The Showcase Magazine - Salutes




By Jessica Sorentino


So often, our health – mental, physical, etc. – is placed as a backburner concern because of the stresses and commitments of daily life. You may have noticed that over time, it is becoming more and more the norm to be health-conscious, and some of the stigmas surrounding mental health are beginning to fade. This is a good thing, because mental health should be prioritized, and there are centers everywhere to help you achieve your health goals.

The Center for Intrapersonal Wellness opened in Watchung in 2013 as a therapeutic group practice of licensed social workers and licensed professional counselors specializing in behavioral health and trauma-related issues. In the five years that the Center has been opened, it has grown to add five additional therapists and a psychiatrist, all of whom practice with a variety of specialties in behavioral health.

What does this mean? Simply put, the center can help you with trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief, sexual abuse, domestic violence, relationship issues, parent-child conflicts, self-harm, addictions and eating disorders. Regardless of your age, the Center welcomes you as a client, and works with you as a unique individual (or family, or group) to process your experiences along with the concerns that impact your wellbeing.

Irene Colucci-Lebbad, MSW, LCSW is one of the co-founders of the Center for Intrapersonal Wellness. As an alumni of Rutgers State University’s Graduate School of Social Work, her clinical background includes couples therapy, divorce support, sexual abuse, domestic violence and trauma-based issues that affect the quality of an individual’s life. As a trauma specialist, Irene continues to facilitate workshops and trainings for professional counselors and therapists at national conferences on various trauma topics, and has authored an instructional book for therapists who wish to work with survivors of sexual violence and abuse. These accomplishments, among others, represent a wonderful asset for the Center, and an encouragement for any survivors looking for an emotionally safe space to process and heal.

Since Irene previously worked in the design field, she is able to offer her clients a creative approach in her treatment plans. Expressive therapies are becoming more and more accessible because of their proven value, and with Irene, clients can choose to express and process their trauma through a variety of non-verbal channels, such as art, creative writing, dream journaling and color therapy.

Along these same lines of innovation with treatment, the Center for Intrapersonal Wellness also stands by holistic approaches.

“We incorporate mindfulness techniques into the therapeutic environment in conjunction with more evidence-based theoretical frameworks,” Irene explained.

She said they believe in solution-focused approaches that help individuals utilize skills and resources they already have. New counselors pursuing their credentials and wishing to fine-tune their clinical skills are mentored and trained in these therapeutic practices at the Center.

Moving forward, the Center has plans to continue to grow and serve as many in the community as needed. Incorporating “healthy living” strategies is also a goal, Irene said, with a focus on a wider range of services. In the not-so-distant future, the Center is hoping to offer nutritional counseling, yoga, meditation groups, art therapy sessions and other creative services that speak to the mind-body-spirit connection.

For more information and to stay up-to-date with future services, please visit the Center for Intrapersonal Wellness’ website, at www.intrapersonalwellnessllc.com. You can also call 908-834-8555 to speak to someone at the Center any time. The Center for Intrapersonal Wellness is located at 10 Shawnee Drive, Suite B2 in Watchung, NJ. All services, additional resources and maybe even that final push you need to seek counseling are all available on the website.