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Coronavirus... How to "Wash Your Hands" of Fear and Anxiety
At this point, you know the symptoms of the coronavirus but all this talk of the coronavirus can impact your mental health, too. It is nearly impossible to read the news, have a conversation, or scroll through Facebook without hearing about the pandemic.

Chester, NJ Therapist

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

[email protected]

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


Couples/Marriage Counseling

Therapy in Chester, NJ

Have you and your husband/wife/partner drifted apart?
 Arguing more, unable compromise or communicate well?
 Feeling unloved, unappreciated or resentful?
Romance or intimacy gone?

Devastated by your partners infidelity?

It’s distressing and disorienting when a marriage or relationship begins to unravel. When children are involved it gets even worse, real panic or anxiety can start to take over your daily life.
No matter the reason for things going wrong, you might be feeling deeply hurt, unprepared, shocked.  You may even be feeling betrayed, desperate or ready to give up on the marriage or relationship.
Or perhaps your relationship isn’t in crisis at all and you just need a “tune-up” to help get it back on track before it gets worse.
I want you to know that it is completely normal to feel…
  • disappointed that your relationship feels different than it did
  • confused about what is happening
  • scared about what comes next
  • terrified about the possibility of being alone
  • profoundly hurt or sad about possibly losing someone you’ve loved
Married Couples Under One Roof 24/7...Yikes!
Since schools, colleges, and businesses have moved their operations remotely we are facing extreme changes in our lives. By now we all know that social distancing is key in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This pandemic has forced couples and families to stay home under one roof 24/7! You may love being with your family but being with them constantly may drive some of you "crazy"!
Prioritize Your Marriage
Once you have children, the way that you define yourself changes. While you likely have several characteristics that you could use to describe yourself, the one that you most likely name first or feel is the most defining is, parent. If you first and foremost describe yourself as a parent, you are probably a very loving, selfless and dedicated mother or father.
Affairs: Breaking or Remaking a Marital Relationship
Joe, a 52 year old business executive has been coming home late from work the past couple of weeks, sometimes forgetting to tell his 50 year old wife Jodi that he won't be home for dinner. He told her that he has new clients in town and that he needs to entertain them. What he didn't tell her was that his "client" Sue is a 35 year old blonde bombshell. Jodi never suspected anything because there was no reason to. He has always been faithful to her and she never had a doubt in her mind that he would cheat until last night.
Is Your Husband Having a Midlife Crisis?
Did your 50 year old husband buy an expensive sports car, attend a music festival with 20 something year olds or start shopping for clothes where your teenage son shops? Maybe he started going to bars and coming home late at night with his shirt smelling like perfume? You're baffled at his sudden change in his behavior and wonder what's going on. Perhaps he is going through a midlife crisis!
Empty Nest
Few experiences are as rewarding as seeing the little birdies you've raised from chicks spread their wings and fly, whether they're on their way to school, getting married or simply ready to support themselves and live independently. While many parents in this situation may be gearing up to enjoy the extra time, privacy and space that accompanies this kind of change, it's very common for couples to also experience simultaneous feelings of anxiety, doubt and even some dread around wondering what happens next in the relationship when the kids are out of the house...."
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
If you are unhappy in your marriage, it can be heart wrenching to decide whether or not to end it. There are a ton of things to consider, but figuring out where to start can be challenging. Choosing to leave (or stay) will impact every area of your life. Here are some things to consider before making the big step. While you don't have to have definite answers for each of these questions, they are a good idea to think about.
Is Your Relationship A Job?
When something is really good, we tend to hold onto it for dear life, especially when it comes to relationships. People are hardwired to desire human connection, so most can agree that they prefer to be in a relationship over being single. It feels like you've hit the jackpot when you find someone who you are compatible with, who you like and who likes you back. Because of how happy you are about this rare finding, and how wonderful things are in the beginning or maybe for a while, when the relationship goes sour, it is easy to try and convince yourself that this person is right for you....
Are You Afraid Of Being Vulnerable?
When a cut is left open and is unprotected by a Band Aid, it is at risk of getting hurt by the outside world. Just the same, when people are open and unprotected by a guard or wall that they put up, they are at risk of getting hurt. However, while staying inside your house and on your couch at all times pretty much guarantees that you won't get hurt, it also guarantees that you won't experience anything great either...
But you don’t have to go through this alone.
I can help you reach a place where you know you’ll survive, even though right now it may not feel like you won't.
If you are determined to understand what happened, and to repair what’s possible to be fixed; I’ll be with you every step of the way.  If you think it’s time to move on or even if you’re unsure, I’ll help you make the best choices for yourself and your kids.
Maybe you’ve been through a split already, and you’re having trouble picking up the pieces and recreating a new life. Family and friends have tried to help  but that hasn’t brought you what you wanted.

Is co-parenting an issue? I can help you and your ex communicate more effectively for the sake of your children.
How do I know all this? It’s because I have personally “walked the talk.” I also have the professional background and skills to help your get through this difficult time in your life. I did it and you can too.  Let me show you how.
Make-up or break-up?
It’s hard to decide, and that’s why you need
experienced, well trained help.
Risa Simpson-Davis, LCSW
for an appointment this week 
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