Emerson, New Jersey, which was once called the Borough of Etna, was named after the famous author, Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1909. Emerson’s nickname is “the family town” because there is such excellent schooling, plenty of recreational areas, very little crime, and affordable housing. Although raising a family in Emerson may be easier than other larger towns, there are always family issues that you may need help with.

Whether it is a family issue or any other type of concern, there are many mental health professionals in and around the Emerson area who are available to help you right now. Talk to one of them if you need some extra support or just someone to listen.

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Lisa Stammerjohann

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
30 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor based in New Jersey, holding an MA in Psychology and have over three decades of comprehensive experience. My practice specializes in addressing various mental health concerns, including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, relationship and family issues, grief and loss, and the enhancement of self-esteem and motivation. With a proven track record, I am adept at empowering individuals to discover meaning in their lives, enabling them to embark on the path they are destined for. My approach is grounded in practicality, creativity, and, when suitable, humor. I prioritize identifying the root causes of issues rather than solely treating symptoms. Moreover, I provide actionable ideas and strategies between sessions to foster continuous growth and satisfaction. My ultimate objective is to guide you towards the relief, comfort, and balance you seek, facilitating a life filled with joy, peace, and grace. I look forward to the opportunity of understanding your unique journey and assisting you on your path to well-being.

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Stephanie Howell

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MS,LPC,LCMHCS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience

Hi! I have over ten years of experience in both in and outpatient treatment settings with adults, adolescents, and children with dual diagnosis of mental health and substance abuse. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of New Jersey and North Carolina, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in the state of North Carolina, National Certified Counselor, and Master Addiction Counselor. I earned my Master’s degree from East Carolina University in 2010. My clinical experience has focused on substance abuse, anxiety/ stress management, trauma/ abuse, interpersonal relationship issues, and depression. I have experience working with those overcoming symptoms of personality disorders and the devastating impact these symptoms can have on an individual and their relationships with others. Services I offer include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, person centered, and gestalt therapy. I feel that incorporating techniques from multiple theories benefit each client to provide the most effective and personalized counseling experience. It is my belief that developing rapport with an individual is essential to the therapeutic relationship. After rapport is developed I focus on awareness of the here and now and how making changes in thoughts and behaviors can be beneficial in the client’s life. I often focus on assisting clients to focus on solutions to problems or concerns he or she is having, setting goals, and encouraging you, the client, to decide what solution is best for you. I am honored to be a part of each individual’s journey that I have been able to witness and I look forward to assisting you in your journey to wellness!

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Dr. Jenna Meyerberg

Offering therapy in NJ
License: PhD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

*I do not offer video or phone sessions on BetterHelp - Only text-based therapy* People ask me, "When is it time to see a therapist?" I don't know anyone who can say everything in their lives is going well all the time; we all have challenges from time to time, but you don't have to go through them alone. I'm here to help you use your strengths to keep what is going right, and help you find your strengths to fix when things are going wrong. I specialize in working with children, teens, young adults, and families. I bring warmth, empathy, and a touch of playfulness and creativity to my work. You can hear me speak more about my approach and counseling philosophy here: http://bit.ly/podcastdrjm I began specializing in family, children, and adolescent therapy ten years ago. I know parenting can be challenging, and I know that children and teens often need a different approach to therapy than adults. I earned my PhD through researching the ways in which social media impact well-being, and I use evidence based practices with all of my clients. I have advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I am an active researcher in how social media impacts our well-being. I have a PhD in Mental Health Counseling, completing my degree with a dissertation about Facebook's effect on mood and affect. I believe the best counseling relationships are built on trust and mutual respect, and are collaborative in nature. Therapy should be a safe place to explore difficult topics. If you are looking for a warm, genuine, and caring therapist, working with me may be a great fit. I look forward to our work together, contact me today and let's get started!

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Dr. Augustine Bessong

Offering therapy in NJ
License: P.h.D., M.S., LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
22 years of experience

Hello! My name is Augustine and some people call me Dr. B. I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in New Jersey with over 25 years of experience, working in the mental service in different capacities. I had my Ph.D. since 2000 from an APA approved University at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including developmental disabilities, forensics, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, porn-related issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma and/or emotional trauma. And on several occasions, I have rendered services to members of the LGBTQ community. My counseling style is warm, interactive, empathic and I believe that a therapist should have effective listening skills and be able to join with the client during the counseling process. I believe in treating anyone with respect, total acceptance, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I believe that clients have the capacity to grow in therapy and the therapist should be a catalyst in that process. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I can say I'm eclectic in my approach, as clients come in therapy with different problems and no one modality in counseling is the answer to their particular problems. I will tailor our conversation and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe that the client must be the driver to this therapeutic journey with the therapist. Of course, it takes courage to seek for a more pleasing, satisfying and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. Change will always start from accepting that you have a problem. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you! SPECIALTIES Stress, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression Relationship issues Self esteem Career difficulties ADHD Forensics Also experienced in: Addictions , Porn-related issues, LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression Years of Experience: 25 years SERVICES OFFERED

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Laura Duffy

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MA,LPC,LCADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. I have over seven years of experience working with substance use, mental health, and dual-diagnosis/co-occurring populations. I have worked in community agencies as well as hospital-based programs, and I have experience in several levels of care such as inpatient, outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization (PHP/APH), and Medication Assisted Treatment (Methadone, Vivitrol, Suboxone). I also have experience working with trauma in addition to severe and persistent mental illness (Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder, Personality Disorders) and coordinating crisis intervention with this population. My counseling style is warm, non-judgmental, and person-centered. I believe you are the expert on you, and as your counselor I am here to assist you in achieving the goals you wish to accomplish in therapy. Together we will collaborate to form a treatment plan, measurable and achievable goals, assessing your progress and adjusting accordingly as necessary. One of the most significant reasons I entered this profession, is that I am a firm believe that "a little compassion goes a long way". It only takes one person to help you see the light when you feel trapped in the darkness. I also believe in the importance of empowerment in order to rebuild self esteem, self worth, and self efficacy - and I am looking forward to working with you!

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Alec Spergel

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MSEd,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
3 years of experience

My name is Alec Spergel and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in D.C. with 5 years experience in the field. I work with children and adults facing a wide range of mental health issues from anxiety and depression to complex trauma. The approach I take to counseling is through the lense of Narrative Therapy, which focuses on evaluating our values and beliefs and restructuring our "story" to fit the people we are and the people we want to be. I also utilize solution focused and cognitive behavioral techniques to help readjust our thoughts and behavior. Ultimately, I like to get to know my clients and find out what works best for each and every individual. Reaching out and asking for help is always difficult. It's a process that asks us to be vulnerable which, at it's core, takes unbelievable courage. I hope we can do that together and find ways to achieve your desired outcome.

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Jasmine Berger

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyIntimacy-related issuesCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Do you often feel weighed down by stress or anxiety or even struggle with depressed mood? Do some days just feel like it's hard to exist or cope? Together, we will process your current symptoms and find strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your stressors and difficulties. Through my approach in therapy, I provide a warm and safe environment where you will find unwavering support as well as unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you and commend you on taking the first step to find a provider to begin your journey. I attended Chestnut Hill College and received my Master's of Science in Clinical & Counseling Psychology. I have been working in the mental health field since 2014 and have been practicing as a therapist since 2018. I have completed 40 hours of LGBTQ focused education through Chestnut Hill College.

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Dr. Sr. Marian Mikhail

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hi, My name is Dr. Marian Mikhail [Doctorate of Min., L.C.P.C. Advanced , PhD Clinical Pastoral Counseling, M.Div., LCMHC, LPC, M.A. Rel. Ed.]. I am a licensed therapist in New York and New Jersey with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I graduated from Pennsylvania State University 2009, with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I continued my path of education afterwards. In 2018, I received a double Masters from Fordham University. The first Masters is in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care. The second Masters is in Religious Education, specializing in youth and young adult ministry. In 2020, I further joined Holy Sophia Online University to obtain a Masters in Divinity. Concurrently, I graduated in 2022 after 4 years of studying Orthodoxy from the Coptic Orthodox Institute. In 2023, I received my PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from the Colorado Theological School. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate of Ministry, specializing in pastoral counseling degree from Liberty University.

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Rhonda Cox

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LPC, CAC_III, LCPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
19 years of experience

Hello and thank you so much for taking the 1st step in enhancing your life, it takes much courage to be here! There are a few things you may want to know about my approach, along with those things you may inquire on about the person they will be trusting while you embark on your journey to better health. I have been practicing mental health since 1999 from a psychiatric units, out patient community mental health centers and actively in practice from my solely owned private office (established 2013). After being a non-traditional student (started higher education later in life) I have enjoyed this 20 year experience of support encouragement and gentle guidance through non-judgmental, unbiased care. With my range of experience and diversity of clientele, It has been my pleasure to witness the positive outcomes clients have had through the practices of; CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) and Client Centered therapy all of which are evidenced based best outcome practices. In working with my clients I have had the thrill to watch them grow, develop, and enhance their lives and on occasion, return for fine-tuning. It's exciting when treatment goals are achieved and life improves - I invite you to be part of the process of either enhancing your life or perhaps creating a new life that is stronger and more bold with grace, confidence and direction.

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Joseph Sanders

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
27 years of experience

I am licensed in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbtq+ related issues, & trauma and abuse. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Emerson

Finding the best therapist close by in Emerson 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 Emerson. 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 Emerson, 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson, elsewhere in Bergen, 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 Emerson area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson, 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 07630 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 Emerson 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 Emerson 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 Emerson, 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.

Emerson 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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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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