Counseling 2018-07-13T19:43:04+00:00

Services:

  • Individual Counseling to Gifted adolescents (ages 13 or above) and adults – I provide a whole range of mental health services in NJ included but not limited to general anxiety, depression, social anxiety, eating disorders, anger, procrastination, behavioral issues, self-criticism, self-esteem/worth issues, idealism, perfectionist tendencies, over-analyzation, and feelings of inadequacy.
  • Gifted adults, on the other hand, may struggle with work and family issues as well.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment disorders

In-person counselling: My counselling practice in Moorestown is located at 212 Rt. 38, Suite 200, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Distant counselling: Online counselling in NJ was legalized last year, which means your insurance, if your plan allows, will reimburse for online counselling via phone or video. If you cannot receive in-person counselling near me, having insurances reimburse for distant counselling in NJ could be beneficial to you. It is a nice perk to have because counselling near me can be little pricey without insurance coverage. A good amount of counsellors near me do not accept insurance even for in-person services let alone for online therapy.

Counselling vs. Coaching

In addition to being a coach, I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with training and experience in diagnosing and treating emotional problems. While there are some similarities between coaching and counselling, they are very different activities and it is important that the Client understands the differences between them. Psychotherapy is a healthcare service and is usually reimbursable through health insurance policies. This is not true for coaching. Both coaching and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human behaviour, motivation and behavioural change, and interactive counselling techniques. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility. The primary focuses of counselling are identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and nervous disorders. The goals of counselling include alleviating symptoms, understanding the underlying dynamics which create symptoms, changing dysfunctional behaviours which are the result of these disorders, and developing new strategies for successfully coping with the psychological challenges which we all face. Most research on counselling outcomes indicates that the quality of the relationship is most closely correlated with therapeutic progress.

Counselling clients are often emotionally vulnerable. This vulnerability is increased by the expectation that they will discuss very intimate personal data and expose feelings about themselves about which they are understandably sensitive. The past life experiences of psychotherapy patients have often made trust difficult to achieve. These factors give psychotherapists greatly disproportionate power that creates a fiduciary responsibility to protect the safety of their clients and to “above all else, do no harm.”I can understand that deciding whether to go for counselling or coaching can be a complex decision. Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.

Approach to Counseling

I utilize a holistic approach that includes cognitive behavioural, depth psychology, positive psychology, and Existential-Humanistic theoretical orientations along with Eastern Philosophy principles (e.g. mindfulness, meditation) and quantum mechanics principles (e.g. non-locality, holographic universe, complementarity, uncertainty, and wavefunction collapse) when working with counselling clients.  Counselling is an active verb and requires work to accomplish goals and objectives set as a part of counselling.  Most of the work is done between the counselling sessions.  I usually ask my clients to do some homework, journaling, and other activities, as they would relate to the treatment plan. The interventions I will be using would be grounded in theory and research.  Usually, I educate my clients about the treatment and conditions, so that clients can be active participants in their treatment.  Clients have every right to have a rationale behind all the interventions used in counselling. With my humanistic view of life, I am a very optimistic person. I work with clients with the same optimism towards growth and development, however, clients may define them.

I am proud to serve the social and emotional needs of the gifted adolescents and adults by providing mental health counselling in NJ and Philadelphia areas. Not many mental health providers in NJ specialize in this population. Counsellors and therapists in NJ serving adolescents and adults usually don’t have the unique struggles of being gifted. If I am unable to meet your needs, I provide you with referrals to other therapists (s) near me.