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David Alvarez

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey, and have worked in the mental health field since 1996. I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling, from Montclair State University in May 2003. During my career, I have worked in both individual and group settings, including adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders in hospital and residential settings. These populations including depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, I have experience working with LGBTQ individuals and adolescents. As a therapist, I believe in a holistic person-centered approach that employs motivational interviewing techniques. For me, it is important to meet each person where they are at, allowing a safe, supportive, and respectful environment. My role is to engage with you, understand more about you and what has brought you to therapy. It is additionally important for me to work with you to identify changes and a plan of action we can formulate. An empathic, non-judgement approach is important in helping you on your journey in creating a happier and healthier life. I look forward to working with you!

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Alia Luqman

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to mental health. I hold licenses in the state of California and the state of New Jersey. I hold an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master of Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. Psychotherapy and building a trusting and non-judgmental relationship with my patients is such fulfilling and important work. I believe that each person I work with is capable of experiencing happiness, self love and peace. I have worked in the field of Social Work for over 14 years, assisting individuals and families to overcome and manage traumas from abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide, living in the foster care system and incarceration. I have worked more specifically doing counseling and psychotherapy for 7 years. My counseling style is warm, empathic and client-centered. I have worked with patients of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, races and cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I have helped patients with a broad range of concerns including: stress, depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication improvement, family conflict, parenting issues, adoption and foster care, self esteem and interpersonal relationship issues. I am committed to helping you find a path towards reaching your goals, listening without judgment, leading with kindness, respect and dignity. I know it takes strength and courage to seek professional help. I genuinely commend you on your commitment to yourself. I am looking forward to guiding you towards living and experiencing the life you envision for yourself. I look forward to working with you. Thank you!

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Deana Duckenfield

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Therapy is a very unique experience and when you reach out for help it should fit who you are and what you need. One of my greatest strengths as a therapist is creating that fit for each of my clients. For some people reaching out for help is easy and for others it is one of the most difficult things that have ever had to do. No matter where you are on that spectrum I feel confident that together we can find what it is that you are seeking. My approach to therapy is a present focused and a goal oriented style. I work with my clients to explore their current life and find what it is that is out of sync. At times we need to look to the future to see how things could play out and at times we need to look to the past to see where things may have gone off track. But the main goal is getting you peace in your today. I have had the pleasure to work with a diverse population in my career and there is a broad range of issues that I can assist with. So if you are in search of some guidance and support, I would like to help you find a place in your life that makes you feel glad to be alive :) I am a Masters Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) and have extensive background working with addictions. **Please contact me for live session availability.

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Victoria Smith Hardesty

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LCSW,CBIS,CDP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Victoria Smith-Hardesty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She specializes in treatment for adolescents/adults who have acquired brain injuries and neurodevelopmental disorders. She also has a unique specialty in pregnancy and infant loss. She received her Bachelors of Social work from Rutgers University, and later earned her Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University. With extensive experience in clinical practice, working with individuals, groups and families, Victoria is currently serving Betterhelp. She believes in each individual as a whole person with their own unique experiences and story. She is committed to honoring your individuality and your decisions to take steps towards your own healing. Victoria provides a comfortable, safe and respectful environment where you can build a partnership and develop a plan to help you achieve your goals. She utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy, including client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed care. She has experience working with individuals and families, with a focus in serving clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, pregnancy/infant loss, ASD, ADHD, Dementia, TBI, Stroke, interpersonal difficulties, end of life concerns, and new life stages/changes.

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Dr. Stephanie Warren- Meltzer

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, life changes, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I also help families managing children's developmental issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. You are most likely wondering what type of therapy approach I use. My therapeutic approach is eclectic which simply means that I may use a combination of therapy approaches, based on your individual needs. For example, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches might be intertwined. I also find that a person-centered approach is very helpful. 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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Ashley Burchell

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 5 years of professional experience working with children and adolescents, adults of all ages, families, and takes a particular interest in treating women’s issues. I have expertise in assisting clients in their recovery from trauma, eating disorders, and substance use disorders, and is highly skilled at assisting clients when facing challenges related to their mental health and well-being. 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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Penelope Prosperi

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Juan Flores

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, marital/relationship issues, anger management, male sex addiction (both straight & gay) & depression. 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.

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Kassandra Rodriguez

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 6.5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

How to find counseling in Madison

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 07940 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 Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison, 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.

Madison 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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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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