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Lukin Center: Making Mental Health a Priority in Montclair

by Ainsley Layland
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Therapy methods vary as much as the clientele, which is why it’s smart to shop around before deciding on a practice. For prospective patients looking for a curated therapy experience in Montclair, Lukin Center for Psychotherapy takes the time to invest in each client, creating a tailored approach for every individual. Keep reading to learn more about the Center and everything it provides for the collective mental health of Essex County.

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The Lukin Center for Psychotherapy was founded in 2012 by Dr. Konstantin Lukin and Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin. The first office was located in Hoboken but the Center has since expanded to include locations in Jersey City, Englewood, Ridgewood, and Montclair. As a family-owned practice, the team at Lukin Center takes pride in providing a comfortable and friendly atmosphere so each patient feels at home when they visit.

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The Team at Lukin Center

Mental health experts, Dr. Konstantin Lukin, Ph.D., and Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin Ph.D. are at the Lukin Center helm, as Clinical Director and Director of Training + Supervision, respectively. The team also includes Ami P. Kang, LCSW, the Creative Director and Assistant Director of Couples Counseling Program; Timothy Meyer, LCSW who is the Assistant Clinical Director; the Assistant Director of Child + Adolescent Program is Kristen Estrella, LCSW; and Dr. Seth Mandel, MD oversees medication management as the Medical Director and a practicing psychiatrist.

Maram Barakat, MA is the Social Media Manager for Lukin Center and oversees the community engagement online while Gabrielle Milani, MPH operates as the Senior Outreach Manager, ensuring that Lukin Center is doing everything they can to contribute to the mental health of the community.

There are also 15+ other clinicians who practice different specialties so that the Lukin Center can genuinely customize therapy methods to meet the needs of each patient.

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A Personalized Approach to Therapy

There is no “one size fits all” approach at the Lukin Center: considering the needs of an individual or couple are specific and informed by factors like home life and interpersonal relationships. Therapy sessions are guided by compassionate and qualified therapists. Medication management with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner is available as well as neuropsychological evaluations with a trained psychologist.

“Our practice provides the latest in evidence-based, heavily researched methodologies, so you can put science on your side as you work toward the positive change you want. As one of the largest mental health practices in Northern NJ, we offer more services and treatment modalities than any other provider. From evaluations to therapy to medication management, You can be sure you’re getting exactly what you need, even if your needs change.”

Lukin Center clinicians must work toward and maintain the highest possible degrees and certifications in their fields. This offers each patient the opportunity to work with an experienced, vetted expert who knows the best way to help.

Dr. Lukin personally matches every patient with the clinician who has the right mix of skills, training, and personality for the best outcomes possible. This personal approach gives each patient the time to develop a meaningful, productive rapport with a professional they trust.

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The New Montclair Location

The location in Montclair at 51 Upper Montclair Plaza opened in February of this year, and the team is excited to become a part of such a dynamic community.

“It is so encouraging to see people prioritize their mental health more than ever before. We have noticed that often conversations around mental health are way less stigmatized and the questions have become when to go to therapy not if,” Dr. Lukin said. “As one of the largest psychotherapy practices in Northern New Jersey, Lukin Center offers you or your loved one more options and therapy modalities so you can find the best clinician and treatment for you.”

Clinicians at the Lukin Center practice at the top of their fields, with many specializing in specific age groups, life stages, or relationships. 

According to Maia Postle, MSW, LSW, a psychotherapist at Lukin Center who lives and works in Montclair, the area is very community driven

“Neighbors are friendly, greeting each other while on walks outside,” Maia shared. “There are lots of community-based events throughout the year, even during the pandemic. You always feel connected and welcome here.”

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New team members are joining the Lukin Center team in Montclair

Gabrielle Milani, MPH is the Senior Outreach Manager, and Lauren Bomberg, LPC, BC-DMT is our new Child Specialist and Dance/Movement Therapist. 

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Lauren Bomberg

There are five Lukin Center offices located throughout northern New Jersey:

80 River Street, Suite 302 in Hoboken

277 Grove Street, Suite 202 in Jersey City

51 Upper Montclair Plaza in Montclair

20 Wilsey Square in Ridgewood

60 Grand Avenue, Suite 104 in Englewood 

Lukin Center is located at 51 Upper Montclair Plaza Suite 27 in Montclair. Prospective clients can call 973-920-3160 or email drlukin@lukincenter.com with questions. Don’t forget to mention Montclair Girl to redeem a FREE consultation.

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