Your life can feel like a blanket stitched together. When it’s stitched together tightly, you feel as if you're safe and warm. However, life problems and mental health issues can make your blanket tear apart or be so thin it doesn't help you sleep at night. A counselor based in Elizabeth can help. 

Elizabeth’s growth was mostly due to a sewing machine company coming to town. A counselor can be your highly efficient sewing machine who helps you put together your life. Speak to a counselor and see what they can do for you. 

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RaShun Stewart

Offering therapy in NJ
License: Ed.S.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteem
17 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience counseling adolescents, young adults, individuals, and families. Providing support in a variety of settings including public schools, charter schools, colleges/universities, residential treatment programs, juvenile detention centers, and outpatient mental health settings. Life comes with struggles and transitions that are often difficult to manage on our own. Whether it’s stopping harmful behaviors that are interfering in your life, or finding was to flourish as a student, professional, partner, or parent, together we can work to achieve your goal one intentional step at a time. I provide an interactive and collaborative approach using a variety of treatment modalities, including but not limited to Family Systems Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I work with individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diverse backgrounds. I look forward to working with you!

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Phyllis Nehra

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefAnger management
6 years of experience

Hi, my name is Phyllis. I am licensed in New Jersey and have over 15 years of working with people in different capacities, including social work and as a therapist. I have a graduate degree in Human Services with a Specialization in Marital, Couple, and Family Therapy. I tend to view people and their concerns in relation to their relationships with others. I enjoy helping clients find their voice and learn skills they can use to get their needs met. My approach to therapy is individualistic, positive, and strengths-based. I use a tailored approach to therapy for each client’s individual needs. I know it can be scary to be vulnerable with a therapist and will do my best to ensure you feel safe while working toward your goals at a pace that feels comfortable to you. I use a mix of person-centered, solution-focused, and narrative therapy. I enjoy helping clients feeling empowered to make changes in their lives. I enjoy watching clients feel strong enough to set boundaries in their relationships and change behaviors that no longer serve them. I like sparking curiosity and hope abut the future. My ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere that allows for free expression so you can feel empowered to live your best life. Specialties: *Grief *Anger Management *Women’s concerns *Family Dynamics *Relationships *LGBT community

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Cynthia Odell

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
8 years of experience

I know the kind of courage it takes to recognize being stuck and then to realize a shift is necessary. Not knowing what direction to head in is really hard and can be very scary. It's sad to realize that you are on a journey and maybe you're on this journey alone. The other important people in your life just don't see things the way you do and you can't find common ground. It's frightening to take that leap and wonder if you're going to be caught. It's painful to realize you've outgrown who you are and painful to grow into who you are becoming. It may feel like you're lost and it's very, very confusiong when you don't have a clear sense of direction but KNOW, absolutely KNOW that you've got to do something different. One of the greatest comforts my clients have reproted is that I have many years of practice reading road maps, the kind of road maps that will take you from here, where you are today to where you want to be, tomorrow, next week, next year. I love to explore new sites and find places of interest. When we begin to work together, it's easy. We start where you are today. I work with you to identify and clarify what is and has been so challenging. I'll be with you to uncover where you feel stuck. I'll help you dream and encourage you to create your vision. Then, I’ll help you set goals that match your desires and dreams. I’ll help you remember your destination – where you want to go. Then, together we’ll develop your own personalized road map for this journey of self-discovery, sort of like your own AAA Trip Tik. As you begin the journey into your greater self, I’ll be there every step of the way with you; you’ll never be alone. I have lots of navigation tools to move you from one point to the next. I have amazing strategies to shatter the roadblocks that have stopped you from moving forward in your life. I can help you get the life you never dreamed possible, the life you deserve. You are amazing. My job is to reflect that back to you, so you can see yourself as I see you; whole, perfect and complete.

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Dr. Tori Bronaugh

Offering therapy in NJ
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesCoping with life changesADHD
15 years of experience

About Me Hi, I am glad you have chosen to begin counseling and explore issues which concern you. Making the decision to seek therapy is a significant step in self-care. As a licensed clinical psychologist, with over 15 years of experience working with adults, I have successfully helped many people along their journey of self-exploration. My approach is eclectic and individualized, based on each person’s needs and readiness for change. I am trained in psychodynamic theory and have expertise in examining how we can improve our interpersonal relationships with others. I utilize insight-oriented approaches, mindfulness and CBT techniques to foster change in those who are seeking therapy. I also help patients realistically identify their strengths and their uniqueness in order to meet their personal goals. I believe therapy gives us the opportunity to take pause in our life journey, reflect and find opportunities to practice living our best life. I look forward to being part of this exploration you have chosen to pursue. With gratitude, Dr. Tori A. Bronaugh, Ph.D.

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Kristen Abbate

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LPC
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
18 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in the state of New Jersey, with over 15 years of experience working as a counselor, behavior modification and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, motivational issues and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I have counseled many children, families and individuals in a variety of settings. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, supportive and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Carolina Suarez

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

Hi my name is Carolina. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor of three years and have well over 15 years working with individuals who have a severe chronic mental illness and occurring disorders. I am experienced in working with individuals that have depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, adjustment, parenting and self esteem challenges. I use a Holistic Approach, bringing awareness to the mind, body and soul. This gives us an understanding of how one area in a persons life has an affect on another area. I use Solution Focused Brief Therapy to encourage focus on the present and to promote a vision of the future you deserve and want. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I help reveal the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings and how these lead to ones behaviors/ reactions to specific situations. I am non judgmental, encouraging, honest and challenging. I believe we are resilient and are here to move forward towards a fulfilling life. With the right tools we can move through challenges with more ease and promote growth. I commend you, you have taken a courageous step in your pursuit of change, happiness, and meaning. I look forward to working with you!

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Annemarie Cristino

Offering therapy in NJ
Relationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
28 years of experience

I am licensed in New York with 28 years of professional counseling experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression and anxiety by understanding how this develops while learning tools to navigate around these issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I want to help you learn how to change negative thinking to positive which will help increase self esteem and courage. 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.

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Kristen Accisano

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
13 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 30 years of professional and agency work experience and I have been treating individuals and families for over 13 years. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. Life is a series of transitions that can cause anxiety about the future and sadness and depression about the past. Encountering change can be stressful and make us feel unbalanced. My approach is client-centered, holistic, and supportive. I will meet you where you are with no expectations other than hope for a desire to put the time into creating a clearer and healthier future together. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My goal is to help you feel empowered. I cannot empower you, your friends and social media cannot empower you, only you can empower yourself. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. We can chat, talk on the phone or be face to face on video. Let’s speak up and stand together.

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Marxlenin Burgos

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey and Tennessee with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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.

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Nicole Messink

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." - Brené Brown My name is Nicole and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of New Jersey. Reaching out for help is a true act of bravery. If you are reading this, you are one step closer to changing your life for the better. Vulnerability can feel scary, but it is one of the most courageous actions we can take. In my sessions, I use a combination of evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), person-centered therapy (PCT-CCT), and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I use motivational interviewing to assess the stage of change of each of my clients and ensure their level of readiness for specific interventions. My areas of focus include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, stress, inner-child healing, addiction, life transitions, relationships, body image, self-esteem, spirituality, trauma, grief, ecotherapy, attachment, identity exploration, sex, and communication. As someone who believes there is no one size fits all approach to therapy, I modify my therapeutic practice based on each individual’s needs. My clients find me to be genuine, approachable, humorous, inclusive, and open-minded. From my observations, I've found that incorporating humor and authenticity into my sessions has assisted in nurturing a strong connection between my clients and myself. I hold the belief that fostering a non-judgmental environment establishes the necessary conditions for discussing deeply personal subjects. It is an absolute privilege to be trusted to hold space for the healing portion of your journey.

How to find counseling in Elizabeth

Finding the best therapist close by in Elizabeth can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Elizabeth. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Elizabeth, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Elizabeth or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Elizabeth area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Elizabeth, elsewhere in Union, or in the greater state of New Jersey.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Elizabeth area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Elizabeth therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Elizabeth due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Elizabeth may not take health insurance, some in the state of New Jersey may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of New Jersey you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Elizabeth, New Jersey working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Elizabeth above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Elizabeth helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Elizabeth therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Elizabeth therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Elizabeth therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in NJ, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 07201 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Elizabeth counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Elizabeth licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Elizabeth, New Jersey can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Elizabeth has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Elizabeth:

07201, 07202, 07206, 07207, 07208

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