Meet the Therapists
Lauren Bardach, MSW, LCSW
Founder of Impact Health,
Lauren is a graduate of Drew University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers University. Lauren has experience in working in mental health both in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and an outpatient mental health clinic. She has worked with clients aged 17-75 years old and often uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral therapy) to reduce clients’ symptoms and help provide tools to reduce any presenting concern. She believes strongly in practicing evidence-based therapy that will reduce symptomology. Lauren’s strength is researching and finding an optimal solution to a client’s problem.
Prior to her clinical career, Lauren worked in medical device sales and marketing for both the diabetes markets and dental markets. She believes that this work provided her a foundation for fostering strong relationships and providing reliable, consistent customer service skills. Her approach to therapy is empathetic, motivational, and goal-oriented. She works concurrently with her clients to help them improve their lives and reach their goals.
Lauren is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Eating Disorders Association.
Please call for Lauren’s availability.
Edward W. Edwards, M. Div., MSW, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor of Impact Health, LLC
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 17 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 17 years of continuing education courses, (over 700 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
Amanda F. Arroyo, MPA, MSW, LSW
Amanda is a graduate from The Bloustein School at Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health, a Master of Public Administration in Health Services from Kean University and a Master in Social Work from Rutgers University. Amanda began her career nearly 20 years ago working on the state level, advancing and advocating for the health and wellbeing of New Jersey residents. The last decade, Amanda has had a successful career in the corporate world. Amanda has experience working with a diverse population and person’s across the lifespan. Specializing in individual, family and couples counseling, Amanda strongly believes in empowering clients with the goal of living their full life potential. Amanda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.
Please call for Amanda’s availability.
Rakky Isaac MSW, LCSW
I have a Master’s degree in Social Work which I obtained in 1996. Additionally, I am licensed in clinical social work in the state of New Jersey. I believe in ongoing training and education in order to keep informed of current research, theory and techniques that can guide me to ensure quality service to my clients.
I’ve spent my entire career working with the mentally ill in a psychiatric hospital setting. I’ve worked with adults, youth, children and their families, assisting them to gain insight into their problems and improve their coping skills. This has been a rewarding experience for me over the years. Together we can work towards a solution that will give you insight and relief.
Even though our lives seem to be in constant motion, very little of that motion actually moves us forward. We cling to beliefs that may no longer serve us. We all need to explore those issues that have an impact on our mental health and daily functioning. I believe that in a supportive confidential environment, all individuals can be empowered to see through their difficulties. I will encourage you to visualize your ideal life and then work towards that vision.
I also have experience working with individuals with depression, generalized anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, grief, trauma, people seeking personal growth, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, low self-esteem. My therapeutic approach is based in values of collaboration, mutual respect and compassion. However, I draw influences from a variety of theoretical models such as family systems, psychodynamics, cognitive behavioral, play therapy etc.
Specialties: Anxiety, depression, family conflicts, adjustment issues, coping skills, ADHD, behavioral issues, Divorce, Emotional disturbances, grief, parenting, peer relationships, self esteem, relational issues
Treatment: CBT, DBT, emotionally focused, family/marital, interpersonal, motivational interviewing, psychodynamics, solution focused brief (SFBT), Trauma focused.
Languages: English, Hindu, Malayalam
Jill D. Worrall, MSW, LSW
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 15 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
Michele Grippaldi, MA, LAC
Michele Grippaldi is currently an LAC (Licensed Associate Counselor) a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Education and a Master’s of Counseling in Community Counseling. She also holds a certification in divorce mediation to lessen the stress and financial burden on couples that wish to avoid traditional forms of litigation.
Michele has experience working in outpatient mental health clinics that have provided support to individuals both with and without substance abuse issues. She has worked with people of all ages dealing with the stress and anxieties of life transitions. A majority of her work has been with supporting families and individuals through the advance care planning process at end of life. She considers her style to be client centered and often uses Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to reduce client’s symptoms and to help the client find motivational to make changes in his/her life.
Prior to her clinical career, Michele worked in drug and alcohol prevention for the New Jersey Prevention Network, a state/county based network that worked to educate school aged children on the risks/dangers of alcohol, tobacco and drug use.