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Jessica O'Gara-Mankowski, LCSW

Addictions LGBT Intimacy-related issues Eating disorders Self esteem
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About me

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified clinical supervisor (CCS) in New Jersey with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with grief and loss, emergency psychiatric issues, addictions, gender, sexuality and lgbt-related issues, intimacy and relationship related struggles, eating disorders and related symptoms/behaviors, and ADHD and Spectrum disorders in both adults and children as well as overall struggles related to day to day stressors. I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I also specialize in treating couples, adolescents, Veterans, and First Responders, as well as those seeking therapy grounded in faith and/or religious ideals. My role as a clinician is to guide and empower clients to identify clear goals and expectations for their time in therapy and then develop a plan together to reach these goals while practicing self acceptance, self love, and self validation. It is important to recognize that it takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

Professional experience

23yrs in practice
Addictions LGBT Intimacy-related issues Eating disorders Self esteem

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Trichotillomania, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

NJ LCSW 44SC05349800


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Jessica O'Gara-Mankowski. 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.

Never showed up to my session

Written on Nov 09, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, and self esteem

Very helpful. And I appreciate her checking in between sessions

Written on Nov 08, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She’s great! She gets it and she understands, not every therapist has that. She has a good vibe and really listens.

Written on Nov 01, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping disorders

I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone!

Written on Sep 18, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

I am newbie at this and Jessica made me feel very comfortable by providing me with various ways to articulate my emotions. I am very Type A and assumed I knew what was wrong and what needed to be fixed, but she blew that right open from the off. Really happy that I decided to do this.

Written on Sep 18, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Sound advice

Written on Sep 16, 2022 after therapy with Jessica for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts