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We develop a "program of treatment" for each person that includes emotional, cognitive, physical, medical and, at times, spiritual perspectives.  We begin by making a person-to-person connection, noting your strengths and skills as well as your problems.

It has been said that the expert therapist "follows her client, one step ahead".  You must guide your own journey. Our job is to use our skills to help get you where you want to go.

We're active psychologists and psychotherapists.  We'll give you honest, direct feedback and both technical and practical coaching, if necessary.  And we're not afraid to reveal personal experiences when that is appropriate, too.

Margaret Nichols, PhDTherapy in Highland ParkNew jersey Therapist

The Growing Mind

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This is what a therapist needs to offer clients:  compassion and empathy as a supportive witness; honesty and openess as a fellow human; committment to excellence as a professional.

 

The IPG Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy

What makes us different

At IPG, we view our clients as our peers and collaborators. IPG psychotherapists approach their clients as "skilled equals".  Our trademarks are openness, compassion and acceptance of all lifestyles, backgrounds and beliefs.

But effective therapy isn't just about feeling connected to your counselor  - specific techniques and skills are important too. We have a mix of licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, and mental health counselors, and addiction specialists with skills ranging from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to psychodynamic. IPG counselors, psychologists, and therapists are trained in a wide variety of special skills.  Examples are:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT
  • Gottman Couples counseling
  • Mindfulness Meditation techniques
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Emotionally Focused Treatment for couples (EFT)
  • Solution Focused/Brief Therapy approaches
  • Imago Couples Counseling
  • Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation techniques
  • Attachment theory approaches
  • Addiction/Harm Reduction/Relapse Prevention techniques
  • Hypnotherapy

Many of us are AASECT-certified Sex Therapists, while others have certifications in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, in EMDR for help with trauma or in Divorce Mediation and Parenting Coordination.  We all incorporate mindfullness training and stress and anxiety reduction techniques into our work, and sponsor continuing education classes for our staff several times a year on new techniques and approaches to psychotherapy. We take pride in being cutting-edge in our professional expertise. So we not only connect with you - we deliver effective, efficient therapy.

Therapy involves a unique relationship.  In a very real sense, we walk with you as fellow humans on your journey, and your pains and joys become ours.  That's why many of our clients stay in contact with us and continue to refer their friends and families to us long after they've left our doors.

Our psychotherapy and counseling mental health practice has three offices located in Highland Park, Jersey City, and Freehold New Jersey.

 

235 9th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

1119 Raritan Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904

90 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728