Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Battiato, NCC, M.S., CDA, CRMT
[email protected]


Holistic psychotherapist, nondenominational pastoral counselor, experienced psychological researcher, and proficient scholarly writer (APA style).


• PhD, Pastoral Counseling (Logotherapy and Spiritual Positivity)
• M.S. (Psychology)
• B.A. (Psychology)
• NCC, National Certified Counselor
• CDA, Certified Chemical Dependency Associate (Certification (NJ #1415)
• CRMT, Certified Reiki Master Teacher
• CERTIFIED-Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals
• Ordained Clergy-Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary
• Experienced with evidence based therapeutic counseling modalities: Logotherapy, Client-Centered, Emotion Focused, Motivational Interviewing, REBT, Brief Solution Focused, Strengths Focused, Multicultural, Mindfulness, Gestalt, Meditation- Reducing Anxiety and Depression reduction, CBT, and Short-term Psychodynamic Therapies.
• 700 hours Counseling Psychology Residency (Walden University 2014)
• Business owner: (2011-Present) Lotus Guidance & Consultations, LLC
• Proficient in graduate level psychological research & writing (Completed Master’s Thesis and Dissertation).
• Published Master’s Thesis and magazine article
• Experience with remote, on-line graduate school learning platforms (Blackboard)
• Experience with high levels of educational research using over 300 types of online library databases
• Business owner since 2011, created advertising, maintains client files
• Proficient in MS Office Suite 2018
• Creates and maintains a professional website www.docmaggie.com and blog (under construction) www.reikibodymindspirit.wordpress.com, currently creating online webinars and courses
• Effective at professional, direct and respectful communication
• Works well remotely and independently with little supervision
• Works well collaborating in a team environment
• Task oriented, detailed, resourceful and investigative


Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary, Gainesville, Florida                    Graduated        September 2018
Pastoral Counseling, PhD
Dissertation Title: Logotherapy and Spiritual Positivity: A Pastoral Counseling Theory

Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota    ABD (all but dissertation)  September 2010-January 2016
Health/Counseling Psychology, PhD 
Major: Health Psychology
GPA: 3.75
Ph.D. Coursework completed (Sept. 2016). Dissertation in progress. Dissertation Title: Delaware’s Opioid Epidemic: Perspectives on Evidence Based Treatments and Blended Holistic Models for Heroin Addiction: A Case Study.
Relevant Ph.D. coursework: Psychology of Personality, Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, Personality Assessment (Rorschach, MMPI-2, PAI, NEO-PI-R, BASC-2, BSI,SCL-90-R, WAIS-IV), Interview & Clinical Observation, Biopsychology, Statistics I & II, Research Methods(Quantitative & Qualitative), Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Assessment, Health Psychology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Assessment and Clinical Residency & Supervision (700 hours).

Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Master of Science                                                                                                        Graduated      August 2008
Major: Psychology & Research
GPA: 3.80
Master’s Thesis Title: Client-Centered Counseling for Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Qualitative Study
Relevant Coursework: Research Design, Statistics I, Thesis I & II, Tests and Measurements, Research Methods, Group Counseling, Psychopathology, Substance Abuse. History & Systems in Counseling Psychology.

Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey                                                  September 2003-January 2007
Major: Counseling Psychology (CACREP) (57 Credits transferred to Walden University)
Relevant coursework: Counseling Practicum, Counseling Theories, Research Methods, Counseling Techniques I & II, Multicultural Counseling, Psychopathology, Statistics.

The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey
Bachelor of Arts                                                                                                            Graduated      August 2001
Major: Psychology Minor: English Literature
GPA: 3.34 GPA in Major: 3.80
Relevant Coursework: Behavioral Statistics, Clinical Psychology, Child Development, Psychology of Personality, Research Methods, Psychopharmacology.


Livengrin Foundation, Bensalem, PA (For Rider University)                                                  September 2006
Addictions Therapist
Individually facilitated group therapy sessions for up to thirty clients per session in this chemical dependency treatment facility. Conducted individual sessions for male and female clients. Worked in the short-term intensive outpatient treatment part of the program. Learned to complete intake assessments, progress notes and treatment plans for clients. Conducted group therapy with groups of up to thirty clients with alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin additions. Learned the importance of 12-step meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and spirituality in the recovery journey. Earned approximately 350 hours of supervised counseling experience.

Drenk Mental Health, Burlington, NJ                                                                                             September 1998
Residential Counselor-Boys Group Home
Maintained client progress notes and records for the teenage boys in this therapeutic group home. Counseled the clients individually and in groups. Supported the clients in processing their childhood trauma issues. Tutored the clients in their academic subjects. Took the clients on field trips


Battiato-Lafontant, M.A. (2016). Journey Back to Me: From Anger to Love. Sybil Magazine. Retrieved from www.sybilmagazine.com

Lafontant, M.A. (2014) Reiki and counseling in mount laurel. Natural Awakenings Magazine: South Jersey. http://www.nasouthjersey.com/SJER/March-2014/Reiki-and-Counseling-in-Mount-Laurel/.


Certified Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals                                                                          April 2020
PESI Wilmington, DE

Certified Reiki Master Teacher                                                                                                                 March 2012
Holistic Passages Burlington, NJ

DSO1 Certification Working with Transgender                                                                                February 2013
and Gender-Nonconforming Students in Schools, Philadelphia, PA
S.L. Colton, Meier, M.A.

Certified Chemical Dependency Associate (#1415)                                                                          October, 2011
The Certification Board, Inc. East Brunswick, NJ

Certified Human Participants Protection for Research                                                              December, 2007
National Cancer Institute Minneapolis, MN

Certificate in Treatment Planning                                                                                                      January, 2007
Family Services Mt. Holly, NJ

Certificate in Medication Counseling & Education                                                                         January, 2007
Family Services Mt. Holly, NJ

Certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Specialist                                                                        January, 2007
Family Services Mt. Holly, NJ

Certified Group Facilitator (Female Sexual Abuse Survivors)                                                      January, 2001
Parents Anonymous Princeton, NJ

National Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Psych. November, 2012
Annual Convention National Harbor, MD

National Association of School Psychologists February, 2012
Annual Convention Philadelphia, PA


Healing Pathways Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC                                               August 2019-Present
Independent Contractor/Intern
Holistic Psychotherapist

• Integrating traditional therapeutic methods (person-centered, logotherapy, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and REBT) interventions with holistic methods (mindfulness, logotherapy, Reiki, meditation, deep breathing and guided imagery).

Delaware Technical Community College June 2018-May 2019
Disabilities Specialist

• Establishes a strong rapport with post-secondary students challenged with psychological, physical and learning disabilities.
• Supports and encourages challenged adult students in the classroom with learning and retaining new material.
• Manages critical new challenges in inspired and effective ways using creative strategies and techniques.
• Timely, effective, supportive in working individually and in a team environment.

Owner-Lotus Guidance and Consultations, LLC, Milford, DE                                                      2011-Present
Holistic Consultant

• Providing Holistic lifestyle advising using a blended approach of traditional consulting techniques and holistic treatments for total Mind, Body & Spirit restoration. Teaching Meditation, Reiki, Guided Imagery or Yoga Therapy in order to promote positive energy flow and release negative energy blocks. All therapies are directed towards clearing chakras and restoring complete homeostasis.
• Holistic driven consultations are provided to individuals and groups experiencing a variety of life stressors.
• Holistic plans are geared to treat mind-body-spirit issues.
• Collaborating with clients in creating strategies and revising them as needed.
• Encourage, advise and promote healthy positive and wellness centered lifestyle changes.
• Providing referrals to outside resources when necessary.
• Holistic advising is not a substitute for licensed mental health/physical providers.

Parents Anonymous, Hamilton, New Jersey 2001-2007
Group Facilitator/Teacher
• Six years of voluntarily facilitating a self-help group for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse (particularly incest), neglect and trauma. Participants were encouraged and supported in finding inner strength and empowerment to move from victim to survivor mode.
• Assisted participants by gently exploring their past traumas, coping with flashbacks of abuse by supporting them in being mindful that they are safe in the “here and now”. Encouraged group support and the concept that they are “not alone”. Taught deep breathing, grounding exercises, and re-framing techniques.
• Taught group participants to express emotions appropriately and safely, such as healthy expressions of anger.
• Created a safe environment and non-judgmental atmosphere, where feelings could be expressed and struggles with past issues as well as current relationship issues were explored.
• Outside referrals were provided when participants needed assistance to heal from other issues such as substance abuse or current domestic violence.

American Psychological Association, Div.2,17,56 (Teaching, Counseling & Trauma) 2006-Present, American Counseling Association, 2005-Present, International Association of Reiki Professionals 2012-Present, National Association of Professional Women 2014-Present