Dr. Menken developed her career at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where she ran women's groups, trained psychology interns and developed a specialty in Maternal Mental Health. She co-founded The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center at CPMC where she was Assistant Professional Psychologist. Dr. Menken currently serves Postpartum Support International on the Presidents Advisory Council and as the NJ Coordinator. She was a member of Governor Codey's Professional Education Committee on Postpartum Depression. She currently sits on The Maternal Mortality Review for the state of NJ.
I am a licensed clinical social worker intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) specializing in the treatment of adolescents, young adults and adults suffering from mood disorders, depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT is a therapy designed to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. In DBT you and I will work to together to resolve the seeming contradiction between self-acceptance and change in order to bring about positive changes in your life.
Making the decision to see a therapist is hard but if you are reading this, you've already taken the first step towards wellness and a better you. Celebrate small victories - they lead to bigger ones! Maybe you have a specific challenge you'd like to work through. Maybe you just need to talk. Maybe you don't even know what is motivating your behaviors and beliefs but you know you are ready for a change. Whatever your "it" is, I would love to assist you in exploring, learning, and growing. I meet clients where they are and encourage them to face their fears, achieve goals and take steps towards the life they've always wanted.
I offer my clients a space to explore feelings using a creative and holistic approach. I use art, mindfulness, and meditation to help clients gain a deeper awareness into themselves and to facilitate a process of growth to help individuals become better versions of themselves. I work together with each client to set goals and set each individual up for success. As art can be sometimes intimidating I remind my clients that the art is there as their guide to help them go deeper and connect to themselves. There is no art experience needed and never judgment in the artwork.
Are there things that you haven't been able to say? Are you feeling anxious about an uncertain future? Are you feeling stuck or unhappy in your personal or professional life? Do you struggle to value yourself and everything that you bring to the world? Many of the clients that I've served have suppressed feelings of anger, sadness, shame and guilt, and those feelings manifested as depression and anxiety. By using a collaborative, strengths-based approach, we can work together to affect change in your life.
I am a down to earth and compassionate individual, couples and family therapist with over 25 years experience. Before going into full time private practice I worked in inpatient psychiatry and chemical dependency as a therapist and a supervisor in two teaching hospitals in Manhattan. I went on to conduct clinical training seminars for a mental health consulting agency across the country. I am skilled in evidence-based therapies for anxiety, mood disorders and addictions and enjoy nothing more than working collaboratively with clients to find fresh and creative solutions to the problems they present.
Join me on a journey of self discovery and empowerment. I provide a safe environment in which to understand the roots of your difficulties and to change self-defeating patterns of behavior, which interfere with work and intimate relationships. I love my work and continue to learn so much from the courageous people I work with as they struggle to make changes in their lives. I have 30+ years of experience working with individuals and couples. My treatment approach may include psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS
ACCEPTING that we sometimes need help with life's challenges can be both difficult and overwhelming. My goal is to make GETTING that help easy by creating a safe, non-judgmental counseling environment. My counseling approach is supportive and empathic, while emphasizing self-awareness, empowerment and the ability to change.
You matter. Let's create a safe space to build enough trust to share your stories of strength, suffering, shame, and searching. Identify the conflicts, losses, trauma, & pain that rob your happiness. Celebrate holistic healing. Discover your strengths, unleash hope and explore new possibilities. Build a life filled with joy and fulfillment based on improved relationships. Acknowledge the awesome person inside of you. Virtual or in-person sessions Fully vaccinated, Psychoanalyst, Motivational Speaker, Jury Consultant, Expert Witness, Racial Trauma Specialist, and Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
I am psychotherapist devoted to helping adult individuals and couples achieve improved relationships, contentment, self-confidence and acceptance. I work with clients through teletherapy or in-person sessions to identify underlying problems and improve ways of coping, with specialization in couples counseling, grief and complicated grief, anxiety, depression and adoption. My post-graduate training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, marital/couples issues, adoption throughout the life cycle, grief and bereavement and the spectrum of issues relating to trauma.
Struggling with relationship issues, anxiety and depression? I help couples and individual adults and adolescents in a safe and growth promoting environment. A caring clinician, a resident of Montclair for more than 30 years, I have been in practice for more than 30 years. In addition to other venues, I have been a psychotherapist at University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ for more than 15 years. I provide services in English as well as in Spanish. .
Mario Dartayet- Rodriguez holds an M.S.W from New York University. He is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker and a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Dartayet-Rodriguez is a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT) and is graduate of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Program at the William Alanson White Institute.
People seek therapy because they wish to make a difference in their lives. They may struggle with anxiety, depression, loss, low self-esteem, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, parenting challlenges. They may be contemplating a life change or curious about the emotional obstacles interfering with their ability to change. We will collaborate to establish your own goals for therapy and work together to gain clarity so that those goals become available to you.
As a systemic thinker, I am always looking at a person in relationship to their environment, and the people in it. With a strength-based approach in family therapy, I also use psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral principles, while providing a safe and empathic environment for our work together. I have treated families, couples and individuals for 16 years with a broad scope of culture, age and relational issues. I have helped many people through transitional events that affect them throughout their lives; school, career, marriage, parenting, illness, loss, divorce and retirement. My interest is in the relationship you have with yourself and those around you.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MA, LCADC, LCSW
Families evolve and change over time. As individuals age and grow, their roles within the family also change. The family can help - or hinder - individual and personal growth. Family work can help to make the family a positive source of support. Family work will help you to step back and observe emotional patterns and processes. There definitely can be family change with only one person in the room working with a therapist. In physics there is an adage: for every action there is a reaction.
Helping you create the life that you want is my passion. Perhaps you want to work on your self-esteem, relationships, a struggling career, financial crisis, the demands of your family life...or the grief and change that comes with a separation, divorce or any kind of loss. I have been told that my therapeutic style is warm and engaging, and that my office provides an inviting space where clients can comfortably and safely explore their issues. I appreciate each and every person's journey and I understand the strength and courage required to change...and to reach out for support.
The many challenges you have faced in your life have led you to begin the process of seeking knowledge & insight into ways of overcoming these obstacles. No matter if it is a mood, behavioral or relational issue you are faced with, you want results! A lot may be on the line at this point in your life such as your marriage, your job or the well-being of you and your family. Regardless, it is time to do something about it!
Listening to the narrative of every person's life is fascinating to me. I am empathic, interactive and am a firm believer that good therapy brings results that make people feel more comfortable, empowered, and gives you the strength that is needed to grow. Therapy begins with identifying destructive themes that repeatedly arise, and interfere with one's life. I believe that therapy should be transformative, and provide a healing experience. I am particularly skilled in working with panic disorder/, depression, divorce conflict, and trauma, including sexual abuse.
Hello, I am a clinical psychologist with more than 17 years of experience providing psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. I received my Masters in Education from Harvard University and my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. I welcome clients from all backgrounds and ethnicities into my practice, and use an interpersonal and eclectic approach to facilitate an exploration of issues causing on-going worry and/or distress. I have a long history of helping to improve the lives of those who have worked with me.
Therapy is an empowering and affirming experience. I engage in an individualized and collaborative approach that employs varied techniques to best address your concerns and situation. It is important to create an atmosphere of safety where difficult thoughts and feelings can be freely explored. I am actively engaged and empathic. Collaboration between therapist and client is fundamental in eliciting growth & change. In my years of experience I have seen how therapy leads to growth and enhanced quality of life and overall well-being. People can change to become the fullest version of themselves and live the lives they want to live.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Upper Montclair are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Upper Montclair then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Upper Montclair, or Child Psychologists in Upper Montclair.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Upper Montclair psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Upper Montclair specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.