Hello and Welcome! My name is Jessica Gerstein and I graduated from Monmouth University with a Masters of Science in Mental and Clinical Health Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the state of New Jersey. I also am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), HIV Certified Counselor, and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC). I have about six years of experience working in various levels of care with mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis clients.
Of my six years of experience practicing counseling in the field, for three years I worked with children ranging from age five through nineteen completing crisis counseling in the emergency room. From my work with children and teens in crisis, I have realized the value of making therapy for this age group a collaborative approach with not only the family, but also, school systems and various other providers that may be involved with the child/teen already. I have experience facilitating individual and family therapy sessions as I have noticed the importance of supporting the entire family while still focusing on the needs of the client.
During sessions I utilize primarily cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy however, I believe that each client is unique and tailor my approach to be client centered. I focus on finding solutions, building strengths, and improving negative thought patterns. The therapeutic process can be overwhelming, but I pride myself on working side by side with my clients and their families every step of the way.
My passion for helping humans developed at an early age and only continued to grow as I observed people around me struggle with various issues in life. Over my years in the mental health and substance abuse industry, I have noticed a pattern. It has occurred to me that the stressors of every day life have become unmanageable for human beings and people have forgotten that, “We repeat what we do not repair.” In a world that is constantly changing, lets work together to make changes to improve yourself and your life.
Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Bipolar disorder
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Codependency , Communication Problems , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fertility Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Posttraumatic Stress , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
Jessica has helped me find strength in my abilities to get through situations. I thank you for helping me get through my past hurdles and focus my time and energy on the present and future goals. She helped me keep on moving when I felt like my life was stagnant!
Finding Jessica to be exceptionally respectful/responsive to my needs from the onset of our work together. I have full confidence/faith in knowing that Jessica will provide the support I've been unable to find in the past.
Jessica obviously loves her job. I can tell she finds all aspects of learning about people very interesting. I always feel like she understands what I'm trying to say. She also always remembers details from past sessions. All in all I always feel better after talking with Jessica.
Jessica is amazing. She is very attentive to each thing I mention during our chats and sessions. She is available and responds quickly. We talk about 5 days a week. And she just really tries to understand the core of what I am telling her. We work through things together and she gives me plenty of exercises to do so. I attribute these things, in addition to my efforts, to the significant amount of progress I have made in the past 5-6 months with Jessica!
I have been in some form of therapy for over 20 years. Over the course of that time I’ve seen more therapists than Charlie Sheen has had 1st dates.
Jessica listens, digests what’s heard, understands and then responds. Her responses and approach to therapy is nothing like I’ve ever experienced. Her therapeutic structure is based on my past, current situation, future goals...and most importantly my personality.
It is in teen counseling’s best interest to do whatever needs to be done to ensure she maintains her role as a therapist under your platform. If that becomes the case you’re not only going to be a 1 therapist short, but you will lose a true benefit which teen counseling currently offers.
Jessica has been great with my daughter and myself. I am very happy with her expertise and professionalism.
Jessica is great.
Very professional and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Jessica helped me stay focused while I felt my world was falling apart around me. She has a great approach that I really appreciated. It felt like she met me where I was and maneuvered me to see what I needed to address.
Jessica has great insight into making positive changes, and my life has improved substantially. Would recommend.
Jessica is very attentive and personable during our sessions. I was nervous with doing therapy over the phone but it has been really helpful.
Conversations with her have been extremely helpful at a time when I badly needed to support myself.