What We Do

At Newtown Psychotherapy and Life Coaching Center, we specialize in working with children, teens, and adults offering individual, couples or family counseling. Our treatment approach is personalized to each unique situation, and provides strategies and support to help clients realize individual and/or family goals.    

Whether you’re looking for a therapist or life coach, we offer a full range of therapeutic services in a safe, nurturing environment that encourages self-exploration and growth, with the goal of helping you break down the barriers to living a happier, healthier life. 

What We Are About

Mary Ellen Cook, MBA, LPC

Mary Ellen Cook is the Founder and Clinical Director of Newtown Psychotherapy & Life Coaching Center.  As a licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, she has extensive experience  in building a trusted therapeutic relationship while providing strategies and support to help clients recognize their abilities and explore their possibilities.

Mary Ellen has worked with children, teens and adults through individual, family and couples counseling.  At this point in her career, she  specializes in couples counseling.  Her clients respond to her compassionate and collaborative style.  Mary Ellen draws  upon a variety of modalities to help individuals and couples develop self-awareness and lead better, healthier lives. 

Whether you're interested in Therapy,  or Life Coaching services, her practice approach is designed to make you  feel comfortable, help you to overcome life’s challenges, and ultimately to find the tools you need to be empowered.

Working with Mary Ellen means you’ll be respected for your thoughts and ideas while  together building the knowledge and strength necessary to discover a future full of possibilities.  

Liz Abt, LCSW

As a seasoned therapist working with individuals, couples, and families for more than a decade, Liz has experience with people of all ages to improve overall mental health, implement treatment plans, manage the intake process, and network on behalf of patients to ensure they have the resources needed to live a more fulfilling, healthy life.   

Liz has also spent much of her career with the Department of Human Services where she worked with children and families on treatment plans that support children in foster care and families needing assistance. 

Prior to joining NPLCC, Liz was a staff member at the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter in Langhorne, PA where she worked with children and families in need of shelter and other social services.      

Kristen Spear, LPC

As a licensed Professional Counselor, Kristen utilizes her diverse interpersonal and communications skills to build trust with clients that allow her to initiate and implement treatment plans using a variety of theories and techniques.   Kristen has a experience working with a wide range of clients as individuals, couples, or families. 

With a focus on goal setting and progress measurement, Kristen  develops a rapport with clients for a beneficial therapeutic relationship.   Before joining NPLCC, Kristen was a professional counselor for New Life of Community Health Services, and before that, with Center for Educational Personal Development, both in Bucks County.  

Merta Chin, LPC

Merta Chrin is a licensed Psychological Counselor with over twenty years of experience working with young people. She spent a number of years as a teacher before becoming a therapist. One of her areas of focus is helping children and teens through difficult times. These may include; depression, anxiety, stress, family problems or trouble at school. Merta also specializes in treating clients of all ages who face drug and/or alcohol problems.  Her gentle nature and years of experience enable her to form strong therapeutic relationships with her clients.  

David Kensler, LCSW

David is a talented behavioral health care leader dedicated to providing effective and recovery oriented, client-centered, integrated care. 

Prior to joining NPLCC, he spent many years leading hospital and healthcare facility programs to manage budgets, execute on strategic plans to enhance services and support, and implement new programs to improve patient care.    

David earned BS in Social Work from Richard Stockton College of NJ, his Masters in Social Work from Temple University, and his Masters in Health Services Administration from Strayer University. He has holds additional certification and training distinctions from respected health-related organizations and associations. He is a board member of the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NJPRA) Board Member, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, 

Sarah Maier, LCSW

Sarah Maier is a licensed Clinical Social Worker certified in Cognitive Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).   She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Thomas Edison University, and a M.A. in Social Work from Temple University.

She has been working in the field for 12 years specializing in treating trauma, childhood behavioral issues, and working with families who have been affected by addictions.  Sarah helps individuals clarify complex issues and works with each person to develop a plan of action that is attainable and clear.  

With caring and a wide range of therapeutic tools at her disposal, she facilitates each individual to work with their strengths and understand where growth can lead to greater gains. 


Betsy Adler-Harrison, LCSW


Betsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals, families and couples in private practice for over twenty years. Building trusting therapeutic relationships and working together with clients to meet their personal goals, Betsy utilizes an eclectic approach and chooses techniques to best meet the needs and preferences of clients. She works with clients of all ages and has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, trauma, and working with families to process and recover from loss and grief after change in life circumstance such as death and divorce. Betsy also specializes in parenting issues and learning disabilities. She guides families through complex issues and advocacy for appropriate education and the connection between learning differences, mental health and behavior.

Betsy graduated  from Connecticut College with a Bachelors of Arts degree.  After several years working as a homeless advocate, she received her Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Pennsylvania.  

Sherri Levy


Sherri Levy is a licensed Clinical Social Worker providing therapy for individuals, couples and families. As a mental health professional, she aims to increase awareness, connection and positive change. 

Skilled in both psychodynamic and cognitive therapy, she focuses on helping her clients overcome negative feelings and repressed emotions in order to improve their interpersonal experiences and relationships. 

Sherri’s therapeutic style provides a safe place for exploration, which allows clients to develop insight and learn healthy ways to cope with life’s challenges.  She encourages open and authentic communication about experiences and believes this will help create the best environment for personal growth.  

Allison Funk

 Allison Funk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She is certified in specific treatment modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), prolonged exposure for PTSD (PE), and CAMS treatment for suicidality. She holds a MS from Holy Family University and a BS from Kutztown University.

Allison has experience working with a wide range of clients from children to older adults, as individuals, couples or families, as well as a wide variety of diagnosis. She spent the first years of her career in a community mental health partial hospital facility. Currently, in private practice,  Allison uses balance, goal-setting, and acceptance-versus-change, to develops a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. 


Denise Merritt


Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years’ experience. She has worked with a variety of individuals and their families, helping them face challenges from rehabilitating from brain injuries, to maintaining their lives when challenged by drug and alcohol abuse. She has spent time as a caseworker and residential manager serving individuals with traumatic brain injury. During her time in the field she also has worked as an individual counselor for adults and families,  and managed a  program for those challenged with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Denise obtained her BS in Psychology from Temple University and her MS in Clinical Psychology from Holy Family University. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug counselor has an extensive background utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and  Moral Recognition Therapy. 

Mary Kruise

Mary has a Business/ Psychology degree from Holy Family University and is the Client & Insurance Coordinator at Newtown Psychotherapy & Life Counseling Center.  She has been keeping the office running smoothly for over two years.  Before joining NPLCC, Mary was a preschool teacher for 14 years.