therapy services point pleasant nj

Counseling

In our practice, we've found that a compassionate, empathetic approach utilizing various therapeutic modalities is a necessity when providing counseling - whether it be individually or as a couple. 

A significant aspect to counseling is that to be truly effective, a person must feel comfortable with their therapist and build considerable trust to help facilitate their healing.  Our goal is to find the best approach that works for you to maximize the benefit you receive in counseling.

We've successfully helped people who suffer from depression, relationship issues, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, difficult life transitions as well as many other issues. We work solely with individuals and couples- late teens, adults and seniors.

At the end of every session, we always make sure you have skills to utilize in between counseling sessions and we build upon those skills each time we meet.

We also offer Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well- researched and comprehensive counseling treatment approach.  DBT works by teaching you actual tools you can use to help with coping and lessening symptoms.

Counseling means holding a safe space for you. We do so without judgment.

Sand Tray Therapy

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.  - Carl Jung

What Is It?

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In Sand play a scene is made from figures and objects placed in a box of sand. The construction of the scene is guided almost entirely by the choices made by the hands of the client, while the therapist watches nearby in respectful silence. Sand play is a form of therapy that gives both child and adult clients the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalize, feelings and experiences often inaccessible and/or difficult to express in words. Sand play also provides a balance to the extroverted, verbal, and outer-focused everyday world. It can lead to a more open and integrated way of life. In the midst of an age and time that rushes toward the future, the simplicity and depth of Sand play helps maintain a place of internal integrity as well as a sanctuary for contact with the symbolic world out of which can emerge a healing experience. - Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., M.F.T., J.A.

How does it work?

A basic premise of Sand play therapy is that the psyche possesses a natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions. Similar to how our physical wounds heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche also has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when left free to operate naturally in a protected environment. The aim of Sand play is to activate healing energies at the deepest level of the psyche through the use of miniatures and the sand tray to reflect the client’s inner world. By this symbolic activity and through the experience of free and creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in this three-dimensional form, much like the dream experience. - Harriet S. Friedman, M.A., M.F.T., J.A.

“Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.”    - C. G. Jung