Margaret Plantes

LAC, NCC

Margaret Plantes

LAC, NCC

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

Offices

231 Clarksville Road, Suite 4A
Princeton Junction, New Jersey 08550

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My Approach to Helping

Therapeutic Approaches:Psychodynamic, Existential, Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Solution-Focused, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Positive Psychology, Play Therapy, Pyscho-Education, Systems Theory. I believe in evidence-based, integrative methods designed for the individual, not a “one size fits all” approach.

In my experience, people seek counseling when life is not working for them. They are distressed and often sad that a job, a marriage or schoolwork is overwhelming. Relationships may be troubled or reaching a breaking point. Trauma--recent or long past--take a toll on everyday living. Life’s transitions, losses and changes may be too stressful to handle alone or in ways that have worked before now. Friends and family can be supportive yet it often takes a neutral, empathic, trained professional to help with new solutions.

More Info About My Practice

Experience and Education: My initial training began after college, when I was the admissions coordinator of a major university outpatient clinic studying depression in adults. I interviewed hundreds of distressed, often despairing, individuals and guided them into a variety of research treatment protocols. Graduate training in clinical psychology, at City University of NY, opened up a world of intellectual and clinical opportunities for me. I developed skills as a helper and healer under the guidance of seasoned professionals who inspired me. Internships in inpatient hospital care, child and family guidance, outpatient psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing led to employment in a variety of settings, including a drug and alcohol treatment facility and a national genetics study of the children of depressed parents. I worked with clients from early childhood ages through the final stages of adulthood, and have learned that every age has its unique challenges and rewards. While juggling family and career, I worked for a variety of non-profits and retired after many years as the executive director of a youth program. My post retirement career goal was to return to counseling. I earned my Masters degree in mental health counseling from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and passed the National Certified Counselor (NCC) exam in 2018. My most recent jobs were as a pastoral counselor at Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Hospital in Hamilton, NJ and as a psychotherapist for college students at the TCNJ counseling center.
Some more about me: I consider psychotherapy to be both my craft and my calling. It is a privilege to walk alongside others during challenging times. It is a joy to have seen psychotherapy be successful and at times even transformative. Resilience can be learned; wellness and calm can be achieved. And most importantly, change can happen!

Reading and writing are my extracurricular passions. In my spare time, I volunteer for Womenspace and enjoy theatrical and musical performances. Taking in nature and meditation are my spiritual touchstones. Spending time with family and friends is my best way to relax and celebrate.

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

include Child, Adolescent and Adult Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for: Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, LGBTQ+, Marital and Premarital, Men's Issues, Multicultural, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, RacialMulticultural Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, 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
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    include Child, Adolescent and Adult Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for: Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Infidelity, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, LGBTQ+, Marital and Premarital, Men's Issues, Multicultural, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, RacialMulticultural Identity, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, 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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