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  • Dr. Shavar Chase DNP, PMHNP-BC (he/him/his)

    Dr. Shavar Chase, DNP, PMHNP -BC. I founded Chase Mental Health Services LLC to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults and older adults in the community. I am currently providing services for those with or who believe they may have difficulty with Psychiatric and Mental Health challenges. I specialize in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and addictions treatment.

    I have practiced as a Doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for approximately 3 years. I have practiced as a Registered Nurses with a wide array of specialty practice over the past 33 years. I have specialized in Psychiatric and Mental Health and Addictions treatment for the past 16 years. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to accomplish your goals.

    I am a 2020 graduate of Rutgers University finishing with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and specialization in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. In addition, I completed a Fellowship in Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care at one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive community based organizations..

    Idalissie Peguero MSN, APN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

    My name is Idalissie Peguero. After over 11 years of ICU nursing and primary care practice, I could not be any more humbled and eager to begin this new journey as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After graduating in December 2012 with a bachelors in science, I moved on to obtain an MSN in Family Nurse Practitioner September 2017. I graduated with my Post Masters degree in May 2023 from the University of Maryville. Years of experience having worked in Pediatric Intensive Care Units and Psychiatric dual diagnosis, pediatric, and detox units providing bedside nursing care has allowed me to develop experiences in a number of different avenues. I have also worked for a number of years as a Family Nurse Practitioner in primary practice. My experience has shaped my practice and allowed me to work side by side with families while teaching them about mental health and simultaneously reducing the stigma surrounding psychiatric health. 

    Stephanie Checo Nolasco MSN, APN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

    Hello, my name is Stephanie Checo Nolasco. I am an advanced practice nurse board certified in the specialties of psychiatric mental health disorders and family medicine. I have ten years of experience in the medical field. My experience in medicine is extensive. I have cared for patients in an ICU hospital setting, tending to the critically ill and the outpatient setting, treating medical and psychiatric diagnoses. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in December2012, graduating from William Paterson University. I then pursued a Masters in Family Medicine, graduating from South University in October 2017. I finally completed a Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in May of 2023 from Maryville University. Throughout my life, I have recognized the need for mental health and the tremendous importance it has for individuals overall well-being. As I serve this community, I aim to provide excellent evidence based care with tools for individuals seeking mental health and overall well-being.

    Lilas Humen MSW, LMSW

    Lilas Humen is a licensed Social Worker who is currently working as a mental health and  substance abuse clinician with a focus of patient-centered treatment, skills building, and helping clients explore and identify unhealthy patterns in behavior. Lilas earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and philosophy from Connecticut College, graduated from New York University in 2017 with a graduate degree in Social Work. Lilas has had training in motivational interviewing, short-term therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Lilas has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in diverse settings and utilizes multiple modalities to help clients develop tools to cope with addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, psychological distress symptoms, and other life challenges. Lilas’ approach emphasizes working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them achieve their goals, and providing a safe environment to explore change.   When not working, you can usually find Lilas outdoors either running, playing beach volleyball, rock climbing, or reading.  

    Electra Willis LSW, LCADC

    Hello, my name is Electra Willis. I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).  Like many, I am sure that you are experiencing the weight and gravity of how life has so drastically changed. When you live in crisis, the impact creates a lot of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. Understandably, your mental health is suffering. I am a multi-disciplined therapist experienced in working with families, children, and adults. I believe in self-determination. Therefore, my role is to guide you to a place of self-acceptance and authenticity. I will help you become your best “you.”

    My strengths lie in my ability to be genuine, empathetic, and concrete. My motto is you are entering the “No Judgment Zone.” I hope to hear from you soon so that we can begin to find workable solutions to the challenges you may be facing. 

    Most often clients seeking therapy are looking for workable solutions to the myriad of situations and circumstances that arise in their lives.The therapeutic approaches I utilize such as DBT, CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational 1 Interviewing, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help those clients find those workable solutions. 

    Yulisa Aquino, MA, LAMFT (she/her)

    Creating an environment where people can truly be themselves and feel safe at the same time is a critical part of therapy. I believe that having support can make a world of difference in someone’s journey. I believe in meeting clients where they are in life and strengthening the systems of care that they have around them. I aim to give client’s emotions precedence across treatment given its powerful role in structuring a client’s inner experience and patterns in relationship. I know that relationships are a crucial part of our everyday lives, that impacts us, and our experiences and I would like to help my clients navigate and process those experiences. I assist my clients in identifying relationship patterns and helping them discover how those patterns are being maintained, focusing on reshaping patterns of engagement with significant others.

     I am focused on creating an experience in therapy that is compassionate and empowering to every client’s growth. While working with couples, I have understood the need of meeting them where they are, understanding who they are as individuals and a unit and helping them come together to resolve their issues. In working with families, I understand the importance of reframing their presenting problem to allow for a different view of the issue that highlights the way one member influences another. This creates different possibilities in members supporting and caring for each other. I continuously strive to create a space where clients feel safe to vent, be challenged, and comfortable enough to grow. I have experience with working with a range of presenting problems, such as depression, trauma, sexual assault, anxiety and boundaries issues.

     My experience with working with the LGBTQ+ community has allowed me to be an ally through support and validation that allows for a space of healing and personal growth. Through my experience as a bilingual therapist, I aim to help clients have the space to process new transitions, culture and evolving identities. My goal in therapy consistently is to give a space to people who feel like they might not have none or have been overlooked. I aim to empower every client’s voice to advocate and stand up for themselves in every way it counts.

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