Alice  Forsyth

Alice Forsyth

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for morning appointments in Montclair practice (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Family issues
  • Loss and grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Caregiver stress
  • End-of-life
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Non-traditional relationships (e.g. polyamory)
  • Trauma
  • Geriatric diseases

Professional statement

Alice Forsyth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Montclair, NJ who specializes in anxiety, depression, geriatric diseases, end-of-life transitional care, caregiver stress, and loss and grief. She also provides geriatric care consultations with families and offers both in-person sessions and home visits.

While Alice sees kids, teens, and adults across the lifespan, she loves working with older adults, caregivers, and adults in their 40s and 50s who are going through life transitions, including having kids going to college and caring for older parents. She also has extensive experience working with women in their 30s who are figuring out what they want out of life and young professionals who recently moved to the area and are trying to establish community and a support system.

Alice’s goal is to give her clients a space to be heard. This is especially important when working with older adults, who are navigating isolation, loneliness, and loss of resources. When meeting with new clients, she establishes where they are mentally, physically, and emotionally. She looks at their coping skills and the resources they have available to them while also digging deep to discover the root causes of their issues.

Alice takes an eclectic approach that looks at the family system and how this impacts their clients’ wellbeing. She also implements elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to ensure her clients have the tools and coping mechanisms to handle tough moments between sessions.

Alice wants her clients to feel empowered and in control of their lives, no matter their age. Before going into private practice, she was executive director of the local chapter of Rainbows in NJ, a grief and loss organization. She was also a clinical social worker in a large sub-acute and long-term healthcare facility, where she provided direct clinical case management for 135 residents and their families. She looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

Trying to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression without support is like climbing Mt. Everest without ropes! Sometimes we just need a compassionate,  discerning professional to listen, while we give ourselves the gift of validation and support.


Specialties

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

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

Caregiver stress - Coping with anxiety, stress, fatigue, and burnout related to caring for a loved one; balancing the needs of others with one's own needs and health

End-of-life - Receiving a terminal diagnosis, death anxiety, processing feelings and thoughts about the dying process, life review, helping individuals and family members accept impending death, navigate choices and decisions regarding advanced directives and caregiving

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

Non-traditional relationships (e.g. polyamory) - Navigating the challenges of being in more than one or multiple romantic relationship

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

Geriatric diseases - Working with seniors to maintain their quality of life and retain maximum function


General expertise


Insurance

Alice Forsyth is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $145 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $145
  • Initial session: $145 (55min)

Therapist's note

Alice can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Montclair practice

Park Street

Montclair, NJ 07042

Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Long-term Care & Sub-Acute Facility Medical Social Work
Int'l Not-for-Profit Grief Support Org., NJ State Chapter Director


Languages

  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Alice has been integral piece of my healing. From day 1 with Alice, I felt heard. From there, I started to feel really comfortable opening up (something that I have never felt with another therapist). She never made me feel bad about backslides or times where I’m not at my best saying “I will always meet you where you are now” which encouraged me to see the day as a new day where I can do better, rather than feeling down that I failed. With every session I know I am talking to someone who genuinely sees me and cares about me as I am today, but also pushes me to explore and conquer what I have yet to become.

Zencare client

Alice is wonderful and so easy to talk to. She has helped me with my anxieties and fears. She has truly helped me.