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240,415 people sought individual therapy help in New Jersey in the last year

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Aetna, AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth New Jersey, +19 more
Coping Skills, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

Having come from the foster care system, I can relate to and understand the importance of mentorship, resilience, acceptance, and access to social sup... Having come from the foster care system, I can relate to and understand the importance of mentorship, resilience, acceptance, and access to social supports. Read more


Aetna, AmeriHealth Administrators, AmeriHealth New Jersey, +18 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Divorce / Breakup, +6 more

As a compassionate and empathetic counselor, Manuel looks forward to helping clients address mental health stressors.


Aetna, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Carelon, +16 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, Bipolar Disorder, Life Transition, +3 more

As a hispanic minority counselor, I understand the struggles and unique issues of cultural identity in the therapeutic environment.

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What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Manuel: My go-to approaches for helping people in individual therapy are existential therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I find the best benefit in existential therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning, which can help people confront the existential questions in life and find their own path. On the other hand, CBT is a more structured approach that helps people identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. It’s widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions, including anxiety and depression.

Alexander: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is empowering them to become their own agents of change. I achieve this by utilizing a combination of evidenced-based practices, primarily cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and person-centered talk therapy. This allows me to tailor my approach to each client's unique needs and preferences.At the core of my approach lies the belief that inner growth and healing come from acquiring essential skills. These skills equip clients to navigate life's challenges and cultivate more fulfilling experiences. I place a strong emphasis on incorporating mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, along with radical acceptance and distress tolerance strategies. This combination facilitates a balanced approach, helping clients reframe their perspectives and develop healthy coping mechanisms.I strive to promote a realistic and nuanced understanding of life's experiences. Instead of solely focusing on the positive or negative, I emphasize living in the present moment with mindful awareness and non-judgment. This allows clients to acknowledge and accept both the joys and struggles that life presents, ultimately fostering greater overall well-being and self-compassion.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Manuel: I teach the following tools in individual therapy:

  • Cognitive defusion: This technique is used in cognitive therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). It helps people become more flexible in their thinking, especially when their thoughts get in the way of enjoying life or living by their values.
  • Decatastrophizing: This is a cognitive restructuring technique used to reduce or challenge catastrophic thinking. It was coined by Albert Ellis, who developed REBT, but as a technique, it is equally at home within a CBT model.
  • Self-care wheel: This is a comprehensive, sustainable, wide-ranging, and six-dimensional well-being tool. It covers six major areas of our lives: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, and professional.
  • DEAR MAN: This is a set of skills from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) that can help you communicate your needs effectively while allowing you to maintain your relationships.
  • SMART goals: SMART goals are an effective tool for goal-setting in therapy. By creating specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, therapists can help clients achieve success and improve their lives.
  • ANCHOR memories: This technique involves establishing triggers for states and behavior. You can learn how to establish triggers for selected responses that are desired both in yourself and others.
  • Evidence-based thought challenging: This technique involves gathering evidence for and against the accuracy of our thoughts, much like in a court case. By gathering evidence both for and against the thought, we are able to assess whether the thought is realistic or helpful.
  • Positive thinking thought challenging: This technique is used to challenge negative automatic thoughts and replace them with positive ones. It’s based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Cognitive restructuring thought challenging: Cognitive restructuring is a technique that helps people change the way they think. It is part of numerous types of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive restructuring involves adjusting unhelpful beliefs by identifying and challenging them.
  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, MBCT, is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices that include present moment awareness, meditation, and breathing exercises.

Alexander: I teach a variety of tools in individual therapy, tailored to each client's unique needs and goals. Here are some of the key tools I offer:Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools:

  • Identifying and challenging negative thought patterns: By learning to recognize and reframe unhelpful thoughts, clients can gain a healthier perspective and reduce emotional distress.
  • Developing coping skills: These include relaxation techniques, assertiveness training, and problem-solving strategies to manage challenging situations effectively.
  • Cognitive restructuring: This involves exploring alternative interpretations of events and experiences to promote more balanced and adaptive thinking.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) tools:
  • Mindfulness skills: These practices cultivate present-moment awareness and acceptance, helping clients regulate emotions and navigate difficult situations calmly.
  • Distress tolerance skills: Clients learn healthy ways to manage intense emotions in the moment, reducing the risk of unhealthy coping mechanisms.
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills: Clients develop communication and relationship skills to build healthier connections and express their needs assertively.
Person-centered talk therapy tools:
  • Active listening and empathy: Creating a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings openly and without judgment.
  • Self-exploration: Guiding clients to gain deeper self-awareness and understanding of their personal values, needs, and motivations.
  • Relationship building: Fostering a collaborative therapeutic relationship where clients feel empowered and supported in their journey.
Additional tools:
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques: Meditation, guided imagery, and body awareness practices to manage stress and cultivate inner peace.
  • Radical acceptance: Learning to accept the present moment without judgment, fostering emotional resilience and reducing suffering.
  • Values clarification: Identifying core values and aligning thoughts, behaviors, and goals accordingly, leading to greater purpose and fulfillment.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy?

Manuel: As a therapist, recognizing meaningful progress in individual therapy can be multifaceted and often depends on the individual’s unique goals and circumstances. I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy through:

  • Improved self-awareness: Clients often gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as therapy progresses. They may start to notice patterns or triggers that they weren’t aware of before.
  • Changes in thought patterns: Cognitive therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), aim to help clients identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns. Progress might be seen in a client’s ability to recognize these patterns and use techniques to challenge them.
  • Behavioral changes: Clients may start to make different choices in their daily lives, such as employing new coping strategies during stressful situations or reaching out to their support network more often.
  • Achievement of therapy goals: Whether it’s improving relationships, reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression, or achieving other personal goals, progress can often be measured by how closely a client is meeting their therapy goals.
  • Improved quality of life: Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to improve the client’s quality of life. This could mean different things for different people, but it might include improved relationships, increased satisfaction with work or hobbies, or improved overall well-being.

Alexander: I know a client is making meaningful progress when they become increasingly self-reliant and emotionally well-balanced, achieving their defined goals. This is evident when sessions become check-ins as clients independently navigate challenges, when clients can manage difficult emotions constructively and experience less distress, and when clients successfully achieve set goals and identify new ones for continued growth.I emphasize collaboration, defining “progress” together, and acknowledging that setbacks are part of the journey. Client feedback is crucial, guiding adjustments to goals and interventions.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement individual therapy?

Manuel: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy by consistently practicing the skills acquired during sessions, even outside of emotionally triggering situations. The principle of repetition serves as a fundamental mechanism for skill acquisition, and this holds true for mental health as well. Regular practice aids in the internalization of these skills, thereby enhancing their effectiveness and utility in managing mental health challenges.

Alexander: Therapy is like going to the gym – it strengthens your emotional muscles and equips you with tools for a healthier life. But just like exercise, therapy thrives on a balanced approach. So, what can clients do outside those therapy sessions to supplement their time in therapy?Firstly, embrace the power of self-care. Remember, therapy isn't just about tackling tough stuff; it's also about nurturing yourself. Think bubble baths, mindful walks in nature, or indulging in a hobby you truly enjoy. These activities act like stress-relieving balms, soothing your mind and body and making you more receptive to the insights gained in therapy.Secondly, don't underestimate the magic of fun. Laughter can truly be the best medicine, so go ahead and schedule some fun time! Watch a hilarious comedy, dance to your favorite music, or spend quality time with loved ones. These moments of lightheartedness boost your mood, reduce stress, and create positive memories that fuel your emotional well-being.Thirdly, make space for relaxation and rest. We all underestimate the power of a good night's sleep or a quiet afternoon with a good book. Prioritizing rest allows your body and mind to recharge, making you more focused and energized to tackle the challenges you discuss in therapy. Think of it as giving your emotional batteries a much-needed boost.Finally, remember those goals you set in therapy. Take action! Don't let them gather dust in your mind. Dedicate time each week to actively work on them, even if it's just small steps. Remember, progress is rarely linear, so celebrate every victory, big or small. The key is to consistently show up for yourself and move towards your goals, brick by brick.By incorporating these elements into your daily routine, you create a powerful synergy with your therapy sessions.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Manuel: To prepare for your first individual therapy session, you can:

  • Identify your goals: Think about what you want to achieve from therapy. It could be managing anxiety, improving relationships, or working through past trauma. Having a clear goal can help guide the therapy process.
  • Find a comfortable space: Choose a quiet, private space where you won’t be interrupted. This will help you focus on the session and speak freely about your feelings.
  • Test your tech: Make sure your internet connection is stable and your device is charged. Test your camera and microphone to ensure they’re working properly.
  • Prepare mentally: Take a few minutes before the session to calm your mind. Deep breathing or mindfulness exercises can help reduce any initial anxiety.
  • Have a backup plan: Technology can sometimes fail, so have a backup plan in place with your therapist. This could be switching to a phone call or rescheduling the session.
  • Be open and honest: The more honest you are, the more you’ll benefit from therapy. Remember, I am here to offer help, not to judge.

Alexander: Starting therapy can feel like stepping into uncharted territory, but don't worry, you're not alone. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your first session:

  • Embrace the power of change: It's normal to resist or dislike change, but acknowledging the areas in your life that need improvement is the first step towards growth. Remember, therapy isn't about blame, it's about building a better you.
  • Open the door to trust: Therapy thrives on trust. Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore your thoughts and feelings honestly. It might feel scary, but I'm here to create a safe space where you can be your authentic self.
  • Think about your goals: What brings you to therapy? Jotting down some goals or areas you'd like to work on can help guide our initial conversation and kickstart the process of healing.
Remember, this is just the beginning! The most important thing is to show up with curiosity and a willingness to explore new things.

Starting Individual therapy

What is individual therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, allows people to engage in private sessions with a skilled therapist, counselor, or psychologist. The core objective of individual therapy is to establish a secure and confidential setting where they can openly discuss whatever emotional, psychological, or behavioral challenges you face. Through these one-on-one sessions, the client and therapist work together to delve into, comprehend, and ultimately find solutions for the issues at hand in their life.

How does individual therapy work?

Individual therapy unfolds in a structured process, commencing with an initial assessment in which the therapist gathers essential information about your history, concerns, and objectives. Together, you and your therapist collaboratively establish specific, attainable goals for your sessions, which can encompass symptom alleviation, personal development, or finding solutions to particular challenges.

Can individual therapy help me?

Yes, individual therapy, also known as individual-counseling, at Thriveworks can help you to improve your mental health and overall quality of life.

Is individual therapy conducted in person or online?

Individual therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does individual therapy last?

The duration of your individual therapy sessions will vary. The decision on the number and frequency of sessions is typically collaboratively determined by the client and therapist.

How much does individual therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Newark therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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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.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newark is located off of Chestnut St, just west of Independence Park. Our building is neighbored by No Pão at Café Caffé and Ibituruna Insurance Agency, and is across the street from Maria’s. Parking is available on the west side of the building, and the closest bus stop is Pacific St. at Chestnut St.

Phone number

(862) 500-4813

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • Italian
  • English
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