About Us

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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 new moms struggling with anxietydepression, 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. 

 

We want to walk alongside you as you head on the journey of getting better!

 
 

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

Staff Clinician

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. 

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Fun Facts About Belgica:

  • She likes watching old time movies

  • She enjoys discovering new places

  • She loves nature!

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Meet, Rosine (Rosie) Baklayan, LSW

Staff Clinician 

Healing isn’t linear, and it doesn’t come all at once. It is best depicted as a series of hills and valleys, but as you journey across them you’re always moving forward, whether you are high on a hill, or low in a valley. The wonderful thing about therapy is that it empowers you, and equips you with the tools you need to make the journey worthwhile. 

Rosie is a licensed social worker in New Jersey. She is fluent in English and Armenian and specializes in working with young adults and children in facing major life changes, relationship/parental issues, anxiety, self esteem, and emotional regulation skills. 

Rosie works with clients using a solutions based therapy, person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and incorporates play and art therapy techniques when working with younger clients. Rosie’s approach is to set attainable and achievable goals in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Rosie hopes to be able to assist you to begin a beautiful process of beginning to understand yourself, and grow through what you go through.

Fun Facts About Rosie:

  • Rosie loves going to concerts, hiking, and having picnics (regardless of the season). 

  • She is always looking to try new foods from different cultures

  • Rosie loves to travel and is hoping to be able to explore more of the US in the coming years

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!

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Fun Facts About Ann:

  • Ann loves pets and grew up with dogs, cats, turtles, and birds.

  • She still has her very first Bible from childhood

  • Ann loves to play Candy Crush!

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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.

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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. 

Jennifer Estepan, MSW, LCSW

Immigration Psychological Evaluations Consultant 

Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New Jersey. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has experience working with immigrant families providing clinical case management and counseling services. From her experience working with immigrant families through the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, she learned how challenging and intimidating immigration proceedings and the related systems can be for clients. Her goal is to provide clients with a warm, welcoming environment where they can feel safe as they share their story and work alongside them as she conducts immigration psychological evaluations.

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Fun Facts About Jennifer:

  • Jennifer loves to learn new languages and learned Spanish as a second language! 

  • Jennifer loves to travel and make memories with family and friends.

  • She loves to cook and learn new recipes! 

Meet, Phadadria Randall, MSW, LSW

Telehealth Staff Clinician

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

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Meet, Theresa Cook Reyes, MSW, LCSW

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. 

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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, Sharon Magarino

MSW Graduate Intern

Are you struggling with communication within your family or in your relationship? Are you looking to find healthy communication techniques to improve your relationships?

 

Mary Lou Cook once said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” But Gandhi said, “We must live the changes we want to see in the world.”

 

In order to have expected results, we must first work together to ensure effective change. I specialize in working with families to help them achieve their highest potential by working effectively and empathetically with each other.

 

Sharon has over 4 years experience working with families in the pregnancy and post partum stage supporting them educational programs, mentoring and leadership training. Sharon's goal is to collaborate with families to create a positive vision through understanding family roles.

Sharon is currently in the Master of Social Work program at Rutgers University. She speaks fluent in English and Spanish.

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Fun Facts About Sharon:

  • Sharon trekked the Andes Mountains of Peru on a mission's trip (twice!)

  • She loves the color Red, but her go-to color is always pink (or rose gold)

  • Sharon is allergic to just about everything (cats, dogs, dust, pollen, trees, fruit, etc.,) but keeps a positive attitude about and says, "But I'm still standing!"

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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!