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LifeWorks Counseling Expands, Adding Three New Therapists, Offering Teen Group Therapy Sessions and Opening Verona Office

Ingrid Burke & Gina Unger, licensed therapists in Verona NJ, have opened a second office in Nutley, NJ. The group, with three new therapists added, now offers teen group therapy sessions.


LifeWorks Counseling Center, started by veteran therapists Ingrid Burke and Gina Unger, has expanded with the addition of three experienced licensed social workers who specialize in helping teens.  To meet growing demand, LifeWorks has also opened a new office in Verona at 96 Pompton Avenue in addition to their first office at 562 Kingsland Street in Nutley.
The new counselors - Engin Bahce, MSW, LSW, Dan Nieman, MSW, LSW and Lisa Riccardelli, MSW, LSW will run three group sessions that focus on helping teens thrive in today’s world. The 10-week sessions will focus on anger management in boys, self-empowerment for girls, and social skills for all teens.
“Bringing on three new therapists experienced with teens helps us fill a need we are seeing in our communities,” said Gina M. Unger, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of LifeWorks Counseling.
Ingrid E. Burke, also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and co-founder of LifeWorks, added, “Being a teen today is more challenging than ever. Our group sessions will help young people successfully navigate challenges like peer pressure and make their own way in the world.”
Teen Services Therapist Bios (full profiles are available at
Engin Bahce, MSW, LSW, has worked in the mental health field for more than 10 years. He received his Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and is an experienced clinical case manager and therapist. He describes the counseling experience as a “ride through your life where you will be in the driver’s seat.” Mr. Bahce will run the Got Skills session, which will help teens learn to communicate better with family and friends, make and maintain friendships, and understand what is important in family and life.
Dan Nieman, MSW, LSW, is experienced working with adolescents, providing individual and group therapy, as well as working with adult males in a psycho-educational group setting. He works with a diverse population of clients. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Kean University. He will run the Anger Management session for teen boys, which will help young men understand what causes their anger and to find better strategies to communicate and avoid explosive episodes.
Lisa Riccardelli, MSW, LSW, believes in empowering clients by identifying and highlighting their individual strengths.  She has experience as a mental health counselor in a school-based youth services program. She is a graduate of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Ms. Riccardelli will run the It’s A Girl Thing sessions which aim to empower girls to develop healthy relationships with other girls, build their own self-esteem and create positive coping skills.
According to Ms. Unger, “These new therapists each come with impeccable credentials and experience. We are proud to offer these additional services to the young people in our communities. The new therapists will help expand our mission to promote healing and positive change and to help our clients find greater happiness and fulfillment.”


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