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Welcome to The Counseling Center of New Jersey®

Welcome to the Counseling Center of New Jersey®, where our mission is to simplify the process of accessing exceptional care.

If you’re worried about dealing with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues, and you’re feeling dissatisfied with where your life is right now, please know that we’re here to offer our support. Our team of caring therapists in New Jersey specializes in using short, evidence-based methods that are crafted to bring about significant and lasting changes in the most effective way possible.

Gone are the days of protracted, open-ended therapy that merely validates your concerns. You truly require practical tools and strategies that empower you to reclaim life on your terms.

Take the initiative today, and we will pair you with a therapist ideally suited to address your specific needs.

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Our Therapists in New Jersey

Our approach to counseling is entirely tailored to your unique needs and aspirations, focusing on your desired path in life. Each therapist in our New Jersey practice is a seasoned expert in their therapeutic approach, continuously enhancing their skills and staying at the forefront of the latest advancements in mental health.

We are unwaveringly committed to providing a safe and supportive environment, extending our services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents, and families, as they pursue a life they genuinely cherish.

christine benson

Christine Benson, LMFTA

As a dedicated Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), Christine is committed to providing compassionate and effective therapeutic services to individuals seeking support and guidance. Christine’s therapeutic approach is client-centered; emphasizing empathy, ...

casey santora

Casey Santora, LMSW

Casey Santora is a passionate and dedicated licensed social worker with expertise working with children and adolescents to learn techniques and tools which will help them to lead happy and ...

Jess Haddad

Jessica Haddad, LCSW

Jess is the Clinical Director of The Counseling Center of New Jersey. Her style is attentive, caring, and driven to support and empower her clients as they create a life ...

Your Support System

Feeling down occasionally is a common human experience, but there are moments when these emotions become overwhelming, leaving us feeling lost and isolated. Major life changes like a career shift, divorce, relocating to a new state, or the loss of a loved one can trigger emotional distress, significantly impacting your life quality if left unaddressed.

Regardless of the advice well-meaning friends and family may offer, the guidance of a professionally trained and experienced therapist is often the most effective solution. Therapy equips you with the tools to enhance your overall well-being, helping you decipher the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that may be holding you back. It empowers you to overcome these challenges and lead a more fulfilling life.

Don’t hesitate to seek help; trust your instincts. There’s no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about taking action to improve your mental health. Whether you’re grappling with stress, negative thoughts, relationship issues, or simply need someone to talk to, our team of therapists in New Jersey is here to support you. If you’re ready to gain clarity and initiate positive changes, we’re prepared to guide you every step of the way.

Our New Jersey Therapy Offerings and Expertise

Individual therapy is a safe space for you to explore issues that impact your daily functioning or sense of wellbeing. With the guidance of an experienced therapists, you can develop insight into yourself and learn new strategies for handling difficult situations or emotions.  
Couples therapy, also known as marriage counseling or relationship therapy, is a type of Marriage counseling  that helps couples improve their relationships. It is a form of psychotherapy that is designed to address the specific issues and challenges that couples face in their relationships.
Group therapy provides a supportive environment for individuals who are struggling with similar issues or challenges to share their experiences and support one another. Group sessions provide an opportunity for members to develop insight, learn new skills, and gain perspective from others.

The process is shorter than traditional therapy and is very effective in resolving trauma. The therapist guides the client through a series of eye movements that help to release the emotional impact of the trauma. The therapist also helps the client to reframe the event so that it no longer has the same emotional charge.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that was developed by Marsha M. Linehan to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is a highly structured, skills-based therapy that focuses on helping people learn new coping mechanisms to manage their emotions and behaviors.

CBT is a form of therapy that deals with present-day challenges rather than delving into past history or childhood experiences. It is a structured approach that identifies specific goals and proposes techniques to help clients meet those goals in a short time frame.
DBT-C is specifically designed for pre-adolescents who have trouble regulating intense emotions and therefore tend to act impulsively, overreact to situations, resist change, think in absolutes, and lash out verbally or physically when they are emotionally overwhelmed.
EMDR therapy helps individuals recover from distressing life experiences that show up repetitively, as well as trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. It is a successful, evidence-based treatment that helps to diminish the effects of these experiences.

In DBT-PE, clients initially work with the therapist to establish safety and gain the skills needed to cope with addressing trauma. While continuing in all modes of standard DBT, DBT-PE then addresses memories and beliefs related to the client’s trauma history.

 

The ultimate goal of PCIT is to enhance the parent-child relationship by helping caregivers learn ways to relate to their children warmly while also having a predictable and consistent output. PCIT also teaches caregivers how to structure and follow through with effective limits.
PEERS has been expanded to develop other social skills geared toward  career advancement, dating, friendship, educational classes, and other life experiences. We offer individual and group sessions that are designed to help you gain the skills needed to live a more independent and successful life.

The Gottman Method is a form of couples therapy that was developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman based on over 40 years of research on what makes relationships work.  It focuses on emotionally supportive communication and understanding each partner’s needs in order to foster a healthy relationship.

 

IRT, or Imago relationship therapy, is a form of couples therapy that evaluates points of conflict in a relationship and reframes them as opportunities to understand, learn, heal, and grow. It is based on the idea that the conflict between two people can be a source of healing, and that resolving those conflicts can lead to deeper connection.
Mindfulness and mindfulness stress reduction is designed to help individuals live their lives to the fullest, and to do so by actually living in this moment. What this means is that instead of getting stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or ruminating over thoughts and emotions, mindfulness encourages individuals to stay grounded in what’s happening now.
With a combination of psychotherapy and DBT skills work, the Emotion Fitness Program (EFP) is considered a lower-intensity alternative to DBT without the full commitment of the DBT program. EFP gives clients the space to explore current and past relationships, stresses, coping skills, and life satisfaction.

ART draws from several existing therapeutic approaches in order to reprogram how our brain stores upsetting memories or images to reduce the severity of distressing reactions. It combines elements of traditional talk therapy with creative activities to help us process difficult experiences and learn healthier coping skills. ART focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and body sensations.

 

EFT operates on the idea that the human body is like an electrical circuit with a constant flow of energy that can be disrupted by stressors. These disruptions lead to negative emotions and pain. EFT uses finger tapping on specific acupressure points while focusing on the problem to restore the body’s energy balance. The tapping is meant to release negative emotions and provide relief.

Getting to Know our New Jersey Therapists

Every member of our New Jersey team is exceptionally skilled and experienced. They are true experts in their field, bringing a diverse range of therapeutic approaches to the table, all to find the perfect fit for you.

Our therapists rely on structured, evidence-based techniques to deliver remarkably effective treatments that can cause life-altering transformations. They are well-versed in the most extensively researched forms of psychotherapy and actively engage in ongoing advanced training to offer the latest and most innovative treatments. With our team, you can expect nothing less than the highest standards of care.

Jessica Haddad

JESSICA HADDAD

LMSW

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Jessica Haddad 

Individual Therapy,Family Therapy, Parent Coaching

Jessica is deeply passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidality, grief, trauma, substance use,  mood disorders, personality disorders, relational issues, emotional regulation impairment, and life transitions. In addition, Jessica is experienced working with those who identify as part of the LBGTQIA+ community in all stages of life.

She has a strength-based approach, meaning she identifies her clients strengths and collaboratively assists in applying those strengths in various aspects of their lives. She also values a client-centered approach, which puts her clients first and prioritizes their needs and values. Jessica incorporates Mindfulness and Trauma-Informed practice into her sessions. Additionally, she embraces a holistic person-in-environment perspective in order to assess all aspects of her clients lives that interconnect. Jessica implements Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Theory (Attachment theory, Structural Theory), and Structural Family Therapy into her sessions.

Jessica is attentive, caring, and skillful. She values creating a nonjudgmental environment where her clients can be validated and have the space to both feel and speak freely. Jessica strives to empower her clients to achieve their most fulfilling goals. She believes that the client-therapist relationship is one of the most critical factors in therapy, and that it has a direct effect on the efficiency of the therapeutic work and its lasting outcomes. She acknowledges how difficult it can be to find the right therapist and commends you for your bravery in this process.

Jessica earned her Master of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Studio Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Jessica completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training through Behavioral Tech and at The University of Pennsylvania. She has experience working in various settings at multiple levels of care, including inpatient hospitals, outpatient care, partial hospitalization programs, substance use warmlines, and elementary schools.

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Our New Jersey therapists have a profound sense of empathy and understanding. Right from your first session, you’ll experience a sense of value and genuine attention. We approach your well-being with compassion, demonstrating authentic care, concern, and a deep commitment to your welfare.

You’re not alone in your challenges; we stand ready to provide expert counseling, unwavering support, and practical strategies that empower you to embrace a more gratifying and harmonious existence. At the Counseling Center of New Jersey®, we firmly believe in the transformative potential of therapy to reshape lives for the better.

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