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Online Therapy in New Jersey

Mind by Design Counseling

Healthier Relationships Begin with Self-Awareness and accountability

Healthier Relationships
Begin with Self-Awareness

Many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of toxic relationships and wonder how to begin working towards healthier relationships. If you can relate to this, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The first step towards breaking these patterns is to recognize them.

Behaviors *Not* Found in Healthier Relationships

Unhealthy relationships can come in many forms and can include behaviors such as:

  • Controlling behaviors
  • Lack of Respect for Boundaries
  • Lack of Accountability
  • Lack of Trust
  • Bullying/Threatening
  • Verbal and Physical Abuse
  • Manipulation/Gaslighting/Blame

If you find yourself in unhealthy cycles with your partner or past partners, it may be worth examining your thoughts and behaviors to identify any unhelpful patterns that may be keeping you stuck. It can be helpful to consult with a therapist for extra support.

Your Role in Forming Healthier Relationships

There are many reasons why people may find themselves in unhealthy relationships. For some, it may be related to their upbringing and what they learned from their parents or family members. For example, if you grew up in a household where conflict was avoided, you may feel more anxious when conflict arises. This tends to lead to resentment, hurt feelings and being emotionally withdrawn during conflict resolution.

For others, it may not be at all related to their upbringing, and may be due to other reasons such as shared finances or having children with a partner. In some cases, self-esteem and feelings of self-worth play a role in how relationship patterns are established. This is where individual therapy could help to process challenges and plan for change.

Breaking the Cycle of Unhealthy Relationship Patterns

Breaking the cycle of unhealthy relationship patterns may feel overwhelming, but there are few things you can do to get started:

Recognize the unhealthy patterns

This includes “red flag” behaviors such as manipulation, control, belittling language/name calling and/or manipulative/controlling behavior by you or your partner

Take responsibility for your role in building healthier relationships

Taking ownership of your behaviors will open up opportunities for change. It may also show your partner that you are invested in the health of the relationship.

Healthier Relationships means Healthier Boundaries

Setting boundaries is essential in any relationship, but  is especially important when trying to break unhealthy patterns. Learning how to set your own boundaries and respect the boundaries of your partner can create a stronger sense of security and trust.

Practice self-care

It may seem obvious, however, many people don’t consistently participate in self care. It’s important to prioritize self care to make sure your needs are met and you are at your best to handle any stress that comes your way.

Seek support

Breaking the cycle of unhealthy relationship by creating patterns of healthier relationships can be challenging so it’s important to have a good support system to help you. This may include finding an individual therapist, attending support groups or talking to trusted friends/family members.

If you are looking to make healthy changes for yourself and your relationships, talk to one of our therapists today!
Our team of experts can help you strengthen your self-awareness, be more accountable to loved ones and enjoy healthier, more fulfilling relationships!

Frequently Asked Questions about therapy

How do I get started as a new client?

New Clients can reach out to us directly via call, text or email here:




Or, you can complete a new client form and we’ll reach out to you within 24 hours here:

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What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

Does my insurance cover my visits?

We provide”Courtesy Billing” for clients who are using the Out-of-network insurance benefits.

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Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

of course! though we have some unconventional therapy approaches, we are rooted in evidenced based practices. Talk therapy is a major player in the therapy room! See What we Treat and Integrative Services for more information

Is Online Therapy As Effective As In-Person Therapy?

Online therapy is essentially face-to-face counseling, just conducted remotely. Studies show that teletherapy is as effective as traditional counseling. Professional organizations and state governments recognize its benefits and have set regulations for it. However, like any therapy, its success in achieving your goals isn’t guaranteed. It’s important to discuss with your therapist whether teletherapy is working for you.

Can I Change Therapists If I'm Not Happy?

Yes, you can switch therapists to another provider within the practice, or we can provide you a referral if preferred. We want to ensure that your time and effort are well spent, and that you are getting the relief you need, that’s why we work collaboratively with each other in the practice, as well as outside therapists who we know and trust.

How Do I Know If Therapy Is Helping?

You should feel like you’re making progress. Signs it’s working include:

Feeling comfortable talking to your therapist
Your therapist respects boundaries
You’re moving towards your goals
You feel listened to
You’re doing better in life
Your self-esteem is getting better

Is Online Therapy Easy to Use for Non-Tech-Savvy People?

Yes, it’s pretty simple to access sessions. You’ll need basic internet skills, such as opening and visiting the patient link sent to you via email. It’s similar to video chatting like Facetime or Zoom. We can also walk you through it on the phone the first time to ensure a strong connection

What Questions Should I Ask My New Therapist?

Feel free to ask anything. Some good questions are:

  • How often will we meet?
  • What do you specialize in?
  • What experience do you have with my issue?
  • What outcomes can I expect?
  • How will I know I’m progressing?
  • How long do you usually work with clients?
  • How will we set my treatment goals?

How Should I Prepare for My First Session?

Showing up is all that you need to do! But if you really want to get the most out of session, it could help to take some time to think about what you want from therapy. It helps to write down your goals, questions you have or things that you feel are important to share. 

What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?

Our Qualifications:

Our founder, Rebecca Sidoti, is a highly qualified, state-licensed therapist and supervisor with extensive training in anxiety related disorders and innovative treatment such as Ketamine Therapy. Mind by Design Counseling adheres to standards set by the our governing counseling boards.

To see each providers credentials, training and licenses, visit our “Meet the Therapists” Page to learn more.


  • LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.
  • LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.

What Geographic Areas Are Served?

Currently, we serve clients in New Jersey and are expanding to other states as telehealth laws evolve. While telehealth offers the convenience of attending sessions from anywhere, state laws require clients to be in-state during their session.

Is Virtual Counseling Suitable for Everyone?

Online therapy might not be as effective for individuals with chronic suicidal thoughts, severe trauma, significant mental health history, or those recently in intensive care. Such cases often benefit more from traditional, in-person counseling. We’ll help you decide if our online services are right for you during your intake and evaluation.

What Equipment is Needed for Online Therapy?

To join a session, log in using the credentials we provide. No downloads are needed. Our platform, compatible with both individual and group sessions, requires:
A computer or mobile device with a webcam and internet access.
We’ll help you test your setup before your first appointment to ensure a reliable connection. iOS users should use the Safari browser for mobile and tablet sessions.

What Questions Will Therapists Ask Me?

It depends on your goals. Expect questions about your thoughts, feelings, relationships, work, school, and health. They’ll ask to understand your therapy goals.

How Do You Keep Client Information Secure?

Security and Confidentiality of Sessions:
Your privacy is crucial to us. We use TherapyNotes, a HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring secure and confidential teletherapy sessions. This platform’s security features include encrypted video connections, secure data transfers, and encrypted databases, ensuring your information is safe at all times.

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.

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