Therapists in Elizabeth, NJ and Nearby Locations

Find a therapist in Elizabeth, New Jersey that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Elizabeth, to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and more.

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Ambre Hriso
LCSW, MSW
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New Jersey

Are you having difficulty coping with a life transition or loss? Do you feel alone in your experience, emotions and thoughts? Navigating hardships and challenges can be a difficult journey without the proper guidance and can appear confusing and...
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New Jersey

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2019, and I have experience supporting young adults and adults with concerns such as addictions, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship/ family issues, and...
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New Jersey, New York

Hello! We are Online Virtual Counselors, a group practice whose providers have over a combined 150 years of experience. We offer online therapy and psychological support in English and Spanish to clients living in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, DC,...
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New Jersey

Welcome to my profile! Are you seeking for someone to help you navigate life's challenges and support your personal growth? Look no further because I am here to assist you. With years of experience specializing in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, I...
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New Jersey

I earned my undergraduate degree from Excelsior College, and then went on to get a Master’s in Counseling from Nova South Eastern University where I interned in a partial care program for adolescents. I founded and directed an alternative HS for...
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Ramsey, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Finding the right therapist can be a long, confusing process. How can you be sure that the person you’re choosing has the right experience or training to effectively help you or your loved ones? As a therapist with a decade’s worth of...
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Florham Park, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Dr. Michael C. Zarabi is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in New Jersey and New York, treating adolescents, adults, and families. He received his doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at...
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Hackettstown, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Professionally, I am an Ivy League educated and seasoned psychotherapist with over 20 years working with adults, adolescents, and children. I hold a Master of Social Work degree with a Concentration in Direct Practice from the University of...
Renee Welde
LMHC, L.P.C, MS
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Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Hi! How are you? I'm Renee Welde, M.S., LPC, BCC, a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Coach, and Retreat Leader, specializing in clients struggling in finding their authentic self, as they move through their Life Transitions....
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Cranford, New Jersey

I am a licensed clinical social worker (New Jersey License #44SC04613000) and have been providing mental health services for over 25 years. I earned my master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University and completed my clinical internships at...
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Long Beach, New York

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New York, New Jersey

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in New York and New Jersey. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Social Work from New York University, Silver School of Social...
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Montclair, New Jersey

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New Jersey

“Girl, you got it all together!” That’s what they say. But inside you’re falling apart because you feel so stuck and unhappy. You no longer connect with the person that others see on the outside, because you’re paralyzed on the inside. So...
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Franklin Township, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Debra G. Salzman, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and is licensed in New Jersey. Dr. Salzman has been at Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. since 1992. Dr. Salzman has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and...
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Lawrence Township, New Jersey

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Pennsylvania, New Jersey

I am a licensed clinical psychologist (Psy.D.) with over 22 years of clinical experience. Personally, I have been involved in a daily meditation practice for over 15 years. After years of conducting psychotherapy, I transitioned to providing...
Rebecca Schulman
Psy.D., BCBA-D
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Somerset, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Rebecca K. Schulman, Psy.D., BCBA-D is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level at Behavior Therapy Associates. She is also the Program Director of the HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program:...
Jaclyn Hunt
MA, BCCS, ACAS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

JACLYN HUNT MA, ACAS, BCCS Welcome! I am a life coach and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS) specializing in the Autism and Special Needs population. My desire is to guide you towards a balanced life that brings you both happiness and peace...
Gemma Nastasi
Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
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Red Bank, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Gemma Nastasi is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching as well as an Associate Coach from the International Coaching Federation. She is also certified in holistic nutrition,...
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New Jersey

I have an MSW from NYU and A BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, graduating with Highest Honors. I am certified in CBT, DBT and Forgiveness Counseling. My training encompasses the full range of CEU offerings. My practice is very interactive...
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Westwood, New Jersey

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New Jersey

I love helping people understand the things that are holding them back. Our work together would identify how past experiences have shaped your approach to life today. In doing this, you can be freed to change the behaviors that prevent you from...
Colleen Gallagher
LMSW/LSW/LCSW supervised
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey

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New York, New Jersey

Your needs are important to me – I’m an empathetic psychotherapist and mind-body health professional who leads with the heart (compassion) and is informed by the head (research). Together we’ll begin by looking at what’s working for you –...
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New Jersey

Angry? Fearful and tense? Are you waiting for other shoe to drop? Too sensitive? I am a Transformative therapist and a Success coach. I have 17 years of experience of working with those who want to upgrade their life's quality. Let me help you to...
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New Jersey, New York

I’m a professionally trained and experienced therapist who specializes in helping people struggling with Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/trauma. I usually tell...
Eva Stark
LPC, MS
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Englewood, New Jersey

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New Jersey

I am a warm and compassionate therapist with over 30 years experience helping people with anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, parenting issues, balancing motherhood and career, and separation and loss. My goal is to provide a safe,...
Michael Selbst
Ph.D., BCBA-D
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Franklin Township, New Jersey

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Michael C. Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy Associates. He is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Certified School Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level. Dr....

Mental Health Resources in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Life in the booming big city of Elizabeth, New Jersey takes on a form similar to other middle-class, suburban neighborhoods. Sprinkled throughout the cityscape is fascinatingly authentic history. Monuments are plentiful, especially around public places, enshrining those who they represent for all to see. The area is also littered with historically significant buildings, many of which are available for viewing. Currently, Elizabeth is home to approximately 130,000 residents, as per a 2017 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau. One cannot describe the town amenities as far and few between. Around just about every corner are easily accessible shopping designations, gas stations, restaurants, and more. The primary motivation behind the average person’s decision to move to Elizabeth is tantamount to a majority of American cities: employment. Typically, when a family (or an individual) moves to a different domicile, it’s because a job opportunity sprouts up.

That being said, not everyone can land a decent-paying job. Those who can find work often settle for less than acceptable wages, keeping them on the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder. As pretty and historic as the city of Elizabeth may be, it is not free of crucial issues. The area’s unemployment rate, for example, is staggeringly high, coming in at roughly 50% higher than the national average. However, the problem of unemployment is a major contributor to a more complex problem. Experts are saying Elizabeth, New Jersey is experiencing a “mental health crisis.” Let’s break down what the state of mental health looks like in Elizabeth, what’s causing it to be so poor, and how to get in contact with a qualified therapist ready to help you if you are in need.

Mental Health in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Unfortunately, the concern of high rates of mental illness is found beyond just the city of Elizabeth. A report published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that a jaw-dropping one in five American adults suffers from a mental illness. In this context and going forward, the term mental illness can refer to any diagnosable psychiatric health condition. These disorders can range in severity; for example, anything from clinical depression to schizophrenia. The nationwide mental health crisis is affecting the state of New Jersey as a whole. As per a 2017 study, roughly 80,000 mental health visits occurred in Elizabeth’s neighboring county alone. So, why are rates of mentally ill individuals skyrocketing all over New Jersey and Elizabeth, specifically?

Firstly, the city of Elizabeth has a massive crime problem. Residents frequently describe illegal acts as being ‘rampant’ throughout the city. As per statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city is a whopping 42% higher than the national average. A strong link between areas with high rates of mental illness and high rates of violent crime is present. Regrettably, Elizabeth is no exception.

Moreover, the job market in Elizabeth seems to be suffering from a downward spiral. The rate of chronically jobless residents is surging in the region. As mentioned before, the unemployment rate in Elizabeth is a little more than 50% higher than in the rest of the nation. An absence of jobs tends to breed poverty among a city’s population. In Elizabeth, the poverty level is 26% higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There is an undeniable statistical link between poverty and mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, American adults living under the federal poverty level are more than two times as likely to suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Elizabeth, New Jersey

People across the nation are finding the process of reaching out to a therapist troublesome. There is currently a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals providing care. As per the National Institute of Mental Health, only 43% (a minority) of mentally ill Americans received any treatment as of 2017. Additionally, some people report feelings of nervousness. Before attending your first session of therapy, it is recommended you create a list of reasonable goals you wish to attain throughout your time in counseling. Officials are blaming poorly written policies, poverty, and stigma for the abysmally low number of people receiving necessary mental health treatment.

Elizabeth, in particular, is quite bad relative to the state of New Jersey in terms of accessibility to care. The rate of persons without any form of health insurance is about three times higher than the national average, coming in at 27.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For many of those without insurance, the out-of-pocket expense of a psychiatrist is too much to bear. The solution of therapy is simply unaffordable.

Mental Health Resources in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Thankfully, government officials in the area have made improving Elizabeth’s mental health situation a priority. Because of additional funding and encouragement from the government, the inhabitants of Elizabeth have a good number of mental health organizations to seek prospective assistance. For example, True Care is a local mental health clinic servicing both adults and youths in the area. Trinitas is a renowned psychiatric hospital providing a bevy of services to those in need.