Paula Lupinetti-Chadwick is the owner and currently sole therapist at Joyful Beginnings Counseling. She is a compassionate and dedicated social worker and psychotherapist with an extensive background in mental health, women’s health & safety issues, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). She practices from a psychodynamic approach. Please see below to learn more.




  • “I began seeing Paula a few days postpartum after experiencing extreme symptoms of depression quickly after giving birth. I immediately connected with Paula because of her genuine compassion and knowledge of what I was going through, so I continued seeing her regularly for deeper issues. She is truly the reason I have been able to reach this point of healing and I’m beyond grateful to her for all of the tools she has taught me! Paula has great communication & scheduling is never difficult.”
  • “Paula is non-judgemental, and she provides amazing coping techniques that have helped me to really think about how I respond to different situations.”
  • “Paula remembers the details of all of my visits and truly cares about my well being. She is quick to give feedback and spends additional time to tap resources for my assistance. I have never experienced this degree of passion from another therapist.”
  • “Paula has changed my life. I have been seeing her for 3 1/2 years. She helped me heal old wounds and become very self aware. She was there for me when I got divorced and I couldn’t have got the courage to do it without her help. She is a kind person who understands how hard life can be sometimes and she genuinely wants to help others. She is authentic, and helping others is her passion. I am so happy We crossed each other’s paths. “
  • “Paula is absolutely amazing. She is very insightful, and gives valuable tools to move forward with challenges. I always looked forward to our visits.”
  • Paula helped me get my life back. I don’t know what i would have done, had I not been given the gift that she had for me. Her tools and her understanding of my head space enabled me to become a severe Post-Partum Depression survivor. Having someone to understand my feelings, and to have someone to help me make sense of them, helped me understand that it was all normal and gave me tools to use at home to help me.”

Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey

Education & Trainings:

  • EMDR Level II
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • 40 Hour Sexual Assault Training with SERV
  • 40 Hour Domestic Violence Trainings with Camden County Women’s Center
  • Masters degree in social work from Rutgers University School of Social Work (MSW)
  • Bachelors degree in social work from Rutgers University – Camden (BSW)


  • Self-employed, practicing in Collingswood NJ (October 2015 – present)
  • Psychotherapist at Meridian Counseling Services (August 2012 – September 2015)
  • Senior Primary Therapist at Princeton House Behavioral Health Services, Women’s Trauma PHP & IOP programs (May 2010 – July 2012)
  • Psychotherapist for the Camden County Women’s Center, Outreach & Shelter (September 2008 – April 2010)
  • Co-facilitator of Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence Psycho-education & Process Group at Cooper House (February – September 2008)
  • MSW Intern at The Starting Point (May 2007 – May 2008)
  • BSW Intern at The Camden County Women’s Center, Outreach (September 2006 – May 2007)
  • Mental Health Associate at Hampton Behavioral Health (April 2005 – March 2008)
  • Mentor at The Burlington County Youth Advocate Program (September 2003 – June 2004)
  • Student Program Assistant at Montclair State University Women’s Center (September 2002 – May 2003)


  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sexual Abuse & Incest
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
  • Inner Child Work
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

Special Interests:

  • Art Journaling
  • Music
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Whole Nutrition
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Reading
  • Film
  • Creative Writing
  • Social and Women’s History