A Family is formed by loving connections
About Nancy Creelman
Nancy Creelman, LCSW, is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social worker
with over 16 years of clinical experience.
She works full-time as a manager of several children's behavioral health
programs including Family Preservation Services, Intensive In-Community
and Behavioral Assistance services, supervised visitation, and the Atlantic
and Cape May counties' Functional Family Therapy team.
Nancy has been with Family Foundations since 2006, as well as
maintaining her own private practice. She provides individual, family, and
marriage therapy and specialized parent-child relationship training.
As a Certified Clinical Supervisor, she provides training and clinical
supervision for the next generation of social workers and therapists
coming into the field.
About Sam Totora
Sam is married to his wife of 39 years. He is a father of four sons, and a grandfather to four grandchildren.
He is working in his chosen profession, if a calling can be considered a choice.
Two Masters degrees, one in psychology and one in Family Therapy prepared him to work with families, where he began his true lessons in love and connection. He is a New Jersey Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor.
Sam is also a clinical supervisor for new therapists seeking licensure. As a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Sam's membership in this esteemed organization assures the public that he is held to high standards in the performance of his profession.
Sam has been trained in multiple therapy modalities, including strategic, structural, and contextual family therapies. His eclectic approach includes several researched- and evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
Sam provides couples and marriage therapy utilizing the concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy and adult attachment theory, as well as the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg on Non-Violent Communication (NVC). NVC is also known as Compassionate Communication. Sam works with high conflict couples to help them calm the fears of detachment and disconnection that often underlies the angry cries for acknowledgement and consideration. With his non-judgmental approach, he accepts that for some couples, their choice to divorce may need to be supported and they may need help to separate respectfully and with the skills to co-parent their children successfully.
Sam has a special interest in trauma resolution, recognizing that early traumatic experience underlie many, if not most, emotional disorders. He has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy(TFCBT), as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), a brain-based rapid trauma resolution therapy which facilitates healing by allowing the brain to reprocess and reconsolidate painful memories.
Sam is trained in hypnosis, emotional regulation techniques and mindfulness.
Nancy is trained in several models of trauma intervention, including
Combined Parent Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neuro-Sequential Model
of Therapeutics, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Her strong skills in
mindfulness approaches to health and well-being, her expertise in child mental health intervention and emotional regulation techniques, and her compassionate and pragmatic nature , all combine to achieve success in the resolution of individual and family difficulties.
Nancy is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the premiere organization insuring social work excellence. She is a Certified School Social Worker, and a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, as well as being a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition of New Jersey.