Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Elizabeth, New Jersey

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.


Avrahom Rosenberg

LCSW
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience working as a psycotherapist. I graduated from Fordham University Gradute School of Social Service in 2014. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, time management, self esteem building, anger management, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced intimacy issues and addiction.... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience working as a psycotherapist. I graduated from Fordham University Gradute School of Social Service in 2014. I have worked with clients with a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Lance Rao

LMHC
10 years experience
Hi! My name is Lance C. Rao. (I check messages every 2 hours and reply several times daily) I was born and raised in New York, NY. I received my BA in philosophy from Fordham University and was accepted into the National Honor Society Phi Sigma Tau. For the last 5 years, I have served as the President of the Palm Beach Fordham Alumni Chapter. I also received my Masters Degree in Mental Health... Read More
Hi! My name is Lance C. Rao. (I check messages every 2 hours and reply several times daily) I was born and raised in New York, NY. I received my BA in philosophy from Fordham University and was accepted... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Tara Bleakley

MA,LPC
10 years experience
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and ask for help. I understand this and will do my best to make you feel comfortable and confident in my ability to help guide you in the right direction. As we begin our initial... Read More
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Lisa Pringle

LPC,LCADC,NCAC,II
10 years experience
Hello, Welcome to therapy! I am a Professional Mental Health and Licensed Addiction Counselor with 13 years of counseling experience working with people from diverse populations. I believe that people can use the safe space of therapy to generate and cultivate ideas, learn new concepts and decide how they want to incorporate something different into their life. My academic and professional career have trained me to understand The Addictive... Read More
Hello, Welcome to therapy! I am a Professional Mental Health and Licensed Addiction Counselor with 13 years of counseling experience working with people from diverse populations. I believe that people can use the safe space of therapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Isiah Lacefield

LPC,ACS,BC-TMH
10 years experience
Hello, My name is Isiah, and I am an Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. I have over 10 years of clinical experience with mental health strengths and disorders. I have a eclectic approach to counseling which include person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, emotion-focused, and positive psychology strategies. When I am not counseling, I enjoy sharing time with my friends, traveling, and exploring food expeditions! Our prime purpose... Read More
Hello, My name is Isiah, and I am an Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. I have over 10 years of clinical experience with mental health strengths and disorders. I have... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Erica Gilliams

LPC,ACS
3 years experience
I enjoy working with both adults and teen about issues of self-esteem issues , feeling of depression, anger management skills, and coping with anxiety. I believe that we are all apart of a system and need each other to heal. Therapy is also a partnership with you as the leader. You are the expert in your story. I am just here to help guide your decision-making and emotions. As I... Read More
I enjoy working with both adults and teen about issues of self-esteem issues , feeling of depression, anger management skills, and coping with anxiety. I believe that we are all apart of a system and need each other to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Lauren Uyeji

LMHC,LPC
6 years experience
Hello, and welcome! Please see the following for information regarding my background, education, clinical experience, and therapeutic approach. I was planted and grown in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Pennsylvania for graduate school, and eventually settled in New Jersey. I am thankful to have this opportunity to provide clinical services for others, and I appreciate the effort you have made to be here. I hold a Master of Arts in Psychology from Temple University and a Bachelor of... Read More
Hello, and welcome! Please see the following for information regarding my background, education, clinical experience, and therapeutic approach. I was planted and grown in the Pacific Northwest, moved to Pennsylvania for graduate school, and eventually settled in New Jersey. I am thankful... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Rebekah Shaulis

MA,LPC,NCC
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Born the eldest of seven children, I have always felt called to be a helper and healer. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children both in individual and group settings. I also have experience working with couples and families. I have worked with members of the military and their families as well. Some clinical issues I have the most experience... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Born the eldest of seven children, I have always felt called to be a helper and healer. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children both in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Al-Malik Jenkins

LPC,LCADC
14 years experience
Al-Malik is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor with a unique skill set refined toward counseling and helping others. My work experience ranges from adolescent to adults in outpatient, and residential settings. Al-Malik has over 12 years of experience helping diverse clients with depression, anxiety, intimacy and sex-related concerns and addiction issues. I specialize in working with LGBTQ clients and Athletes. I use a person-centered and... Read More
Al-Malik is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor with a unique skill set refined toward counseling and helping others. My work experience ranges from adolescent to adults in outpatient, and residential settings. ... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:14 years

Christine Hannam

MSW,LCSW
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey with over twenty years experience working with various populations. My practice specialties include mental health, addiction, grief, domestic violence and LGBT issues. I strongly believe in the ability for anyone to heal regardless of their experiences and I believe that all individuals are capable of finding their happiness and reaching their goals, whatever they may be. I work from an empowerment perspective... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey with over twenty years experience working with various populations. My practice specialties include mental health, addiction, grief, domestic violence and LGBT issues. I strongly believe in the ability... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Overview of 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 is 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 is able to land a decent-paying job. Those that are able to find work often settle for less than acceptable wages, often 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 percent 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.

An Overview of 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 suffer 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 percent higher than the national average. The 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 percent higher than the rest of the nation. An absence of jobs tends to breed poverty amongst a city’s population. In Elizabeth, the poverty level is 26 percent 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. In fact, there is currently a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals providing care. As per the National Institute of Mental Health, only 43 percent (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 policy, 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 percent, 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, inhabitants of Elizabeth have a good number of mental health organizations to seek prospective assistance from. 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.

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