Our Story

Hearts & Crafts began in Suffern, NY in 1994, moved to the carriage house in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2004 and is now conveniently located at 330 Broadway in Hillsdale, New Jersey. Laura Hudson, a Board Certified Art Therapist founded Hearts & Crafts with her former partner Charlie Lochner. Terry DeBrule, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker joined Laura shortly after to fulfill a need they felt existed in the community. In 2011, Samantha Tinter, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker also joined the staff. They all have extensive experience helping children, teens, and adults who are living with the kinds of feelings and problems that are associated with stressful life events.

LAURA HUDSON, ART THERAPIST

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Laura Hudson, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT, a Board Certified Art Therapist, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Rutgers College in 1981. She continued her education at College of New Rochelle to earn her Masters in Art Therapy. Laura is a former elementary school and special education teacher. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospice, schools, hospitals, and counseling centers. Using a variety of art therapy techniques, Laura provides individual counseling, group counseling, and facilitates many special events throughout the year.

SAMANTHA TINTER, DIRECTOR/THERAPIST

SamanthaTinter“I get to see first hand, the positive changes that happen when people choose Hearts & Crafts Counseling. To be a part of that change is very rewarding.”

Samantha Tinter, MSW, LCSW – Samantha, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and NJ State teaching license from Ramapo College in 2004. She later went on to Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Work to earn her Masters in Social Work. She also holds a NJ State School Social Worker’s Certificate. Samantha’s experience in public schools has provided her the opportunity to work with children and their families in grades first through eighth with issues ranging from self-esteem concerns, to adjustment disorders to DYFS cases. She also brings to Hearts & Crafts her experience working within state and private agencies where she has provided counseling to adolescents, adults and seniors with issues such as homelessness, teenage pregnancy and grief. Samantha provides individual counseling, group counseling, and facilitates many special events throughout the year.

MADELINE SALERNO, THERAPIST

“Hearts & Crafts is truly a remarkable place. Children and adults walk through the doors so heavy hearted, yet make room for healing in their lives. I am honored to offer assistance through this journey.”

Madeline is a graduate from NYU with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her experiences working in a high school in the student support services office are a real asset to our teen clients at Hearts & Crafts. Madeline has found helping teens during times of distress, trauma and anxiety very rewarding. She works effortlessly to create a safe space for her clients to explore the many issues that they are dealing with.

KAREN CAPONE, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

“I have been a resident of Bergen County for many years and I am excited to be a part of Hearts & Crafts as I truly believe in the mission and work that goes on in this office.”

Karen earned a JD from Seton Hall. She has dedicated her life to her family and community. Karen volunteers her time at Hackensack Hospital in the NICU ward and brings to Hearts & Crafts the empathy and compassion that our clients need, at a time they need it the most.