Therapists

LessnerJeanne Lessner, MSW, LCSW graduated from Transylvania University in 1974 with a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology and received her master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1980. She has been in private practice since 1982. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families utilizing psychodynamic, CBT, psychoanalytic and developmental psychology perspectives.

She works primarily with adults and teenagers 15-18, and the elderly population. She has had specialized training in anger management and substance abuse/addictions. She is certified in grief counseling. She has expertise in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual trauma, and those living and managing chronic health conditions and aging and death/dying. She also has large scale experience working with sexual and gender identity issues.

She is active in NASW, NJ-ACT and attends ongoing training seminars.

“I believe my ability to listen and be present in the therapeutic process has been an asset in my work with people, as is the ongoing training and education I incorporate into the process. I have great respect and appreciation for how this work has allowed me to be a change agent.”

Jeanne sees clients in both our Bernardsville and Summit offices. She may be reached at 908-766-1000 x3

Darcie Long AlexisDarcie Long, MSSW, LCSW utilizes a mind body integrative approach combined with a traditional academic training in Clinical Social Work, Systemic Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients respond to her warmth and humor and her direct approach to solving psychological and interpersonal problems.

Darcie received her MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and completed a Clinical internship in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She has worked at Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital, Kings County Hospital Child Evaluation Program in Brooklyn, The Matheny School and Hospital, Helion Counseling Center and at Concern Employee Assistance Program. She has been a psychotherapist at Integrated Behavioral Care since 1998. Darcie is on the Steering Committee for the New Jersey Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and is a member of National Association of Social Workers.

She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, social phobia, developmental disorders, learning disorders, ADD, and academic underachievement. She also enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples to help solve relationship problems. She has run many groups for children, adolescents and adults.

Darcie has training and a practice in yoga and mindfulness meditation. She has training in alternative healing methods such as guided imagery, healing hands therapy and intensive integrative therapy groups. Darcie believes that the best things she can bring to her patients is the hope and belief that their problems can be solved and the techniques to do it.

Darcie sees clients in both our Bernardsville and Summit offices. She may be reached at 908-598-2400 x2

MeliciKaren Melici, MSW, LCSW has been providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children for over 15 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and her graduate degree from Rutgers University School of Social Work. She has helped develop and supervise programs within New Jersey community mental health centers, psychiatric treatment facilities and the public schools. She participated in FEMA’s Project Phoenix, counseling those impacted by the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in NYC.

She has served as adjunct faculty at Centenary College and Rutgers University, and is a NJ Certified Clinical Social Work Supervisor, providing training and supervision to other mental health professionals. She’s a steering committee member of the NJ Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NJ-ACT), as well as a member of the NJ chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Continuing Education Approval Committee.

Karen provides individual therapy for depression and bipolar mood disorders, anxiety and worry, obsessive compulsive disorder, life transitions (adjusting to college, divorce, retirement, etc), as well as career and workplace difficulties. She has a specialized interest in health psychology, and in understanding the connection between thoughts, emotions and physical well-being. She trained at the Mayo Clinic and is certified as a Wellness Coach.

“I’m deeply committed to helping people identify their personal strengths and utilize their potential for growth and change. Therapy can help people find relief from emotional pain, better understand themselves, and focus on making more satisfying choices in their lives.” When working with children and adolescents she strives to develop trusting relationships that make it easy for kids to express themselves and to feel understood and respected.

Karen offers day, evening and weekend appointments in both our Summit and Bernardsville  offices. She may be reached at 908-598-2400 x4

Michael HorowitzMichael S. Horowitz, Ph.D. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Dr. Horowitz worked at a variety of settings, including the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute (NYU Medical Center), and as Director of Psychological Services at the JFK/Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, NJ.  Prior to joining Integrated Behavioral Care, Dr. Horowitz spent over twenty years in charge of psychological services at Morristown Medical Center’s Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute (ARI).  While at ARI he worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop the Outpatient Mild Brain Injury Program.  In addition to having over thirty years of clinical experience (which included a private practice in Highland Park, NJ), Dr. Horowitz was an adjunct assistant professor at New York University, and has taught at the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC.

Dr. Horowitz does individual psychotherapy with adults.  He also co-leads a therapy group for men.  He believes that one of the main objectives of treatment is to identify repetitive problems that keep a person “stuck,” and then to work toward developing strategies to overcome these obstacles.  Areas of special interest include men’s issues, career transitions, medical/disability issues (including mild traumatic brain injury), as well as depression, bereavement and loss.

Dr. Horowitz has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1976. He maintains office hours in Summit.  Dr. Horowitz may be reached at 908-598-2400 x3.