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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 4 years. I have practiced as a Registered Nurses with a wide array of specialty practice over the past 34 years. I have specialized in Psychiatric and Mental Health and Addictions treatment for the past 18 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..

    Currently, I serve as Vice President and member of legislative affairs in the Society of  Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses (SPAPN) 

    Dr. Elizabeth Adelakun DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

    Elizabeth Adelakun, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, APN is a doctorally prepared, board-certified family and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner who recently joined Chase Mental Health Services. She has been in nursing for over 16 years managing chronic conditions.

    Elizabeth graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York with a Bachelor’s in Nursing in 2005. She went on to work in various nursing fields, including acute and community care gaining valuable experience along the way. She has frequently mentored students with interest in healthcare. Her diverse clinical background has been pivotal in shaping her health care experiences.

    In 2017, Elizabeth obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rutgers University. She has spent the last few years providing medical care to patients in the community. Elizabeth strongly believes in learning and growing professionally and tries to keep herself current on medical literature to best guide her practice. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC),  the American Nurses Association, and the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

    Elizabeth enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, traveling, taking relaxation walks, and spending time with her family and friends. Elizabeth is committed to providing the best quality care to her patients and guiding them towards achieving their optimal health goals.

    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.

    Christina Lewis, LSW

    Christina Lewis, LSW (she/her/hers)

    Welcome! My name is Christina Lewis and I look forward to our collaboration. I am a licensed social worker who has worked in a variety of settings with a diverse group of people. My professional background consists of working with children ages 5 and older struggling with complex behavioral issues along with adults exploring their relationship with substance use, adjusting to new diagnoses, struggling with healthy communication styles, and striving for overall psychological well being.

    My experience has provided me with the foundational viewpoint for our work together: you are the expert in you. My goal is to support, encourage, and join you on your journey to having a deeper understanding of self. As we work together, I will utilize person-centered therapy approaches such as MI, CBT, ERT, and further combinations to help us best meet your needs. 

    Gricelda Cortes-Gonzalez, LSW (she/her/hers)

    Gricelda Cortes-Gonzalez, LSW (she/her/hers) Hello! My name is Gricelda Cortes-Gonzalez. I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and I look forward to working together. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from College of Saint Elizabeth in 2018 and graduated with a master’s degree from New York University in 2020. My professional background includes working in a variety of settings with adults, adolescents, children and families from diverse backgrounds. I believe my experience has provided me with the tools necessary to best serve my clients who may be suffering with anxiety, depression, and other life challenges. My goal is to create a safe space where all my clients can feel empowered to use their strengths to help them grow and have a deeper understanding of self. 

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