Catherine Jakobsze

Catherine Jakobsze

MS, LAC

Associate Therapist

NJ License #

37AC00415800

In many ways, there is still a stigma around receiving mental health services. For some, their previous experiences (or even the experiences of others they love) has made it difficult to reach out for help. I’m here to tell you that the field of mental health counseling has evolved, much like I have as a clinician during my time as a therapist.

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), awaiting Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure. I have worked in various professional mental health settings over the last 8+ years including intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalizations programs, community-based settings, and private practice. Most of my professional experience is working with adolescents, young adults, and adults dealing with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, ASD, OCD, clients who have previously struggled to connect with therapists in the past, and more.

In 2018, I graduated with my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University. I also graduated with my BA in Psychology from Monmouth University in 2015. During my studies, I learned to pride myself on being authentic with clients, in and out of session, meaning I aim to “practice what I preach” every day. One of my mentors and graduate professors who I had the pleasure of attending a service trip to India with once mentioned, “You will only be able to take your clients as far as you’ve gone”. This statement molded my approach to counseling both professionally and personally.

My clinical approach to working with clients is collaborative; I strive to meet individuals where they are emotionally and allowing my clients to guide their treatment.

I pull from a variety of counseling theories, including but not limited to: motivational interviewing (pointing out incongruences between client’s goals and their behaviors while helping them work through anything stopping therapeutic change), existential therapy (the importance of finding meaning and purpose in one’s suffering), Gestalt theory (identifying non-verbal and body language), and CBT and DBT for skill-based approaches.

I strive every day to remain culturally sensitive in working with populations of various ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexualities.

In the future, I aim to obtain certification in EMDR and other trauma-focused practices, as well as, study hypnotherapy. . Additionally, I am OutCare certified as culturally competent in the care of the LGBTQ+ community.