I am Cathy Roberts, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years experience in my private practice in Montclair , New Jersey . I received my Master of Social Work degree in 1992 from Rutgers University and my B.A, in 1979 from Wesleyan University . I have completed a two year post graduate training program in marriage and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute in Manhattan and have done additional training with couples’ therapist, Terry Real. I have completed training in EMDR, a technique with promising results in the treatment of trauma. My interest in codependence led me to do extensive training with Pia Mellody, one of the field’s pioneers. I continue to attend educational workshops on a variety of issues to keep abreast of developments in the field and consider myself a lifelong learner .
Prior to opening my own practice, I worked for several years in a private agency which specialized in the treatment of addiction. I have also worked at a parent resource center where I facilitated support groups. In addition to specialized work in the area of addiction, I have significant experience working with many other presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, etc. as well as working with couples to improve their relationships.
My theoretical orientation draws on psychodynamic, cognitive, and family systems approaches. This means that I am interested in your thoughts and feelings as well as your beliefs. I am equally interested in the experiences you had growing up in your family. I “look at you” both as an individual and as a member of a multigenerational family. I believe past experiences shape the core beliefs we have about ourselves and the world and influence the choices we make in the present. Although therapy often focuses on problems, I believe that good therapy also identifies and builds on a client’s strengths and resources. I also believe that my role is to help you explore the roots and solutions to your problems, but it is not my job to tell you what to do.
I am honored that you are considering working with me and I promise to do my best to serve you. Should you decide to dive in, I look forward to accompanying you on an exciting journey of self discovery.
To listen to a podcast from my segment on Close-up Talk Radio, click on the following link: www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2014/02/10/close-up-talk-radio-spotlights-cathy-roberts-lcsw-1#.UvlYMdVpmlg.email
Education:1979 BA Wesleyan University, 1992 MSW Rutgers University
License: NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Additional Training: 2 year post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Ackerman Institute in New York. Advanced Training with Terry Real, couples' therapist. PIT training for Codependence with Pia Mellody. Level II Training in EMDR
Professional Activities and Memberships: Member of National Association of Social Workers