Meet the Therapists
Lauren Bardach, MSW, LCSW
CEO and Clinical Social Worker Supervisor of Impact Health LLC
Lauren is the founder of Impact Health Counseling, 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 Counseling, 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
Edward W. Edwards, M. Div., MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Practice and Supervision
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
Jill D. Worrall, MSW, LSW
Senior Assistant Director of Clinical Practice
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 – Thursday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jaclyn Bennett, MA, LPC, NCC, SAC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Senior Staff Therapist
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.
Hannah Ahlers, MA, LPC
Assistant Director of Clinical Practice
Hannah is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. She has experience working in various settings in which she has provided crisis intervention and individual and group counseling to children, adults and elders. Working in diverse settings has helped shape her skill set to help clients overcome grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues and healing from trauma. Hannah’s approach to counseling is person centered, acknowledging that each person can personally growth and change. She also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to provide healthy coping strategies. Hannah provides a safe environment, so you feel heard, validated and work to achieve your goals, improve your quality of life and build confidence.
Jenn Panetta, MA, LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
Jenn is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Centenary University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. She also holds a New Jersey School Counseling certification. She has counseling experience in various settings such as outpatient, schools, and residential facilities. From working as the residential counselor at a boarding school for students with learning differences and social-emotional issues, Jenn has helped individuals facing anxiety, trauma, depression, grief, loss of loved ones, and anger management. She has provided individualized and group counseling, along with crisis management and deescalation to teens and adults. Jenn believes that unconditional positive regard, confidence-building, and providing a safe space for individuals to feel heard without judgement or bias is imperative as a therapist. Her approach to counseling is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered, goal-setting strategies, and active listening.
Tara Reyes, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Prior, she received her bachelor of social work from Ramapo College. Tara is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has been providing counseling services for over 10 years Tara has experience working with children, teens, adults and families. Specifically with individuals struggling with grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other stressors that affect all of us at some time in our lives.
As a counselor Tara is open, encouraging and direct. Combining experience, education, and a sense of humor with a down to earth and realistic approach. She pulls from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. Some modalities include mindfulness, client-centered, solutions focused, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. She strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental and calming environment for all clients.
Ciara Bello, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ciara Bello is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey. She is an alumni of Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. Ciara has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and parents in a variety of settings ranging from partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient, outpatient, and therapeutic supervised visitation. She utilizes a person-centered approach with her clients in which the therapeutic relationship is the driving force in helping to navigate issues involving behavior modification, depression, anxiety, grief, and parenting.
Emily Portela, MA, NCC, LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
Emily is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), and a national certified counselor (NCC) in the state of NJ. Emily received her Master’s degree from Caldwell University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at West Chester University. Emily has worked in a variety of settings such as inpatient hospitalization, partial-hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. She has worked with clients of all ages that range from youth children, adolescents, and adults, and has worked individually, as well in various group settings.
In order to move toward change, Emily provides a warm and empathetic environment for clients of all ages to explore their current difficulties. In addition to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment, Emily’s goal is to create a positive therapeutic alliance that will increase your motivation to strive for growth, and overall positive well-being. Emily understands that seeking out therapy is a personal choice, so utilizing person centered counseling is a way for her to build that therapeutic rapport. Emily’s counseling approaches also include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and strength-based therapy.
Danielle Castellano Ray, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Danielle Castellano Ray is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. Danielle received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Caldwell University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University.
She has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. Utilizing her extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), she has helped countless clients learn life changing skills to master their anxiety, depression, impulse control issues, unhealthy coping skills, interpersonal issues, and emotion dysregulation.
In sessions, Danielle utilizes her empathetic nature and sense of humor to teach DBT skills. She has a natural way of building therapeutic relationships by creating a safe and validating space for her clients to take the next step toward acceptance and change.
Julie Van Ness, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
I have been working in mental health and the medical field for over 21 years. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in psychology, then obtained my bachelor’s degree in nursing, and most recently my master’s degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The first part of my career I worked as a psychiatric screener in the ER and then transitioned to a trauma/ER nurse for over 10 years. I bring together a complete picture of both medical and mental health care as I believe people need to be cared for as a whole being. I have treated the lifespan while specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults. My focus is on substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and intimate partner violence.
Julie Van Ness, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner of Angels Eleven LLC works collaboratively with Impact Health Counseling’s clients in providing medication and mental health services. Please contact Julie for her availability.