Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Hackensack, NJ.

Find a child psychologist or a counselor who specializes in therapy and assessment for children in Hackensack, New Jersey.


Jessica Biles, LCSW-R, RPT
Child Therapist

Jessica Biles, LCSW-R, RPT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 10017 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Whether your child is experiencing anxiety, frequent tantrums, challenges in school, changes in their mood, friendship difficulties, trauma, low self-esteem, or they are processing family changes, I can help. I have extensive experience working with children in mental health clinics and in school settings. I’ve completed intensive postgraduate clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I have advanced training in Play Therapy, and I hold certificates in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Creative Arts Therapies. But most importantly, I can help your child express their feelings, uncover bravery, and begin to heal.

Jenna Purcell, MSc, CCC
Child Therapist

Jenna Purcell, MSc, CCC

Social Confidence Life Coach

In 10012 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Is your child bullied or isolated from others? Is your child reluctant to go to school, has trouble making friends, or seems withdrawn and lonely? Many children have trouble with self confidence, anxiety or social skills. Improving self esteem, emotional regulation, and social skills deficits in the younger years reduces difficulties later. We all want the best for our children, and as a parent myself I know how it can hurt to watch your child suffer and not know how to help. Find out how your child can be helped by in-person counselling, online coaching, or online educational programs.

Steven Sussman, Ph.D
Child Therapist

Steven Sussman, Ph.D

Licensed NJ & NY Psychologist

In 07092 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Young children in particular need to feel safe and have fun to be interested in psychotherapy. If not, they do not relax and open up. Instead, they spend their sessions avoiding and denying their problems. Often, the therapist and parent spend wasted time pleading, prodding, and cajoling the child to participate in an honest thoughtful manner. My child-friendly methods are purposely compelling to young children. Many are so excited to come to therapy they run up the stairs and and through the hallway to my office; necessitating me to accommodate other tenants by posting signs discouraging such behavior.

Mars & Venus Counseling Center, LCSWs, DCSW, LPCs, LCADCs, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Mars & Venus Counseling Center, LCSWs, DCSW, LPCs, LCADCs, Ph.D.

LCSWs, DCSW, LPCs, LAC, LCADCs, and Ph.D.

In 07666 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Children are our future and we want to make sure we can do everything to help them to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted individuals. At Mars and Venus Counseling Center, we see children and their parents as young as one year old. Our services include: effective parenting techniques for your child’s unique personality, anger management, behavior modification, divorce support, anxiety, depression, overcoming fears, social development, and issues at school. Depending on the age of the child, we often incorporate play therapy to communicate with children in their own language. We use puppets, dolls, clay, drawing, as well as a variety of therapy games to help children identify what is upsetting

Michael Barmak, LCSW
Child Therapist

Michael Barmak, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 07016 - Nearby to Hackensack.

I help with children as young as nine years old learn how to feel their feelings and take personal responsibility for them rather than make others responsible for how they feel. And then how to manage, communicate and release their feelings appropriately. I also help children build higher self worth, be more compassionate with themselves and learn how to make better choices.

Esther Goldstein, LCSW,MSW, Trauma Therapist
Child Therapist

Esther Goldstein, LCSW,MSW, Trauma Therapist

Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist

In 11516 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Children are sweet, sensitive, naive and trusting. Many children enter a world where there is more chaos than they deserve. Chaos challenges the ability o function optimally. In working with adults, parents and caregivers, I guide and educate adults in children lives how to Make best available choices while functioning under stress. By doing such, the adult is modeling for the child(ren) effective, strategic and positive ways of coping. As well, I work With children helping them identify, define and express their sometimes complex emotions. By effectively processing feelings children are then able to go on to play , properly develop age appropriately and build a healthy strong self.

David Mark, MS, LCSW
Child Therapist

David Mark, MS, LCSW

School Psychologist, Licensed Social Worker, Certified Gottman Therapist

In 11434 - Nearby to Hackensack.

We all have one common goal for our children, we want them to be happy. My work with parents and children include: provide emotion coaching for the parent and child strengthen the marital relationship in order to provide a model for healthy communication and stress management explore the impact of the parents' own childhood struggles on their capacity to parent effectively create an atmosphere where the parent and child feel respected, understood and validated improve parental understanding of their child's development designing effective behavior plans for increasing a child's positive emotions experiences and behavior

Beatrijs Van Steertegem, LCSW
Child Therapist

Beatrijs Van Steertegem, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 10024 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for children with anxiety or depression. Children can learn to manage their anxiety by learning skills to change fearful thoughts and avoidant behaviors. During sessions I use the curative benefits of play therapy to foster learning and development. Play therapy can help children express what is troubling them if they lack the verbal language skills to express their feelings. Structured play therapy allows children to learn and practice problem-solving and social skills. Many issues can be confronted in play therapy and resolutions will be rehearsed and mastered into strategies your child can use after therapy ends.

Hal Brickman, LCSW, RCSW, CSW, MSW, CHT
Child Therapist

Hal Brickman, LCSW, RCSW, CSW, MSW, CHT

New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 11375 - Nearby to Hackensack.

The most malleable of us all. Therefore, that segment of our society that can be most easily molded, sculpted. Since the sculptist is almost always the parents their cooperation in the therapy process cannot be emphasized enough. They are makers or breakers of it. That is why the creation of a trusting alliance with them is critical. However, respecting the boundaries and confidentiality too of the child's work (therapy) with myself. The child is allowed to express, within reason, their individuality. Encouragement is given for adaptive risk-taking and self-soothing mechanisms. I create, a safe, predictable, environment.

Joanne Gerr, LCSW
Child Therapist

Joanne Gerr, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist and Adult Educator

In 10017 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Wise parents bring young children in for counseling for both preventative mental health, and early intervention before problems become entrenched. I work successfully with young children and their families with eating disorders, behavioral problems, attention deficit disorder, school avoidance and school phobia, difficulties with peers, siblings, and parental relationships. I also work with children challenged or frightened by medical symptoms and problems, and help families to learn strategies to cope and transform the challenges into experiences that lead to strength and family cohesiveness.

Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Child Therapist

Patricia Pitta, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Clinical and Board Certified Family Psychologist

In 11030 - Nearby to Hackensack.

When a child is presented for treatment barring organic causes, the first question one asks, " Who has the problem?" Is it the child, parents, school or the interactions of all?" After interviewing the child and parents (conducted in both family and individual sessions), I present the parents with an evaluation. Dependent on the severity of the child's problems and the ability of the parents to mobilize their parenting skills, it is decided to address the presenting problems with individual sessions as well as family sessions. My attempt is to minimize the treatment of the child and enable the parents to learn to parent through "Creative Loving" (a program that Dr. PItta created).

Wendi Dumbroff, MA, LPC
Child Therapist

Wendi Dumbroff, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

In 07936 - Nearby to Hackensack.

As a family therapist, I will work with young children, however, this is always done in the context of family therapy. I try to understand what else is happening in the family, and how it may be impacting the child (children). Is there conflict between the parents? Has there been a loss of a loved one? Young children don't always have the language to express their feelings. Parents may also have unresolved issues from their own childhoods which may emerge. Often, much of the work will end up being with the parents, not because they are "bad parents," but because they are the most important people in their children's lives!

Carolyn AlRoy, Psy.D.
Child Therapist

Carolyn AlRoy, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

In 10011 - Nearby to Hackensack.

I have a doctorate in child psychology, and have been a school psychologist, both diagnosing learning problems and doing counseling. I work closely with the parents, and in many cases would not treat the child directly. I usually focus on and get to know the parent, how I can best support them as a parent, as a spouse, and as a person in the world. And, I work with parents so that we are a team together helping you to do the best thing for your child or children.

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychoanalyst

In 10009 - Nearby to Hackensack.

When children have problems, those problems are directly related to their relationship with their parents. Hence, my approach to working with children is to work with the whole family. If a child is acting up at school, he generally has parents who are, often unintentionally, not giving him what he needs at home. All parents want to believe that they are good parents, and it is hard for them to accept that they may be doing things that are causing their children to have problems. My job is to gently and patiently create a constructive atmosphere and honest communication between parents and children, which help the children resolve their problems and learn to thrive.

Donna Schinik, L.C.S.W.
Child Therapist

Donna Schinik, L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 10605 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Often times children are struggling with issues in their own life and cannot communicate their need for help. It is a parent's job to recognize when something is not right. Helping children identify problems and work through them is a skill that lasts a lifetime. My work with children is based on trust. Only when they feel safe will they begin to reveal their inner thoughts and fears. This is achieved mainly through play therapy and parent child sessions.

Minimah Rush, LSW
Child Therapist

Minimah Rush, LSW

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW

In 07003 - Nearby to Hackensack.

I work with chilldren 8 and up. At Resolution Counseling Center, we take a family-centered approach that relies on a strong partnership with parents. We acknowledge you as the expert on your child and the one with the power to create a healthier home and school life for them. I'll help through a thorough assessment of what's going on, play therapy and child-oriented methods, a customized plan for your child's wellness, and parent-only feedback and strategy sessions along the way. I'll walk with your family until things are in a better place--reach out anytime.

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 10065 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Many times, child therapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldn’t be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducing brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Jessica Corea, LMHC
Child Therapist

Jessica Corea, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 11530 - Nearby to Hackensack.

We all encounter problems and issues while growing up. Being a child or adolescent is not easy at times and maybe it can be harder for some kids and adolescents depending on several factors or experiences. Adjusting at any age can be difficult, however, with the transitions required growing up, the increased pace of life today, and potential challenges sometimes of technology and social media, the demands of life for a young person can understandably seem overwhelming. We specialize in treating children and adolescents and utilize various treatment techniques including CBT, Play Therapy, DBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt, and Eclectic Therapy in individual and/or family sessions.

Maria Sue Butler, LMFT, Supervisor State Of Florida
Child Therapist

Maria Sue Butler, LMFT, Supervisor State Of Florida

LMFT Diplomate, Certified of Anger management

In 10022 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Small children aged 3 to 8 typically do not participate in family therapy because the vast majority of therapists consider such children too young to articulate their feelings or understand complex patterns of behavior. Butler thinks otherwise, as she perfects her skills using an approach called narrative therapy. Often described as “post-modern,” narrative therapy allows clients to put away old, tired versions of the stories they tell themselves [and everybody else] about their lives. Playing more to the clients’ strengths than their weaknesses, the approach urges clients to see themselves as much more than the presenting problem and to identify ways in which they are already taking steps

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés, LCAT, ATR-BC, CPC
Child Therapist

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés, LCAT, ATR-BC, CPC

Licensed Gestalt, Somatic, and Creative Arts Psychotherapists

In 10538 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Being a young human can be difficult. There is a lot to learn and so much newness to navigate with a brain and body that is still developing. We're here to support you and your child through these challenging but exciting times. Our experienced therapists offer creative arts therapy telehealth sessions to children 12 years old and older to help them express and manage their feelings more effectively. We can help. Get in touch with us today.

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 10012 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Many times, child stherapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldnt be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducting brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161

Walter Matweychuk, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Walter Matweychuk, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

In 10016 - Nearby to Hackensack.

I do not treat young children because for many problems it is best to teach parents skills for effectively responding to their children's emotional and behavioral needs. I teach what is called Parent Effectiveness Training Skills. This involves helping parents reinforce behaviors in children they wish would occur with greater consistency. Train the parent!

Joel Stukalin, PHD, ABPP, FAACP, MS
Child Therapist

Joel Stukalin, PHD, ABPP, FAACP, MS

QUEENS COUPLES COUNSELING CENTER

In 11375 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Dr. Joel and Dr. Sara provide comprehensive and educative consultations with parents to better understand their children's conflicts and self-destructive tendencies. As experienced, licensed and board certified clinical psychologists--who hold advanced degrees and certifications in clinical child psychology, Dr. Joel and Dr. Sara strongly believe that, for children to improve, the initial step has to involve their parents working with compassionate, high-level psychologists who can clarify for and guide them. Although Dr. Joel a and Dr. Sara do not presently accept children as direct clients, they will help you to find appropriate referrals for individual child therapists when necessary.

Nicole Digironimo, Ph.D; LPC, LCADC, ACS
Child Therapist

Nicole Digironimo, Ph.D; LPC, LCADC, ACS

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); :Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor LCADC; Play Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

My philosophy of therapy and change is that change comes from within. As a therapist, I ask a great deal in asking an individual to change, as change is an incredibly difficult task for everyone. The journey of change requires both the client and myself to work collaboratively throughout this journey. It is for this reason that the rapport between the client and myself is critical. I aim to provide all my clients with the space to explore their underlying feelings, thoughts, and behaviors so that they can engage in change.

So.i.Heard Music Therapy, MT-BC
Child Therapist

So.i.Heard Music Therapy, MT-BC

Music Therapist

In 07041 - Nearby to Hackensack.

Our music therapists specialize in reaching young children, including those with autism, ADHD, trauma, William's Syndrome, Down's syndrome, and much more. Our therapists are highly trained and can tailor functional goals to any child. Our individualized music exercises can address attention, self expression, coping strategies, social skills, functional speech, and more!


You have found the top therapists in Hackensack, NJ who specialize in helping children.

Thank you for visiting our New Jersey page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in Hackensack, New Jersey who are trained and experienced in helping children and youth.  Working with children requires a different skillset from other types of therapy and here you will find therapists who are skilled, patient and experienced. Please note that while all therapists here work with children, not all may be a registered psychologist. You can easily verify this on each profile. Reach out to a child therapist or child psychologist in Hackensack today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

Hackensack is located in Bergen County, New Jersey. It has a land area of 4.18 square miles and a water area of 0.15 square miles.  The population of Hackensack is 44,834 people with 18,169 households and a median annual income of $55,289. .


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Affordable with Planning

Therapy in Hackensack is generally within financial reach for the average family, but some budget planning may be needed for a real commitment to weekly counseling. Remember that your mental health and happiness are important. Check with your Hackensack therapist about insurance coverage or ask about sliding scale fees if there are any difficulties with accessibility. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Hackensack public health department.