Footprint was founded as an expression of Hope, Protest, and Respect by its founders, Sarosh Cooper, PhD and Herzel Yerushalmi, PhD, LPC. Footprint's staff and services aspire to offer hope for a more satisfying life, a space to voice protest, and a deep respect for all of us being simply human. This is an experience that diminishes feelings of hurt and fuels empowerment, self-respect and purpose. These principles serve as a compass for us at Footprint.
Sarosh Cooper, PhD
Sarosh Cooper, PhD was born in Union City, NJ and raised in Northern New Jersey. From a young age, he was keenly aware of the emotional difficulties and hurt people were going through. He graduated with his B.A. from George Washington University with a major in psychology. He spent the next year traveling throughout Africa, Asia, and South America before settling in San Francisco to pursue his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. There he immersed himself in working with children, adolescents, and families from the inner cities of Oakland and Richmond, CA. He worked passionately with young people and families most in need. Then, in 2006, he relocated back to the New York Metropolitan Area, and spent the next 10 years at Rutger's University (formerly UMDNJ), as the lead clinician/assistant clinical director of the Adolescent Therapeutic Day School where he served hundreds of children, teenagers and their families. In 2013, Dr. Cooper established a part-time private practice in Jersey City, NJ. He is deeply committed to issues of social justice, the power of relationships, and providing the best care possible to those most in need as a psychologist, husband, son, father, and founding partner of Footprint New Jersey.
Herzel Yerushalmi, PhD, LPC
Herzel Yerushalmi, PhD was born in Tehran, Iran. At age 13, he immigrated to Israel. While there, he completed his undergraduate and master's degrees in history and clinical psychology at Tel-Aviv University. After completing his education there, he worked extensively with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1991, he remarried and immigrated with his new family to the United States. While in Los Angeles, CA, he worked with dually diagnosed teenagers and adults. In 1993, he and his family moved to the New York Metropolitan Area, where he took a clinical position at Rutger's University (formerly UMDNJ). In 1998, Herzel wrote and published his first book, "Psychobiographic Approach to Psychotherapy: A Study of the Power Structure of Psychotherapy." The book was well received and dubbed, "an important classic" and "revolutionary." He spent the next 20 years further developing and expanding his ideas about psychotherapy and its potential for empowerment as a Counselor and Clinical Program Director. He successfully treated hundreds of children, teenagers, and families as well as consulted, supervised, and mentored generations of counselors and therapists as the heart and soul of the Adolescent Therapeutic Day School. Dr. Yerushalmi deeply values issues of social justice and finding creative solutions to life's difficulties as a counselor, artist, writer, father, husband, and founding partner of Footprint New Jersey.
Shlomit Mona Yerushalmi, MSW, LCSW
I was born in Romania. As a young child, I immigrated with my parents to Israel. The uproot and the need to adjust to the new culture stimulated my curiosity and awakened a passion for different cultures. Growing up in Israel also made me aware of issues like social justice, power and oppression. After graduating from high school and traveling for some time I have decided to study social work. I graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BA in social work and a certificate in Dance Movement therapy. Equipped with my young enthusiasm to change the world I started working with people that have experienced severe traumas, the majority being women. In 1992 after remarrying, there was another big change in my life. My husband and me with our 3 children made another immigration to US. Here I completed my MA in Clinical Social Work from Yeshiva University. From then on I continued working with different people with various needs and different presentations. I worked with individual, couples and groups. I supervised students as well as therapists. All these years I couldn’t stop thinking about the multiple transitions I have gone through in life and how they impacted, influenced and enriched me in a way to becoming a better therapist. I am a daughter, mother, grandmother, wife, therapist and above all a human being who cares a lot about the people I meet and the world around me. I am fascinated by the challenges relationships bring to us in a world that promotes hyper-individuality over togetherness and violence over love. The last several years I dedicated much of my energy to the challenges women face in this world. I want to bring my knowledge, my professional and life experience to help women with the issues that are so unique to us.
Gabriela Celeiro, BFA, MSW, LCSW
I was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Medellin, Columbia. I was fortunate enough to have two creative and loving elderly grandparents who exposed me to both the city and mountains of Colombia were I was raised until age nine when I returned to Miami. They exposed me to both the simplicity and complexities of life, person, family and culture. I learned to value joy, creativity, empathy and spontaneity. The desire to live more fully. Over time, I found myself pulled more and more towards my creative and expressive predisposition and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Long Island University, C.W. Post. I discovered the healing power that the arts can have not only on culture but on children. The arts became an avenue for me to work with preteens and teenagers as a teaching artist and counselor in NYC and NJ. I worked with numerous preteens, teenagers, and their families around issues of loneliness, confusion, identity, and sexuality just to name a few. At that point, I made the decision to pursue my Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. While there, I became deeply involved with social justice issues including human trafficking, immigration, and the LGBTQI community. I went on to work as a therapist and program developer to help women and youth survivors of human trafficking in Ghana, Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York and New Jersey. Currently, I conduct monthly statewide trainings for Rutgers University on human trafficking and am an expert trainer for Stockton University and Rutgers University on LGBTQI cultural competency issues. Although, I enjoy training other professionals, my passion lies in my clinical person-to-person work as a therapist at Footprint. I am a passionate, intuitive, creative, and warm therapist who loves to infuse my love for the arts, culture and humor into my work. I am deeply committed and respectful of the children/families, couples, and individuals that I have the privilege to work with.