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, I spent three years completing crisis counseling in three emergency rooms in Monmouth County, NJ. When a client is in crisis, it is common for many loved ones to become involved in the client's care creating complex relationships and situations during a time of high stress and anxiety. I have experience and knowledge in facilitating family system and relationship focused counseling where I am able to help individuals express themselves in a safe environment and learn how to better connect with their family/partner.
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
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
LPC #37PC00701700 (Expires: 2020-11-30)
Very professional and helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone.