Debra Castaldo,Ph.D.

Debra Castaldo,Ph.D.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 44SC00350200
Secondary Credential: LCSW-r - R036472-1
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345 Route 17 South
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458

My Approach to Helping

Trained in solution-focused therapy, Dr. Castaldo focuses on coaching clients to find solutions, reach their goals quickly, and to utilize their own strengths and capabilities to solve their life dilemmas. She has special expertise in divorce prevention, relationship recovery, couples therapy, and family therapy, with an emphasis on child behavior management and parent coaching.

More Info About My Practice

Dr. Castaldo is a nationally recognized relationship expert who has been featured on CNN, NBC, FOX, and Comcast, as well as in Ladies Home Journal, Women's Day, Redbook, Shape, and More magazines. She is the author of three books, including her latest, "Relationship Reboot: Tech Support for Love". She has been a faculty member at Rutgers, Columbia, and Barry Universities. A flexible sliding fee schedule is utilized, and clients are assisted to obtain reimbursement from their insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Castaldo specializes in a hopeful, strength based short term approach to therapy. She holds a strong belief in helping clients heal quickly and improve their relationships and life circumstances and create positive outcomes and coping skills. She is an advocate of divorce prevention, and also specializes in divorce recovery. she utilizes a flexible approach to therapy and is willing to see individuals with their spouses as well as their extended family members. Her style of family therapy can encompass couples work, parenting, coaching, sibling coaching, and play therapy for young children.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of psychotherapy is to enhance relationships and emotional well-being, minimize stress and distress, and improve coping abilities.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I am passionate about assisting clients to find effective solutions quickly, and lending hope and positiveness that they can heal their life dilemmas. I am an advocate of not dwelling on the past and how problems got that way, but rather focusing on solution development.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples, families, women, adoption, foster care

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
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • 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
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • 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
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • 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
  • Psychosis
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • 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
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

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