Primary Therapist | Email Gina
MY PHILOSOPHY: As a therapist. I operate from the belief that no individual is beyond help or unable to make changes that can contribute to a more healthy and happy lifestyle. My therapeutic approach is one that is active-directive. I work closely with my clients to assist them in accomplishing goals THEY want to achieve! I believe it is important to acknowledge and accept that we, as humans, are all at different stages of readiness and willingness to make changes in our lives — and that no one individual is “right” or “wrong.” We are all on this journey together!
I believe in self-empowerment — the idea that it is best to look inside ourselves to find control and understanding when people, places, or things around us become chaotic. I primarily utilize Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) with my clients. This type of therapy is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but dives a little bit deeper and allows individuals to gain insight and recognize the unhealthy beliefs they may have about themselves, others, and the world around them. I believe, by modifying these unhelpful thoughts, we can acknowledge that we are largely in control of our own happiness.
EXPERIENCE: I entered the mental health field in 2013 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgian Court University. I worked as a Mental Health Aide with adolescents during that time as I pursued my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Monmouth University. Since receiving my MS degree in 2018, I have worked as a primary therapist and clinical coordinator for a mental health partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey and am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
SERVICES PROVIDED: Individual Counseling
AGES I WORK WITH: Adolescents (13-17), Adults (18+)
COMMON ISSUES ADDRESSED: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, adjustment/life changes, coping skill management.