Paterson, New Jersey Therapists

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Ambre Hriso
LCSW, MSW
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New Jersey

Are you having difficulty coping with a life transition or loss? Do you feel alone in your experience, emotions and thoughts? Navigating hardships and challenges can be a difficult journey without the proper guidance and can appear confusing and...
Matthew Soriano
LCSW, MSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

For over 10 years, I have had the opportunity to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and families. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Ithaca College....
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New Jersey, New York

Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

I have an MSW from NYU and A BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, graduating with Highest Honors. I am certified in CBT, DBT and Forgiveness Counseling. My training encompasses the full range of CEU offerings. My practice is very interactive...
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Montclair, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Prefer help from a therapist who is also a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community? Worried that most therapists will not truly understand you or that you will have to censor yourself in therapy because of the type of...
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Morristown, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Dr. Scherzer specializes in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, ASD, Trichotillomania, Specific Phobias, Anxiety and Depression. The first step is to call to schedule an intake at (973)343-6610. In addition to being a psychologist Dr....
Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

Help is available and change is possible. Since 2002, I have been assisting individuals with a variety of concerns. I am proficient in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress management, life transitions and relationship difficulties. My...
Rebecca Schulman
Psy.D., BCBA-D
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Somerset, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Rebecca K. Schulman, Psy.D., BCBA-D is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level at Behavior Therapy Associates. She is also the Program Director of the HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program:...
Jisun Fisher
Ph.D., MA
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Parsippany, New Jersey

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New Jersey, New York

I hear you - life feels like a constant struggle now. But you're here because you know there's more to your life than feeling like a f*ck-up, out of control, or living behind a mask. When there's so much outside noise, misplaced expectations, and...
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Edison, New Jersey

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New Jersey, New York

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), I am dedicated to the supporting the well-being of my clients from a Christian perspective, though I welcome all who seek counseling, regardless of religious background. Whether you’re...
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Princeton, New Jersey

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New Jersey

I am a clinical psychologist and specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and related disorders (such as social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trichotillomania). I also treat many other conditions, such as...
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Ridgewood, New Jersey

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New Jersey

I'd hazard to say that all psychotherapists are wounded healers. If their narratives were not written around trauma as the foundational theme, most would have chosen other fields of professional endeavor. Not everyone in the field however has...
Sara Pasternak
LCSW, MSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

Education & Training: MSSW from Columbia University Areas of Expertise: Anxiety & related disorders, life transitions, relationship issues Website: sarapasternaklcsw.com About me: In the therapy room, I aim to create a safe & confidential space for...
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Montclair, New Jersey

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New Jersey

“Girl, you got it all together!” That’s what they say. But inside you’re falling apart because you feel so stuck and unhappy. You no longer connect with the person that others see on the outside, because you’re paralyzed on the inside. So...
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Montclair, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Alexandra graduated with her Bachelors degree at University of Scranton and went on to successfully complete her masters in clinical mental health counseling. Alexandra is a licensed associate counselor (LAC) and is currently completing supervision...
Eva Stark
LPC, MS
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Englewood, New Jersey

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New Jersey

I am a warm and compassionate therapist with over 30 years experience helping people with anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, parenting issues, balancing motherhood and career, and separation and loss. My goal is to provide a safe,...
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Hackettstown, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Children and families need a professional who is understanding, creative, and nurturing. People of all ages can be extremely vulnerable during therapy and require distinct, specialized care tailored to their life experience. For over 15 years, I...
Gemma Nastasi
Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
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Red Bank, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Gemma Nastasi is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach from the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching as well as an Associate Coach from the International Coaching Federation. She is also certified in holistic nutrition,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

New Jersey

Congratulations, I'm so thrilled that you're taking the very first step in achieving your wellness goals! Together we'll tackle issues like anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and grief, using your strengths to promote self-compassion, self-care,...
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Cranford, New Jersey

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New Jersey, New York

I am a clinical psychologist and licensed as a practicing psychologist in New York (016741) and New Jersey (35SI00449700) and I am credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. I am Level 2 certified in TEAM Therapy and...
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Westwood, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Our team consists of solution-focused therapists. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and...
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Morristown, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Ohio State. BSW 1971 Rutgers School of Social Work MSW 1974 Institute for Family Therapy. Monica McGokdrick. Three years post graduate training NJ School Social Worker Certification 1992 NYU Certification in Hospice/Palliative Care. 2003 Practicing...
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Lawrence Township, New Jersey

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Pennsylvania, New Jersey

I am a licensed clinical psychologist (Psy.D.) with over 22 years of clinical experience. Personally, I have been involved in a daily meditation practice for over 15 years. After years of conducting psychotherapy, I transitioned to providing...
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Brick Township, New Jersey

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New Jersey

Hello. My name is Janice Nardi, and I provide On-Line Counseling to couples and individuals. I have been counseling for 25 years and pretty consistently my work has included 50% couples and 50% individuals. I love my work and I look forward to...

An Overview of Mental Health in Paterson, New Jersey

Mental health. It’s the subject that’s on a lot of people’s minds in Paterson, New Jersey. The great news is that there are plenty of mental health professionals in the area to support the well-being of “Silk City” residents.

Paterson is the largest and county seat of Passaic County, and is the third largest city in New Jersey, in addition to having the second highest population density of any city in the U.S. just behind nearby New York City. 146,000 people are packed into an area slightly less than nine square miles accounting for 17672.05 per square mile.

Known for its diversity, Paterson has a host of attractions including Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park, a natural falls created by the Passaic River found in the heart of the city. A castle is also a commonly visited site. Lambert Castle Museum can be found in the Garret Mountain Reservation.

Mental Health Statistics for Paterson

The overall well-being of a person is a key indicator of fair mental health. Sadly, Paterson has a high incident rating as far as mental health is concerned. An online survey noted that the most pressing community issue in Paterson is mental health itself. Over 50 percent of residents have stated they’ve experienced high anxiety or depression in the past year alone, perhaps further indicated by the high level of substance abuse in the area.

Paterson, and Passaic County are in dire need for more access to mental health professionals. With just 25 professionals in the city, including therapists, counselors and psychiatrists, that equals a population to therapist ratio higher than 5,000:1 – more than 10 times the national threshold. However, because Paterson is located in a heavily populated area, residents may choose to go outside the city limits to find a wide variety of available mental health professionals. All said, substance abuse and the stigma associated with making a call or visiting therapists continue to be barriers to seeking proper mental healthcare aside from financial concerns.

What Makes Paterson Different About Mental Health?

There are numerous factors regarding the state of mental health in Paterson, NJ. Lacking higher paying job opportunities, especially those with health benefits to cover the cost of continued therapy and counseling are among the most cited reasons in Paterson.

A large segment of the population lives at or below the poverty line, with an ever increase in homelessness. Additionally, social stigma prevents many residents from seeking out help as many parts of the population follow stringent religious practices that may lead them to seeking help from a layperson instead of a trained professional.

  • Financial insecurity is a known cause of anxiety, depression and abuse of substances.
  • The median individual income of Paterson is just $16,259 per year. The national average is $28,555.
  • 1 percent of the population lives in poverty.
  • Having traumatic experiences is also known to lead to mental health issues if not treated properly. Paterson has a violent crime rate of 1054 per 100,000 people, making it one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America.
  • A community survey noted access as the primary reason why people didn’t get help with their mental health issues.
  • Untreated mental illness is the leading cause of suicide in Paterson, with a rate of 4 percent.

Divorce Rate in Paterson New Jersey

Paterson has an average divorce rate in the country at just 7.8 percent. However, such a moderate rate might be because of the relatively high single ratio. 49 percent of the population is single and has never been married. Just over a third of the population is currently married. This may all be indicative of a median age of 33 years old.

The average divorce rates may also come from an abundance of marriage counselors in the area. Thousands of marriage counselors are in the most populated areas of New Jersey, of which Paterson is part of, in addition to the high number of marriage specialists in neighboring New York City.

Mental Health Resources in Paterson

There are currently less than 27 mental health professionals in Paterson New Jersey. That’s roughly one licensed professional per 5,000 people. While New Jersey itself has a high prevalence of mental health issues, the number of counselors available in Paterson is more than 10 times higher than the national minimum threshold.