Do I really need therapy and is therapy right for me?

Sometimes people can handle life stressors on their own. However, we are all human and can benefit from support from time to time. Working with a therapist can provide you with new tools, coping strategies, and provide a fresh perspective to life's challenges. Even therapist see therapists, in order to stay on top of their game. Seeking assistance is a sign of strength. Working with a therapist can provide you with a fresh outlook and help you let go of patterns which no longer serve you. It can help you discover solutions to your problems and  help you move forward in your life, where perhaps you have felt a sense of being "stuck". In short, anyone can benefit from therapy.

What is therapy like?

Therapy is personal process. Therefore, it will be different for each individual. Clients and therapists work on mutually developed goals, in order to make the most out of each session. Therapy is a collaborative process. Some of the things you can expect when working with a therapist are discussing your present situation, what brings you to therapy, and history that relates to your current situation. I am trained in a variety of modalities, and I present a variety of interventions we can use, and together we choose which one(s) are best for you. l take into account your specific needs, strengths and comfort level.

 

My approach to therapy is holistic, which means I take in to account your body, mind and spirit. My practice is trauma informed, client centered, strengths based and draws upon Interpersonal Process and Person Centered Therapy. I believe your history does not have to dictate your destiny. You can create a life you love to live. I strive to help you remove barriers and obstacles that may be in the way of your doing just that. Your part in this process is equally as important. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to have you bring what you have learned in sessions, outside  of the session and in to your life. At times, based on your needs, I may give you homework to work on in-between sessions; such as putting a new skill in to practice, reading an article, journaling, creative drawing, or practicing techniques for stress reduction. Our office is conveniently located in Central New Jersey, in Hillsborough Township.

 

What are some of the benefits of therapy?

  • Gaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and personal values

  • Attaining personal growth and healing

  • Improving self- esteem, self- awareness and self confidence

  • Developing skills and insight for improving your relationships

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your relationships, family or marriage 

  • Improving communication and listening skills

  • Learning new ways to cope with anxiety and stress

  • Learning coping skills  to deal with a variety of emotional states

  • Managing depression, grief, anger, loss, and other emotional pressures

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

Will my information be confidential?

The therapist-client relationship is sacred and is built on a foundation of earned trust. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in order for you to feel safe, and discuss issues that you may chose not share with others outside of speaking with your therapist. Therefore, it is imperative that therapists maintain their client's information confidential, unless you give your therapist written permission to disclose information to another professional, such as your Doctor, Psychiatrist, Chiropractor, or Attorney. State law and ethics require a therapists to maintain their client's information confidential. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality and a legal requirement, which requires a duty to warn, explained below.

 

Exceptions to confidentiality:

1) Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children.

2) Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of elders.

3) If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

 

Therapists are mandated reporters, just as teachers are. This means that the above mentioned incidences may need to be reported to  the proper authorities, which include; Child Protection, Adult Protective Services, and/ or law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

Issues Susan commonly assist people with include:

ADHD, Adoption, Anxiety, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Family Conflict, Grief, Immigration and the Migration Process, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Parenting, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality, Stress,

Women's Issues.

Treatment Orientations:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Family / Marital

  • Humanistic

  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Person-Centered

  • Relational

  • Somatic

  • Trauma Focused

 

Age:

  • Adolescents; tweens and teenagers ( ages 11 to 19)

  • Adults

  • Elders (65+)

 

Sexuality​:

  • LGBTQ

  • Bisexual

  • Heterosexual

  • Gay

  • Lesbian

  • Non- Binary

  • Pan Sexual

  • Trans populations

  • Questioning

 

Client focus:

Ethnicity: All races and ethnicities.

Specializing in Latino/ Hispanic.

Alternative Languages: Spanish

 

Modalities:

  • Individual

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Group

Policies:

If you need to  change an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you do not notify us of cancellation within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment, you will be billed for the session.

A minimum fee of $35 and/ or $35 per hour is charged for letter writing when clients request a letter written on their behalf ( for example to other providers, for disability, school, treatment summary. etc... At least one weeks notice is required for your provider to produce a letter or documentation of treatment. 

* Different fees apply for affidavits, report writing and evaluations. Please call for an accurate estimate.

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