Our staff is passionate about helping children cultivate a healthy self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and become healthy from the inside out.  Our goal is to provide a safe space for children and teens to truly embrace who they are as individuals, and as a collective group. We want to empower our students through classes infused with love, kindness, compassion, and empathy.

Cheryl Kasper, MSW, LCSW:

Cheryl her Master of Social Work Degree from Rutgers University in 1996. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Cheryl is the owner of Ocean County Social Skills, her private practice Cheryl Kasper, LCSW and Yoga 4 Kids all located in Toms River.

Cheryl has been working with children and adolescents for over 20 years. She has extensive training in crisis intervention. Cheryl worked for 14 years in the Jackson Township School District as a School Social Worker for the Child Study Team. She was also on the District’s Crisis Team. She is currently a member of the Ocean County Traumatic Loss Coalition.

Cheryl specializes in working with children and adolescents with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Trauma, Emotional/Behavioral Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders and an array of other mental health issues. She also works with adults with a wide array of clinical disorders including anxiety, depression and grief. She is trained in Sand Play Therapy, Neurofeedback and EMDR. She is a certified children’s yoga teacher.

Addie King, LAC:

Addie graduated from Monmouth University with a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013. She has worked at Ocean Mental Health Services with adult clients as a case manager until 2010 then in their Crisis Diversion Program.

Addie currently works as a private therapist with both adults and children at Cheryl Kasper, LCSW. She also works as a caseworker and counselor at a local adoption agency where she works with birthparents, adoptees and adoptive families through the adoption process. Previously, she worked as an outpatient clinician and in-home therapist, counseling children and adolescents referred through NJ Children’s System of Care.

Addie is trained as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She is also trained in Sand Play Therapy. Her expertise includes working with children and adults with Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder and those struggling with various life transitions. She is a certified children’s yoga teacher.

Brittany Kieslor, LSW:

Brittany received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. She is currently a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers along with Association for Play Therapy.
Brittany currently works as a private therapist with both adults and children at Cheryl Kasper, LCSW. She is also a school social worker at a Charter school in Asbury park.
Previously Brittany worked for Community YMCA as an Outpatient Clinician working with children 3 to 18 years old in agency offices and elementary schools. She provided individual counseling such as play therapy to children (ages 3-12) and counseling for adolescents (ages 13-18). Brittany also worked with Children on the Autism Spectrum for three years as an ABA therapist. She also has done many trainings including social skills training, parent training for children with challenging behaviors, and family therapies to help rebuild toxic relationships.
Brittany’s expertise is in play therapy, Sand Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy. She has vast experience working with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Attachment Problems, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and diverse forms of trauma. She is a certified children’s yoga teacher.

Kristen Cladek, LSW:

Kristen graduated Fordham University with her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2016.

Kristen has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings. Kristen is currently the Social Skills Coordinator at Ocean County Social Skills. She is also currently working at LADACIN Networks Lehmann Center in their adult program. Previously, Kristin worked for the State of New Jersey in the Division of Disability Services. She is trained in SandPlay therapy. She is a certified children’s yoga teacher.

Jennifer Eisenman, MSW:

Jennifer received her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. During graduate school, she interned at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the William Penn School District.

Upon graduating, Jennifer worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator providing wraparound services for children and adolescents in crisis. She then worked in a skilled nursing facility as Director of the Discharge Planning and Social Services Department. Jennifer spent the last 3 years providing telephonic counseling to clients that had been diagnosed with very severe chronic or terminal illnesses.

Jennifer’s extensive work within the healthcare field coupled with her own personal journey,  lead her to pursue certification in teaching yoga to children and adolescents.

                                                         

Linda Higley:

Linda has been an art educator for 34 years. Art has a very meditative quality, the process of creating and coming to a finished product can be very cathartic.

Art has the qualities to allow one to focus, express themselves visually and come to a place of calm.  Children and adults can benefit from the simple art of coloring, to creating huge murals.  Art can be about letting go and staying present.

Linda believes that  Yoga is a practice of acceptance, reflection, and gives the skills to reconnect with the self on and off the mat.

As an Artist,  Art Educator and yoga instructor,  I am able to intertwine the practice of yoga and art.   My mission as an instructor is to encourage others to reach their personal potential, deepen their connection to themselves, and learn ways to bring their focus inward.   Our purpose is sometimes lost in our day to day activities, and the simple act of coming to our mat and giving ourselves time for self care can help us stay grounded.

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Yoga 4 Kids is a unique yoga studio for kids only! Our yoga teachers are licensed clinical therapists. Our philosophy is that kids require to be “Healthy From The Inside Out!”

At Yoga 4 Kids, our yoga classes are infused with empowerment, mindfulness, breath work and social skills.

We empower kids to be the best version of themselves through challenging yoga poses, self-awareness, managing stress through breath work, and cooperation in working together and group work.

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