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Jesse Brady, M.A., LAC

Jesse Brady, M.A., LAC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: info@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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There can be a lot on our plate that makes us feel stressed, sometimes even finding a therapist feels overwhelming! I work with adults who have difficulty managing those overwhelming emotions, as well as those who have difficulty coping with anxiety, depression, and communicating with others. I have experience working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community.

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Rachel Calabrese, MA, LAC, NCC

Rachel Calabrese, MA, LAC, NCC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: rachel@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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As humans we have a basic need to feel heard and validated, and it is this belief that guides my work as a therapist. I aim to provide a calming space that allows individuals to gain insight, increase self-awareness, find solutions to problems, and make positive changes to live a fuller life.

I have experience working as a counselor in both academic and therapeutic settings with adolescents through adults.

I am also a certified yoga instructor and apply mindfulness and breath awareness to treatment where appropriate when the client and myself see fit.

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Jessica Carvalheira, MA, LAC

Jessica Carvalheira, MA, LAC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: Jessica@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I believe that creating a safe and non-judgmental space is key to promoting change. I view therapy as a collaborative process and strive to help my clients heal and grow in their lives and relationships.

I have experience providing individual and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in therapeutic settings and in homes. My specialties include anxiety, depression, school-related issues, social coaching, life transitions, and working with the LGBTQ+ community.

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As an Advanced Practice Nurse, I am passionate about providing excellence in individualized healthcare to all of my patients. I have over 21 years of experience as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner seeing patients who range from Pediatrics to Geriatrics.

I love working with my patients to help them meet and/or exceed their personal healthcare goals. I truly believe that all healthcare is a sacred partnership between the patient and the provider.

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Loren Galese, M.Ed., LPC

Loren Galese, M.Ed., LPC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: loren@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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My specialty areas include anxiety, family conflict, intimate relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, LGBTQ+, self-esteem and depression.

I am certified by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I believe everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their lives with encouragement, positive regard and by building effective lines of communication.

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I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, a Licensed School Counselor, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. I specialize in the treatment of adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, body image issues, difficulties regulating emotions, school problems, social/emotional difficulties, life transitions, and other personal life challenges.

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Kara James, MS, LAC, NCC

Kara James, MS, LAC, NCC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: kara@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment. I am passionate about assisting and collaborating with my clients in clarifying their goals, and path through self-exploration. As a therapist, I aim to be warm, open, encouraging, and direct.

I have been working with children and families for the past 12 years. I have had the pleasure to work in, academic, therapeutic, and in-home settings.

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Charlene Juengling, MA, Ed.S., LAC

Charlene Juengling, MA, Ed.S., LAC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: charlene@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I have experience providing individual and school counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults in therapeutic and academic settings. I have an integrative approach to therapy and tailor it to best serve each individual personally.

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Chelsea Keough, M.A., LAC

Chelsea Keough, M.Ed., LAC, NCC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: chelsea@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I am passionate about developing a strong working alliance with my clients to face difficulties, use healthy coping skills, and become the best versions of themselves. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for my client. Everyone should feel that they have a place where they can express themselves freely and be heard and validated in their feelings and beliefs. As a therapist, I work to develop a compassionate rapport and interaction with my clients that fosters positive growth and development.

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Lara Librie, MA, LPC, NCC

Lara Librie, MA, LPC, NCC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: Lara@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I believe that every individual has the ability to create positive change in their life, and I aim to provide a safe and supportive space to help them along the way.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, teens and young adults in both academic and therapeutic settings. My goal as a therapist is to provide a supportive listening ear to individuals as they discover the tools within themselves to deal with many of life’s challenges, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, traumatic events, and other life stressors.

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Allie Loeb, MSW, LSW

Allie Loeb, MSW, LCSW

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: allie@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I believe that all people deserve a space to be seen and heard, and by creating that space for my clients I can support them in making positive changes in their lives. As a therapist, I aim to be warm, compassionate, patient, and creative.

I have experience providing therapeutic services with children and adults in a variety of settings, including schools and homes. My specialty areas include play therapy, trauma, ADHD, and social and behavioral challenges.

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Colleen Manley, MA, LAC, NCC

Colleen Manley, M.Ed., LAC, NCC

Tel: (201) 661-8070

Email: colleen@wellnesscounselingbc.com

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I am a Licensed Associate Counselor, Licensed School Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I believe that every individual deserves to have a space where they feel supported, understood and safe.

My goal is to provide a nurturing environment where my clients can self reflect, address underlying issues that may be negatively impacting their lives and improve their overall wellbeing. I have a wide variety of experiences working with children, adolescents, teens and young adults both in both therapeutic and academic settings. Each client is unique therefore I come from an eclectic approach based on their individual needs to ensure that I am providing optimal care.

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Taylor Pini, MA, LAC

Taylor Pini, MA, LAC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: taylor@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment for my clients to explore all parts of their identities and experiences, even the ones that tend to not be so obvious or we are fearful of acknowledging. I enjoy helping my client’s explore their past and present relational experiences, as well as the impact their current thoughts have on their emotions and behaviors. My goal is to help my client’s grow and feel empowered to improve their overall quality of life.

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in various mental health settings. My specialties include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflict, life transitions, mood disorders, and general life stressors.

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Jennifer Politis, PhD, LPC

Jennifer Politis, PhD, LPC

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: drjen@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I am the Founder and Clinical Director of Wellness Counseling of Bergen County. I have my doctorate in Educational Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. I provide clinical supervision and mentorship to other professionals as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).

I started my career in the school system working in K-12 schools and colleges. I transitioned to private practice in 2011 focusing on helping families (children, adolescents and adults) deal with anxiety and depression accompanying everyday life.

My mission has always stemmed from being an adolescent and suffering depression and not having the right professional to turn to. I became a psychologist to help young people find someone they can relate to.

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Jennifer Cruz

Tel: (201) 661-8070
Email: jen@wellnesscounselingbc.com
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I have been working in the medical field for the last 11 years (8 years in neurology and 3 in psychiatry). I work closely with all patients to schedule appointments, prepare intake forms and verify insurance benefits. If there is an insurance or billing issue I am here to help! I work closely as a liaison between the therapists and patients to facilitate patient care. I love cooking, baking, singing and remodeling houses. I live in Bergen County with my husband and son.

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If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

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