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Lauren Bardach, MSW, LCSW

Founder of Impact Health,

lauren@impacthealthnj.com

Lauren is the founder of Impact Health, LLC and a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from Drew University and went on to pursue sales and marketing roles to help individuals with diabetes manage their health. After a career move from the medical device world, Lauren re-shifted her focus back to her undergraduate roots of her sociology education and subsequently pursued a masters of social work at Rutgers university. She was trained primarily in inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities assisting clients with a myriad of clinical presentations. This training and experience reinforced her skills of crisis management, practicing empathy, actively listening to her clients and working concurrently to help minimize symptoms through evidence based treatment.

Lauren is very comfortable working with clients who have experienced loss, grief, depression, anxiety, stress, compulsions, body image concerns, relationship issues, and self esteem concerns. She has worked abundantly with women who have experienced life changes, chronic anxiety, difficulties parenting and working, pregnancy loss, motivational concerns, and cultivating self love. She has a significant amount of training in trauma and utilizing meditation, mindfulness and emotional regulation tools to help clients be the best versions of themselves. Ultimately, her goal is to provide active feedback and to help clients reach their goals.

Lastly, Lauren manages and owns the entire Impact Health, LLC practice. Feel free to reach out to her with any concerns or feedback. She prides herself on all feedback being helpful.

Modalities: CBT, DBT, Rogerian, psychodynamic, Trauma focused

Please call for Lauren’s availability: 973-404-0014

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Edward W. Edwards, M. Div., MSW, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor of Impact Health, LLC

edward@impacthealthnj.com

Edward is presently a licensed clinical social worker with a broad range of work experience in mental health counseling. He obtained his first graduate degree, a Master’s of Divinity at the Catholic Theological Union. He went on to obtain a Master’s of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He has worked within diverse environments and populations which has provided him with 20+ years of clinical counseling experience and 25 years of pastoral counseling experience. He has worked for the Gay Mens Crisis Center in NYC and an outpatient mental health facility where he manages and coordinates agency referrals and the placement of individuals within mental health services. Additionally, he has been providing counseling services in a private practice setting for over 17 years.

He considers his style client center and guided by Rogerian theory. He also utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). He has worked with clients aged 17- geriatric from individuals to couples. He has helped clients with motivational concerns, depression, anxiety, job stress, life stress, LGBTQ issues, and interpersonal issues.

Edward has 20+ years of continuing education courses, (over 1000 hours) that guide his practice and keep him current. Additionally, he is a clinical supervisor that has provided training to many Masters of Social Work students and licensed social workers working towards completing their hours for advanced licensure. He is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Presently, he is available for appointments:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Jill D. Worrall, MSW, LSW

jill@impacthealthnj.com

Seeking help can often be overwhelming. This journey, however, is one that should be celebrated and one based on a relationship. The person must be someone willing to walk with you in a way that is trusting and respectful. These are attributes I strive to maintain in my day-to- day life.

Over the past 18 years I have worked in the behavioral health sector. As each person is unique, I take a holistic approach in understanding the individual , as well as understanding areas they identify as their focus. My passion is to help a person go from a life of uncertainty to one that is rooted in the strengths of what they can achieve.

I am a licensed social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  I have experience working with children, youth, adults, and families. Specifically, I have experience with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, stress management, parenting, life transitions, career counseling, and relationships.

Available for appointments:
Monday: 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 3:30pm – 8:30 pm

Medina Colaku, MA, LAC, NCC

medina@impacthealthnj.com

Medina Colaku, MA, LAC, NCC is a holistic therapist that incorporates spirituality, mindfulness, positive psychology and clinical hypnosis into her healing practice. Medina is passionate in helping others discover how to be their best, authentic selves using an integrated approach. At Impact Health, she works with individuals, couples, families, and groups experiencing a variety of life challenges, transitions and mental health difficulties.

Medina is dedicated to empowering people of all ages to learn effective strategies including the mind, body and soul to enhance wellbeing from the inside out. Medina’s approach is to mobilize a client’s strengths and previous successes to address the current life challenges at hand. She does this with a sense of warmth and engagement and connects easily with many different kinds of people.

Inspired by the wisdom of ancient western traditions and modern science, Medina is committed to helping diverse people manage the constant stress, distraction and disconnection of modern life. Medina can help you harness your inner resources of calm, clarity and compassion. No matter what your lifestyle or belief system, Medina can help you develop positive, healthy and sustainable qualities using research-based strategies.

Medina is bilingual in English and Albanian which provides for her an understanding of multicultural aspects of immigration and acculturation in the USA. Medina is a Licensed Associate Counselor, earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Education:

Fairleigh Dickinson University
M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling

University of Hartford
B.A., Psychology, Minor in Sociology

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Counseling Association (ACA)
New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)

Luli (Maria) Passet, MA, NCC

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

luli@impacthealthnj.com

Luli is a national board certified counselor, and holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has worked in different settings with adolescents and adults, including outpatient and intensive/partial hospitalization programs, providing individual and family counseling, as well as facilitating psychoeducational and therapeutic groups.

Her experience includes helping clients with struggles like anxiety, depression, self-esteem, peer and familial relationships, trauma, abuse, loss and grief, bullying, suicidality, self-harming behaviors, and substance use.

An Argentine native, Luli is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has a solid understanding of multicultural aspects of immigration and acculturation in the USA. Luli is genuine, caring, and has a strong ability to establish trust and rapport with clients. By creating a safe and supportive environment, she helps clients learn more about themselves, better understand their thought processes and motivations, and how these impact their feelings, behaviors, and interactions with others. Luli believes in the power of a collaborative counseling relationship, and uses multiple therapeutic approaches, based on each client’s individual needs, to help them identify treatment goals, and develop positive change and healthy coping skills for life.

Luli’s professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society, and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Jaclyn Bennett, MA, LAC, NCC, SAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

jaclyn@impacthealthnj.com

Jaclyn is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. She also has Master’s degree in Special Education from

The College of New Jersey. She has counseling experience working with adolescents and adults in different settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient, co-occurring disorder programs, schools, and correctional facilities. She has experience providing individual counseling, as well as facilitating psychoeducational and therapeutic groups and has worked with clients who struggle with self-esteem, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, bullying, and eating disorders. Jaclyn’s approach to counseling is person-centered and based on building a collaborative relationship with each client through psychodynamic therapy. She also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach coping skills. Jaclyn is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and holds a Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) certification.

Rebecca Pennington, MA, LAC, NCC

Licensed Associate Counselor

rebecca@impacthealthnj.com

Rebecca is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before returning to school to pursue this degree, Rebecca was a corporate attorney practicing law in New Jersey for over thirteen years. When asked why she left a successful law career to become a therapist, Rebecca responds that although she found law to be an intellectually stimulating career, she has never felt as passionate about anything as she does about mental health and counseling. Rebecca is focused on destigmatizing the need for mental health help andbelieves that mental health is as important as physical health.

Rebecca believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is key to allowing a client to feel comfortable enough to engage in a thorough exploration of the issues they are dealing with. By partnering with her clients, she helps them to examine their thoughts, feelings and behaviors to identify areas where cognitive distortions or maladaptive patterns have been affecting their interpersonal relationships. Rebecca feels that every client deserves a therapist who listens to them, does not judge them, and is dedicated to helping them achieve their personalized goals and objectives.

Rebecca is comfortable working with a wide range of clients, including those dealing with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, grief and loss, chronic illness and sexual issues. She has a special interest in supporting clients navigating infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum adjustment. Rebecca did extensive research while in school on the topics of traumatic pregnancy and PTSD caused by pregnancy loss, and plans to pursue further education and training in this area.

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