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  1. How does talking in a counseling session help?
  2. How is counseling different from chatting with a friend?
  3. Do I need medication while in counseling?
  4. I'm having problems sleeping — can counseling help my insomnia?
  5. How long will I need to come for counseling?
  6. Does it mean that I am crazy if I need counseling or psychotherapy?
  7. How do I decide whether or not to bring my child to see a counseling professional?
  8. What can I expect if I do decide to consult with Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, for my child?
  9. I am having trouble in my relationship. Do I come to counseling by myself or should I ask my partner to join me?
  10. What if Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates doesn't take my insurance?
  11. Is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) a form of treatment that Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates utilizes?
  12. I have been struggling with depression for a while. How can you help me?
  13. What area does Counseling and Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates serve?





1.  How does talking in a counseling session help?

Speaking with a therapist, within the framework of a supportive relationship, can help you gain a clearer picture and deeper understanding of what is troubling you. Talking out loud is a way to really hear yourself and clarify your thoughts and feelings. It is also a way to repair negative thoughts with positive thinking. Through talk therapy you can also begin to see how current relationships and behaviors are influenced by your past. With this insight you can make more conscious choices and decisions about how you would like to live your life. (back)



2.  How is counseling different from chatting with a friend?

All of our New Jersey therapists are licensed mental health professionals and are trained in psychotherapy techniques. While talking to a friend can be helpful, a psychologist or social worker is trained to listen with empathy and objectivity. We can interpret what you are expressing to help you better understand the possible causes of your symptoms. This process can enable you to make positive changes and move toward a happier future. (back)



3.  Do I need medication while in counseling?

With so many different options for mental health treatment it is sometimes difficult for people to know if they would benefit from psychotropic medications. While medications can be very effective in relieving symptoms of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, they do not always address the underlying causes of those problems. Indeed, research shows that even when medication is prescribed, it is most effective when combined with counseling and psychotherapy. When appropriate, we will discuss medication options with you and make a referral to a prescribing physician. (back)



4.  I'm having problems sleeping — can counseling help my insomnia?

Yes! Many of our clients complain of trouble sleeping. We work with our clients to help them establish good sleep "hygiene" (i.e., good bedtime and sleep habits). Many different things can contribute to difficulty sleeping including depression, anxiety, life transitions, pregnancy, menopause and even just too much caffeine! Additionally, sometimes people have sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome that prevents them from getting a good night's sleep. In your counseling sessions, we will discuss what might be contributing to your insomnia and work with you to help you sleep better. In addition to counseling and therapy we will sometimes make a referral to a sleep study center. (back)



5.  How long will I need to come for counseling?

The length of treatment depends on your needs and goals. We offer both short term and long term counseling to our New Jersey patients. People come for counseling and psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. Some people come to counseling because they are in crisis. They may be dealing with a death, a divorce or a significant break up, or trouble adjusting to life changes and transitions. Others come for psychotherapy because they are struggling with more general symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues or health issues. Ultimately you and your therapist will work together to identify problem areas, develop your goals for treatment and evaluate your ongoing need for psychotherapy. (back)



6.  Does it mean that I am crazy if I need counseling or psychotherapy?

Absolutely not! Recognizing the need to speak with a mental health professional is actually a strength. There are times when you might face difficult decisions or complicated situations that can feel overwhelming, stressful and confusing. Allowing yourself to engage in the psychotherapy process in which you can express your feelings and thoughts with one of our objective and compassionate counseling professionals is a step toward resolution and peace of mind. (back)



7.  How do I decide whether or not to bring my child to see a counseling professional?

If your child is showing psychological symptoms that are interfering with his or her functioning, it definitely makes sense to seek consultation with a mental health professional who can help you decide how to proceed. Symptoms typically fall into two major categories: your child is either having difficulty behaving appropriately or he or she is experiencing some kind of internal turmoil, such as excessive worry or sadness. Children often exhibit some combination of both of these types of problems. Examples of impaired functioning include poor school achievement, social withdrawal or isolation, and inability to separate from parents to attend school or social functions. Even if a child is not exhibiting impaired functioning, but seems to be struggling emotionally, socially, academically or behaviorally, consultation with a psychotherapist can still be helpful. Early intervention (often in the form of teaching caregivers positive parenting skills) in one or more of these problem areas can prevent difficulties from escalating into more complex problems, and can keep your child on track developmentally. (back)



8.  What can I expect if I do decide to consult with Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, for my child?

You can expect to be asked to provide a thorough developmental history for your child, including milestones and family history of mental health issues. Depending on your psycotherapist's treatment approach and the age of your child, you may be asked to participate in regular parent guidance sessions or family counseling. Parent guidance is a useful way to help parents of younger children learn more about your child's development. You will meet with your counselor, usually without your child, to discuss problems and issues at home and at school that may require you to expand your repertoire of child-rearing skills. Your counselor may recommend books and workshops to help you to deepen your knowledge of child development and ways to manage your child's behavior. Typically, older children and adolescents work with their psychotherapist by themselves, but parents are involved as needed. We may also recommend family counseling sessions that include parents and children, so that problematic family dynamics and communication patterns may be addressed. At Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, we provide and coordinate services for children, parents, and families. (back)



9.  I am having trouble in my relationship. Do I come to counseling by myself or should I ask my partner to join me?

In most cases, the most important decision is to get started with counseling either way. If you consult with a psychotherapist alone, and it becomes clear that your main focus is your relationship, then the therapist will recommend couples' therapy. If you come in as a couple, and one or both partners seem to be struggling with issues that require individual attention, we will refer you to an individual counselor. The mental health professionals at Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates will help you to clarify your needs and can provide both individual and couples' therapy. (back)



10.  What if Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates doesn't take my insurance?

At Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates we recognize how confusing it can be to understand your mental health benefits. Many insurance policies have out-of-network benefits that can help you cover the costs of therapy if we do not participate in your plan. We will work with you to clarify your mental health benefits. (back)



11.  Is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) a form of treatment that Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates utilizes?

Yes. CBT can often be effective for treating anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, stress, insomnia and depression as well as other symptoms that can make life hard to manage. Our goal is to work with you to devise the best overall counseling and psychotherapy strategy for addressing your particular concerns. (back)



12.  I have been struggling with depression for a while. How can you help me?

Depression can often make us feel hopeless, sad and alone. It can also affect our appetite causing us to lose or gain weight, impact our sleep and lead to a general loss of interest in activities that we once enjoyed. The good news is that psychotherapy counseling is a very effective means of combating depression. At Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, your counselor will help you identify the origins of your depression, cope with your symptoms and assist you in feeling better. (back)



13.  What area does Counseling and Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates serve?

The professionals at Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates are Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Psychologists licensed in the state of New Jersey. Counseling services and psychotherapy services are provided to our patients in the greater New York metropolitan area, most commonly in these communities:
  • Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
  • Caldwell, New Jersey 07006 / 07007
  • Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009
  • Clifton, New Jersey 07011 / 07012 / 07013 / 07014
  • Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
  • Montclair, New Jersey 07042
  • Nutley, New Jersey 07110
  • Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043
  • Verona, New Jersey 07044
  • Wayne, New Jersey 07470 / 07477 / 07474
  • West Orange, New Jersey 07052
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Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates, LLC offers you the opportunity to address a wide range of challenging experiences and life transitions. Call (973) 744-1600 to make an appointment and to address your questions and concerns. You may speak with Dr. Rosemarie Ciccarello, Ph.D., Debbie Frank, LCSW, Clair L. Goldberg, Psy.D., or Katherine B. Webber, LCSW. We all live and work in the Montclair, New Jersey area, so we understand the social, commuting, school and family issues faced by our patients, and we provide our counseling and psychotherapy services with the highest standards of confidentiality.