Christine Fitzgerald Petrat, MSW, LCSW
“ I provide a warm, safe atmosphere while working towards uncovering the cause(s) of my clients' difficulties and identifying the best strategies that will enable my clients to feel relief from their symptoms and have a more satisfying life."
I am a licensed therapist with over 15 years of post-graduate clinical experience providing counseling to children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in treating anxiety and phobias. I also treat adjustment struggles, depression and low self-esteem, and I counsel individuals who are experiencing school, work, relationship, and parenting difficulties including children with special needs. Together we identify the root of the problems, and my clients then learn more productive coping and communication skills, and alternative ways to deal with their stressors. I tailor my therapeutic approach which includes cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and modern psychodynamic to the client’s unique situation using a balance of these techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective based on the latest research.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and my master’s degree from Fordham University, and I also received training at The Psychoanalytic Center of Northern New Jersey. In addition to my private practice, I have experience working at a mental health outpatient treatment center, a partial hospital program, and providing counseling to students in a school setting. I have conducted critical incident debriefings for several traumatic events that have occurred in schools, places of business and the community at large.
Many times my clients have told me that they feel so much better after having a session with me. I provide a warm, comfortable place that enables my clients to grow in the therapeutic process. I am empathetic and understanding while I continually work towards identifying solutions that will help relieve my client's symptoms and improve their well-being.
I accept some insurance and I offer a free telephonic consultation.