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Jennifer Lipack

(631) 318-3212

Jennifer Lipack

Thriveworks Associates
3375 Park Avenue Suite 4001
Wantagh, NY 11793

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in both New York and Florida, I am located in the Long Island/New York City area. I spent five years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I worked on my graduate degree. I am educated about the resources available in both states.

I find it fulfilling to work with people of every age with a variety of mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders— which include grief and loss—and addictions. In my private practice, I run a binge eating disorder group, where I work with adults and youths with the disorder. In addition, I work with individuals who struggle with substance abuse and addictions, as well as with people with mood disorders.

My preference is to interweave an assortment of therapeutic ideologies to uncover the appropriate treatment program for each person. I frequently combine Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. I find that it is ideal to find a coordinated relationship between the mind and body.

I hold Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Mental Health Counseling and have experience from more than 10 years of working as a counselor with individuals and in group therapy.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I always enjoyed learning about why people act the way they do, wanted to always help people and learn about people and how to make people feel better. I was always interested in psychology classes, was always interested in helping my peers in middle and high school.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

My method in counseling to ensure that the client feels safe, comfortable and able to express themselves so that they can grow and communicate effectively. I use different methods with my clients depending on their needs and personality, but I usually ensure that they feel comfortable and open in the therapeutic setting.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

To Be honest, hold themselves accountable and not be afraid to admit when something isn’t working. To learn patience and trust the process.

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It really depends on their needs. Some have spent a year, some have spent time on and off. Some have come back over a period of time ( due to relapse), some have spent only a few sessions. It depends what they are wanting to get out of counseling.

How might you counsel a client with an eating disorder?

Learning about their relationship with food, what is the cause of why they are dependent on food and their feelings on body image.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

Motivational Interviewing, Working with individuals on what works for them, learning triggers, learning what they get from using, what they are losing from using, learning how to cope sober.

How might you counsel a client who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation?

Learning about what causes them to isolate, learning about their interests, learning and processing how they relate to others and what causes them to isolate.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

They are the experts on themselves. They are the only ones who know themselves best and what they need.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

A relaxed environment, open communication, willingness to get to know you as a person as well not just your problems.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Choose a therapist that you can relate to, that you feel comfortable with and that you feel can help you process. Do not feel embarrassed if you want to find a new one or If you feel that it is not a good match for you.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

We are in the business of putting ourselves out of business. If you start to feel better from the first day and feel that you do not need us as much as when you first started, I would say that it is working.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

Yes and that is the therapist job to ensure that it does not happen or allow them to be dependent on you.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

There is no set answer, it depends on the individual couple, their beliefs and feelings.

Helps with...
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Careers
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Depressed Mood
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief & Loss
  • Infertility
  • Nutrition
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Beacon
  • Magnacare
  • SEU 1199
  • BCBS
  • Comp Psych
  • American Behavioral
  • Cinga
  • Perspectives LTD

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.

Long Island Counseling – Therapy, Counselors, Mental Health Services

The world is incredibly stressful. Life is incredibly stressful. Everything can be going along well and you feel like you have things under control and then suddenly, something so stressful and overwhelming happens that you can barely function or focus. It is how we deal with these things that both challenge and define our mental health. If we are able to deal with stress in a healthy manner, we can move through life, weathering the ups and downs. When stress brings us down and challenges our mental health, the help of a Thriveworks Long Island counselor or therapist can be extremely helpful. This person can be a trusted confidant, a sounding board, and a helpful aide in managing and diffusing stress and pain.

There are many different reasons that individuals, families and couples choose to pursue counseling. Some of those include:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Couples and marriage counseling
  • Blended families
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress management
  • Career coaching
  • Grief counseling
  • Divorce recovery
  • Child therapy
  • Anger management
  • Addiction issues
  • Life coaching
  • Life transitions such as divorce or loss of a job

While it is not feasible to list all of the reasons that cause individuals or families to seek counseling, we have counselors and therapists that are experienced in many different areas. Whatever the situation, concern, or seemingly out of reach goal that has caused you to reach this page, you are taking a wonderful first step by exploring your options. We are ready to help you remember your self-worth, your value, and your self-confidence.

When you have a physical ailment, like a broken bone or a sore throat, we all know where to turn. When you have a legal problem, it’s easy to know where to find help. But when we have an emotional or psychological problem, It can be difficult to know where to turn. If you are not familiar with counseling or therapy, it can be overwhelming to try something new. But know that this is a positive step, for you and your family.

At Thriveworks Long Island, we are skilled in dealing with the unique challenges and needs of working with children and teenagers. If you are dealing with the silent treatment, slammed doors, late nights, or screaming matches, we can be a mediator and neutral third party to help repair and restore the relationship between you and your child. Teenagers with an attitude and rebellious streak are very common, but sometimes the problem goes deeper and is more serious. If you have a gut feeling that something is seriously wrong with your child, do not ignore that. Parents are usually not wrong when they worry that something serious is bothering their child or teen. Thriveworks Long Island child therapists can partner with your family to recreate the harmony that you once cherished in your home.

Life coaching is a very common field of counseling. But there is little regulation in this field and you will want to be careful in who you choose to partner with you in this pursuit. Thriveworks Long Island life coaches are experienced, educated professionals, ready to help you answer these questions. What did you want to be when you were little? Where did you imagine you would live? Most of us do not realize the dreams we have when we are kids for a number of reasons. Maybe they were totally unrealistic. Of course, our desires and goals can change, and maybe we developed different priorities. However, little pieces of our childhood dreams can still be with us as adults. Life coaching can help you sift through the noise and remember your goals. They may need adjustment from what you thought your life would be when you were a child. Thriveworks Long Island life coaches can help you set realistic goals, understand the hindrances that are preventing you from achieving those goals, and develop a plan for real accomplishment and success.

Unlike many counseling offices, we value your time and understand your busy schedule. For that reason, Thriveworks Long Island does not operate with a waiting list. When you call us, we can connect you with a therapist, counselor, or coach within 24 hours. We are ready and waiting to walk with you on this journey. Pick up the phone and take the first step in creating the life of your dreams. Let’s get started.

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    Garden City , NY 11530

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