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Chester, NJ Therapist

Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
Owner/Clinical Director
Couples/Marriage Counselor

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Verified Chester, NJ Therapist verified by Psychology Today Directory

Leslie Zindulka, LCSW-R, LSW
Children/Teen Specialist

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Sarah Kimelblatt-Devries, LCSW, MSW
Certified Addictions Counselor

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Zev J. Berkowitz, LCSW, MSED.
Couples/Marriage Counselor

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(732) 742-0329

31 Fairmount Avenue
Suite 205

Chester, NJ 07930

Serving Chester NJ, Flanders, Long Valley, Bedminster, and other surrounding areas in Morris County, Warren County, Sussex County, Hunterdon County, Essex County, and virtually to all of New Jersey


Child/Teen Therapy

Therapy in Chester, NJ

Feeling frustrated about your child’s lowered self-esteem, or increased insecurity?

Has the school called about social/behavioral issues and the phone doesn’t ring for play dates?

Are you struggling to address your child’s misbehavior and star-charts and behavioral reward systems have not worked?

Is your teen giving you attitude, isolating in her room and not going out as much with friends?  


If you’re a parent you’re probably feeling that you’re once again not being nominated for ‘parent of the year’ award! You probably feel distressed, ineffective and worried. You love your kids and you want them to be successful academically, emotionally and socially, but sometimes they struggle and you cannot help them on your own.

In our experience, by the time parents begin looking into treatment options, you are already feeling frustrated with your child, and often a bit undermined in your ability to parent effectively.

So, what are your treatment options? Do you put your child or teen in individual therapy, family therapy or a combination of the two? Listed below are some general guidelines but it really depends on the problem and our therapists can help you decide what’s best for your child and your family.

Family Therapy
Generally speaking, Family Therapy is typically called for when there is persistent family conflicts and constant arguing among parent and child and/or major sibling rivalry. Family counseling with a child or young teen is often “parenting training” (
see Parenting Support page) which is helping parents regain their authority or “parenting power” back in a structured and loving way.

Individualized Children’s Therapy
Sometimes it is beneficial for a child to receive individual therapy without other family members present. For example, if your child is experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive thoughts or behaviors, excessive shyness or has difficulty making friends, individual therapy may be your best course of treatment. In many cases (e.g. ADHD, OCD, ODD) however, some form of family therapy may be needed in addition to individualized treatment.

Teen Therapy
Adolescence is a challenging and confusing stage of life. Even a “normal” teenager from a functional family system has difficulty with peer pressure, dating, body image, pressures to experiment with drugs and alcohol etc. You have reason to be concerned when these types of problems affect your teen’s daily functioning and it leads to poor coping skills, addiction or other maladaptive behaviors. At Modern Family Counseling our therapists have the unique ability to establish rapport with teens and influence them in the most positive way. A great deal of therapy with teens is done on a one-to-one basis but the therapist will always stay in close contact with you, the parent to improve the communication and bond between you.

We view parents as experts on their children and feel that your love, support, and knowledge of your child are key elements to successful treatment. We believe that therapy with children should be an empowering, positive experience for both parents and children. Although your child or teen may need a little persuading to go to therapy, we have found that once it begins they realize that they have control over their choices and behaviors, and end up really valuing their involvement in it.


Do You Feel That Your Teen "Hates" You?
Do you feel that your teen wants nothing to do with you? When you talk to her/him does she/he respond with an attitude? Does everything you say or do seem to annoy or embarrass her/him? If the answers to any of these questions is 'yes' then you are not alone. Many parents are dealing with their teen's raging hormones and their desire for independence.
Encouraging Your Kids to Journal
Parents often want kids to be able to speak with them about how they are feeling; however sometimes kids, especially teenagers can be very resistant to talking with their parents about important stuff. Sometimes due to their inability to express themselves kids can act out and be destructive to themselves or others. Journaling can be a great first step to managing emotions in a healthy way. Unfortunately, many parents can also agree that they often struggle to get their kids to do things that they suggest, therefore requesting them to journal may be met with eye rolls or blank stares.
Is Your Teen Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde?
"Watching your sweet, snuggly, dependent little one blossom into a full-blown teenager can be one of the most exhilarating and exhausting phases of parenthood. True, it's natural to want to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done when your child is finally showing that they're ready to handle more independence with things like navigating their own transportation and managing their school work and social lives. Unfortunately, the teen years can also be riddled with downright confusion as to what's going on with your kid- especially when they lash out at you unexpectedly for what seems like no reason at all...."
Teens Gone Grateful
Adolescence tends to involve comparing oneself to others and having a heightened desire to fit in, which often means a lot of "I want's" coming from your teen. Teens do not always know how to see and appreciate the good, especially when they are so focused on getting what they need or want in order to feel like they belong (which is age appropriate). For e.g. this could mean wanting the latest technology, the most popular designer purse, or one more color of the expensive sneakers you've bought for them. It's a constant asking for more and it doesn't have to be about material things either. It could be asking to stay out past 11:00 pm because "all their friends do" or about one more ride to the mall after you've already been their "uber" driver all day.
Teens And The Social Media Struggle
Although social media is meant to be social, informative and fun, it's no secret that social media can have a negative influence on our days and our mental health. It can create a false sense of reality, induce stress, lead to insecurities, and cause "FOMO," or the fear of missing out. The pressures that stem from social media can manifest in social anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders and so on. While the pressure can and likely does affect everyone in some way, it can be especially challenging for teens. Teenagers are at a period in their lives in which there is increased pressure to fit in, and the demands of society are especially overcoming, overbearing and difficult to manage - they are often felt more harshly and heavily.
Talking To Teens
Talking to teens can be really difficult. Parents often try really hard to talk with their kids, but are met with resistance…one word answers, eye rolls, or complete silence. Like any relationship, communication is the foundation of positive interactions between you and your teen. But how can you talk to your kids when you can't GET them to talk? Below are a few tips.

We offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  for individual treatment and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) for parent-child treatment, as well as individual parent consultation meetings for a range of mental health concerns and life stressors such as: academic pressures and special education, ADHD and social skills, bereavement and divorce-(helping children cope with and support your child through a divorce) and post-adoption issues and parent-child attachment related concerns

  • Are you seeking an active, goal-directed treatment that can help your child develop social skills, reduce self-criticism and better cope with their worries?
  • Want your child to learn how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors impact one another?
  • Want your child to be happy, empowered and competent?


We can help get your child or teen get back on track!
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