Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Passaic, New Jersey

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

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson , MA, LPC

Hello, my name is Laura. I have been counseling for over 15 years. My theoretical orientation is Existentialism, although I am inspired by CBT, REBT and most especially radical acceptance and mindfulness. I have experience working in psychiatric hospitals and with addictions and currently am the Program Director of an IOP. I am very open to using modern technology as a treatment modality and see it is the modern and convenient. It is a real Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Samantha  Steiger

Samantha Steiger , MSW, LCSW

My name is Samantha Steiger and I am a licensed clinical social worker with several years of experience . I specialize in substance use disorders, anxiety/depression, self-esteem issues, eating disorders and trauma though treat a wide variety of symptoms and diagnoses. I use a client-centered approach and believe compassion and empathy are crucial in establishing a therapeutic relationship. I have an exceptionally non-judgmental approach in my counseling. My goal is to help you Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Patti Kousoulis

Patti Kousoulis, MA, MBA, LPC

Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with MA and EdS degrees in Counseling as well as an MBA. I am also certified as a NJ School Counselor and a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC). I have worked as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and director for non-profit mental health agencies and I am also an EMT so I have a foundational medical background and familiarity with stressful situations. After Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Nancy Howard

Nancy Howard, MSW, LCSW

I am passionate about working with those who want to become their best self through therapy and counseling. I strongly believe that anyone can change their life for the better if they are willing to explore themselves further and find out what they are truly capable of. We will learn together throughout this experience, and I promise to provide respect, be a sounding board, and a thought companion during our journey. You Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Heather Rhodes

Heather Rhodes, LPC, LCADC, ACS

Hi, my name is Heather Rhodes and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in New Jersey. I have been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 2003. My experience has been with a variety of individuals dealing with many different symptoms and diagnoses. I have experience helping people with substance abuse and other process addictions, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Michelle Pettenato

Michelle Pettenato, LPC

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have over 5 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and traditional outpatient treatment in private practice settings. I have experience working with a broad range of individuals struggling with various mental health issues as Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Maria Abada

Maria Abada, LPC

Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Maria and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I have had over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential, partial care, outpatient, in-home, and addictions. Although that seems like a mouthful, it simply means that I have had experience working with a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

William Dougherty

William Dougherty, LPC, CAADC, CCS

I have always seemed to be in a helping position. Before graduating high school I started work at a large veterinarian hospital/boarding kennel in Blue Bell, PA as an animal health technician and then the hospital administrator, where I stayed for over 15 years. I decided to return to school to pursue a degree in psychology and have been in the mental health field since 1998, working for such organizations as Special Equestrians as a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Clea Weiss

Clea Weiss, MSW, LCSW, CET

In today's world, stress and anxiety can play a large roll in the quality of one's life. I believe that I can help you sort out issues and make changes in a different way than family and friends can. Whether you are trying to cope with relationships, parenting, depression and anxiety, or just balancing life, I can offer help and guidance. I am a fully licensed Clinical Social Worker in private psychotherapy practice Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Dr. Stella Diai

Dr. Stella Diai, Ed.D, LPC, NCC

Welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor practicing in the State of New Jersey. My doctorate degree is from Argosy University, School of Psychology and Behavioral Health, with a specialization in Education and Counseling Psychology. The primary focus of my practice is to help my clients to reach their potentials. I have been privileged to work in the helping profession for the past fifteen years. I believe that the entire process begins by identifying Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Igbo
  • Experience: 5 years


Davida Joy Rabinowitz , LCSW, LMSW, ACSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. My private practice is conveniently located in Passaic Park, N.J. With over twenty years of experience , and as a graduate of Rutgers University, I am currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30+ years


Heather Feigin , MSW, LCSW

If you are struggling with anxiety, relationship issues, depression, anger, addiction or grief, help is here. I offer a warm, empathic, and supportive environment in which you will gain the clarity, tools and understanding you need to overcome your challenges and move forward. Together, we can help you lead a more content, fulfilling, and functional life. Call (973) 348-LCSW (5279) to schedule your first appointment.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20+ years

Mental Health Overview in Passaic, New Jersey

Although the city of Passaic, New Jersey only has a population of 71,247 people, it is the tenth most densely populated city in the United States with over 22,000 people per square mile. The city has an especially large Hispanic population at 73.2 percent. Also, 67.9 percent of the total residents are fluent in Spanish. The southwest section of the city is home to the fastest-growing Orthodox community in New Jersey with several yeshivas, kosher food vendors, and other institutions. Residents enjoy and are employed at several business and shopping centers located on Main Avenue, Broadway, and Main Street. Passaic Park features beautiful Victorian style architecture and the Third Ward Memorial Park.

Passaic is certainly a charming, unique city, but many of its residents are struggling to make ends meet. The median household income is $34,920 which is lower than both the state and national average, and approximately 33.1 percent of people living in the city are in poverty. These statistics, along with other city facts, indicate that the people of Passaic are struggling with mental health concerns and are in need of help with their conditions. Unfortunately, 27 percent of individuals under the age of 65 living in the city do not have health insurance, which means they likely are not receiving the care they need. This overview will inform you on mental health issues specific to Passaic, New Jersey and point you towards resources that will help connect you with a provider in your area.

Effects of Untreated Mental Health Concerns in Passaic

One of the city’s largest issues, along with the rest of Passaic County, is substance abuse. According to a report published by the Department of Human Services in New Jersey, Passaic city had a total of 487 individuals treated for drug or alcohol related issues in 2016. Alcohol was the most abused substance in the city with Heroin following close behind. However, heroin was the substance the most people were treated for in the entire county with 1973 reported admissions. Substance abuse issues often stem from mental health disorders like depression and anxiety and are prevalent among homeless individuals and communities living in poverty.

Although New Jersey as a state has a low suicide rate compared to the rest of the United States, these rates continue to increase. In 2016, the state had a total of 689 suicide deaths. Individuals who do not receive treatment for their mental illnesses are at increased risks of suicide. The risk is especially high among teenagers and young adults since it is a leading cause of death of people aged 10 to 34. The median age of people in Passaic is comparatively very young at 29 years old, which means most residents fall within this age group.

The residents of Passaic also have low high school and college graduation rates. 65.8 percent of residents have graduated from high school and only 15 percent hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Mental health issues can have a huge impact on students’ motivation and ability to do well in school. As a result, higher dropout rates are associated with mental health issues. Also, low high school graduation rates are often found among communities where poverty is prevalent. Not graduating from high school or getting a college degree can greatly affect one’s ability to make a living in the future. In fact, there have been many other studies that have linked dropping out of high school with a lower life expectancy and a greater chance of incarceration.

Mental Health Resources in Passaic, New Jersey

Fortunately, there are resources available for people suffering from mental health concerns in Passaic, New Jersey. A few important ones to take note of are:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • NJ Veterans Helpline: 1-866-838-7654
  • Youth Hotline 24 Hours: 1-888-222-2228
  • Mental Health Association in Passaic County: 973-478-4444
  • Joseph’s Hospital
  • Mental Health Clinic of Passaic
  • New Life Recovery Center

Additionally, E-Counseling is a great resource for finding a mental health provider that can work with you on finding relief for your or your loved one’s mental health issues. Their therapist directory includes many therapists with various specialties in Passaic, New Jersey and other cities throughout the United States all on one integrative page to make finding a provider as simple as possible.