VICENTE LIM, MD
BENJAMIN CHU, MD
Dr. Chu's impressive sholastic record coupled with his extensive training and experience in the field of mental and behavioral health, make him an excellent psychiatrist. Dr. Chu graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and Cum Laude with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the same school. Not long after he was admitted to practice as physician in the Philippines, he came to the US and did his Rotating Intership at Elizabeth General Hospital in New Jersey and completed his residency training program in Psychiatry and Neurology at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens. At South Beach Psychiatric Center, Staten Island, NY, he first worked as a Staff Psychiatrist of the Intensive Care Unit for the acutely violent patients and later on he became the Acting Chief of Service of the Intensive Care Unit and Member of the Psychopharmacology Committee. He was also a Part-time Attending Psychiatrist at the Community Mental Health Clinic at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He joined Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ as a Staff Psychiatrist at the Adult Outpatient Unit and Partial Hospital Program of the Department of Psychiatry. Later on he became the Deputy Chairman/Assistant Director of the Department of the Behavioral Health and Psychiatry. Currently, he is the Acting Chairman and Director of this Department. Dr. Chu also joined the group practice, Psychiatric Services of New Jersey in Westfield and was likewise a Staff Psychiatrist participating in clinical research at the Clinisearch, Inc. Summit, NJ. Presently, he is a senior psychiatrist at CJBH. He is also a certified suboxone psychiatrist and a licensed medical marijuana doctor. He had been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years.
BRUCE SCHWEIGER, MD
Dr. Schweiger graduated with Honors in (A.B.) History from New York University, University College of Arts and Sciences and proceeded to medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, where he got his Medical Degree. His psychiatric training includes: Research externship in Child Psychiatry on REM sleep patterns in infants (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY); Pediatric Internship (New York Medical College, New York, NY); Clinical Fellowship for 3 months in Child Psychiatry (New York University Medical School under Dr. Stella Chess, Chief of Child Psychiatry); Residency in Psychiatry (Downstate Medical School, Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY); Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, (Downstate Medical School, Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY); Training in Psychoanalysis (Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Famington Hills, Michigan). He was a Child Psychiatrist at the United States Army, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Child Psychiatrist Consultant to Louisville Community Mental Health; Psychiatric Director of Adolescent Inpatient Unit (York Wood Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan); Acting Director of York Woods Center; Medical Director of the Institute of Psychology (Ann Harbor, Michigan); Private Practice in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis; Medical Director of Psychiatry (Clara Maas Medical Center, Belleville, NJ); Consulting Psychiatrist (Carrier Outpatient Clinic, Paramus, NJ); Supervising Psychoanalyst, Contemporary Center for Psychoanalysis, Farleigh Dickinson University, NJ; Psychiatrist in Charge of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatient Programs (Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, NJ); Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit (Newark Beth Israel Medical Center); Psychiatric Director, Adolescent Residential Treatment Program (Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ); At CJBH, he is one of our Psychiatrists (Child, Adolescent and Adult). He was also an Instructor in Psychiary at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was also a Supervisor of Psychiatry Residents; Supervising Psychoanalyst Contemporary Center for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis at the Farleigh Dickinson University; and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweiger has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years.
ANWAR GHALI, MD
VICTORIA CAYETANO, MD
ROLANDO Y. HONG, MD
CAROLINE FARRALES, MD
MARY McANDREW, RN, APN, C
Mary McAndrew is our psychiatric Advance Practice Nurse with prescriptive privileges. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (Seton Hall University) and Masters Degree in Nursing (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) with post graduate courses from New School of Social Research, (NY) and Jersey City State College (NJ). Her extensive work experience includes working as JCAHO Coordinator, Hospital Administrator, Member of the McKinsey Team, Director of Nursing, Associate Director of Nursing and Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing. Among her professional activities were Volunteer work at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Care Center for AIDS; Vice President of Edison Family Association in Middlesex County; and Member of the Board of Directors/New Jersey Nurses Association. She is licensed with the NJ Board of Nursing and Certified as Clinical Nurse Specialist with prescriptive privilege. Her publications include: Varcarolis, RNMA, Elizabeth. Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Ch.24 "People Who Depend on Substances Other than Alcohol" pp 662-703, WB Saunders, 2nd Ed. 1994 1st Ed. 1990; Lego, Suzanne, RNPhD, American Handbook of Psychiatric Nursing. 1989. (Reviewer)
RISA GOLDSTEIN, Psy D
Ms. Nirala Bard, LPC, LCADC, ICADC, ACS,BCPC,DAPA,FAPA is a clinical psychotherapist with more than 19 years of experience in providing mental health services to adults, children and families. A champion for the rights of those with mental illness,
Ms. Nirala Bard has also served as the Director of New Jersey Mental Health Services for a few non - profit organizations, Hospital settings – ER, DETOX, Inpatient, IOP, outpatient services and has also worked with the Superior Courts of NJ advocating for the needs of children, adolescents young adults and families in crisis.
Ms. Bard received her MA in Counselor Education from Siena Heights University. She has the distinction of being recognized for delivering exemplary mental health services by the Bergen County Executive, Mayor Wayne Smith of Irvington, and former Governor of NJ Richard J. Codey.
The main psychotherapeutic models I use are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and systemic therapy. I have particular interests in working with clients with eating disorders, or who deliberately self-harm, or who experience recurrent depression and anxiety. I specialize in treating people with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, sexuality and gender concerns, substance abuse and addiction. In addition to my direct patient care, I offer consultation and case management advice and clinical supervision to colleagues with LAC.
JONATHAN STEPANSKY, LPC
NJ Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Master of Arts, Counseling
(Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ)
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (Susquehanna Selinsgrove, PA)
"As a client-centered psychotherapist, I emphasize the healing ability of the
individual and believe we are all capable of gaining the kind of insight that
can propel us forward in meeting our own unique goals. I employ a psychodynamic
and humanistic approach to assist the client in this understanding and process."
Mr. Stepansky's work experience includes the following: Case Manager at The Kintock Group in Newark, NJ where he managed a large caseload of incarcerated males with addiction and behavioral issues; Community Integration Counselor at Advance Housing, Inc. where he provided in-home counseling and monitored medication adherence by consumers in home setting, etc. Currently, he works as a Clinician at SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. in Clifton, NJ, a Therapist with Nutley Family Service Bureau, Inc. and a per diem Inpatient Clinician at Mountainside Hospital. At Central Jersey Behavioral Health, Mr. Stepansky provides psychotherapy counseling to children, adults and couples.
CHRISTINE SCALLY, LCSW
Accreditation: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education: Masters in Social Work (Rutgers University) - Perfect Academic Record; Masters in Social Work Internships (Elizabeth General Medical Center)
Awards Received: Mental Health Practitioner of the Year(1998) - Community Access Unlimited; Mental Health Practitioner of the Year (1992) - The New Jersey Association for the Advancement of the Mentally Ill.
Ms. Scally has an extensive work experience as Staff Social Worker, Case Management Program Coordinator, Managed Care Specialist (Trinitas Hospital/Elizabeth), and Social Worker Assistant (Elizabeth General Medical Center).
MELISSA MANENTE - COLE, LPC
Accreditation: Licensed Professinal Counselor (New Jersey)
Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Peter's College (Jersey City) with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and completed her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY). Her work experience includes: Outpatient Clinician (SERV/Clifton Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.; Adjunct Professor (St. Peter's College); Residential Clinician/Supervisor (SERV Centers of NJ, Inc.); "In my practice, my goal is to help each of my clients meet their personal goals by using a combination of an insight oriented, rational approach to daily life. I help my clients understand their own irrationality and bring them to the forefront of treatment. I work with each client in helping them gain control over their lives, as well as their feelings and behavior." - M. Manente - Cole, LPC
LUCIE SKIDANOW, LCSW
Accreditation: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lucie Skidanow is a highly skilled bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Psychotherapist with extensive experience with individual, group and family therapy with children, adolescents and adults. She is a Specialist in issues dealing with cultural diversity and is a certified and experienced Clinical and Graduate School Supervisor. She likewise has experience in treating substance abuse and MICA clients. She graduated with honors, Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She completed her Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers Univiersity and she is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and the Social Science National Society.
ROY HIRSCHFELD, MA, EDS
"I specialize in Marriage and Family therapy, depression resolution, techniques for reduction in anxiety and work very well with children of all ages and teens. I also have a strong background in children with special needs and autism. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and have an excellect success rate in helping clients create effective changes in their lives." - R. Hirschfeld, MA, EDS
NJ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
NJ Licensed Professional Counselor
NJ Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor
NJ Licensed School Guidance CounselorRoy Hirschfeld obtained his Master of Arts from Montclair University (Montclair, NJ) with Specialization in Guidance and Counseling and Education Specialist Degree from Seton University (So. Orange, NJ) with Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. He also completed his Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State College (Montclair, NJ) with Specialization in Teacher Education. His extensive work experience includes Marriage, Family and Child Therapist (CJBH); Psychology and Sociology Adjunct Instructor (Montlclair State University, NJ); Medical and Vocational Specialist (Crawford Healthcare Management Services/Intracrop Corp); Family Therapist (Behavioral Dynamics Associates, Inc.); Elementary Guidance Counselor (Chester Public Schools); Social Work Supervisor (State of NJ,Div. of Developmental Disabilities); Mayor and Township Council Person (Springfield, NJ). Publication: Healthy Loving "A Practical Guide to An Effective Relationship", Roy Allan Hirschfeld. BDA Inc. and Book Masters Inc. 2000
Roy is a member of the KAPPA DELTA PI Honor Society, a recepient of Outstanding Young Men of America Award (1987) and a former Mayor of the Township of Springfield, New Jersey.
GISELA CIAMPI, LCSW
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
NJ ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION (P.I.)
CERTIFIED SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTOR
RED CROSS CERTIFIED PARENTING INSTRUCTOR
EXTENSIVE EDUCATION IN TRAUMA COUNSELING
GISELA CIAMPI graduated from Kean College (NJ) with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1981. She completed her masteral education in social work at Rutgers University (NJ) in 1986. She has vast experience in psychotherapy treatment and counseling of individuals, couples and families. Her practice focus is in PTSD, adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family and other relationship conflicts, grief, and sexual identity. Her professional experience includes: Psychiatric Social Worker/Coordinator at East Orange General Hospital, Outpatient Mental Health Center; Research Assistant at Rutgers University Center for Training in Child Welfare and Law; Graduate Social Work Intern at the Catholic Charities Outpatient Mental Health Center; Mental Health Clinician and subsequently, as Supervising Mental Health Clinician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Outpatient Mental Health-Addiction Recovery Services; Part time Mental Health Clinician at the Outpatient Mental Health-Brief Treatment Services of the same institution; Clinical Social Worker at BBCS Counseling Services (Freehold, NJ).
KEITH LEWKOWITZ, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Professional Counselor Examiners Committee, Newark, NJ Post Master's Licensed Professional Counselor Program
Kean University, Union, NJ
Master of Arts CounselingNew Jersey City University, Jersey City
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ
Keith works as an outpatient counselor providing comprehesive treatment for all populations with a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders. He conducts intake assessment, formulate treatment plans, and incorporate a variety of treatment modalities in both individual and family settings. Keith also works as a Mental Health Outpatient Clinician at the SERV Behavioral Health Systems of NJ and Special Education Inclusion Teacher at Kearny Board of Education, Kearny, NJ. Earlier on he also worked as a Residential Counselor at SERV and did his Outpatient Clinician Internship at Christ Hospital.