Tessa Vining


Tessa Vining


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 44SC05540700 73 076475
Secondary Credential: Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor - CASAC-24219
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage


2 West Northfield Rd
Livingston, New Jersey 07039

My Approach to Helping

I practice therapy from a systems perspective, meaning that I will truly take the necessary time to learn who you are, in addition to the time needed to understand what is transpiring all around you. This enables me to start to apprehend the various dimensions that make up the person you currently are. We will work collaboratively to thoroughly explore the parts of your life that you want to gain insight into and potentially adjust. We will additionally work together to establish goals to ultimately make those changes possible. I am a State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York and New Jersey. I am also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) currently working at Phoenix House, one of the largest non-profit treatment agencies in the country. During my time in the field, I have worked closely with adolescent and adult populations suffering from both addiction and mental health disorders.
I recently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) which is a helpful therapy for those suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and many other symptoms that get in the way of you accomplishing your goals.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy can help those that are curious, hurting or "stuck" learn more about themselves. It is a safe place one can come to vent, cry, laugh, explore and try new things. An experienced therapist will act as your guide, will challenge you to think outside the box and will encourage you to make small changes that will make your life more fulfilling.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love working with people! I find people's lives and what makes them who they are very interesting. When one fully invests themselves in psychotherapy they will become more confident and aware of themselves. This, in-turn, will give them the motivation and courage to make small changes which will lead them to new and fulfilling adventures in life.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have worked closely with adolescents and young adults for the past 13 years. I also work with those suffering from alcohol and drug disorders, both adults and young people.

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
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy

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