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Essential Counseling ServicesGroup practice

Group practice
New YorkNew Jersey
Adjustment difficulties & disorders- Anxiety - Depression- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics- Life transitions- Trauma-
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Practice Information

Essential Counseling Services is a private group of mental health professionals who are dedicated to helping individuals through difficult and challenging times. Our team of therapists have clinical experience in areas such as: trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, and other emotional hardships. We strive to deliver the highest quality of care, respect, and commitment to your emotional safety.

We focus on reducing/eliminating distressing symptoms which prevents you from achieving your ideal self. The Essential Counseling Services team will assist you in identifying your strengths and unique abilities which will contribute to overall treatment success. We have licensed therapists in multiple states who are available either for in-person or via tele-health sessions to assist you on the path to healing. Our therapists are trained in multiple modalities, such as: Psychodynamic, CBT, TF-CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapies, and The Nurtured Heart Approach. Clinicians engage with their clients utilizing evidence-based practices and are actively involved in trainings/workshops to enhance their clinical skillset.

Essential Counseling Services is an inclusive practice which respects EVERYONE regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or social class. All individuals are welcome as the struggle with mental health issues does not discriminate.


What services does your practice offer?

Essential Counseling Services is a therapy group practice currently located in Montclair, New Jersey and Midtown Manhattan. We offer individual and couples therapy through telehealth and in person sessions. Collectively we provide mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. A few of our areas of expertise include but are not limited to: mood disorders, anxiety, traumatic experiences, life transitions, conflict resolutions and relational struggles. We look forward to learning more about you as a unique individual who is looking for a safe place to heal.

What are your practice's specialties?

The therapists at Essential Counseling Services specialize in treating clients as human beings and support each person's individual growth. We specialize in mood disorders, anxiety, interpersonal/transitional issues, self-esteem, trauma and many other challenging experiences that can disrupt our lives and our overall well-being. The therapists engage in client centered approaches and provide support to children, adolescents, adults and couples. We have extensive training in different modalities with evidence based practices and our team is inclusive and proudly represent the communities we serve.

Why should I choose your practice?

Essential Counseling Services is a committed team of providers who work with your strengths and unique qualities to ensure your treatment progress/success. Aside from being licensed, our therapists continue their education through various trainings, such as: The Nurtured Heart Approach, Trauma Informed Care, Anger Management, and Couple's Counseling through the Ackerman Institute (NYC). We are readily available to meet your scheduling needs. ECS offers appointments in-person, remote/virtual, and hybrid. We are in-network with multiple insurance companies (commercial plans).

How does payment work at your practice?

At Essential Counseling Services, we are in-network with multiple health insurance plans and offer private pay options. We have a billing company that we work with who submit claims on your behalf directly to your insurance company. Prior to scheduling an appointment, the billing company will review your insurance benefits including your financial responsibility (co-pay, deductible etc) so that you can determine what is in your best interest financially.

Head of Practice's Licensure

New Jersey: 37PC00756700 - New York: 009218


English, Spanish


Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Evernorth
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Meritain Health
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$100 - $150

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Prior to scheduling your initial appointment, our billing company will review your insurance benefits with you. This will include what your insurance company covers for mental health services, your financial responsibilities (co-pays/deductibles) and any billing differences that may arise for tele-health versus in person appointments.

Client testimonials

"Quick,easy and fast response from a therapist!"
- Zencare client March 2023

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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