Emily Conte, LAC

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You're lying awake in bed and you recognize a familiar feeling washing over you. It starts with noticing your heartbeat in your chest, and then becoming hyper aware of your breathing pattern, and then the anxious thoughts start to flood in. They sound like, "Why is my heart beating so fast?" "Is that chest pain that I feel or am I imagining it?" "Did I forget how to breathe? Why does it feel so hard?" "I'm not going to be able to function tomorrow and I have a huge test. I'm totally going to blow it!" "Will this ever stop?" and "I wish I could just be normal." Another night, another anxiety attack. You've tried implementing all of the changes that your relatives, friends, and influencers on social media have said to try to be fixed. You've adjusted your eating habits, started working out more often, decreased your caffeine intake, and limited your cellphone usage before bed. You've even tried that essential oil that's supposed to "cure" anxiety in one sniff! But you're still having anxiety attacks whenever you try to go to sleep and you don't know why. You start to realize that you don't just get these feelings at bedtime and they're starting to linger on into the day. There's this constant feeling of edginess that you just can't shake. 

 

You've tried to talk to someone, maybe your family members or close friends, and it just seems like they don't understand. You feel like nobody understands and maybe this isn't as normal as you thought. You start to wonder what it would feel like to have someone who tried to understand...

 

The relieving news is that talk therapy can help! I help adolescents, teens, and young adults gain insight and understanding into the root of their emotions and discover new ways to handle the uncomfortable and unknown.  Together, we can work towards goals that you've thoughtfully created for yourself to achieve throughout the therapy process and find creative ways to get you there. There is no one particular way to navigate life's issues; that's why I tailor therapy to the specific needs of my client from a biopsychosocial approach, incorporating all parts of YOU that are influential in making you who you are. 

 

Therapy doesn't need to be scary, incredibly formal, or uncomfortable. Therapy with me might look like using humor and sarcasm, the occasional game of Uno, catching up on the TikToks that you saved to explain something that you do/feel, reflective worksheets and resources, and most importantly, a supportive counselor dedicated to walking alongside you through your most difficult times. 

 

If you're ready to give therapy a try, contact the office at 201-749-1750 to schedule your initial session. If you're still deciding if therapy with me is the right fit for you, let's set aside 15 minutes for a virtual consultation so I can gain a better understanding of what you're hoping to gain out of this experience and how I might be able to help.

Here's a little about me:

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey and received my Master’s in Professional Counseling and Education Specialist certificate from Seton Hall University.  I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Psychological Association (APA), and am in the process of becoming a nationally certified counselor through NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors, LLC). I currently teach part-time for Seton Hall University’s Graduate Counseling Program in addition to seeing clients. Prior to counseling, I worked in higher education as a student-centered professional serving both undergraduate and graduate students in various administrative and advising roles.  

 

My counseling experience began when I worked as an Academic and Career Counselor where I worked with undergraduate students between the ages of 18-50 who were on academic probation/at risk of academic expulsion and/or navigating career and major indecision. I utilized an individualized, solution-focused, and strengths-based approach to assist my clients in creating reasonable and achievable goals in order to progress in their academic journey. During this position, I served college students who struggled with school related-issues, such as poor academic performance and truancy, transitional and life-stage issues, interpersonal and relationship concerns, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

 

I consider my approach to be client-centered and based around what the client is hoping to gain from therapy. I take into consideration the whole person; exploring biological, psychological, social/cultural, and spiritual factors that make an individual who they are. I recognize that therapy is not a “one-size fits all” approach and that collaboration is key for a genuine counseling relationship. I work with adolescents, teens, and adults ages 14+.

You're ready to feel understood.

Call 201-749-1750

so we can be in this together.