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Debra Sorkow Kochakji, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Anger management Self esteem, Motivation ADHD
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About me

My name is Debbie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. I have over 30 years experience working primarily in the school setting with students with special needs and/or behavioral issues. I have worked part time in a variety of settings including, mental health agencies, in-home counseling services, the foster care system, and private practices . I have primarily worked with teens, children, parents, and families.

I have a very direct approach paired with passion, compassion, humor and dedication. My main goal is to empower you to make the changes you are looking for in your life.
I use a Client-Centered approach that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Values Clarification, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Emotionally and Solution -Focused Therapy. I have found online counseling to be extremely effective!

Every individual is different. I start where the client is identifying and assessing goals, priorities, cultural norms and values, feelings and how you communicate your needs. We will work together for you to gain insight and self-awareness of strengths and challenges, patterns and perceptions. It may be beneficial to obtain input from friends, family and co-workers. We would focus on basic life skills and strategies for social competency, self-esteem, problem solving, conflict resolution, coping/emotional regulation and communication depending on your goals and needs. I connect well with the majority of individuals that I work with. I am truly committed and am very available to clients via tele health.
I will listen with an empathetic ear and heart and work together to empower you to create change for a more fulfilling life! Looking for a Counselor on Betterhelp is the first step to making this happen! : )

Professional experience

37yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Anger management Self esteem, Motivation ADHD

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Adoption and Foster Care, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Dependent Personality, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Hearing Impaired, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NJ LCSW 44sc00104400


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Debra Sorkow Kochakji. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

So far Debra has been so kind and understand. I can tell that she really cares and wants to help me. I am actually excited to be in therapy. Thank you Debra!!

Written on Jun 01, 2023 after therapy with Debra for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Debbie is a very gifted therapist and communicator. She is warm and very welcoming. I really felt that she met my “pace” with therapy. She never pushed into spaces that made me uncomfortable but instead really knew how to bring clarity to the problems I brought up. I learned a lot in such a short time and I owe it to her expertise!

Written on May 16, 2023 after therapy with Debra for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Debra was a very pleasant counselor! She's very flexible and great with scheduling/rescheduling. She's super laid back and is humorous in conversation. Debra was always supportive encouraged me in ways that helped boost my self esteem. She was also really open to all types of topics of conversations and was a great listener.

Written on Sep 18, 2020 after therapy with Debra for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem