Carol A. Johnson, LCSW, EMDR Trained Therapist
Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the fields of Geriatrics, Healthcare and Mental Health. She was educated at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and received a B.A. in Psychology and an MSW. In her Master’s Program, she majored in Healthcare and minored in Alcohol Studies. She has been with Wayne Behavioral Service for 8 years and sees a varied clientele. Using a combination of psychodynamic theory, cognitive/behavioral models and mindfulness therapies, Carol works with many clients experiencing Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders and Bipolar Disorder. Carol also works with individuals on work-related issues and with couples on marital issues. In addition to her practice, Carol is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) and the NJ Society of Clinical Social Workers (NJSCSW).
Laura Cohen, LCSW
Laura Cohen has been with Wayne Behavioral Service since 2001. She graduated from Columbia University with her MSW in 1993 and has been licensed to practice since 1998.
Prior to Wayne Behavioral Service, she held positions as a Social Worker at Chilton Memorial Hospital and at the VNA of Central New Jersey Hospice. She also has experience working with traumatic brain injured patients, adolescents in crisis and in conducting grief, couples and family counseling.
Dr. Joyce Graham, LPC
Dr. Graham has over 10 years of experience working with adults 20-60+ years of age experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependency, marital issues, grief, loss, sexual dysfunction, relationship issues, work issues, the management of physical illness, or life changes such as retirement or divorce issues.
Service to my clients and patients is always geared towards an elevated level of wellness and the management of presenting difficulties which prevent higher functioning. These methods are practical and hands on, interactive and depend on the clients willingness and desire to improve and change their individual outcomes. They ulitize a treatment plan which is determined upon intake and leaves the client with intervention exercises provided during each visit. Coordination of services is provided whether with our on site psychiatrists for medication management or your medical health care providers.
Amal Elrafei, LPC
Amal Elrafei is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She holds a Master degree in Clinical Counseling from William Paterson University. As a therapist, providing a supportive and safe space for the process of healing is of the utmost importance to her. She serves adults and adolescents who may be be struggling with mood and/or personality disorders. Those include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders including PTSD, substance use, grief and loss, self-growth, relationships and interpersonal stressors and domestic violence.
Her approach to counseling is client-centered and is based in existential therapy. She also uses cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic skills as well as dialectical behavior therapy including mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Her goal is to provide clients with a personalized approach, a safe and supportive space, that is free of judgement.
Amal enjoys reading, traveling, tennis and basketball and is a mother to three children.
Jaemma Javanes-Pisani, LPC
You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.-Brené Brown.”
I am passionate about helping people break through and identify patterns that cover up their truest potential. Often times people find themselves stuck, struggling with anxiety, depression, unfulfilled relationships and self-destructive behaviors. These struggles can affect not only your home and work life but it can affect all social interactions in the world. In a non-judgmental compassionate space, we’ll work together to transform those issues that keep you stuck and help rediscover your passions and joy for life.
I have an array of experience ranging from school, residential, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. I work with individuals ranging from age 17 and up with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, OCD, Trichotillomania, low self-esteem, grief, and sleep hygiene. With a combination of empirically supported treatments, using CBT, MCBT and a person-centered approach, I will work with you to create effective and meaningful change in your life. A unique treatment plan will be tailored to your needs.
Taking the first step to making an initial appointment is the hardest, especially when you are sharing sensitive and personal information. I will provide a safe and confidential environment for you to share you story. For those interested, I also provide telementalhealth services at this time.
Katherine Boutillier, LCSW
Katherine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over four years of experience in crisis intervention and inpatient psychiatric mental health. Katherine graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in psychology. She then pursued her MSW in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in mental and behavioral health from Rutgers University. Prior to Wayne Behavioral Service, she worked as a social worker at Essex County Hospital Center and Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital. Katherine’s professional career has given her the opportunity to work with a wide range of patient demographics, spanning from young adults to the geriatric population. Katherine specializes in stress management, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and Bipolar Disorder using a combination ofCBT and psychodynamic theory. Her ability to blend professional knowledge with an approachable atmosphere provides patients with a safe space for healing.
Megan Eland, LCSW
Megan Eland is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of mental health expertise in individual/family therapy, group counseling, and community advocacy. Megan attended her undergraduate with Montclair State University achieving a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice. She then went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from the Rutgers University Newark campus with a Violence/Trauma certificate. Megan has practiced in a variety of multi- disciplinary settings including short term inpatient with the Jersey City Medical Center and long term hospitalization with Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital. Megan has additional experience providing community case management services, facilitating support groups, and managing a court-ordered mental health intervention program. Furthermore, Megan is a current adjunct professor with the Rutgers University for their graduate MSW program. To further highlight her advocacy and community initiatives, Megan has been publicly recognized by the Jersey Journal (2018) for her work with the homeless population in Hudson County. Throughout her career and studies, Megan has adapted her own dynamic style of motivational and solution focused therapies while utilizing a psychodynamic interpersonal approach. Megan has expansive experience with those diagnosed with personality disorders, depression/anxiety, struggling through grief/loss, and trauma survivors.
Aleen Mishel, LPC
Aleen Mishel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She holds a BA in psychology from Monmouth University and her MA in Mental Health Clinical Counseling from William Paterson University. Her therapeutic approach includes providing an individualized approach and plan to provide a safe and growing environment based on their specific needs. Her experience is with adolescents and adults with varying mood and personality disorders and struggles including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, adjustment disorders, PTSD, substance use, and self-esteem, family and marriage counseling. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as well as schools for individual and group counseling. Her approach to counseling includes cognitive therapy and person-centered. Lastly, in her free time, Aleen enjoys her time with family, friends, and activities in nature.