Over the past 18 years, Kobie has served as a successful program director, clinical therapist, management supervisor, and executive consultant in the behavioral healthcare industry in New Jersey.
Purpose-driven and passionate about helping people and organizations maximize their potential, Kobie has provided effective leadership in the areas of executive management and program development for several non-profit and for-profit mental health organizations that specialize in substance-abuse counseling, IOP/OP services, crisis management, residential treatment, comprehensive social services, women’s behavioral health, youth counseling, and group counseling services.
Besides his clinical training and diverse experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Kobie enjoys using his law degree and his MBA to lead organizational management and program development functions within the mental health sector. A ‘motivational coach’ at heart, Kobie also enjoys using holistic approaches for staff development and supervision; and cherishes the opportunity to clinically serve persons from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels.
His ultimate goal for the Better Life Recovery & Wellness Center is for it become an industry leader in the behavioral healthcare sector and widely respected for its compassion, competence, and commitment to serving person with substance-abuse issues and mental health challenges.
Kobie is happily married to his wife Melissa, a successful bilingual high school teacher, youth enrichment program leader, and women’s mentor in New Jersey.
Sharon is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and National Certified Counselor with over ten years’ experience in a variety of treatment environments including detoxification, residential, halfway house and intensive outpatient treatment. Sharon earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Kean University where she is currently an adjunct professor in their Counselor Education Department.
Sharon employs a person-centered counseling approach utilizing evidenced-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Mindfulness Based Interventions rooted in cultural competency in order to ensure the best possible care.
Sharon brings outstanding experience, clinical acumen, and an authentic enthusiasm and passion for supervision, holistic social services, and substance abuse counseling to BLR.
Kristen Lima is our Admissions / Client Care Coordinator and joins BLR with almost a
decade of experience serving in various capacities from Client Care Coordinator to Program
Director in substance use treatment and behavioral health.
Driven by a core belief that every person entering recovery should be treated with the
utmost dignity, Kristen is passionate about providing exceptional, individualized care and
holistic substance use treatment to each person from the moment they walk through the
door until the moment they complete treatment. She utilizes a client-centered, trauma
informed approach while working with each individual from the beginning to the end of the
Kristen is a graduate of Montclair State University with a B.A. in Psychology, holds
certifications in Crisis Intervention Training and Nurtured Heart Training, is currently a
CADC intern, and is in the process of obtaining her Master's Degree in Counseling at
Better Life Recovery & Wellness has partnered with TRUETOX™, a leading clinical laboratory, to provide all urine drug screens and analysis for our clients. TRUETOX™ Labs provides the highest quality of service to clinicians and clients by providing continuous education and latest laboratory techniques keeping offices updated on various medication monitoring programs. TRUETOX™ will always provide the clinicians and clients with competent and reliable clinical laboratory results. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of compliance and ethics possible.”