the client building a strong foundation of self-esteem and emotional happiness.       

I have expertise as a case manager and therapist in treating a wide range of mental health concerns. These include addictions, anxiety and depression, stress management, and anger management. My work has taken place in a prison, residential treatment center, hospital, office, and home setting. I provide both adolescents suffering from developmental delays and adults with family, psychoeducational group, and one-on-one services to strengthen vocational, social, and behavioral skills as well as to improve interpersonal relationships.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey, with additional certification in crisis prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy and school social work. I earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Rutgers University.  

I received my certification as a yoga teacher (RYT-200) from Breathe For Change in New York, New York. My focus is on combining mindfulness and meditation with yoga's physical elements.   
I am a passionate and caring practitioner who is dedicated to working with you to address your needs immediately, because a better tomorrow starts today.  

Maria Lally, LCSW

We all find ourselves stuck at various points in our lives, trying to make changes, but maybe not as successful as we would like to be. This can feel frustrating and overwhelming. Let me work with you to figure out how you can get to where you envision being in your life!

I work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to assist clients from a strengths-based perspective to work through depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, anger, and fear that are possibly holding us back from reaching our goals. We can work together on these goals in a warm and comforting atmosphere. I truly am passionate about helping others, and I really believe we can all reach a happy and healthy place in our lives.

I have a Master's degree in social work from Rutgers University, and have worked with many age groups ranging from age 7 to late adulthood. I specialize in young adult population. Call me today, and let's start working together to get you to where you want to be.

Reiki Practitioners & Massage Therapists

Elaina Parsons

Elaina Parsons is certified in Reiki I, II, and III. She works with a hands-on approach. The goal during a Reiki session is to allow the recipient’s energy to meld with the practitioner, allowing energy adjustments to be made in a gentle, natural, and peaceful manner. Elaina’s approach is meditative and stays true to White Light Reiki principles: using traditional Japanese symbology. Elaina was trained under Reiki Master, Donna Keeney. Elaina resides in Toms River with her family. She is a children’s author and a certified special educator. 

Beth Connelly

Beth completed 700 hours of intensive training at The Sedona school of massage in 2013 and completed her Reiki Master Teacher Certification before moving back to NJ in 2014. She works as a massage therapist on Long Beach Island during the busy season and has continued working as an LMT in Sedona, Arizona during the winter- when she’s not traveling the world.

Beth participated in her first 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India learning Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. She  participated in her second yoga teacher training just this year, completing an additional 200 hour program studying Tantra yoga and Shamanism in Ecuador. She also attended Wat Po traditional Thai massage school in Bangkok for 30 hours.

Beth started going to meditation groups and Reiki shares back in 2007 and believes the combination of the two saved her from going down an ugly path. After attending many crystal bowl meditations she experienced the profound power of vibrational sound healing and is the proud owner of a wonderful set of 10 chakra crystal bowls, and now hosts monthly crystal bowl meditations of her own.

Beth feels lucky that she had her spiritual awakening at an early age and has been on a spiritual path ever since. She has created her own life’s philosophy that is about acceptance, positivity, healthy boundaries, giving back, and letting go of fear. Her main goal is to create a safe and comfortable space for healing.


 

Carrie Villanueva

 We ALL have a Soul Purpose! Are you searching for yours? Together we can gently find it!


Mark Twain stated "Why not go out on a limb? THAT is where the Fruit is!"

I have had an incredible journey working through the muddled waters experiencing, awakening & accepting my Soul Purpose!


It's to help you find yours too!

From a young girl, I experienced being bullied, "wearing an emotional mask of happiness", extreme losses (Alot of them) creating anxiety, depression, loneliness and tumbled into relationship issues, money issues, self image and confidence issues as well as absence of my Faith in the Lord (universe).


What did this journey teach me?  Who I am, what I am capable of, and who I need to be! A healer.  I am committed to offering you a safe and judgement free space. To help you help yourself heal because no one can do it for you! But you don't have to do it alone!

My unique protocols combined with incredible tools in my box of goodies will guide you physically, emotionally, and spiritually to grow and awaken your soul!  Utilizing my experience, education, and intuitive capabilities to guide you comfortably through the maze of confusion, blockages, aches & pains I'll help you step out of your Comfort Zone. That is where healing takes place!  Are you ready?  I am! I have been preparing my "Whole Life" to show up for YOU so you "Can Live Your Best Life!"


What do you need to do?  Just Show up, Be Present, Open Minded and Willing to " Work" at the individually designed plan which we will create together. 


Spiritual Coaching Tools

         (not all are necessary for each person)

Reiki

Massage

Essential Oils

Basic nutrition

Affirmations 

Visualization 

Synchronicity & Symbolism

Meditation & Grounding

(I am constantly learning and evolving to have the skills and tools to help you.. so this list is endless)


Carrie grew up in Bayville New Jersey.

She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Minor in psychology from Georgian Court University.  


She is an Elite Wellness Advocate with doTERRA International and has been certified in AromaTouch Technique since 2013.


Carrie also obtained her Reiki I certification in 2013. 

As well as an Account Rep. For Primerica

A graduate of the Body in Mind Massage Institute's intensive 600+ hour therapeutic massage training with over 100+ hours of clinical hands on of various clients. The program exposed her to a deeper understanding of energy work, music therapy, meditation, grounding, muscle memory, nutrition, and as Mary Henry Adam's consistently reminded her to "Trust the Process" and "We hold our Issues in our Tissues". Carrie is forever grateful to Mary for sharing her knowledge.

Carrie wants you to know...Life Lessons are the Lord's Blessings for our Healing!