Bolanle Ahazie is a licensed nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to adults throughout the state of New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specialties include depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
Bolanle’s experience in nursing school and her career, as well as personal experiences, spark her passion in mental health care. She always reminds her clients that they are worthy and capable of living fulfilling lives. Bolanle cherishes the opportunity to advocate for a vulnerable population that may otherwise not have “a voice.”
Through individualized and holistic care, Bolanle believes in caring for others as she would herself, without prejudice, and with compassion, patience, and kindness.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
Lorraine Jefferson is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral care services to adults in Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee. Lorraine has a wide array of clinical interests, and her expertise includes trauma-PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and addiction.
Lorraine’s interest in behavioral health care began 20 years ago, after suffering in silence with her own mental and behavioral health issues, she attempted to engage in therapy. Although counseling was unacceptable in her family and culture, she took the brave step to “try it out anyway.” Her hope was to discover the path toward healing and was short-lived due to experiencing cultural insensitivity and judgement. She knew then that what she had experiences was not the ideal therapeutic relationship, so she decided to become the person who would give others what she was unable to receive – compassion, empathy, safety, nonjudgement, care and genuineness.
Lorraine strives to always have a positive affective presence and she prides herself on her reputation for being able to rapidly form a meaningful rapport with her patient.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Dr. Shane Rau offers behavioral health care services to adults in North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. He has many clinical interests and his expertise lies in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, trauma & PTSD and psychosis. Dr. Rau’s interest in mental health arose at the intersection of his interests in the study of the brain and mind with a hope to make a difference in people’s lives.
Dr. Rau’s prefers to take a shared decision-making approach to understand his patient’s perspective to ultimately empower his patient to improve their mental health.
Dr. Rau is a huge movie buff with a special interest in science fiction and historical drama. He also loves nature and enjoys the time that he can spend outdoors.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
Mona Birk is a licensed nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience offering behavioral health care services to adults in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests, and her specialties include anxiety, depression, and geriatrics. Mona prefers a patient-centered approach to treatment that involves working with her patients to understand their unique issues and goals to establish trust and a relationship. She provides psychotherapy to adults and geriatrics and work on issues including life transitions, stress, and other life challenges.
Mona knew that she wanted to pursue a career in behavioral health care when she witnessed conflict, stress, the inability to make one’s own decisions, individuals being stuck and desires for behavior change.
When not treating her patients, Mona serves on the Board of Health in her local community and likes to spend time her poodles.
“If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all.” – Christopher Peterson
Jessica Passero is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York and Wisconsin. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in wellness and health promotion, relationships, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Jessica uses traditional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy, as well as complementary therapy approaches such as mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery to help clients work towards greater happiness. As a therapist, she empowers clients to make changes to improve their lives. Jessica sees herself as a guide who supports clients in their own journey of personal and emotional growth. She helps clients become more self-aware, improve their communication skills, and understand their emotions at a deeper level. She also aims to teach clients coping skills to help them better deal with life’s stresses, as well as the challenges of their mental health symptoms.
Jessica’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed at a young age. Because she was very empathetic towards those in suffering, she realized early on that she wanted to be in a profession that helped people. Furthermore, Jessica was naturally drawn to psychology because she had always been curious and interested in people. In college, she saw a flyer looking for individuals to become peer counselors and remembers thinking, “I would like to do that”. Shortly after she started began taking peer counseling training classes. She later realized that it was this experience as a peer counselor that planted the seed in her becoming a professional therapist.
Jessica loves to travel. She thinks immersing yourself into a different place, culture, and/or among people is a great educational experience. Her dream is to eventually travel the world. Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors; it helps her relax and feel more grounded. Most of her weekends are usually spent hiking or doing other outdoor activities. She is also an avid crafter. She dabbles in making all types of crafts including creating signs, jewelry, personalized gifts and art.
“The real voyage of self-discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Courtney Henson is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management. As a therapist, Courtney values the power of listening and being heard. Her goal is to teach therapeutic skills that bring meaningful and positive change to a client’s life. These changes can lead to both immediate relief and, ideally, ongoing growth.
Courtney’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate desire to help others. At a young age, it became clear to her that a person’s internal dialogue and feelings about themself had a huge impact on mood and life decisions. She eventually decided to follow a career path that would allow her to help people realize their individual goals for mental wellness.
Courtney enjoys yoga at least two times a week. She loves going to the Jersey Shore with her family, where they kayak and swim in the ocean. Her favorite place she’s ever traveled to was Greece when she was in college and she hopes to go back one day.
“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Good Will Hunting
Reynald Omega is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adolescent and adult residents in California, Florida and New Jersey. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in bipolar disorders, mood disorders, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, substance use, dependence and addiction. In his practice, Reynald uses a holistic approach centered around the belief that a stronger mind will lead to a stronger body.
Reynald’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally; he has always wanted to help people live a better life. He helps individuals overcome life challenges through resilience building.
Reynald is a foreign physician graduate, speaks four languages and loves technology.
“Mental health is as just important as physical health.”
Rhonda Schwindt is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering services to adult residents in Virginia and New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, thought and substance use disorders as well as post-traumatic stress. She also has extensive experience assisting people who are ready to quit smoking. While she enjoys working with all patient populations, she has a special interest in serving the LGBTQ community. Rhonda’s philosophy of care is deeply grounded in two fundamental principles. First, each person has the capacity for healing and possesses a unique set of strengths. Second, mental health care is not about a specific disease state or a list of criteria found inside a diagnostic manual. Rather, it is about soliciting each person’s life story and creating a collaborative plan that respects their individuality.
In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Rhonda is an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing and Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has extensive experience in graduate education and has an established program of research focused on reducing the disproportionate impact of substance use disorders among those living with mental illness.
Rhonda is also a martial artist and an avid runner.
Betty Quintana is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in geriatric therapy, life coaching, grief counseling, life transitions and parenting. In her practice, Betty’s philosophy of care is centered around the beliefs that everyone is unique, everyone has both good and bad qualities, and the coping skills that we learn throughout life help us to grow and master our minds.
Betty’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started as a teenager when she began struggling with excessive worry, social anxiety and self-esteem issues. She found it hard to connect with anyone and felt no one understood her. As a young adult she began to realize her potential and started to put herself first. She soon enough stopped worrying about what people thought about her and finally embraced her uniqueness. Betty loves helping people discover their true potential no matter what age they are.
Betty is a Disney fanatic and loves a Disney vacation over any other vacation. She has three beautiful children: a teenager, a middle schooler and a toddler. And her best character strength is her sense of humor.
“Everyone has bad days and bad moments, but it is how you handle them that matters the most. Even champions lose rounds.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway