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

Discover how starting individual therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +4 more
Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, +7 more

As a father, husband, and entrepreneur, I believe in the capacity of every individual to overcome challenges and live their best lives.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Carelon, EmblemHealth, +9 more
Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Borderline Personality, +5 more

I believe that life is a journey and my role is to provide guidance and support to help you find your way.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +4 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Life Transition, Relationships, +3 more

As your therapist and fellow traveler on life's journey, I’m here to support you on your path toward well-being and a life filled with meaning.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Carelon, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Addiction, +4 more

One of my gifts is the ability to build a rapport with the individuals who participate counseling with me.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +20 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, +7 more

As a licensed therapist, I look forward to collaboratively creating therapeutic goals with you that best serve your needs and help you overcome the di... As a licensed therapist, I look forward to collaboratively creating therapeutic goals with you that best serve your needs and help you overcome the difficulties that you are facing today. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Carelon, +22 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Anxiety, Depression, +1 more

I will help teach children the skills they need while working with the family to support the child through this journey.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Carelon, +22 more
Domestic Abuse, Narcissism, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +14 more

I am a seasoned therapist who thoroughly enjoys supporting others in their own personal journey towards achieving and maintaining their own personal w... I am a seasoned therapist who thoroughly enjoys supporting others in their own personal journey towards achieving and maintaining their own personal wellness. Read more

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for individual therapy?

Shua: My approach to individual therapy focuses on collaboration, skill development, and emphasizing clients' strengths. By amplifying these strengths and improving coping strategies, we pave the way toward overcoming challenges. I believe in this approach because it's often more effective to build upon existing strengths than to solely address weaknesses.

Michelle: I use DBT. The coping skills learned from it can be used for a variety of mental health diagnoses.

Chedva: My go-to approach for helping people in individual therapy is integrative trauma therapy. I prefer this approach because it allows me to tailor treatment to each client's unique needs and experiences. By combining elements from EMDR, internal family systems (IFS), somatic therapies, and attachment-focused techniques, I can address the complexities of trauma from multiple angles. This approach facilitates a holistic healing process, addressing not only the cognitive aspects of trauma but also the emotional, somatic, and relational dimensions. Through integrative trauma therapy, clients can experience profound healing and transformation, leading to greater resilience and well-being.

What tools do you teach in individual therapy?

Shua: In therapy, I provide various strategies and tools to enhance mental well-being, such as:

  • Defusion: fostering distance between oneself and one's thoughts and emotions to reduce their impact and gain perspective
  • Grounding: mindfully focusing on the environment or senses to detach from distressing internal experiences
  • Self-compassion: cultivating empathy, kindness, and forgiveness towards oneself

Michelle: Grounding skills, distraction skills, TIPs, journaling, deep breathing, and imagery are some of the tools I teach.

Chedva: I teach the following tools in individual therapy: emotional regulation skills, cognitive reframing, perspective-taking, self-awareness, self-conceptualization, self-compassion, and more.

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

Shua: I know a client is making meaningful progress in therapy when they are responding with more flexibility toward their emotions and making greater strides toward what’s most important to them.

Michelle: Clients will report a decrease in their symptoms and an increase in the use of coping skills learned. Client will use their coping skills as if they were second-nature.

Chedva: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when their day-to-day mood has improved, they are more compassionate to themselves and others, and are they taking steps towards reaching their goals.

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

Shua: Clients can supplement their therapy by exercising, connecting with others, and practicing the tools discussed in sessions.

Michelle: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with journaling, practicing coping skills, positive affirmations, and partaking in hobbies.

Chedva: Clients can supplement their time in individual therapy with yoga, art, journaling, mindfulness-based meditations, exercise in moderation, support groups, and support from family and friends.

What should someone do to prepare for starting individual therapy?

Shua: To prepare for your first session, you can think about what you want to gain from therapy. But don’t worry, it’s okay to be unsure! Oftentimes, figuring out what you want from yourself and life is a critical and rewarding part of the therapy process.

Michelle: Stay off of Google. Download the Ultimate List of Emotions so they can identify their true emotions. Maintain an open mind; understand that therapy is not a quick fix and both counselor and client need to work together.

Chedva: The best way to prepare for therapy is to come in with an open mind, curiosity, and motivation to do the work of self-healing, as it can be challenging.

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 Toms River therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

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

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Self-pay costs at Toms River
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.0 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Read more My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Danielle Feb 2024
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☆☆☆☆
awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Read more awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Martin Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
☆☆☆☆
I will tell everybody I know not to use thrive works.
Mark Dec 2023
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Read more Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Robin made me feel so comfortable and it was easy to ease into change.
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Read more Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Toms River Feb 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Read more I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Toms River Jan 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
If you're looking for counseling, this is definitely the place to go!
Toms River Dec 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River off of Main Street, and we share an office with KT’s Office Services, among other businesses. Look for the corner of Main Street and Union Street, we are right on the corner.

Phone number

(732) 795-5217

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Spanish
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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