Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in New Jersey

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in New Jersey below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Jennifer Nicole Nathan

Jennifer Nicole Nathan

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

Are you feeling stressed, frustrated, sad or worried? Are you or a family member struggling with relationships or low self-esteem? You are not alone. Stress of the past or present can become overwhelming. Our problems can keep us from experiencing joy, success, fulfillment and connection to loved ones. But I believe no matter how stuck or out of control you may feel, healing and growth are always possible.


Beth  Sonnenberg

Beth Sonnenberg

2 West Northfield Road, Livingston, NJ, 07039

Online Sessions, NJ

Insurances: Aetna
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I am here to learn about you, connect with you and help you be the best version of yourself possible. I am very easy and fun to talk to and provide a warm, non-judgmental and beautiful living room-like space that you will look forward to coming to every week (or as often as we decide).


Tara L Moyle

Tara L Moyle

Online Sessions, NJ

30 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

We all need to be seen, and heard, at any age. Being scared, anxious, or even depressed are sometimes part of being a person. Our fast-paced digital world can present unique challenges for our bodies and minds. I am happy to meet you wherever you are, and will approach each visit with a sense of compassionate curiosity. Just as we hunger for stories of other people to help guide us, you may wonder about your own story. Why are you here? What must you do with your life?

I work with adolescents (12+) through older, retired adults and specialize in issues of transition, anxiety, adjustment, depression, and vocation. I am not the expert in your life; you are. But sometimes we need help with perspective. Together, we will create a plan that will help you reduce the most difficult aspects of your life and help you determine how to move through them. What cannot be changed can be reviewed, understood, and ultimately, accepted.


Julia  King

Julia King

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

Anxiety has hijacked your life. You have a great life but you aren’t really present in it. You can’t really enjoy it.  You’re overwhelmed.  Although you know intellectually you shouldn’t be worried, you cannot make yourself believe there’s nothing to be afraid of, and, no matter how hard you try, you can’t stop thinking about it. Sometimes you’re betrayed by your body — your heart beats so hard, your breath gets shallow, and your stomach is in knots.  Sometimes you feel like you’re going crazy.

You would love to choose a life of freedom and confidence. Imagine a day in which you are free to choose your actions based on what excites you and what you’re curious about, rather than steering clear of what scares you. What would that life look like? What would you be able to do that you cannot do now? What would happen, how would your life change, if you were unleashed, and no longer limited?

You’re ready to move forward.  You’re ready for it to be different.  You can imagine a bigger, richer life.  And, you’re ready to work for it.

No matter the nature of the thing you fear, no matter the thing that holds you back, I can help.


Sheina  Schochet

Sheina Schochet

Online Sessions, NJ

Insurances: Lyra Health, Modern Health Insurance
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

You feel like something has to change. Here's a secret- accepting yourself breeds more change than beating yourself up. It IS possible to have ALL THE THINGS, but you’ve got to be more forgiving of yourself to invite all that positivity into your life. You CAN function at your best, even when life isn’t its best and things feel messy...

Schedule your free 10-minute phone consultation. No need to play phone tag; you can schedule right here on the site. Let’s chat and see if we’re a good fit. If we are, I look forward to working with you and helping you thrive!


Kathryn  Strong

Kathryn Strong

123 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Online Sessions, NJ

Insurances: Cigna
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I believe therapy is a place to explore, grow and develop the skills necessary to navigate life’s challenges and transitions. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, role changes (i.e. new mom/parent, etc), job/school stress or you just aren't feeling like yourself; I can help you feel like you again. It is very important to feel comfortable with your treatment provider, so please feel free to call or email me to set up a phone consultation to discuss your needs and ask me any questions you may have (including insurance benefits and the specific questions to ask your carrier) Making that initial contact can be intimidating, but it will be worth it!


Elissa  Arbeitman

Elissa Arbeitman

660 Tennent Road, Manalapan Township, NJ, 07726

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Sessions with me include a masterful blend of self-compassion exercises, guided conversation and expression. By creating an environment that is free of pressure and expectation clients are able to tap into their creative mind and gain insight into their truest self. Ultimately, my purpose is for you to feel complete acceptance for who you are and to help you live a life filled with deeper meaning and connection. If this resonates with you please reach out to me. I would love to find out if we connect and to see how I can help support you on your journey.


Marissa  Tolero

Marissa Tolero

Online Sessions, NJ

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $180 per session

A safe space where you don’t feel judged or oppressed and where you can be your true self can be hard to find. I hope to provide you with that ease, comfort, and safety you’ve been seeking, even if just once a week in the virtual therapy room.

As part of our time together, I’ll bring yoga and meditation into your therapy experience. We’ll begin each session with a personalized yoga practice, transition to talk therapy, and close with a guided meditation. I aspire for you to feel grounded, deactivated, and safe in your body by your own creation.

As a compassion-focused therapist, my primary goal is to help you develop a compassionate self while obtaining and practicing concrete skills that serve you from your day to day. When you’ve been oppressed by society, these things may feel nearly impossible, but this is where I come in - to support and guide you in this journey to freedom, joy, rest, and peace.


Can't find a provider who fits what you're looking for?

See all therapists specializing in identity development in New Jersey: