Most people experience mental health challenges from time to time. But, when you work with the right therapist, you may find that you learn how to break free from harmful cycles, heal from negative past experiences, and enhance your overall well-being and resilience. 

If you’re looking for a therapist, Hackensack, NJ has a variety of therapeutic approaches to consider. For example, Specialized Therapy Associates provides psychological testing services, in addition to therapy with licensed psychotherapists and psychiatric care. Other therapists in Hackensack, NJ, use different approaches, like motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, or humanistic approaches to therapy. 

Many people in Hackensack find that online therapy is a good option when they’re looking to develop a treatment plan for psychological disorders—like major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder—or wanting to improve their overall mental health. This type of therapy is shown to be effective for many mental health challenges and related issues, and it’s often more affordable and easier to schedule than in-person therapy. 

The therapists listed here are all licensed to provide online therapy in Hackensack, New Jersey. You can click on their profiles to read more about their background, education, specialties, and read reviews from clients.

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Trina McDonald

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): LCMHC,LCAS,MAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I have experience working with those who have Mental Health issues as well as Substance Use Disorders and have worked with military personnel, those living with HIV/AIDS, the incarcerated, and in Private Practice. I use a strength-based, client-centered approach with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; yet draw from an eclectic approach, to assist the client make therapeutic gains. I utilize my Spirituality and Christian belief implementing the tenets of faith, hope, and love to strengthen confidence, self-worth, and help one maintain their recovery and excel in their mental, physical, social, and emotional health.

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Leticia Isidro-Clancy

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): LPC-MFT, LCADC,CCS
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
38 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor in the State of New Jersey, also trained and practices EMDR therapy. My experience in the field of helping profession as therapist and relationship skills coaching span over 30 years. I have wide range of experience working with couples, families, children and adults in individual and group settings. Of the many years of experience in the field, I am most proud of my overseas and at home support of America’s service members and their supporting families. The therapeutic tools I communicate to my clients are being non-judgmental, understanding, respect and empathy. I also guide the clients to understand the source of un-acceptable behaviors so they can be accountable for the decisions they make and be clear how they can modify their behavior to enrich their lives. I consider it a privilege to help others identify their needs and focus on the problems or issues they want to work on, empower them to find their strength and develop the skills they need to be more in control of their life.

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Elrita Godbold

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello. My name is Elrita Godbold and I am glad you are here. Congrats on taking your first step towards wellness, I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Lincoln University in PA and my Master's Degree in Social work from Rutger's University in NJ. I received my clinical license 2006. I have worked as an administrator, a clinician and I currently have a private practice. I have worked with diverse populations who's presenting problems have included Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety and Work related stress. I take pride in my work and enjoy helping others learn how to live their best lives. I specialize in Anxiety, as it has exploded as an initial diagnosis hard over the past few years, especially since the pandemic hit in 2020. Everyone is looking for a way to make sense out of the events over the past 2 years and often the type of support offered by Better Help is what is needed. In my therapeutic approach I utilize CBT which connects your thoughts and emotions to your behaviors. I also use DBT along with psychoeducation which empowers you and gives you the appropriate tools to be successful. I believe in treating the whole person, mind and body. I teach mindfulness strategies such as visualization, and meditation, as well as other relaxation strategies to help you manage life's daily stressors. I hope that you will allow me to walk with you on your journey. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Dr. Nicole Livingston

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementADHD
22 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Dr. Nicole Livingston, and I am a New Jersey-based clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience assisting clients of all ages. I have been privileged to work with individuals struggling with a wide range of challenges including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aging and End-of-life issues, Schizoaffective/Psychotic Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Difficulties, and Relationship Concerns. I am especially honored to have helped first responders, and others experiencing the harmful effects of physical and emotional trauma following 9/11 and other natural disasters. As a person-centered therapist, I treat my clients with empathy, respect, dignity, and compassion. My approach is to not pass judgment, but rather assist you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. My theoretical orientation is based primarily on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches (CBT) and also includes humanistic, mindfulness-based, and solution-oriented approaches depending on your unique challenges, preferences, and situation. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or not, it takes courage to take this step. I hope to provide you with a safe and productive environment to collaboratively address your needs. I look forward to working with you! *** PLEASE NOTE: Currently I am accepting new clients that are looking to use the Live Chat (Messaging) feature of this platform. My video and phone caseload is full.

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Nancy Livingston

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and have worked in health-related fields for over 20 years. I consider therapy to be a partnership where therapist and client work collaboratively to set and achieve goals. My philosophy is that everyone has innate and unique strengths and the ability to work through challenges with the right support and guidance. Some of the populations I have enjoyed working with include adults, older adults and caregivers of older adults. I also have experience with individuals who have experienced different types of loss and bereavement.

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Katherine Beck

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed, LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, My name is Katherine Beck and I am licensed counselor who has been working in the helping field for over twenty years. I have worked with a range of different people, from children and adolescents, people struggling with end of life issues, and many others in between. I am skilled at helping others navigate through difficult times and strive to instill hope in all of the people I work with. I genuinely believe that things can get better and that you can feel better than you do right now! I specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, dually diagnosed individuals (MH/IDD), ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety/depression, anger management, behavioral issues, and helping through difficult transitional stages. I am trained in the Sanctuary (trauma-informed care) model and use these principles in my every day work to help people navigate through traumatic experiences. I have experience working with parents and families of children to determine underlying causes of behavior and to provide support for caregivers. I practice using a best fit method, or finding what works best for every individual, and will work together with you to find creative solutions. You have already made the first step in your recovery by seeking help, which is often the most difficult part. I look forward to working with you! -Katherine

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Christopher Cuccolo

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New Jersey with 10 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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Anne (Annie) Harton

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflicts
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Indiana with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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. 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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Kent Jarratt

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyLGBTGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
35 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My approach is flexible and eclectic, and I adapt the treatment plan to each individual. I enjoy helping clients from all walks of life and have worked extensively within the LGBT community. I hold clinical licenses in both New York and New Jersey, and am board certified by the National Association of Social Workers. I received my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work/CUNY. I achieved Diplomate Status from the National Association of Social Workers, and was the Greta Singer Memorial Lecturer at Monmouth University (2011); and adjunct faculty for both graduate schools of Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at Hunter College/CUNY. I have also served as a Field Instructor for Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and Yeshiva. I am an Accredited Teacher of T'ai Chi Chih®, a non-martial arts form of T'ai Chi. I am a member of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (NYC).

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Kathryn Gately

Clinical therapist offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingADHD
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in New Jersey with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Hackensack

Finding the best therapist close by in Hackensack 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 in Hackensack that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Hackensack. 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 Hackensack, 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 in the Hackensack region and in the state of New Jersey. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Hackensack or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Hackensack area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Hackensack 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 Hackensack, elsewhere in Bergen, or in the greater state of New Jersey.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Hackensack 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 Hackensack 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 Hackensack 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

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

Therapists in Hackensack, 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 Hackensack psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Hackensack 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 Hackensack helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Hackensack 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Hackensack 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 in Hackensack?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Hackensack 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.

Hackensack therapists 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 Hackensack 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 Hackensack 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in NJ, therapists 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 07601 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your Hackensack 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Hackensack.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Hackensack 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 with a Hackensack counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Hackensack, 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.

Hackensack 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 to customer service 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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