Hi, I'm Erika Hernandez, MSW, LCSW
Owner & Director
If you're seeking therapy, it's probably because you are struggling right now and not happy with how things are going. I always say that change is uncomfortable and I will challenge you to get out of that comfort zone. However, I can assure you that, when we begin to work on that change and you start feeling uncomfortable, it's when we truly see transformation that leads you to feeling better.
A little about me...
I opened E H Counseling LLC in 2018 and am super passionate about providing quality therapeutic services. I have over 8 years of clinical experience in various settings providing school based counseling, Intensive In-Community counseling, and as a manager of a center that focused on working with women and families during the prenatal and postpartum stages.
I provide counseling in both English and Spanish to residents of New Jersey and work with those who have experienced trauma, are struggling with anxiety, and couples in need of support to manage conflict, trust, communication, and healing from infidelity.
I also specialize in working with new moms struggling with anxiety, post-partum depression, and balancing work, relationships, and motherhood. As a wife, mom, and business owner, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to manage it all. As moms, we carry a lot on our shoulders. We often feel drained and consumed with mom guilt for trying to do it all and do it all well. I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood but thrive.
So what's it like working with me?
The first session will focus on getting some background information, understanding what is going on, and setting up a clear plan for treatment.
By the second session, we roll up our sleeves and get to work! If you are struggling with anxiety, I start teaching you techniques that work to help you manage the anxiety so you can begin feeling better.
If you have experienced trauma, I provide you with helpful techniques to manage the emotions associated with what you have experienced as a way to lay down the foundation to begin processing your trauma.
Fun Facts About Me:
I love to travel, learn about different cultures, and try new foods.
As the true Jersey girl that I am, I love animal print and spending my summer days at the Jersey Shore. You can find me on the boardwalk ending the night with Kohr's ice cream!
I am obsessed with everything and anything Disney!
Meet, Belgica Rosario, MSW, LCSW
Belgica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both NJ and NY. She is fluent in English and Spanish and specializes in working with adults and children experiencing anxiety and depression.
Belgica is trained in play therapy and utilizes her training as an In-home clinician where she works with children struggling with behavioral and relational issues as well as provides support to their parents and families while they navigate the challenges that arise.
She is trained in the Essentials of Brief Strategic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has extensive experience working as a hospital palliative social worker where she worked with those battling depression.
Meet, Jill DePeri,MA, LPC
Jill is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ. She specializes in working with adults and children experiencing trauma, PTSD, grief and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Jill's therapeutic approach include, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Art/Play Therapy.
Jill has gained extensive experience while working with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency for eight years helping children and families reunite and heal from abuse and domestic violence. She has experience with adoption and family court as well.
Her passion is to help those she counsels towards healing, wholeness and to reach for their dreams.
Meet, Ann Gharib, MA,LAC
Clinical Services Manager and Staff Clinician
Ann is a Licensed Associate Counselor and speaks both English and Arabic. She has years of experience doing individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, as well as couples therapy. She has real-life experiences working with people of all ages including children, preteens, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Ann works with treating symptoms related to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorders, trauma, ADHD, and addictions.
Ann looks forward to assist you and prays she can be used as a vessel to help you see intangible grace, hope, peace, faith, and joy!
Remember, when you feel that your world is falling apart, that’s when it can indeed fall into place! The seed doesn’t grow, until it cracks and everything about it changes! This is not destruction, but growth!
Meet, Donya Johnson, MA, LAC, NCC
Staff Clinician & Intensive In-Community Clinician
Donya is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Jersey City University.
While Donya loves working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds who suffer from issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, or grief, she Specializes in: helping children ages 3-8, cope with anxiety, depression, and trauma through Child-Centered Play Therapy and assisting women in life’s transitions and with self-acceptance.
Donya is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Individual Psychology, Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. However, above all, Donya believes that the success of any clinical intervention begins with a true authentic therapeutic relationship which is paramount in order to create a safe, caring, non-judgmental environment.
Fun Facts About Donya:
Donya loves to travel and has set a goal of seeing all 50 states. Currently, she has visited 26 in all. Donya believes airport layovers count as a visit, as long as she eats in a restaurant.
She has read the entire Harry Potter series six times. Her biggest accomplishment was reading the fifth book, the largest in the series, in 32 straight hours.
Due to a clerical error, Donya gets to celebrate her birthday twice each year.
Meet, Chieon Kim, MSW, LCSW
Staff Clinician & Intensive In-Community Clinician
Chieon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New Jersey. She is fluent in English and Korean and specializes in working with individuals and families experiencing relationship difficulties, and life changes.
Chieon’s holistic, client-centered and life developmental approach to clients’ presenting issues helps you to understand yourself and your significant relationships in your life. Chieon will help you to use the tools learned in therapy to adjust the small things in your life to create bigger and positive changes. Chieon is trained in providing interventions to empower you so that you can work through your current issues which will then help you to make healthier choices for future life endeavors.
Chieon is very warm-hearted and sincere, and will provide a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space for you to explore your internal world.
Chieon has extensive experience working with children, women, and families dealing with trauma, parenting, and relational difficulties, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Chieon is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-informed Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Fun Facts About Chieon:
Chieon loves camping and outdoor activities like fishing and hiking.
Chieon likes eating fresh raw vegetables like carrots, celeries, and bell peppers.
Chieon is obsessed with anything comfy - soft socks, cozy pajamas, & lots of pillows.
Meet, Victor Perez, LAC
Staff Clinician & Intensive In-Community Clinician
Victor is a Licensed Associate Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. He also currently enrolled in a doctoral program for counseling and supervision at Kean University.
Victor is bilingual in English and Spanish and has experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with substance use, emotional, and mental health issues. He works from a humanistic orientation, incorporating skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). He specializes in working with individuals to help them develop resiliency skills such as optimism, self-efficacy, and general life skills; and has significant experience with anger management and communication issues.
Meet, Phadadria Randall, MSW, LSW
Phadadria Randall is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey. She obtained her
Bachelor's degree in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University. After working in various educational settings for over 9 years, Phadadria earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
She believes that mental health is essential to a person’s overall health and well-being.
Using integrative and solution focused approaches, Phadadria has experience serving clients who experience anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and relationship issues. She works with children, adults, parents, and families to achieve their goals of healing and wholeness.
Phadadria brings compassion and authenticity into sessions with her clients, and cultivates a
safe and collaborative therapeutic environment. Her goal is to work together to help clients grow and thrive.
Fun Facts About Phadadria:
Phadadria enjoys traveling, especially mailing postcards home and trying new foods
She enjoys a good adventure! Phadadria zip-lined while on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean
Phadadria is a certified NJ Elementary School Teacher
Meet, Theresa Cook Reyes, MSW, LSW
Telehealth Staff Clinician
Life can be full of joy and blessings, but is often accompanied by grief and loss and sometimes all at once. Whether you are struggling with not feeling like yourself after having a baby, the daily struggles of parenthood, or the challenges of navigating a new chapter of life with the family that raised you or the one you are raising, Theresa has worked with individuals, couples, and families just like you. Theresa graduated with honors from Rutgers University with her Masters in Clinical Social Work emphasizing in trauma, grief, and loss and emphasizing in health. Theresa has worked in medical and mental health settings walking alongside families in welcoming their new bundles of joy, coping with parenting teenagers, and in grieving life changes and loss of loved ones. If you are thinking it may be time to talk to someone, Theresa would love to support you in this chapter of your story.
Fun Facts About Theresa:
Theresa loves to road trip and has visited a number of the National Parks.
She is an Oreo connoisseur and has eaten and rated nearly 100 different flavors of Oreos.
Theresa has practiced yoga for a few years and is proud of her ability to stand on her head.
Meet, Richard Hekemian MSW, LSW
Richard Hekemian is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from George Washington University and his Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Richard specializes in working with adults, children and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationships.
While pursuing his Master's degree, Richard worked at Christ Church Community Development Corporation in Hackensack, New Jersey serving the homeless and at-risk population of Bergen County. Richard also counseled middle school and high school students with special needs in Bergen County public school systems and helped them reach their goals. Richard empathizes with clients who are going through challenging seasons of life in a non-judgmental setting. He believes in exploring the inner world of each client, understanding their emotions and circumstances while helping them identify the shifts that will bring healing and help them reach their goals of peace and fulfillment.
Fun Facts About Richard:
Richard enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore
He loves to cook and is an avid baker in his spare time
Richard enjoys the outdoors, especially skiing and hiking
Meet, Ruth Santana
MSW Graduate Intern & Behavioral Assistant
Do you have concerns about your child or teenager’s ability to function or be successful at school and/or at home? Has it been happening for more than a few weeks?
Anxiety, depression, self- esteem, and school problems are common among middle schoolers and high schoolers. However, it's never too late to teach them healthy coping skills to manage difficult life transitions. Ruth can help you during the challenging stages of parenting as well as assist your child.
Ruth is currently in the Master of Social Work program at Montclair State University. She is a native Spanish speaker and specializes in working with children, teens, and women. She has several years of experience working in schools as a teachers aid, secretary, and social work intern.
Ruth also has a heart for working with single mothers and parents to help empower them and lead them towards thriving lives.
Ruth wants to help you and your child on a journey to feeling better and more in control of your situation.
Fun Facts About Ruth:
Ruth loves ice cream and has the ability to bite it instead of chew it
One of her favorite things to do is explore new places with family and friends
Ruth is obsessed with taking selfies!