Meet the Team
Simply Redefining Wellness & Counseling is a boutique-size practice dedicated to the BIPOC Community serving NYC and New Jersey. All clinicians are highly trained and skilled professionals here to help you on your healing journey.
Chief Clinical Officer & Therapist
Janelle Thompson, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Janelle Thompson is a Licensed Therapist, Hope Dealer, Excuse Eraser, and Strategist you want in your back pocket. She is the proud owner of Simply Redefining Wellness & Counseling, LLC a group practice dedicated to intersecting the Christian faith and mental health counseling by BIPOC providers.
Over the last 10 years, Janelle has enjoyed working in the private and nonprofit sectors with individuals of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds through mental health and public health. Whether serving in private practice or for a Fortune 500 company, Janelle strives to create a safe, empowering, and challenging atmosphere for all her clients.
Her mission is to see her clients gain awareness about their problems; unpack their issues; heal; and redefine their most difficult moments into strength, grit, and purpose. She is truly gifted at pulling individuals out of a low place and helping them find the courage to change their lives for the better.
Janelle received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in New York and a Bachelor of Science Degree at SUNY Old Westbury, where she studied Public Health. She's licensed as both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She also holds a board certification as a National Certified Counselor.
When Janelle is not helping clients unpack their trauma or build coping skills, she is coaching other clinicians or helping other professionals push past their barriers and see their dream come through.—Janelle enjoys traveling (especially when it means heading back to her beautiful island of Barbados), cooking new dishes for her family and friends (who are always willing to try something new), or listening to music during her downtime (because there's nothing like dancing around the house to some soca and old school reggae music.)
Clinical Therapist (New Jersey)
LaShaun Daniels-Edney, LCSW
La Shaun Daniels-Edney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Consultant for Simply Redefining Wellness and Counseling. She has a keen understanding of how faith and mental health play an intricate role in guiding clients to healthier lifestyles. With over a decade of experience in social work, she finds joy in implementing a faith-based integrative approach to therapy.
Dedicating her entire professional career to servicing and empowering black and brown communities who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty throughout New Jersey, La Shaun continues to be impactful within black and brown communities as a therapist, advocate, and mentor. Her professional background includes working directly with children, adults, and families in the public and private sectors.
Currently, La Shaun is employed full-time as a child study team social worker for an urban school district in New Jersey. Time spent within the school district allows her the opportunity to work with the most vulnerable population, students with disabilities. Additionally, through her Christian-based group, D.I.V.A. Wives and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, La Shaun has supported communities through acts of public service. She also proudly serves on the Juvenile Conference Committee as a citizen volunteer panel appointed by the Family Division Judge to hear and decide matters involving alleged juvenile offenders.
From the community to the couch, La Shaun empowers clients to find their WHY. Her approach provides a culturally sensitive experience and a safe, non judgemental space for clients to unpack. She currently serves women of color who have experienced minor setbacks to major traumatic events that have left them battling trauma, loss and grief, depression, postpartum-related issues, and other mental health struggles. She uses an eclectic therapeutic approach to meet clients' needs during their healing journey.
La Shaun received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She later obtained a Master of Social Work from Fordham University in New York, New York. La Shaun is currently attending Regent University as she pursues a Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies.
Clinical Graduate Associate (New Jersey & New York)
ZuShanna Turner is a Clinical Graduate Associate, Educator, and Maternal Health Advocate. She has a heart for young adults, teens, mothers, and women. Her mission is to not just support or encourage her clients but impact their lives far beyond the therapy room.
ZuShanna uses a Christian faith-based integrative and culturally sensitive approach to meet the needs of all her clients. She believes that every individual possesses the strength and potential to work through life problems and that most issues are developmentally and environmentally based. She seeks to help her clients discover their potential and learn skills and strategies that will help them heal, achieve their goals and gain mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
ZuShanna received her Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Education in Counseling. She also holds a provisional license as a School Counselor. Currently, ZuShanna is a post-master student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Certificate program at Alfred University and currently practices under the supervision and leadership of Janelle Thompson.
When ZuShanna is not working with clients or tending to her family of 5, she enjoys working out, hanging with friends, trying new foods, and traveling with her family.