Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Newark, New Jersey

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


Dr. Courtney Liggera

Psy.D.
16 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and adults coping with a variety of common concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress and relationships, and more chronic issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. In addition to my broad clinical background, I have gained... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Sara Bickar

MS,LPC
9 years experience
Hi there! I am Licensed mental health counselor in the state of NJ and have been counseling for over 9 years. Life can often be overwhelming and unpredictable, making it difficult to manage or navigate. This causes us stress, anxiety, and depression among other things. My goal as a counselor is to help empower you to feel more confident in yourself and your life choices which will facilitate positive change and... Read More
Hi there! I am Licensed mental health counselor in the state of NJ and have been counseling for over 9 years. Life can often be overwhelming and unpredictable, making it difficult to manage or navigate. This causes... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 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

Chris Costello

LCSW,LCADC,VSW-C
34 years experience
Greetings! I'm Chris, and I am thrilled that you've made this important first step, reaching out. I am here to reach back and support you in your journey. It's ok if you can't fully put into words what it is you want from counselling. Often, people just want "to feel better". I will partner with you to define your goals, and conquer obstacles that are in the way. I have... Read More
Greetings! I'm Chris, and I am thrilled that you've made this important first step, reaching out. I am here to reach back and support you in your journey. It's ok if you can't fully put into words... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:34 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

The State of Mental Health in Newark, New Jersey

Considered one of the oldest European cities in the United States and the largest city in all of New Jersey is Newark. According to city-data.com, 281,770 people resided in Newark in 2016, with most individuals being between the ages of 25 and 44.  Newark is known for having one of the busiest airports in the US and is home to the oldest county park in the nation. In addition, several big business headquarters are there including Panasonic, Prudential, and Audible.com.

Newark, New Jersey Demographic Information

The median household income in Newark is $31,300, which is significantly lower than the median household income for the entire state ($76,126). The population is 48.7 percent African American, 34.4 percent Hispanic, and 13 percent White. Over 46 percent of the individuals residing there speak a non-English language and a little over 84 percent are U.S. citizens.

More than 70 percent of the residents that are 25 and older in Newark have a high school diploma. Less than 14 percent have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The largest universities in Newark are Rutgers University – Newark, Jersey Institute of Technology, and Essex County College.

Data also shows that 51.4 percent have never been married, 32 percent are currently married, and 7.2 percent are divorced. In 2016, New Jersey had the fourth lowest divorce rate in the United States.

Working in Newark, New Jersey

Newark’s economy employs 114,808 people. Although residential and commercial buildings are starting to grow downtown and the city is starting to become a major tech hub, most of the individuals working in Newark don’t actually live there. In fact, Newark residents only hold about 18 percent of all the jobs in the city, which is a little over 24,000 people. The most common jobs held by Newark residents are administrative, sales, and transportation. In 2014, only 10 percent of the local jobs paying $40,000 or more per year were held by Newark residents. The unemployment rate in Newark is 11 percent,  which is 130 percent higher than the US average.

Poverty in Newark, New Jersey

To date, 28.2 percent of the population in Newark is living below the poverty line. This is almost 93 percent higher that the national average. Females between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest demographic in poverty. Research shows that there is definitely a correlation between mental health and poverty. In fact, the rate of adults with a mental illness is highest among those with family income below the Federal poverty line. In many cases, poverty exacerbates mental illness and can lead to serious thoughts of suicide.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Newark, New Jersey

Data shows that there are 172 health professionals for every 100,000 people in Newark. Between 2010 and 2012, 3.8 percent of Essex County residents 18 and over reported mental illness. Other counties were around 4 percent as well.

Between 2012 and 2014, 12 percent of Essex County adults reported using illicit drugs in the last 30 days, which is higher than the national average of 10 percent. Unfortunately, when it comes to mental health and substance abuse, the data only reflects those that reported it.

Seeking Help

There are a few different options for individuals in Newark seeking mental health services. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care provides clinical care and treatment to those in need. The New Jersey Department of Health also shares a listing of providers in the area for those looking for services.

Data shows that residents 6 to 17 years of age are the largest age group with healthcare coverage in Essex County. Residents between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest age group without health insurance, which may suggest that they are less likely to seek mental health treatment.

While mental health problems do not appear to be exuberant in Newark, that doesn’t mean that a problem doesn’t exist. Many ethnic groups are reluctant to seek treatment due to the stigma associated with mental health services. There are also several non-English speaking individuals in Newark, which may be a barrier to seeking care.

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