Administrative Staff:

Mordechai Weinberger, LCSW

Executive Director

In 1999, Mordechai received his certification in the fascinating alternative emotional therapy, “One Brain.” After completing further certifications in hypnosis, EFT (Emotional Freedom Tapping), and more, Mordechai worked as an alternative practitioner for four years before upgrading professionally and graduating from the prestigious Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 2005. 

Since graduating, Mordechai Weinberger has maintained an ongoing quest for knowledge and therapeutic techniques to address the ever-changing and expanding need for new understandings of mental health. Mr. Weinberger’s approach to therapy is to provide a holistic treatment that doesn’t just aim to “manage symptoms.” He has proven through treating over 4,000 people that true healing from the inside out is possible.
Over 22 years in the field, he has developed a signature approach that combines the logical, emotional, and subconscious elements of human psychology. This method works to repair root causes of mental health issues while simultaneously changing the thinking and behaviors that result. By looking at the person as a whole and understanding their individual experiences, Mr. Weinberger has created a top-quality therapy setting for clients ranging from all ages, stages, and walks of life. 

Justin Pugliese

Justin earned his Master’s degree in psychology from Pace University. He has also completed training certification programs in Multi-systemic Therapy, Trauma-informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Critical Time Intervention. He has 14 years of experience working in the social service field, functioning in various roles, including foster-care case manager, behaviorist for people with developmental disabilities, family therapist, and program director at a supportive housing apartment complex for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and severe mental illness. In the program director role, Justin gained key experience as point of contact for audits conducted by government agencies and other funders, as well as experience managing team dynamics, managing software databases crucial for documentation of clients records and managing various operations-oriented activities, all of which prepared him well for carrying out his responsibilities as Director of Compliance at Serenity Center. In addition, Justin has published a peer-reviewed article in the academic journal, Modern Psychoanalysis. In his personal life, Justin has a passion for creative writing, and has written 2 novels and a volume of poetry.

Elena Rowatti, MBA, HCM

Therapist Success Manager

Elena has recently moved from southern New Jersey to New York to start her career after graduating in 2022 from Widener University with her Master’s in Business Administration – Healthcare Management. In 2021 Elena also received her bachelors degree from Widener University, and graduated with a major in Management and minor in Marketing. Prior to joining the amazing team here at Serenity and becoming the Therapist Success Manager for the clinic, Elena has 5 years of previous experience in the Healthcare field, working in a pharmacy. Elena mentioned she has always had a passion for helping others and that is what has driven her towards creating a career path in the healthcare field. Elena describes herself as a motivated, reliable, and devoted individual with a witty sense of humor. She loves all animals, hanging with her friends, traveling, trying new things, and making others smile.

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