Jessica Bragen, MSW, LCSW

Jessica Bragen, MSW, LCSW
Therapist | Email Jessica 

PHILOSOPHY: The therapeutic process is one of partnership, in which you are an active  and willing participant in your own path to wellness.  The building block for this partnership begins with upholding a safe therapeutic environment, one of non-judgment, honesty and acceptance.  You are the expert on your own life experience, and this is a value that I will ingrain in the interactions that we may have.  I take an eclectic approach when it comes to providing therapy, in that I maintain a person-centered, strengths-based lens, appreciating the various contributing factors that influence your current life circumstances.  Mental and physical well-being are very much intertwined; acknowledging this in the sense of treating the “whole person” or “whole child”, not just one area in isolation, guides my practice.  More specifically, trauma or emotional distress has a direct impact on our physical well-being, and recognizing this is integral to experiencing lasting positive change.  I believe each individual is equipped with the abilities and strengths to make positive change and meet their goals; sometimes we just need support in identifying and building on those strengths.

EXPERIENCE: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of NJ.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus in Clinical Practice with Children and Families from Monmouth University.  I also serve as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Monmouth University School of Social Work.  I have worked within various school settings as both a counselor and a School Social Worker (including elementary, middle and high school levels) as well as at a local children’s hospital.  This allows me to bring a well-rounded knowledge of resources when it comes to working collaboratively across environments to provide children and their families with appropriate therapeutic supports.

SERVICES PROVIDED: Individual & Group counseling
AGES I WORK WITH: Children ages 7-18 & Young Adults
COMMON ISSUES ADDRESSED:  self-esteem, coping skills, social skills, self-regulation, separation/loss, support in managing emotions, trauma, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

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