A Multi-Specialty Private Practice 

Individualized Comprehensive Counseling

Our practice provides private, outpatient mental health counseling services for children, adolescents and adults. Since 2002, Cheryl A. Byk & Counseling Associates have provided a comfortable atmosphere and a personalized and professional approach to counseling. Our therapists bring a humanistic component to the services we offer. This emotionally supportive approach provides our clients with a safe place to discuss their concerns and address treatment issues.      As experienced professionals, it is our job to broaden your outlook and help you to expand possibilities that will bring about new alternatives into your life. We will provide you with the opportunity to entertain choices that you may not have realized existed, and assist you in creating a vision in which new possibilities can emerge.

Simple Intake Process

Anyone interested in counseling can contact our office. Our professional support staff will obtain the necessary information in order to begin the counseling process. New clients are then assigned to an experienced clinician who will best serve their needs. Insurance benefits are verified and information is provided for any out of pocket expense prior to the first scheduled session. A "Welcome Letter" will follow containing all of the essential information needed to make your first experience as comfortable as possible

Cheryl A. Byk and Counseling Associates is a private practice consisting of mental health professionals licensed to provide therapeutic services. All associates have earned a Master's Degree in a counseling field and have trained for years prior to working with the group. Our group includes experienced clinical professionals who have achieved board and national certifications. We are a diversified group of professionals which include Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

                                                                   MEET OUR EXPERIENCED CLINICIANS

Cheryl A. Byk LCSW,BCD 

Cheryl received her MSW from Rutgers University. Her post graduate work includes specialization in child, adolescent and family therapy, crisis intervention, and treatment of persons with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Cheryl was honored to be certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work as a Board Certified Diplomat (BCD).

Michael G. Zuccaro, LCSW

Michael has been a mental health practitioner for more than half of his life, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW) since 1993. He believes that all clients have the right to self-determination and the responsibility to make positive changes in their lives. He also believes that the answer is always "Nothing" when client fail to ask themselves this simple question, "What can I do to make my life better?"   When given the proper support and accurate information Michael believes that people can make informed decisions that can profoundly improve their self-concept, relations, and regain power over their situations.    Michael utilizes an interactive helping approach by using differenct modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Problem Solution Focused Interventions, Communication Interventions, and Relaxation and Coping Techniques among other approached. I addition, Sand Play Therapy is available as a supplemental approach and alternative to "talk" therapy,. He works with children, adolescents and adults in couples, individual, family and group therapy. Michael has facilitated Anger Management group and individual therapy for those who were mandated to receive these counseling services by court order.   Michael received his MSW from Fordham University and his BA in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. he became an LCSW in 1993. He has worked in client advocacy and community outreach, psychiatric crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric settings, in-home therapy , and out patient therapy, He also is a Clinical Social Worker on the Child Study Team since 2003 and he brings his knowledge of Learning Disabilities and the public school environment to his clinical practice. Michael is warm and welcoming man who will extend himself to all that enter his consulting office.m

Betty Phillips, LCSW

Betty Phillips, LCSW comes to us with a strong and diversified background in treating Mental Health issues, She completed her undergraduate work at Edison State College and the University of South Florida, graduating with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude. Her graduate studies were done at Barry University giving her the high caliber of education expected from a private University. Betty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and brings to the Practice 25 years of diversified experience helping clients achieve their specific goals. Betty is also certified as a Relapse Prevention Specialist, utilizing the Gorki model, meeting the needs of those who have a desire to escape the power of addiction.   Betty specialty areas include, but are not limited to: Woman Issues, the Aging Process, Grief, Substance Abuse, Spiritual Counseling, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, as well as Work and Family Problems. Her tenets for her therapeutic work are: Empowerment ( you can do anything you want to do) and Self-Determination ( now, what do you want to do ) !

Noreen Taggart, LCSW

Noreen Taggart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years experience providing services in a diverse settings, including shelters, hospitals, residential programs and outpatient settings. Noreen received her MSW from Temple University. Noreen has extensive experience working with individual with trauma, and PTSD, as well as with Victims of rape, incest, child hood sexual abuse and domestic violence. Noreen uses an eclectic approach and individualizes her treatment for children, adolescents and adults. Noreen has an easy going non-judgmental approach that helps individuals feel at ease, Noreen provides patients with the tools that can help them alleviate there suffering and begin to manage their feelings more effectively.


Theresa Broo, LPC  


Theresa received her Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College in Pennsylvania and her Master of Education Degree (Med) from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with a diverse 20+ year career span. Her primary focus has been with working with at-risk children, adolescents and families focusing on trauma and abuse, providing Individual, Family and Group Counseling. Theresa pioneered the First Youth Case Clinical Management Program in Somerset County, NJ specializing in counseling, case management and advocacy. Throughout her career she has been both an experienced clinician, manager, colleague and director of numerous programs at a variety of agencies both private and non-profit. Her experience includes working in a variety of settings; Adolescent Psychiatric InpatientUnits, Outpatient, Residential, Adolescent Partial Care, Therapeutic Hospital Day School Settings, In-Home Community Services and School Based Programs. Theresa uses an eclectic approach blending Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Play Therapy and Family Systems when working with her clients. As a specialized Certified Sand Play Therapist, she uses Sand Play as a nonverbal, therapeutic intervention and uses art as an expressive therapy to compliment her approach. Her specialties are childhood trauma, behavioral/social emotional issues, attachment,ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, self esteem, parenting, and an array of complex teen issues. Theresa believes we all have challenges that we face throughout our life and reaching out is the critical first step. She offers a personal counseling approach, with a warm and caring safe space for children, adolescents and adults.                 

Deanne Gettis, LPC

Deanne ( Dee) Gettis, MA, LPC began her career in the mental health field in 1993. Dee obtained two degrees, one in Forensic Psychology, and the other in Counseling Psychology. She eventually achieved her credentials as a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor. Dee has over 25 years of clinical experience helping others to strengthen their individual level of functioning. Dee has guided children/teens, adults, couples, and families improve their quality of life. She has supported clients in addressing various life issues including: anxiety, depression, loss/trauma, relationship issues, addiction, behavioral issues and self esteem. Dee primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to assist clients with challenges that are facing and together create coping strategies to support positive change. She believes in the importance of the Therapeutic Relationship between counselor and client; as comfort is paramount when sharing personal issues and struggles. Dee fully believes in each person’s ability to build on their individual strengths.



                                                            INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELING

Strengthen the bonds between you and your loved ones with family counseling from Cheryl A. Byk and Associates. The life counseling services offered by our company will help you cope with any problem you may have. Anyone interested in counseling can contact our office. We have an experienced Administrative Manager who will ask a series of questions, and will check with your insurance company to let you know how much coverage you have. We will provide a counselor that best serves your needs. A welcome letter will be sent to you informing you of who your clinician is, when your appointment is, what your copay is, and general information about our practice.  After we do a comprehensive assessment, we set up a treatment plan to help you reach your goals.

Cheryl A. Byk & Associates have a great deal of collective experience which has resulted in our practice becoming an integral part of child, adult and family care in central Ocean County. We have strong ties to local schools, pediatricians and the family court system and collaborate with associates throughout the county, including hospitals, specialized programs and other mental health providers. We offer services in a wide range of treatment areas which include: Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Post Traumatic Stress, Trauma, Issues of Abuse, Substance Abuse, Parenting, Behavioral Problems, School Related Problems, Marital and Couple Issues, Job Related Stress, Anger Management and more.      Our experienced and well trained staff are always developing new services to meet the needs of the community. On-site parenting, anger management, social skills, coping and recovery, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, women's empowerment and life transitions.

  Individualized Counseling:      *Individual counseling is offered for children, adolescents and adults, Both traditional and activity therapies are offered 


  Family Counseling:      *Family counseling is offered for all families including traditional families, blended families and members of families "by choice". 

    Marriage/Couples Counseling:      *Marriage and couples counseling is offered for married couples, couples who live together and couples in committed relationships who live apart.  

   Group Therapy:      *Group therapy is available at various times as determined by the needs of the clients. Please call the office for upcoming Groups  


Why is psychotherapy important?  

Psychotherapy is important for your life, because when you are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress you really need the therapist to get rid of it, to make your life easier and happier you must consult a therapist to have a peaceful life ahead.

How Does Psychotherapy Help? 

 Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder to: 

•Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learn how to modify them 

•Understand and identify the life problems or events -- like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce -- that contribute to his or her illness and help him/her understand which aspects of those problems he/she may be able to solve or improve

 •Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life

 •Learn healthy coping techniques and problem-solving skills

What is Sandplay Therapy?

Sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, and is an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a powerful therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by a trained sandplay therapist, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand, water, and miniature objects.

Some of our services

 •Parenting  •Family Issues •Child & Adolescent Behavioral Problems •School Related Problems

 •Attention Deficit Disorder  •Oppositional Defiant Disorder •Marital/Couples Issues •Job related Stress •Anger Management

 •Anxiety •Depression •Grief Counseling •Post traumatic Stress •Trauma •Asperger/ PDD • Issues of Abuse  

 • Substance Abuse  •Child and Adolescent Behavioral Problems •Substance Abuse Evaluations and Treatment

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Cheryl A. Byk, LCSW LLC can be reached during normal business hours by phone.  If you have a medical emergency, please dial 911.      If you have questions about our services, accepted forms of insurance, our facility, or our clinicians, please feel free to contact us during normal business hours by phone or send a message below and we will respond within one business day.

Cheryl A. Byk, LCSW LLC

500 North Main Street, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey 08734, United States

(609) 971-8989


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