MEET THE TEAM
Practice Owner - MS, LPC
Lisa Simon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is also a member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professional Foundation (IADEP). She received her undergraduate and master’s degree’s from the University of Miami.
Lisa is the owner and creator of Therapy For Success, a private niche practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and food and weight related disorders.She used her passion of helping other people to create Therapy For Success to help those struggling from these diseases. She works with men and women of all ages, helping them to overcome their afflictions with food. She has counseled individuals in the most intense hospital inpatient settings and in outpatient settings and helped them accomplish independent lifestyles in the community. She is constantly studying and training in order to provide therapy for success and healing. Her caring approach and commitment to help people overcome difficult life issues is unique. Lisa has an insurmountable knack and spirit, and brings creativity and energy combined with a wealth of professional and personal experience to each of her clients.
MA ATR-BC, LPC
Laura York is a board certified and nationally registered Art Therapist, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She got started practicing Art Therapy in Philadelphia with women, children, and families with substance abuse issues. Through this, she became well-versed in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, therapies used to re-frame thought and behavioral patterns that just aren’t working. Laura also specializes in food, eating, and weight concerns, as well as trauma, anxiety, depression, and communication between families and couples. Along with this, Laura is trained in Mindfulness practice and often incorporates this into the therapeutic process. Laura believes in the healing power of laughter, and will incorporate this into session whenever possible. Laura is currently available for sessions in the evening hours throughout the week. She also provides ATR-BC and LPC group and individual supervision.
Marirose Benedict is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in athletic training, sport, and exercise psychology, and is trained in treating nutritional and weight related disorders. She received her master’s degree in counseling psychologyAdd From Library from Temple University. She began her career working with children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues and has a depth of experience treating food addiction and weight disorders. Marirose also specializes in trauma, addiction, and communication barriers in relationships. Marirose is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, and will incorporate this into the therapeutic process to help reframe unhelpful thoughts and behavioral patterns. Marirose believes in building strong relationships with her clients, and is passionate about helping others to overcome obstacles in their personal and professional lives.
MS, LPCElyse is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been specializing in eating disorder treatment since starting her career as a Psychotherapist in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University. She then earned her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and Health Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Elyse began her career facilitating meal support groups in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Elyse also served as Clinical Director of Seeds of Hope in Center City. Elyse has valuable experience in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care for eating disorder treatment. She believes in all of her clients, even when they struggle to believe in themselves. Elyse emphasized self-worth and identity as crucial components of the recovery process, working with clients to develop tools and techniques to alleviating their eating disorder and start living happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
MASamantha Malfitano is a psychotherapist, psychology professor, mental health advocate and speaker in her community. She is passionate about philanthropy and uplifting humanity for the greater good. Her involvement and experience in mental health and wellness has ranged through many different levels of care in the eating disorder community, from wellness centers to residential facilities. Samantha specializes in teens struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and self-harm, as well as guidance in launching and transitioning into the next stage of life with school, careers and relationships. Samantha is a mother of a teen and loves to stay active, read and spend time with family and friends.