Our Story

We are a team of professionals working in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem), PA and beyond, with over 30 years of collective experience with helping people. We have worked in education, mental health, and non-profits. We are Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts,Teachers, Pastors, Therapists, Advocates, moms, dads, and simply, human beings who have walked through many different challenges and life experiences. We earnestly believe that the most lasting change happens in collaboration. Education, mental health, and emotional health professionals cannot effectively work in isolation which is why we decided to come together to start ZimZum. We strive to bring you our best and walk with you through hard issues with patience and honesty.

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Zimzum is

a 15th century understanding of collaboration. It describes the spark or energy between two or more collaborating forces when they are able to come together under a unified idea in order to create something new.

We believe this makes all the difference when positive and lasting change is needed. This is why working in teams is so important to us. Parents, teachers, professionals, mentors, and community supports are crucial in achieving change.

 
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Guiding Principles

We strive for transparency. Here are the most important things we believe about serving your needs:

01. person first

Whether working on a need for an individual or team, the people we are working with are human beings first and foremost, deserving our utmost care and respect. We will avoid framing behaviors, emotions, or struggles as "bad" or "wrong." We emphasize appropriate replacement behaviors and what our clients can do as a basis for starting services. We celebrate differences and we encourage everyone involved in the behavior change process to have a voice.

02. research and data

Our approach will always include research-based interventions. The team will make decisions together based on data collection and analysis. The team will always propose and support use of interventions that are feasible and practical for everyday life.

03. confidentiality

We understand your privacy is one of your greatest priorities. Not only are we mandated to keep your records and information 100% confidential at all times, we honor and respect the need for privacy in order to bring about effective change. In order to engage in effective treatment, we want you to feel you and your information is safe at all times.

04. safety

Safety is of the utmost importance for during any and all sessions. It is crucial that the environment in which everyday interventions takes place is safe and promotes health and wellness for our clients. 

Meet our team

ZimZum is the energy between two or more collaborating forces...

 
 

Josi Garcia,

Co-founder

Board Certified

Behavior Analyst

Specialties: Special Education, Language Acquisition programs, Functional Analysis; working with children, adolescents and adults to transform challenging behavior patterns into healthy living.

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Nate Agentis,

Co-founder

Life Guidance &

Business Director

Specialties: Business growth & ethics, Work-Family Life Balance, Leadership, Purpose/Meaning of life

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Bethany Stempert, Education Consultant

Specialties: Reading and literacy, parenting support, IEP consultation; Making special education easier to understand and navigate

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Leah Naylor,

Education Consultant

Specialties: Early Childhood Education, Classroom Environment, Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation

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Jen Davis,

Education Consultant

Specialties: Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Floortime, Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Katie Lennon, Counseling Consultant

Specialties: Crisis Management, Reduction of self-injury, aggression, and depressive thoughts, Managing complex family dynamics; Helping individuals feel heard so they can heal;

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Molly Guest,

Counseling Consultant

Specialties: Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CBT/DBT), Depression & Anxiety treatment with children and adolescents;

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Jim Lowe,

Marriage & Family

Life Consultant

Specialties: Spiritual formation, Church & Community Relationship, Marriage & Family,

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Stephanie Agentis, Administrative Director