Connie  Seligman

Connie Seligman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Master of Social Work, MSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Florham Park practice (updated December 02, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Internal turmoil and ambivalence
  • Self-esteem
  • Family issues

Professional statement

Connie Seligman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist in Florham Park, New Jersey. IFS  is an approach to therapy that helps people overcome the forces, things, or feelings that get in their way in relationships and work life.  She specializes in self-esteem, depression, relationship concerns, family issues, and trauma. Connie also has extensive experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety due to both internal conflicts and external pressures.

Clients often seek Connie’s support when they’re facing a difficult or particularly impactful life transition, such as a big move, a career shift, or a breakup. These transitions are often accompanied by uncomfortable emotions such as fear, anger or sadness.

Connie empowers her clients to navigate these changes by incorporating mindfulness and radical acceptance into her clinical approach.   In building these skills, clients are better equipped to understand and manage their situations, as well as their emotions and reactions.

Using her expertise in IFS, Connie helps clients explore, engage with, and ultimately understand the various, often conflicting, aspects of their minds. It is Connie’s hope that clients take the tools and insight that they gain from therapy to reconnect with their inner strengths and find a new level of internal peace, meaning and genuine satisfaction with their lives.


Message to clients

When life deals you a blow that knocks you off your feet, it's hard to see how talking to a therapist can help. It's true we can't change what happens in the world but we can change how we react when bad things happen. Many of us have inner critics that tell us to “be positive” or “stop feeling sorry for ourselves.” Loss feels bad enough; it doesn’t help to feel guilty about feeling bad, or angry. Often these inner critics are driven by a fear that uncomfortable emotions such as sadness or anger will overwhelm you. I know how to help people to feel grief or despair without sinking into it; or anger without being carried away by it. It may be hard to believe this, but letting yourself feel can actually be liberating.

By focusing on your internal world, I can help you cope with dignity, grace and strength.


Specialties

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

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

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

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

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

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

Internal turmoil and ambivalence - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglec

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


General expertise


Insurance

Connie Seligman 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: $180 (50min)
  • Initial session: $270 (75min)
  • Extended sessions: $260 (75min)

Therapist's note

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

Connie's sliding scale rate is available upon discussion. 


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Florham Park practice

248 Columbia Turnpike

Florham Park, NJ 07932

Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1988-present
Internal Family Dynamics, Program Assistant, 2014 - Present
Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy, Advanced Certifications, 2008-2012
St Clare's Community Mental Heath Center, 1985-1995

NYU, MSW, 1986
Bennington College, BA, 1971


Languages

  • English

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