Carissa Ali MA, LAC, NCC, Counseling in Freehold, New Jersey, 07728

Carissa Ali

MA, LAC, NCC

Carissa Ali

MA, LAC, NCC

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision
Primary Credential: LAC
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Horizon Healthcare
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Health Care
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

3499 Route 9
Suite 2C -Rm 7
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

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My Approach to Helping

Therapeutic Approaches: I utilize various therapeutic techniques and approaches based on client need, including but not limited to Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality TherapyChoice Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused, Multicultural, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychology, Psycho-Educational, Trauma-Informed, and Mindfulness.

Educational Background: I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from CACREP accredited Georgian Court University, and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

As a Licensed Associate Counselor, I have extensive experience working with a wide range of diverse clientele from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I have worked in clinical outpatient settings, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Adult Residential Substance Abuse Rehab Care, providing Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, and Psycho-Educational Facilitation.

More Info About My Practice

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to openly and honestly explore their thoughts, feelings, and concerns; as well as their goals and dreams for the present and the future. Every individual is different, and with that in mind, I strive to meet you where you are, to begin to assist you in your journey toward wellness. I believe in establishing a mutually respectful, trusting relationship in order to work together to gain insight and develop strategies that will enable you to build confidence and the skills to move toward self-acceptance, inner peace, and the ability to trust yourself.

As a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga and meditation. I have also received training in the practice of Trauma-Informed Yoga.

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

ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Postpartum, PTSD and Trauma, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorder, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Behavioral Issues, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control, Personality Disorders, Codependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Body Image Issues, Self-Esteem, Crisis Intervention, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Relationship and Familial Issues, Peer Relationships, Communication Issues, LGBTQA+ Issues, Sexual and Gender Identity, Racial Identity, Multicultural Issues, Spirituality, Men?s and Women?s Issues, Anger Management, Stress Management, Coping Skills, Academic Underachievement, Life Coaching, Career and College Counseling, Life Skills, Time Management, Self-Care and Wellness, Weight Loss, Mindfulness, and Meditation

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Including but not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Postpartum, PTSD and Trauma, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorder, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Behavioral Issues, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control, Personality Disorders, Codependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Body Image Issues, Self-Esteem, Crisis Intervention, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Relationship and Familial Issues, Peer Relationships, Communication Issues, LGBTQA+ Issues, Sexual and Gender Identity, Racial Identity, Multicultural Issues, Spirituality, Men’s and Women’s Issues, Anger Management, Stress Management, Coping Skills, Academic Underachievement, Life Coaching, Career and College Counseling, Life Skills, Time Management, Self-Care and Wellness, Weight Loss, Mindfulness, and Meditation
    Adolescents (14 and up), Young Adults, and Adults.

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
  • 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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