Online Counseling for Teens in New Jersey

Online counseling for teens
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If you have concerns about your adolescent’s mental health and are searching for online counseling for teens, Mind By Design in NJ offers specialized services for teens and pre-teens, ages 12+. Teen years can be challenging for families, and the WHO reports that 1 in 7 10-19 year olds experience a mental health challenge. Consequently, teens who experience physical, emotional, and social changes during the formative years are most vulnerable to mental health issues. Our online counseling for teens offers creative interventions to keep your child engaged and supported as they navigate adolescence. 

What is
Online Counseling for teens?

Online counseling for teens in New Jersey is available with Mind by Design’s treatment options. Our online therapists empower children, teens and families through  therapeutic techniques to accomplish specific goals. In addition, it is a collaborative effort by both the teen and the therapist to develop a trusting relationship to deal with challenges together. As a result, teens who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other conditions can work toward mental well-being without feeling the anxiety often associated with clinic-settings. 

Online counseling for teens in New Jersey provides therapy, lifestyle skills, and personal growth activities to improve well-being. First, an assessment is performed to determine problem areas and establish goals for the treatment. Secondly, the first few sessions can decide if the relationship matches and if counseling can continue. Lastly, therapy options and a treatment schedule are determined.

Some teens need to know what it takes to establish mental well-being. Unfortunately, many adults are in the same situation. However, healthy social and emotional habits can only be developed with education. Therefore, counseling can teach essential lifestyle factors to establish mental well-being.

The following habits are needed for well-being:

  • Healthy eating and sleeping habits
  • Regular exercise
  • Positive and healthy coping mechanisms
  • Healthy problem-solving skills
  • Positive and healthy interpersonal skills
  • Beneficial management of emotions and feelings

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Common Adolescent Mental Health Challenges

Understanding the common disorders associated with teens and children will help parents identify a problem. Subsequently, searching for counseling may begin after identifying common psychological and behavioral factors. However, if no action is taken, this could affect the teen’s chances of a fulfilling life as an adult. Therefore, treating mental health is just as vital as physical health. Here are some common disorders teens and children face:

Types of Online Counseling for
teens in New Jersey

Online counseling for teens in New Jersey can replace negative behaviors, thinking, and coping mechanisms with positive and healthy factors. Fortunately, evidence-based therapies successfully treat mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and relationship dysfunctions. Finally, a combination of treatments can be introduced to treat different issues.

Therapy can increase self-esteem, confidence and build a strong foundation for mental and physical well-being. In addition, therapy builds a strong foundation for future happiness. Options for treatment can include one or all of the following:

Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Stress Trauma

Virtual Reality Therapy

Virtual Reality Therapy incorporates new technology, including a computer-generated simulation that explores new coping mechanisms to trigger situations in a safe environment.

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Expressive Art Therapy

Alternative Therapy offers art and play therapy for teens to use as helpful supports in therapy. The use of play, art and creativity allows for the therapeutic environment to feel calm an comfortable while fostering progress towards therapy goals.

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Grief Therapy

Grief Therapy offers techniques and therapies to process loss, grief, or change. Experienced therapists specializing in grief counseling can help children and teens learn new healthy coping mechanisms to deal with their emotions and feelings. Visit Or Grief Counseling Page Here

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for teens helps to identify the causes of anxiety or depression and how to change thoughts in behaviors to resolve the issues.

How Social Media May Impact
your teen or pre-teen

Adolescents are experiencing a higher level of vulnerability in our technologically advanced society. Social media and societal changes are partially responsible for a rise in social exclusion, discrimination, stigma, school problems, risky behaviors, and human rights violations. Unfortunately, mental health conditions could develop without counseling for children in New Jersey. Finally, parents must recognize how vulnerable their children and teens are to mental health damage.

If social media is damaging your teen’s mental health or self-esteem, we encourage you to call ad learn more about online counseling for teens.  

Meet the Providers

Marilyn Defalco, LCSW

Marilyn DeFalco, LCSW headshot, online therapist t Mind by Design

Since 2016, Marilyn has been providing clinical services to families, adolescents and adults struggling with trauma, abuse, substance use and gender identity. Marilyn has extensive training and experience in trauma-informed care. As an online therapist, Marilyn primarily works with adolescents, individuals of the LGBTQ community and individuals struggling with PTSD, Trauma and Mood Disorders.

Because of her expertise and  extensive knowledge of treating trauma-related issues, conducting professional trainings and workshops for educators and school staff, medical professionals, law enforcement, and first responders. Included in Marilyn’s accomplishments is the development of the Morris Alliance for Student  Sexual Safety (MASSS) coalition to prevent interpersonal violence and enhance health education in schools.

Areas of Clinical Expertise 

Credentials & Certifications

  • 2019: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NJ
  • 2018: New Jersey Certified Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate, Girls Circle Facilitator Certification
  • 2016: School Social Worker Standard Certificate, Kean University, NJ, Licensed Social Worker, NJ, Masters of Social Work, Kean University, NJ
  • Bachelors of Psychology & Sociology, William Paterson University, NJ

Research & Publications


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Kristin Justice, LAC

Kristin Justice, LAC online therapist at Mind by Design

Kristin D. Justice is a Licensed Associate Counselor and an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University. Moreover, she is an experienced counselor, educator and public speaker. Since graduating with her masters, Kristin’s clinical work has focused on empowering women, working directly with children and families experience mental health crises, and providing individual and group therapy. As an online therapist, Kristin focuses on treating individuals struggling with stress, grief and life transitions.

Furthermore, her research includes a focus on the underutilization of mental health services in minority communities, outreach and service to those communities in therapeutic settings, and the role that spirituality plays in minority mental health, social justice and counseling. Lastly, Kristin’s approach to mental health begins with compassion and education, leading to healthy, fulfilling personal transformation.

Areas of Clinical Expertise 

Credentials & Certifications

  • 2021: Adjunct Professor, Monmouth University (NJ)
  • 2020: Nationally Certified Counselor (NJ), Licensed Associate Counselor(NJ). Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 2012: Masters in Psychology
  • 2009: Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & African American Studies

Research & Publications

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Rebecca Sidoti, LCSW

Rebecca Sidoti online therapist t Mind by Design

Rebecca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Founder of Mind by Design Counseling. As an online therapist, Rebecca focuses her clinical work on the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Panic Disorder & Phobias. In addition to the services of a traditional online therapist, Rebecca also provides Ketamine Therapy, Virtual Reality Therapy, is a Certified Anxiety Treatment Specialist,  & Clinical Supervisor. Rebecca’s passion lies in providing innovative and progressive treatment to individuals and families.


Areas of Clinical Expertise 

Credentials & Certifications

  • 2023: Clinical Supervisor (NJ). Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist (Journey Clinical)
  • 2021: Completion of Seminar: Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety & Phobias
  • 2020: Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider, Perinatal & Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Specialist
  • 2019: New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional Training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rutgers University, NJ
  • 2018: SIFI Certification, Seton Hall University, NJ
  • 2016 Masters of Social Work, Kean University, NJ
  • 2012 Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Fine Arts, Kean University, NJ

Research & Publications



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Through these applications, social media can cause changes in friendships, relationships, and self-esteem. In addition, stress, anxiety, and sadness can escalate through bullying behaviors on these platforms. Furthermore, social media can project the illusion of perfection in many posts. Finally, a sense of disconnection can occur with low self-esteem, lack of acceptance on social media posts, and cause fear of missing out on important events, isolation, anxiety, and depression.

Therapy can address the problems social media causes in your teen’s life. For example, social media limits can help control some adverse effects. Additionally, online therapy for teens can teach healthy coping mechanisms and relationship behaviors. Finally, learning how to instill self-acceptance through counseling will help to practice self-love.

Signs & Symptoms:
When is it time for counseling for teens?

Adolescents are experiencing more than physical changes during their teen years. Early detection and treatment are imperative to address the signs and symptoms of a problem. If you can identify your teen’s signs and symptoms, consider teen therapy in New Jersey.

  • Angry, irritable, and impulsive
  • Worried, anxious and depressed, or sad
  • Stomach issues and changes in eating habits
  • Inconsistent sleeping habits
  • Gender identity
  • Difficulties at school or test anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Family dysfunction or divorce
  • No interest in activities usually enjoyed
  • Social interactions cause anxiety
  • No focus or concentration
  • Excessive perfectionism or OCD
  • Educational transitions
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Parents who recognize the signs and symptoms of a problem may be able to address it with their teens. However, realizing that some teens may resist and refuse to see a professional is essential. Mind By Design Counseling offers specialized online therapy for teens, see if one of our specialized therapist is a good match. After a few sessions, and over time, the teen could trust their therapist.

Benefits of online Counseling for
Teens in New Jersey

The benefits of online counseling for teens in New Jersey are innumerable. For example, adolescents and children experience many mental health disorders. In addition, individual therapy can help address the symptoms of depression or anxiety and teach techniques to address them. Subsequently, some mental health disorders, such as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder, have severe symptoms that disrupt one’s ability to live a happy, fulfilled life. Finally, evidence-based therapies have been proven successful with many mental health disorders.

Moving in another direction, counseling for children can address traumatic events, dysfunctional family relationships, forms of abuse, and bullying. First, these factors adversely affect children and teens, and need professional help to process strong emotions and feelings. Secondly, strong emotions can be buried without therapy and cause behavioral issues later in life. Most importantly, adolescents are acquiring habits they will carry with them for a lifetime so that counseling can set them up for a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Find The right Counselor for Your Teen

Counseling for children and teens is imperative when there is a psychological or mental health concern. But parents are often trying to figure out what to do to help or how to decide what option is best. However, Mind By Design Counseling in New Jersey offers trained therapists who can work with you through an assessment and provide online treatment for your child or teen. You can contact us online with an inquiry or by phone to move forward to see if it’s a good match for everyone. 

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