Child Therapists in Highland Park, NJ

Shimon Parnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, NJ 08904  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with children, teens and young adults to establish a sense of calm, heightened self-awareness and genuine understanding of our own thinking patterns.
Have you ever felt your interactions with others do not represent your true self? Do you often feel misunderstood? Do you lack emotional energy or avoid uncomfortable situations? Are you often triggered but lack self-awareness to understand the source of your feelings? Perhaps you are a teen or young adult wondering how your feelings and emotional intelligence will affect your life.
I enjoy working with children, teens and young adults to establish a sense of calm, heightened self-awareness and genuine understanding of our own thinking patterns.
Have you ever felt your interactions with others do not represent your true self? Do you often feel misunderstood? Do you lack emotional energy or avoid uncomfortable situations? Are you often triggered but lack self-awareness to understand the source of your feelings? Perhaps you are a teen or young adult wondering how your feelings and emotional intelligence will affect your life.
(732) 314-7492 View (732) 314-7492
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Institute for Personal Growth - Transgender Care
Psychologist, PhD, LCSW, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
We can help you or your child explore their gender.
Thinking of therapy? Ask us for the first session free. At IPG, we are proud pioneers in gender-affirming psychotherapy for trans and gender gon-conforming people. We view gender diversity as normal, not a mental illness. We're likely more experienced than any other practice in New Jersey, with roughly 20% of our clients being gender-diverse in some way, though of course we work with other communities. In 2019 we were awarded a PROUD Award recognizing our decades of work with the trans community. All of our NJ locations (Highland Park, Jersey City, Freehold) have therapists who work with trans/GNC adults, adolescents, and children.
We can help you or your child explore their gender.
Thinking of therapy? Ask us for the first session free. At IPG, we are proud pioneers in gender-affirming psychotherapy for trans and gender gon-conforming people. We view gender diversity as normal, not a mental illness. We're likely more experienced than any other practice in New Jersey, with roughly 20% of our clients being gender-diverse in some way, though of course we work with other communities. In 2019 we were awarded a PROUD Award recognizing our decades of work with the trans community. All of our NJ locations (Highland Park, Jersey City, Freehold) have therapists who work with trans/GNC adults, adolescents, and children.
(732) 481-1767 View (732) 481-1767
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Kenneth Marcus Lipman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, CH, ACS
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I have been in practice for over 30 years, working with couples, individuals, children and families. I use many therapeutic tools depending on my clients' individual needs. These include: helping clients look at the negative things they tell themselves; discover how their problem(s) arose, which often ends a cycle of shame and self-blame; learn the interpersonal skills they lack and then devise homework assignments to practice new skills. I often use hypnosis to address issues on a deeper level than our conscious will. Finally I help my couples and families to understand and change destructive patterns of interaction.
I have been in practice for over 30 years, working with couples, individuals, children and families. I use many therapeutic tools depending on my clients' individual needs. These include: helping clients look at the negative things they tell themselves; discover how their problem(s) arose, which often ends a cycle of shame and self-blame; learn the interpersonal skills they lack and then devise homework assignments to practice new skills. I often use hypnosis to address issues on a deeper level than our conscious will. Finally I help my couples and families to understand and change destructive patterns of interaction.
(908) 420-0897 View (908) 420-0897
Sara A Bortolon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, NJ 08904
If you are seeing this message, I am proud of you and know it is not easy for you (and/or your child) to be in this stage of life. Working with youth up to 18 years, the typical concerns my clients (and caregiver) express are behavioral challenges, attention difficulties, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, mood, anxiety, trauma, family concerns and life cycle transitions. Therapy can provide assistance understanding emotions, behaviors and creating an emotional toolbox (coping skills) that they can access at times of distress to manage their symptoms.
If you are seeing this message, I am proud of you and know it is not easy for you (and/or your child) to be in this stage of life. Working with youth up to 18 years, the typical concerns my clients (and caregiver) express are behavioral challenges, attention difficulties, low self-esteem, interpersonal issues, mood, anxiety, trauma, family concerns and life cycle transitions. Therapy can provide assistance understanding emotions, behaviors and creating an emotional toolbox (coping skills) that they can access at times of distress to manage their symptoms.
(732) 466-6476 View (732) 466-6476
Hilary Chaya Drucker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904  (Online Only)
I focus on helping clients of all ages and backgrounds heal their pain, overcome their challenges, develop their strengths, resources and resilience and accomplish their goals. I provide a positive, integrative, comprehensive approach, treating a broad range of mood, behavioral and relationship challenges. I have 30 years experience with children and adults in individual, couples, family and parent/child modalities.
I focus on helping clients of all ages and backgrounds heal their pain, overcome their challenges, develop their strengths, resources and resilience and accomplish their goals. I provide a positive, integrative, comprehensive approach, treating a broad range of mood, behavioral and relationship challenges. I have 30 years experience with children and adults in individual, couples, family and parent/child modalities.
(732) 943-0496 View (732) 943-0496
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Janet Chiorello-Ellis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I'am a clinician with more than 20 years of experience assisting children and adults with many of life's challenges. I look forward to providing a safe, gentle and genuine place for you to address your anxiety, depression and interpersonal issues. You will identify ways to solve the problems you face and develop the motivation and energy you need to reach your goals in every area of your life.
I'am a clinician with more than 20 years of experience assisting children and adults with many of life's challenges. I look forward to providing a safe, gentle and genuine place for you to address your anxiety, depression and interpersonal issues. You will identify ways to solve the problems you face and develop the motivation and energy you need to reach your goals in every area of your life.
(732) 831-7616 View (732) 831-7616
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Elinor Bashe
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I help parents work with schools, advocate for their children and understand accomodations that might benefit their child.
Have you ever said: "No one ever taught me how to be a parent or spouse?" Perhaps navigating the relationships at work is posing a challenge. I help clients look at patterns of communication and behaviors that aren't working and help them understand their origins. Together, we develop an understanding of what is causing the difficulties so that we may address them successfully. I've been a psychologist for 25 years, helping clients enhance their relationships with family members, friends and colleagues. While much of my work is with adults, I am also a child psychologist.
I help parents work with schools, advocate for their children and understand accomodations that might benefit their child.
Have you ever said: "No one ever taught me how to be a parent or spouse?" Perhaps navigating the relationships at work is posing a challenge. I help clients look at patterns of communication and behaviors that aren't working and help them understand their origins. Together, we develop an understanding of what is causing the difficulties so that we may address them successfully. I've been a psychologist for 25 years, helping clients enhance their relationships with family members, friends and colleagues. While much of my work is with adults, I am also a child psychologist.
(732) 333-8625 x2 View (732) 333-8625 x2
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Amy DeLuca Litkey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Through the use of art/play therapy, I work with children to help them express their feelings in healthy ways and provide skills to reduce anxiety, depression, social difficulties, and conflict.
Feeling understood is an important aspect of personal development and life satisfaction at any age. As a Columbia University trained therapist, I provide a warm and nurturing environment where children, adolescents, and adults feel supported and are better able to understand and manage their emotions and behavior. I offer a safe place for individuals to process and cope with transition and challenges such as relationship concerns, divorce, grief, and traumatic experiences. My passion is helping women, young adults and children meet their individualized therapeutic goals and live their lives to the fullest potential.
Through the use of art/play therapy, I work with children to help them express their feelings in healthy ways and provide skills to reduce anxiety, depression, social difficulties, and conflict.
Feeling understood is an important aspect of personal development and life satisfaction at any age. As a Columbia University trained therapist, I provide a warm and nurturing environment where children, adolescents, and adults feel supported and are better able to understand and manage their emotions and behavior. I offer a safe place for individuals to process and cope with transition and challenges such as relationship concerns, divorce, grief, and traumatic experiences. My passion is helping women, young adults and children meet their individualized therapeutic goals and live their lives to the fullest potential.
(848) 216-0871 View (848) 216-0871
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Renee Weiss
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT, BCD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904  (Online Only)
When I think of my work as a therapist, what lifts my spirit is the enormous potential of people for living a full life; a potential they are often unaware of. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Therapy helps to identify them and develop the tools to improve their lives. The goals: enhanced self-esteem, reduced tension, more expressiveness....a fuller life. Whether I work with the child, adolescent, adult, individual, couple or family, I find the work inspiring.
When I think of my work as a therapist, what lifts my spirit is the enormous potential of people for living a full life; a potential they are often unaware of. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Therapy helps to identify them and develop the tools to improve their lives. The goals: enhanced self-esteem, reduced tension, more expressiveness....a fuller life. Whether I work with the child, adolescent, adult, individual, couple or family, I find the work inspiring.
(973) 713-4278 View (973) 713-4278
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Tani Foger
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, EdM, MA
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904  (Online Only)
Drawing on decades of counseling children in individual and group therapy, I specialize in Conflict Resolution; Bully-Prevention; Short-Term and Goal-Oriented Therapy; Family Therapy; Teacher Consultation; Parent Consultation; School Visits; Learning Issues including ADHD, ASD; Anxiety, Stress, and Techniques for improving Social Skills/Peer Relationships.
With over 35 years of extensive counseling experience as a school psychologist, in both regular and special-education, I have the unique perspective, experience and qualifications to help parents and children navigate the often complicated and tenuous years of childhood, adolescence, and family life. In addition to my experience as a school psychologist, I was also an elementary school principal, thereby affording me the ability to see and understand the magnitude of school pressures and demands; academic, social, and emotional, on your child and on your family life. I offer supportive, short term therapy, with practical solutions.
Drawing on decades of counseling children in individual and group therapy, I specialize in Conflict Resolution; Bully-Prevention; Short-Term and Goal-Oriented Therapy; Family Therapy; Teacher Consultation; Parent Consultation; School Visits; Learning Issues including ADHD, ASD; Anxiety, Stress, and Techniques for improving Social Skills/Peer Relationships.
With over 35 years of extensive counseling experience as a school psychologist, in both regular and special-education, I have the unique perspective, experience and qualifications to help parents and children navigate the often complicated and tenuous years of childhood, adolescence, and family life. In addition to my experience as a school psychologist, I was also an elementary school principal, thereby affording me the ability to see and understand the magnitude of school pressures and demands; academic, social, and emotional, on your child and on your family life. I offer supportive, short term therapy, with practical solutions.
(551) 282-9216 View (551) 282-9216
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Tammy Dorff
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I have a diverse practice in which I work with adults, children, adolescents and couples who are struggling with a variety of different issues. These include depression, anxiety/panic attacks, relationship problems, school and behavioral issues, parenting challenges, ADHD, low self-esteem, stress, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, struggles with spirituality, self-injurious behavior, adoption, dealing with medical problems, grief and loss, trauma, and coping with divorce and its aftermath. My ideal client is one who wants help and is feeling ready to do the work necessary to improve and enrich his or her life.
I have a diverse practice in which I work with adults, children, adolescents and couples who are struggling with a variety of different issues. These include depression, anxiety/panic attacks, relationship problems, school and behavioral issues, parenting challenges, ADHD, low self-esteem, stress, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, struggles with spirituality, self-injurious behavior, adoption, dealing with medical problems, grief and loss, trauma, and coping with divorce and its aftermath. My ideal client is one who wants help and is feeling ready to do the work necessary to improve and enrich his or her life.
(732) 201-2138 View (732) 201-2138
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Michelle Kessous
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I am a firm believer in encouraging positivity, bolstering self-efficacy, and cultivating independence in others. My typical client is a child, adolescent, or young adult (age 3 to 29) who may be struggling academically, socially, or with developing effective emotional coping skills. Often, the individuals I see have difficulty with attention, concentration, organization, and with meeting the daily demands required of them at school. I also offer much support to parents who may be frustrated with their attempts at connecting with their kids and who are in need of guidance relating to discipline techniques and behavior management.
I am a firm believer in encouraging positivity, bolstering self-efficacy, and cultivating independence in others. My typical client is a child, adolescent, or young adult (age 3 to 29) who may be struggling academically, socially, or with developing effective emotional coping skills. Often, the individuals I see have difficulty with attention, concentration, organization, and with meeting the daily demands required of them at school. I also offer much support to parents who may be frustrated with their attempts at connecting with their kids and who are in need of guidance relating to discipline techniques and behavior management.
(732) 412-6925 View (732) 412-6925
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Theresa Messineo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCADC, CCTP, CCS
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I work with diverse men, women, and children from a systemic point of view, helping you understand the context of where you came from, how you got to where you are now, and how to gain increased freedom to direct where you'd like to go in life.
I welcome all clients who would like to improve their well being and their family, intimate, or work relationships. I will help you gain greater insight into your behaviors and feelings so that you may ultimately make choices to live a more free, fulfilled, happy life.
I work with diverse men, women, and children from a systemic point of view, helping you understand the context of where you came from, how you got to where you are now, and how to gain increased freedom to direct where you'd like to go in life.
I welcome all clients who would like to improve their well being and their family, intimate, or work relationships. I will help you gain greater insight into your behaviors and feelings so that you may ultimately make choices to live a more free, fulfilled, happy life.
(908) 386-4541 View (908) 386-4541
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Monica McGoldrick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhC(hc)
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I work with individuals, couples and families to set and achieve their goals- resolving conflicts, increasing their life satisfaction, overcoming estrangement, depression, anxiety. I focus on couple issues, individual problems, child focused problems, secrets, grief, intergenerational conflicts, divorce, remarriage, step-parenting, sibling conflicts.
I work with individuals, couples and families to set and achieve their goals- resolving conflicts, increasing their life satisfaction, overcoming estrangement, depression, anxiety. I focus on couple issues, individual problems, child focused problems, secrets, grief, intergenerational conflicts, divorce, remarriage, step-parenting, sibling conflicts.
(732) 479-1130 View (732) 479-1130
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Shalonda Kelly
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I provide psychotherapy for couples, families, children, and adults from diverse backgrounds. I help to keep the peace at home, by enhancing intimacy, expressing emotions, improving communication skills, decreasing fighting, and bridging differences in personalities and habits, such as ways of managing finances, and finding time to enjoy each other. I help my clients to navigate normal life changes and stresses such as marriage and parenthood, divorce, step- and blended family changes, and recovering from infidelity. I help to address school and academic problems, "stinking thinking", child behavior problems, common (and uncommon) disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
I provide psychotherapy for couples, families, children, and adults from diverse backgrounds. I help to keep the peace at home, by enhancing intimacy, expressing emotions, improving communication skills, decreasing fighting, and bridging differences in personalities and habits, such as ways of managing finances, and finding time to enjoy each other. I help my clients to navigate normal life changes and stresses such as marriage and parenthood, divorce, step- and blended family changes, and recovering from infidelity. I help to address school and academic problems, "stinking thinking", child behavior problems, common (and uncommon) disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
(908) 818-1047 View (908) 818-1047
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Alyson Rentrop
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I am a clinically trained, psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapist. I received my Master’s in Social Work with an area of emphasis in mental and behavioral health from Rutgers University. I have provided psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. These professional experiences have allowed me to work with clients from different backgrounds, belief systems, and orientations and to better understand the unique and shared experiences that are part of the human condition.
I am a clinically trained, psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapist. I received my Master’s in Social Work with an area of emphasis in mental and behavioral health from Rutgers University. I have provided psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. These professional experiences have allowed me to work with clients from different backgrounds, belief systems, and orientations and to better understand the unique and shared experiences that are part of the human condition.
(732) 517-3952 View (732) 517-3952
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Donna Wolfskehl Distefano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
If painful experiences were met with confusing or anxious responses from others or described in manners that did not respond to emotional needs, then a child or individual would likely cope with difficulties by disconnecting from the threatening emotional meanings. We need another at times, or search for a healing process. If you have been struggling with strong feelings or a particular situation, it is time to get help. You can find the way through fears, loss or other struggles. I am here to support you through your struggles, through personal hardships, finding truths or make sense of confusion in your mind or life.
If painful experiences were met with confusing or anxious responses from others or described in manners that did not respond to emotional needs, then a child or individual would likely cope with difficulties by disconnecting from the threatening emotional meanings. We need another at times, or search for a healing process. If you have been struggling with strong feelings or a particular situation, it is time to get help. You can find the way through fears, loss or other struggles. I am here to support you through your struggles, through personal hardships, finding truths or make sense of confusion in your mind or life.
(732) 204-6462 View (732) 204-6462
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Sueli S Petry
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Not everyone has the same approach to life's problems such as grief, loss, bereavement, illness and stress, nor to the typical challenges of family relationships. The context of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, class, sexual orientation and spiritual beliefs influence the ways in which we view the world and how the world views us. I work with children, teens, individuals, couples and families to resolve issues in a way that is sensitive to their culture and context; and together we develop solutions that are congruent with their values.
Not everyone has the same approach to life's problems such as grief, loss, bereavement, illness and stress, nor to the typical challenges of family relationships. The context of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, class, sexual orientation and spiritual beliefs influence the ways in which we view the world and how the world views us. I work with children, teens, individuals, couples and families to resolve issues in a way that is sensitive to their culture and context; and together we develop solutions that are congruent with their values.
(732) 347-6157 View (732) 347-6157
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Miriam Jaffe
Licensed Social Worker, PhD, LSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
I work primarily with children, teenagers, and college students, as well as adult women, specializing in trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I work primarily with children, teenagers, and college students, as well as adult women, specializing in trauma, depression, and anxiety.
(848) 220-1712 View (848) 220-1712
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Kathleen Bakos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Highland Park, NJ 08904
It's hard to admit needing help sometimes. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, lost, or inertia about self-motivated change? If you're struggling with managing anxiety or depression, infertility, adoption issues, trauma, LGBTQ, ADHD, child behavior, mariage, or impulse control I can help. I will "meet you where you are" emotionally, and together we can navigate what you are experiencing. I want to walk with you while you find mental wellness, manage stressors, obtain clarity, and gain the peace of mind that you deserve. There's much healing in being heard, understood, and taking time to process emotions.
It's hard to admit needing help sometimes. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed, lost, or inertia about self-motivated change? If you're struggling with managing anxiety or depression, infertility, adoption issues, trauma, LGBTQ, ADHD, child behavior, mariage, or impulse control I can help. I will "meet you where you are" emotionally, and together we can navigate what you are experiencing. I want to walk with you while you find mental wellness, manage stressors, obtain clarity, and gain the peace of mind that you deserve. There's much healing in being heard, understood, and taking time to process emotions.
(908) 224-5237 View (908) 224-5237
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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in Highland Park, NJ provide mental health therapy to children and are experts in child development.

Every comprehensive review of therapy with children shows that all credible approaches, when performed by a competent mental health clinician, produce almost the same results. About half of all kids will get better. Of those that improve, 80% will show progress in a relatively short time, while the remaining 20% will need longer-term support.

The best child therapists in Highland Park build great relationships with the child and the parent. They also see the child's strengths and are open to hearing the child's possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. Finally, a good therapist appreciates the child's culture and is sensitive to the values of the child's community.