Hi and thank you for visiting my page! It takes courage to seek a happier, more fulfilling life and to take the first steps towards change.
My name is Ivana (Pareja) Martins. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LCADC) in the State of New Jersey. I also hold a post-master’s degree in counseling (EdS) and provide clinical supervision to candidates seeking licensure in New Jersey as a certified supervisor. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various mental health and addiction settings. I have helped many clients work through depression, anxiety, addiction, substance use and trauma.
With 18 years of experience in the counseling field, I thrive in ensuring my clients feel that they are “in good hands” through our working therapeutic relationship. It is important to me that my clients feel understood as well as heard and that our connection is based on trust, hope and faith that we can get there together. Our partnership will allow you to understand what you are experiencing, whether it is your first-time seeking counseling, or you have had previous experience, grounding your own sense of who you are, the reason you feel the way you do and how to make the change you desire.
My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, trauma-informed, and psychodynamic therapy. I will also accommodate your specific needs, “meeting you where you are at” while encouraging you to be “the best you”. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, First Responder Issues, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing
NJ LPC 37PC00357400
Ivana is great. She’s easy to talk to and has helped guide me through my thoughts and behaviors. She is approachable and nonjudgmental; she has helped validate my feelings but also holds me accountable. She’s helped me gain a better understanding of certain behaviors and how prior experiences, relationships, and emotions influence those behaviors. I really enjoy our sessions.
Written on Mar 19, 2022 after therapy with Ivana for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd
This is the most comfortable I've ever been with a therapist. I have the security to speak freely without feeling like I should censor myself for fear of judgement or criticism. It's like talking to a wise friend over coffee. In the few weeks I've been speaking with her I'm already feeling that my concerns are being addressed and that I will be on a steady trajectory to be better.
Written on Feb 21, 2022 after therapy with Ivana for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and career difficulties
Ivana makes each session very comfortable and really tries to get to root of problems. I feel so much better every time I talk to her
Written on Feb 13, 2022 after therapy with Ivana for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Ivana has been a great help to me and she truly is a great listener and therapist. She genuinely cares and wants to help her clients. I've had therapists before that left me feeling like I was a number, but Ivana makes me glad that I gave therapy another try!
Written on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Ivana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Ivana listens, understand, and supports me. I instantly connected with her. She’s great!
Written on Jan 06, 2022 after therapy with Ivana for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, anger management, and adhd
Great experience with Ivana! I highly recommend her.
Written on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Ivana for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, and adhd