Shannon McLaughlin, LCSW
|Professions: Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LCSW -- New Jersey - 44SC05609200|
|Secondary Credential: LCSW -- New York - 082910|
Billing and Insurance
I am an in-network provider for:
Fees: $130 fee per session. Sliding scale available in certain situations. Will provide documentation for "out of network" coverage.
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Are you at risk of losing your job or relationship because your anger is out of control? Do your emotions feel overwhelming? Or the opposite, are you numb and unable to feel what you once felt? Perhaps you or a loved one faces a life threatening diagnosis, medical treatments, or a death.
You do not need to face this alone. Counseling provides a safe place to express your feelings, examine patterns, and explore possible solutions. My style is interactive (which means I do much more than nod and say uh-huh). I believe in the need to explore the patterns we repeat, feel the pain and vulnerability which is often part of the work to uncover solutions that enrich your life.
Through my training and life experience in anger and emotion regulation, grief and loss, cancer and chronic illnesses: I listen to understand you. My role is to guide your own discovery of emotional strength, improved relationships, and problem solving.
Email or Call Shannon McLaughlin, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 28296
More Info About My Practice
I am accepted by all private insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. I am an in-network provider for Medicare. I am not a Medicaid provider.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Anger, particularly within intimate relationships, is tricky to manage. Anger and shame often unconsciously are caught in a spiral. My work is not only to teach skills to calm down but help you explore if old shame is fueling the anger in your relationships. Bringing that shame to light by gently examining it, making sense of it helps defuse the aggression so reactive in intimate relationships.
Grief is universal and many people do not need to seek counseling for it. But there are some situations it is helpful to talk about the pain of your loss with a professional. You are not crazy or weak. But there are situations sorting out what happened is important to do with someone trained, whether it be a counselor or clergy.
Cancer or chronic illness. Due to improved medical treatment many of us survive life threatening illnesses. We may carry scars from surgery, ports and pic lines but we also carry emotional scars from the label, fear of recurrence, or long lasting side effects. I worked in medical settings for HIV, chronic illnesses and hospice. I am a cancer and chemo survivor myself.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Why talk to a therapist when you can simply talk to a friend? Friends are great to talk to and I hope you have one or two you can be very open. But a therapist is a different type of relationship. We are trained to make the session with you all about you. Friendship is about shared, reciprocal needs. But in therapy it is about you. It is a time to focus on your thoughts, your feelings, and your reactions.
I consider you the expert on you. But I have studied and worked with hundreds of people. I am aware of trends and patterns of others. My experience is a valuable asset to help you navigate through emotions and experiences others have also navigated. Between your knowledge of yourself and my knowledge of others and common pitfalls, we can team up to decrease your trial and error and sail more smoothly.
For others unsure of therapy the reason may be the cost of therapy. If you are thinking about therapy or a partner threatened you to get help or leave the relationship -- something is not working in your life. If your car breaks down, you go to the mechanic. Your emotional life is more complex than a car. You are more valuable than your car. We are willing to pay expert advice from accountants, lawyers, hair stylists, plumbers but our happiness and emotional well being is not as important? The investment in knowing yourself, the improvement in skills to manage emotions and relationships may be the best return you earn.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
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