Minutes from bustling, busy Manhattan, Northvale may not be as impressive as the Big Apple, but we all need quiet places to retreat to. We need places where we can relax and unwind. But this is hard to do if your mind is distressed. In fact, when you’re dealing with mental health troubles, your mind can feel hectic and strung out - just like the not-so-far away Manhattan.

You can quiet your unrest with the help of a committed Northvale-area counselor. That way, whether you find yourself - whether in Northvale or Time square - you feel great about life. Match with a licensed, confidential mental health professional today to get started.

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Anneka Dockery

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesDepression
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Marriage and family therapist family and marriage counselor licensed in New Jersey and Delaware with 6 years working in outpatient mental health. I have also worked in residential treatment facilities for at risk youth and I have been a mental health therapist providing counseling for foster care children. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief, attachment issues, couples counseling which includes divorce mediation, adultery, or phase of life issues. I also work with those struggling with relationship issues. parenting problems, career challenges, and oppositional disorders. I have worked with veterans and military families during an internship in Hawaii. As a military spouse from a retired Army soldier, I have a first hand understanding of the struggles and anxiety, stress, and emotional struggles that present in the military culture. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and inviting. I am down to earth, I ask questions for a deeper understanding and most importantly I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I like for my clients to also know I am human and despite my education or training, life presents stress and challenges for everyone. My approach to therapy is I follow the client and during the assessment, together we will discuss what treatment modality may be best. i do this because therapy models aren't always a one size fits all. With that said, its very important to asses and observe because a persons needs takes of different forms depending on circumstance and situation. I will do what is clinically necessary to get the help you need, even if its not with me. I am glad to see that you are ready to take control over your emotional and mental health. Its takes a lot of motivation and courage to work on yourself and more so not be afraid to seek help if needed. I look forward to working with you on your journey to becoming a healthier, happier and confident version of you! 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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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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Kimberly Puleo

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MA,NCC,LPC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a NJ licensed professional counselor (LPC) and NJ school counselor who has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of social and emotional difficulties. I completed my BA at William Paterson University in psychology with a minor in sociology. I went to graduate school at Montclair State University where I obtained her MA in school counseling. I graduated as a Chi Sigma Iota National Counseling Honor Society member. Subsequently, I became a certified NJ school counselor, National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have worked in several school districts in NJ as a district wide school counselor, anti-bullying specialist, and social worker on a Child Study team creating Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s). I served on 504 committees, Intervention and Referral Services committee (I&RS), created behavior improvement plans, social evaluations, and is familiar with standardized testing. I have attended trainings on the NJ anti-bullying law, suicide prevention and risk assessment, cyber-bullying, crisis prevention and Division of Youth and Family Services (now DCP&P), relational aggression particularly among girls, mindfulness, among many other character building educational topics. I supervised a school psychologist and a school social work intern. I worked collaboratively as a team with Early Intervention, Perform Care-crisis assessment, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, food therapists, nutritionists, ABA trained behaviorists, among other related specialists and referring community resources. I can help with transition issues including college preparation and job coaching. In addition, I have multiple years of experience working for a psychiatrist specializing in addictions as well. My specialties include social skills groups, children with developmental disabilities, changing families/divorce, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, anger management, ADHD, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, academic difficulties, adoption issues, relationship issues, sibling issues, parenting issues, low self esteem, improving your confidence and self worth, addictions, personality disorders, increasing coping skills, among many other life stressors and difficulties. I am a married, mother of two young school aged children. I approach things as a solution focused therapist and use a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies, play therapy, and art therapy. Why get therapy? Because your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

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Brian Colangelo

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LCSW,CADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

If you're reading this, then there is a good chance that you may be struggling or hurting (or trying to help someone who is). I'm sorry that you are in that space and I will do my absolute best to support you (and walk beside you) in your journey. I am a firm believer in being open and forth coming. If something doesn't work for you - tell me and we can work to solve it. I appreciate a therapeutic relationship built on trust and honesty. If either one of us is lost, confused or concerned, then we discuss it and figure it out. A little bit about me (just so folks know that I'm both a genuine person and that I have the experience and knowledge to do this work): I graduated from Temple University with my Master's Degree in Social work. I studied cognitive behavioral therapy, addiction counseling, rational emotive behavioral therapy, EMDR, motivational interviewing, and most importantly I studied Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Philadelphia for three years. (I'm also happy to give you a somewhat concise description of Gestalt Therapy because it is a bit ambiguous.) I teach part time at both Rutgers University and Camden County College. I have extensive experience providing trauma counseling (both individual and group) to survivors of sexual assault from multiple backgrounds. I value my family and the awesome relationships I have with my friends and support people in my life. I have done a significant amount of work on my healing from trauma, and I use my experience not a measure of comparison but rather as a source of internal strength. I am proud of my well-earned accomplishments, and I work hard to learn from the things that I have screwed up (there’s plenty of them). I live in New Jersey, enjoy the outdoors, running, cycling, pina coladas and getting caught in the rain (I also tend to have a sarcastic sense of humor). One caveat is that as a social worker and a therapist: I fall very far to the side that I believe that our society has oppressed and harmed many groups of individuals. I believe that it is our responsibility not just as individuals but also as therapists to actively support those who have been harmed by racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, ableism and anti-Semitism. So while I believe that providing culturally responsive care is essential, I go beyond that to see part of my responsibility is to work to undo that harm that has been done. Finally, I encourage you to contact me to find out more about me before you make your decision. I am happy to answer questions you may have and give you an opportunity to find out more about me to make sure I am the right person for you. Brian Colangelo (He/Him/His)

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Jessica Hollander

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changesADHD
17 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 17 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & coping with life changes. 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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Judith D’agostino

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
31 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 31 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Maureen Hinds

Offering therapy in NJ
Self esteem
20 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients find solutions for success by promoting positive changes in attitude and emotional functioning, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. 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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Charu Bhardwaj

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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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Sonia Rodrigues-Marto

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey and Virginia with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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 Northvale

Finding the best therapist close by in Northvale 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 Northvale. 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 Northvale, 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale, 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 Northvale area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale, 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 07647 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 Northvale 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 Northvale 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 Northvale, 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.

Northvale 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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