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Therapy and Counseling in New Jersey

The Institute for Personal Growth - IPG Counseling - is the leading provider of effective, compassionate psychotherapy and counseling in New Jersey. We have more than three dozen therapists and counselors at three locations: Highland Park, Jersey City and Freehold, with new offices in New York City. To provide convenience and flexibility to our clients, we offer day and evening hours six days a week. Although we are not in-network with insurance companies, we do accept assignment of benefits.

Psychotherapy Services

We provide individual, child, family, marriage, and couples counseling in our NJ and NYC offices for problems ranging from depression and anxiety to addictions, marriage and relationship conflict to life crises. IPG can provide the therapist or counselor best matched to your needs. In addition to offering general psychotherapy and counseling services, we are the largest provider of AASECT-certified sex therapy in the tri-state area and surrounding regions. Since our founding in 1983, IPG therapists have been recognized for their expertise and work with LGBTQ and other sex and gender-diverse communities.

Supportive Counseling

The majority of our clients come for our general services, for our expertise and experience working with individual, family, child and relationship needs, all provided in a caring, supportive environment. Whether you're suffering from trauma and PTSD, work or family problems, stress, anxiety, depression or are just going through a difficult period, our therapists have the experience and training to help.

To set up an appointment with a therapist in the office closest to you, please call our main number at 800-379-9220.

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Nov 25, 2014

The Pride Center of New Jersey selects IPG Founder and Executive Director Margie Nichols to receive the LGBT Community Service Award.  The award is presented for "significant and enduring contributions to the quality of life and pride of NJ's LGBT Community".  The award will be presented to Dr. Nichols on January 11.

Nov 24, 2014

IPG therapist Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW, authored an article on transgender people who are on the autism spectrum.  The article, entitled "Gender Dysphoria and Co-Occurring Autism Spectrum Disorders", was published in Volume 2, LGBT Health Journal, 2014.

Nov 19, 2014

IPG is looking for a therapist to work two days a week in our Freehold office.  MUST have experience working with young children.  LSW's and LAC's welcome to apply.  Please email your CV with cover letter to info@ipgcounseling.com.

Oct 13, 2014

The article, "Condoms and Connection: Parents, Gay and Bisexual Youth, and HIV Risk", written by IPG therapist Michael LaSala, Ph.D., was recently published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and U.S. News and World Report describes Dr. LaSala's research here.

Oct 6, 2014

IPG founder and Executive Director Dr. Margaret Nichols is to be featured speaker at the 2014 TEDx Conference in Jersey City on November 8.  Dr. Nichols' presentation, entitled "Breaking Down the Gender Binary:  The Transgender Youth Explosion", promises to be very thought-provoking!

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