Welcome! My name is Kristy Mathews and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. With about four years of clinical experience and over 10 years of experience providing services to individuals and families that are impacted by mental health. I have developed the skills and knowledge that are most beneficial for those that seek to experience ongoing personal growth, fulfilling relationships, academic and career achievement, and wellness of the body and mind.
In addition to the educational requirements of a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree that I hold, I have also received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk, and Expressive Therapies. Additionally, in my practice I regularly draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Essentially, science-based theories are an integral component of my counseling practice. In conjunction with scientific theory, I regularly incorporate holistic and alternative therapeutic approaches, such as meditation, yoga, expressive arts, and both exercise and nutrition. It is always my intention to provide a client-centered treatment approach that will build on your personal and/or spiritual beliefs, cultural norms, and worldview.
At an early age, I was inspired to pursue a career in mental health counseling due to both an inner desire to understand human behavior and because I had been positively impacted by a few supportive and compassionate individuals that helped me survive, and even thrive, through and after challenging life experiences. As time passes, I am continually reminded of how incredibly valuable we are to one another, as fellow humans traveling along the path of life. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is certainly not. I believe that we all have the capacity to provide healing to one another, and to ourselves, but sometimes we need the support of a professional who has the education and training to utilize that healing capacity in an effective manner.
Therapy is both a science and an art, rooted in decades of research and practical application, with the unconditionally supportive, accepting, and compassionate therapeutic relationship being at the center of the process. You have the freedom to share your story with me at any pace that is most comfortable for you. I look forward to building trust and comfort, hearing your story, and learning about the ways in which you process your thoughts and feelings. Together, we will embark upon a journey of growth, acceptance, and emotional stabilization.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” -Rumi
* At this time, I am only offering messaging and live chats (no phone or video) *
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's 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), Narrative Therapy
NJ LPC 37PC00681500
Kristy has been amazing. Helped me with CoVID anxiety and other stressful situations
Written on Dec 28, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching
Responsive and helpful. Great at listening, while also offering feedback that is useful. She gets to the roots of issues with kindness and understanding.
Written on Sep 25, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I love Kristy. She has a great balance between being objective and analytical yet also approachable and relatable. She has been very helpful in helping me get through my anxiety this year with multiple issues.
Written on Sep 25, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Kristy really helped by listening to what I needed and even went out of her way to offer suggestions and resources. I really appreciated her help!
Written on Aug 26, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Kristy is so helpful! She really is there for me and is an amazing counselor! I love her!!! Will recommend her to a friend.
Written on Aug 18, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
All of my sessions with Kristy have been very helpful. I would recommend her to anyone thinking about starting therapy.
Written on Aug 14, 2020 after therapy with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching