Beth Roberts, M.A., LPC, Director
Beth Roberts is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a passion for providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families. After Beth’s daughter was diagnosed with global developmental delay and autistic tendencies, she was uncertain about how to best help her. She decided to both receive training in and administer a home-based program called Son-Rise. Utilizing her educational background, professional training and evidence based research she has expanded her passion to include all individuals who seek the benefits of therapy. Beth provides a variety of direct services including: individual psychotherapy, individual social skills therapy, and small group social skills therapy
Beth earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Eastern University and has her license as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. Most recently Beth earned her graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from Capella University. Using her skills as a Professional Counselor, Beth brings years of experience to provide supervision for LPC students.
Since the inception of the Wanna Play Program in 2001, Beth has dedicated herself to the special needs community by supporting social skill development, executive functioning planning and management, developing self-awareness/confidence, and providing essential behavioral management strategies to her clients. Currently, as Director of the Social Enrichment Center, Beth contracts with local school districts and community organizations as a consultant and direct service provider. Additionally, Beth provides consulting services to parents of children with special needs, to support treatment program development.
Beth provides parent and professional workshops for the community. Dedicated to sharing her years of experience, these workshops are tailored to meet the needs and challenges parents face raising and advocating for their children. Workshops have included such topics as: Executive Functioning and the Importance of Social Skills, How to Plan for a Successful Middle School Transition, and ESY Planning for Summer. Beth co-authored and published The Wanna Play Program curriculum Making Friends: A Social Skill Program for Inclusive Settings.
Michelle Martin, B.S.Ed, MSW, Assistant Director
Michelle Martin incorporates her extensive ABA training and skills to support children and adolescents in all environments. Utilizing both behavioral and therapeutic approaches, she supports social, emotional, and academic growth. Having worked with children throughout her whole career, Michelle brings years of experience to all of her clients.
Having graduated from Temple University, she is certified in both special education and early childhood education. She earned her Master of Social Work at New England University. Michelle brings a well- rounded and balanced approach to the Social Enrichment Center.
Currently, as the Assistant Director, Michelle navigates many aspects of the programming available at SEC. She conducts individual and small group social skills sessions, develops and facilitates home programs, provides informative parent/ professional workshops, and works directly with school districts for consultations.
Samantha Zajdel, B.A. Individual & Group Therapeutic Facilitator
Sam recently graduated from Temple University with a bachelor of liberal arts degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. While studying at Temple University, Samantha was interning at the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorder Clinic where she became the head research assistant during her second year of the internship. While in the clinic, she was responsible for data compilation and data entry for specific analyses associated with a study that analyzed the efficacy of two CBT treatments for children with ASD and anxiety disorders. Samantha began interning at the Social Enrichment Center in 2014 and was hired as a child facilitator in 2015. Although initially interested in research, SEC has helped Samantha discover her passion for clinical work with ASD; Samantha is intrigued by the variety of skills and behaviors that each client manifests. Samantha enjoys having a direct relationship and impact on each client she works with at SEC. Alongside SEC, Samantha functions in combination of a PCA and TSS role servicing autistic children throughout the school day. Samantha is in pursuit of her master’s degree in counseling with plans to earn her LPC.
Lila Finley, Individual & Group Therapeutic Facilitator
Lila is currently a Senior at Temple university and is expected to graduate in May 2020. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religion. Before interning at SEC, Lila was previously a camp counselor for kids aged 9-13 and was a bioscience intern at the Franklin institute. Lila began interning at the Social Enrichment Center in September 2018 and was hired as a child facilitator in August 2019. Although becoming a LPC was a career goal for Lila, her experience at the SEC gave her a true hands on experience that helped solidify the idea. At the SEC, Lila really enjoys the direct contact with children with various diagnoses and the progress that happens over the course of the year. Seeing the progress first hand and being able to tailor the session to each child specifically is the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspect of being at the SEC. After graduation, Lila plans on going to graduate school for a Masters in Mental Health and Counseling Psychology in order to become a LPC.
Nina Gersbach, B.A. Individual & Group Therapeutic Facilitator
Nina is a recent graduate of Temple University, where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology. During her studies, Nina was a member of the Psi Chi honors society and an executive board member with Box of Balloons Philadelphia. While working with Box of Balloons, Nina was responsible for community outreach where she worked directly with social workers and community leaders to help execute requests and accommodate the needs of children. Before being hired in 2020 as a child facilitator, Nina completed a 1 year internship with SEC. At SEC, Nina has had the chance to incorporate her studies with hands-on experience. She finds working here enjoyable because of the constant opportunity for learning and watching each child overcome challenges. Her experiences have allowed her to implement strategies and navigate social relationships with children. Nina plans to continue her education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Moira Mckniff, B.A. Individual & Group Therapeutic Facilitator
Moira graduated from Temple University with a degree in Psychology and minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. During her time at Temple, she was a marketing intern Young Women’s Network in Rome, Italy and Lead Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia. She is also a Research Assistant at Temple’s Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab, where she studies executive and everyday functioning impairment in older adult populations. She aims to attain her Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology and work in pediatric autism research studying everyday functioning impairment in ASD. Her time at the SEC inspired her passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves building relationships with each client and helping them work towards their individual goals! Watching all of their hard work is her favorite part of the job! Aside from being an Individual & Group Therapeutic Facilitator, Moira also serves as an academic tutor.
Additional Staff at SEC
Available services include occupational therapy, reading support, and speech/ language therapy. Our staff develops individualized program to meet the needs of every client. Click to view our full list of Support Therapists