. Denise Lang-Grant, Ed.S., LPC
Managing Partner, Psychotherapist/Author
Denise Lang-Grant is a board-certified and licensed therapist specializing in trauma and crisis, and author of ten non-fiction books on health, family relationships, and true crime, including A Call for Justice, The Dark Son, Coping With Lyme Disease, and How To Stop Your Relatives from Driving You Crazy! Former Director of Atlantic Health’s Morris CARES, the rape crisis center for Morris County, and an adjunct Professor for Seton Hall University’s master’s in counseling program, she is trained in EMDR and contributed four sections to the ground-breaking Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. She is also the co-author of the newly released “No More Secrets: A Therapist’s Guide to Group Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence."
Because of Denise’s expertise in trauma and PTSD, she has presented numerous workshops throughout the country for such entities as The American Counseling Association, The Association for Specialists in Group Work, Bryant University, Western Connecticut University, Picatinny Arsenal, the annual Weekend of Hope for Cancer Survivors in Stowe, Vt., Somerset Medical Center, and The Morris County Traumatic Loss Coalition, among others. Most recently, she was appointed by the national Office for Victims of Crime to represent New Jersey as the consultant for those first responders and communities that want to improve their response to veterans who are survivors of sexual violence.
A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communications, Denise is a career-changer who won awards from the Florida Press Association and the New Jersey Press Association for investigative reporting, before turning to television production where she served as a producer on nationally syndicated shows ranging from Fox's A Current Affair, and CBS's Day and Date, to CNBC' Watch & Make Money starring Alex Trebek, Columbia Tri-Star's Shipmates, Judge Mills Lane, and Ambush Makeover among others. She earned a master's degree in counseling at Seton Hall University, and an educational specialty degree in mental health. She was certified by the Step Family Foundation as a coach and earned a certified dispute mediator designation.
A Lyme-literate psychotherapist and member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), Denise has private practice offices in both Morris and Somerset County and has been seen on Oprah, the CBS Early Show, and Geraldo, to name a few.
"I practice from a strengths perspective, which means that I belive that every person, family and community has innate strengths that have allowed them to survive. In my practice, I focus on not only what my client wants to change, but on the strengths that will allow that change to occur and help them reach their goal of emotional well-being."
Emily K. Ryzuk, M.A., LPC
Emily K. Ryzuk is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in trauma, sexuality and infertility issues. She is a member of the National Mental Health Counselor’s Association, the American Counselor’s Association, the New Jersey Counselor’s Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She also works with sexual assault survivors at Atlantic Health’s Morris CARES, the rape crisis center for Morris County.
Having changed careers from a successful career in corporate marketing, Emily brings with her an understanding of the corporate environment and all the pressures that come with a career in a high-powered industry. Emily obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from Drew University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling and her Education Specialist’s degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University.
Emily also has a vast background in the performing arts. In addition to being a performer in multiple disciplines, she has served on the Board of Directors at the Barn Theater and as the President of the New Jersey Ballet Guild. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board for Nova Initio, a creative arts organization. Emily’s passion for the arts helps her understand and work naturally with artists as well.
"I am psychodynamically oriented. However, I believe that every person is different and that not every approach is right for every person. Therefore, I tailor my counseling to fit the individual style. For some people, Cognitive work is ideal, for others, a more holistic, spiritual approach will work best."
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Irene Sawka, MA, LCADC
Irene Sawka is a licensed therapist who specializes in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. With 15 years of experience in counseling those with substance abuse and drug addictions, she works with both males and females ages 18 to 70. The lead clinician in the chemical dependency department at Atlantic Health since 2000, she has vast experience in working with both inpatient and outpatient clients and helping them to lead and maintain a sober lifestyle.
Irene obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education at William Paterson University. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling and Specialist degree in Addictions from Montclair University. Irene stays at the forefront of cutting edge therapies in the addictions field through continual professional development at specialized cofnerences and workshops throughout the northeast.
A career-changer who spent years in an executive position in the corporate world, Irene brings with her a deep understanding of the corporate environment and the pressures that impact those in fast-paced and high-powered industries. Some of the issues that she addresses with clients include the physical and emotional consequences of addiction, symptom identification, the basic elements of recovery and meeting the challenges of recovery.
Email Irene directly at: IreneSawkaLCADC@gmail.com.
Shelli Carter, Ed.S, LPC, RN, CDE
Shelli Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetic Educator. She specializes in the care of those living with diabetes and other chronic illness, as well as in trauma, sexual assault, women’s health, adolescent issues, and infertility.
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Heather Lynch, Ed.S., LAC
Heather Lynch is a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a gender equality and sexual assault prevention educator. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and the negative consequences related to gender stereotyping and discrimination. In addition to working with survivors of sexual assault at the Morris Family Justice Center, she also trains, supervises and coordinates the New Jersey Confidential Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy team for Morris CARES of Morris County.
Heather earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Centenary University and her Master of Arts in counseling as well as Education Specialist in professional counseling from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, co-chairs the Morris Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual Assault, is a member of the Morris County Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Board, and provides consultation for additional multidisciplinary teams.
As a professional, who is truly passionate about the holistic wellness of the individual and society as a whole, Heather strives to empower clients using a strength-based and client-centered approach to counseling. Through exploring the events that have created barriers to progress and working to establish goals for change, clients become better able to overcome challenges and live more fulfilled and happy lives. In a day and age where society is bombarded with clips of terror and hate crimes, inundated with aggressive and discriminatory social media messages, and riddled with events that cause depression and anxiety, Heather’s priority is to provide therapy in a safe and nonjudgmental environment where individuals can experience mental wellness.
Email Heather directly at: Hlynch.email@example.com