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Lukin Center to Open New Psychotherapy Location in Montclair

by Ainsley Layland
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Therapy has evolved from a taboo conversation point to something that people talk about more openly. Social media has played a huge part in that movement and has allowed psychologists and therapists to reach and help a greater audience by sharing tips online and offering a listening ear. The virtual nature of 2020 proved that teletherapy is a good solution when in-person appointments aren’t possible. Lucky for Hudson and Essex County residents, Lukin Center, a psychotherapy practice with locations in North Jersey, is open for both in-person and virtual appointments so everyone can have access to an expert mental health professional. Its newest location in Montclair {located at 51 Upper Montclair Plaza Suite 27} is set to open this month to make getting the help you need that much easier for the Essex County community. Keep reading to learn more about the psychotherapy practice and the exclusive offer for Montclair Girl readers.


Exclusive Offer: When you call 917-903-1901 to schedule an appointment, be sure to mention Montclair Girl to receive a FREE consultation with Dr. Lukin.

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Client-Centered Care at Lukin Center

The Lukin Center for Psychotherapy was founded in 2012 by Dr. Konstantin Lukin and Dr. Paula Yanes-Lukin. They have offices in five convenient northern New Jersey locations including Montclair, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgewood, and Englewood.

The mental health professionals at Lukin Center specialize in:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Child/Adolescent Treatment
  • Medication Management
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations

This year the practice is expanding into Montclair, which means Lukin Center will be able to offer a seamless psychotherapy experience for individuals, couples, and families for the Essex County community. While the practice offers therapy, medication management, and neuropsychological evaluations one of the key elements at the Lukin Center is the customized care available so patients can work with their clinician to develop a treatment plan that works for them.

There are 15 therapists involved in the day-to-day operations at Lukin Center who all work together to create an inviting atmosphere where clients can feel comfortable getting the help they need. Clinicians currently based out of the Montclair office include Elizabeth Palumbo, Geoffrey Hillback, and Jessyka Venchkoski. The Lukin Center also recently added Toni Manzione to its team as the senior outreach manager at each location, including Montclair.

Meet Dr. Elizabeth Palumbo

Dr. Palumbo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in teaching people the skills they need to live their best lives, through a Cognitive-Behavioral, humanistic and solution-focused approach. Dr. Palumbo attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, followed by a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Next, she attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her second Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology as well as her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Meet Geoffrey Hillback, LCSW

Geoffrey Hillback, LCSW, earned his B.A. from Connecticut College in New London CT, where he double-majored in Psychology and Theater and attended The Fordham Graduate School of Social Services where he graduated with honors and a dual focus Masters degree {MSW} in clinical social work and leadership. Geoffrey’s education and internships, at a hospital and an outpatient clinic, have allowed him to develop a diverse set of tools and techniques, focused around CBT and DBT in order to help clients recognize patterns and habits that don’t serve them and develop patterns and habits that do. Geoffrey specializes in assisting clients through a wide range of challenges from aging and life changes to mood disorders, anxiety, male issues, and anger management and has significant experience working with adolescents, individuals, couples, and families.

Meet Jessyka Venchkoski, LCSW

Jessyka Venchkoski, LCSW earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and cognitive science from Montclair State University and her Master of Social Work degree from New York University. Jessyka’s experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings has advanced her skills in providing effective psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families from an array of diverse cultural backgrounds. She is specialized in treating individuals with trauma histories, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, relationship conflict, and family discord. Jessyka is passionate about helping individuals and families develop insight into their struggles while building upon their strengths to ultimately help them lead happier and more connected lives.

Meet Toni Manzione, LCSW

In addition to being an effective therapist, Toni Manzione will also be Lukin Center’s outreach manager. As the outreach manager, Toni will act as the liaison with the community to continue and develop working relationships with outside providers. The overarching goal is to provide local communities with education and services regarding mental health while expanding the Lukin Center as a referral source.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This month is celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month and as such, Dr. Lukin is encouraging everyone to make their mental health a priority.

“Everyone would benefit from prioritizing their mental health as they would any other health issue. It is so important to be aware of the different types of mental health services that are available,” Dr. Lukin told Montclair Girl. “Each person is different, with individual needs. Some people benefit from medication management and therapy together, some only want one or the other. We can make recommendations but you are always in control of which services you receive.”

Appointments are currently available virtually AND in-person so you can get the help you need in a way that you are most comfortable. Lukin Center has offices in multiple locations across northern New Jersey so no matter where you are in the area, there is an office close by if you would prefer to see a therapist in person.

If you or your loved one are ready to connect with a team of compassionate professionals, The Lukin Center is ready to work with you on customizing a treatment plan which means clients can choose what route they would like to take regarding therapy, medication management, and neuropsychological evaluations.

“We strive to provide patients with an atmosphere where they can achieve mental health and personal development milestones, utilizing the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies,” Dr. Lukin said. “Clients can receive help with therapy, medication management, and get evaluated all within the same space, making the entire process as easy as possible. The streamlined coordination we offer at Lukin Center sets us apart from other practices.”

Once the office receives your information, Dr. Lukin will contact you personally to discuss your goals for therapy and match you with a clinician who has the right expertise and approach to help you achieve the results you want.

The Mental Wellness Services Offered at Lukin Center

All services at the Lukin Center are focused on the client-finding their inner strength through therapy, neuropsychological evaluations, or medication management. The treatments are delivered by expert clinicians who are invested in your personal mental wellness journey. Therapy services include cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, EMDR therapy, acceptance + commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and parent + child interaction therapy which is most effective for children 2 – 7 years old. The specialists at Lukin Center also offer neuropsych evaluations which are essentially a deep dive into possible reasons behind the challenges you or your child struggle with at school, at work, or in relationships. Lukin Center also provides access to a psychiatrist that provides medication management which uses psychotropic medications to treat mental health conditions, such as anxiety and mood disorders. 

Don’t forget to mention Montclair Girl when you call to schedule an appointment to receive a FREE consultation with Dr. Lukin. The Montclair office is located at 51 Upper Montclair Plaza. Clients can schedule an appointment by calling 917.903.1901 or CLICK HERE to email Dr. Lukin.

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