Wildwood, New Jersey is home to over 200 motels which were built during the “doo-wop” era of the 1950s. In fact, Bill Haley and the Comets made the song, “Rock Around the Clock” famous when they first performed it on Memorial Day weekend, giving Alva the nickname, “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” Wildwood is still one of the most popular resort destinations on the Jersey Shore. It’s hard to imagine living in such a fun place and not feeling up to dancing. A bad mental health day can keep you at home and off the beach more than you wish.

There’s no need to isolate yourself because you’re not feeling your best. The Wildwood area offers mental health counselors and one is sure to be a match. A few sessions and you’ll be back to rockin’ around the clock.

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Candace McKay

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MA, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

My specialty is in working with adult clients who are looking to discuss a variety of issues related to general life stress and/or relationships. I completed my Masters in Counseling in 2002 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and have been running my own practice since 2017. I lean towards being solution-oriented, and having a resilient and proactive mindset. My strengths are in using a person-centered supportive approach. I tend to use counseling interventions that include CBT, body-based relaxation techniques, and mindfulness. I may also integrate some attachment-based therapy, which reflects on your childhood upbringing to see if there are any rooted patterns, insecurities, or beliefs that have been problematic for you as an adult. Depending on what you need at the time of therapy, I can provide an objective and professional viewpoint, as well as a place for you to feel heard and understood. We can also work together towards creating a treatment plan that pertains specifically to you, which includes interventions and recommendations that could help you feel better over time. I like to empower and validate my clients in addition to discussing making some life changes depending on the issues presented. If you'd like to work with me, I prefer to use the 'messaging/writing feature' or we can schedule 1 live video session per week. I respond to clients during EST hours between 10am and 8pm. My turn around time for accepting a new client or responding to written messages is up to 24 hours (sometimes much faster depending on the time of day).

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Nancy Bodnar

Offering therapy in NJ
License: MSW, LCSW,NJ School Social Work Certified
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

Hello! Welcome to BetterHelp Community. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 18 years. I earned a Masters Degree of Social Work in 2002 from Hunter College School of Social Work in Manhattan, specializing in children and family therapy. I have experience in both private practice and outpatient hospital settings. I enjoy working with people to resolve various life issues in order to help them obtain or restore confidence and fulfilling relationships. I specialize in working to empower my clients, both children and adults, and their families who may be experiencing relational or other obstacles, which may include, but not limited to trauma, divorce or separation, loss, mood disorders, anxiety, panic, self esteem issues, cultural diversity, and sexual orientation. I do believe in a multidisciplinary approach, when necessary, to provide the most efficacious treatment. My training includes Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Family systems and some Substance abuse training. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers. I've been a volunteer for Jewish Board of Family and Children services and I am School Social Work Certified. I look forward to connecting with you. If you feel we are a good match, I also feel privileged to work with you and help you obtain your goals.

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Nicole Allen

Offering therapy in NJ
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am an LCSW and I work with young-adult clients, aged 18-35 years old. This is a very unique period of life, when one is solidifying their identity and trying to forge a path into their future. Life goals often include establishing a meaningful relationship, career, friendships, passions, hobbies and overall wellness. I love to help young adult clients understand how their past can contribute to challenges, but also how they can move forward in their life and use their experiences to find purpose. I empower clients with skill-building, such as re-framing, gratitude and self-care so they can live a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

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Rhaysa Saint-Hilaire

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I completed a Master's Degree in Social Work at New York University. Also, certified and licensed in trauma and crisis interventions. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, emotional disturbance, family conflict, Mood disorders, Anxiety, Depression, adoption, Post-traumatic stress disorder and dual diagnosis. My focus is working with a diverse population of all ages and cultures which includes adults, teens and families. Another area of focus is Maternal Child Health; perinatal, postpartum families dealing with postpartum depression/anxiety/pregnancy losses. I use evidence based practices with the focus on person-centered care. I believe that anyone can change and grow at any time in their lives. I have witnessed powerful healing and growth in my practice over the years. It is truly a gift and I feel privileged to help everyone who is in need. Bilingual (Spanish/English)

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Kelly Welsh

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyDepression
4 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker. I am licensed in New Jersey with 5 years of professional work experience. I have been in the field of human service for over 25 years. I have experience helping clients with a variety of concerns including but not limited to: stress, anxiety & depression, and interpersonal relationship issues. I received my Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. I also hold a degree in Developmental Disabilities and am a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. My preferred modalities of treatment include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Therapy. I also have experience with Inner Child Work and Substance Use Issues. I believe in treating everyone with dignity, empathy, and respect. I've been told that I am "real" and "down to earth". I prefer a collaborative approach to therapy, meaning that we can work together to find the best course of action for your individual journey. I believe that each choice a person makes today has the potential to change their tomorrow.

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Marcos Garson

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteem
39 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 39 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Amanda Hager

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyLGBTEating disordersDepressionADHD
5 years of experience

I view therapy as an active and collaborative process that allows for flexibility and fluidity based on your individual needs over time. I take time to get to know you as an individual and how your lived experiences, including the influence of oppressive systems, transgenerational narratives, culture, community, family, and societal norms have had an impact on your holistic well-being. I stray away from Eurocentric practices that view people as a collection of symptoms that need to be 'fixed'. I view each client as a whole person with strengths they can utilize to build emotional foundations and achieve wellness. I have substantial experience working with eating disorders, ADHD, high risk thoughts and behaviors, and Queer and transgender clients. Additionally, I have experience working with eating disorders in gay men, complex grief and loss (including loss through suicide), parents of transgender teens and adults, living with HIV/AIDS, and BIPOC clients. The therapeutic environment I provide is an open, judgment free space where clients can talk about issues they may not be able to in their daily lives.

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Phoebe King

Offering therapy in NJ
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
22 years of experience

I am licensed in New Jersey with over 20 years of professional work experience. My training focus has been Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I use the Gottman Method for the couples that I have worked with over the years. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse. 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!

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Shlomit Keren Stein

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

I am licensed in New Jersey with 14 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 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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Pamela Wenger

Offering therapy in NJ
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesCoping 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 relationship issues, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & parenting issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Wildwood

Finding the best therapist close by in Wildwood 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 Wildwood. 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 Wildwood, 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood, elsewhere in Cape May, 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 Wildwood area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood, 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 08260 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood 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 Wildwood, 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.

Wildwood 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.

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