Blerta Bena

MA, LAC

Blerta Bena

MA, LAC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Paula Danzinger, Ph.D, LPC ACS
Primary Credential: Licensed Associate Counselor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Healthcare
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

70 Hilltop Road
Suite 2350
Ramsey, New Jersey 07446

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My Approach to Helping

Experience: I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in NJ. I will complete all requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) in the summer of 2020. As a mental health professional, I have worked with clients from various age groups, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. My experience includes both individual and group therapy with adults diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Other examples include: co-occurring disorders, psychiatric issues, and substance abuse disorders. I have experience with teenagers in residential facilities with behavioral issues and family stressors. Finally, I have a growing interest in play and creative therapies for children. I think young children and adolescents should be able to express their thoughts and feelings in a developmentally appropriate way.

Approach to Treatment: Often times, individuals get caught up in unhealthy and defeating patterns of thinking and behavior. I find an integrative treatment approach works best. I believe that early experiences and relationships shape our lives. This includes our sense of self, the way we view the world, and how we build relationships. I like to collaboratively explore with my clients how past experiences affect their present lives. The goal with clients is positive growth in order to reach more satisfying lives and their full potential.

HobbiesIn/terests: First and foremost, I enjoy spending quality time with my family. I love reading, learning, and watching Disney movies. Lately I have been working toward becoming healthier physically and mentally. My self-care process includes exercise, personal reflection, and healthy eating. I enjoy traveling, including spontaneous road trips with my loved ones.

More Info About My Practice

I am a doctoral student (Ph.D.) at Walden University in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University. My bachelor’s degree is from Rutgers University in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Children, Adolescents, Adults; Addiction, ADHD, Adoption, Academic Underachievement, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Body Image Issues, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Chronic Relapse, Codependency, Coping Skills, Conduct Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Diet and Nutrition, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse, Dual-Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Gender Identity, Grief and Loss, Hoarding, Identity Development, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Issues related to Gender and Culture, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQQA, Life Transitions, Life Coaching, Marital and Premarital, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Relational Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Play Therapy, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Sand Tray Therapy, School Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Esteem, Teen Violence, Transgender, Trauma, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, and Women's Issues

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Children, Adolescents, Adults; Addiction, ADHD, Adoption, Academic Underachievement, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Body Image Issues, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Chronic Relapse, Codependency, Coping Skills, Conduct Disorders, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Diet and Nutrition, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Drug Abuse, Dual-Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Gender Identity, Grief and Loss, Hoarding, Identity Development, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Issues related to Gender and Culture, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQQA, Life Transitions, Life Coaching, Marital and Premarital, Men\'s Issues, Mood Disorders, Relational Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Play Therapy, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Sand Tray Therapy, School Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Esteem, Teen Violence, Transgender, Trauma, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, and Women\'s Issues

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
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