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Individual Psychotherapy

“Throughout The Lifespan “

Through psychotherapy, individuals have an opportunity to better understand the inner workings of their own mind • uncovering aspects of themselves that have both helped and hindered their own personal growth. Through this process, a person learns to understand how previous experiences have shaped their identity, their views of the world and most importantly, their views of themselves.

Child & Adolescent Years

  • Celebrating one’s own unique strengths and capabilities
  • Gaining greater understanding of anxious, fear provoking thoughts
  • Establishing a more rational and positive perspective
  • Finding an inner voice that promotes self advocacy and confidence
  • Gaining insight and understanding into the hormonal changes that impact mood, energy and cognitive functioning
  • Identifying and nurturing supportive relationships with peers while mastering the ability to release more toxic & unfulfilling connections
  • Improving relationship with parents and establishing a more cohesive dynamic within the household
  • Instilling balance and organization with the innumerable responsibilities and expectations
  • Mastering how to manage internal and external pressures
  • Understanding the inner workings of the body and establishing more successful and productive techniques to self regulate
  • Solidifying a deeper, more authentic sense of self acceptance, esteem and worth.

Early Adult Years

  • Acquiring healthier coping skills for stress, anxiety, depression and obsessive thoughts / behaviors
  • Becoming more equipped to anticipate and overcome obstacles that will occur during transitions throughout life
  • Developing a path of purpose and self fulfillment
  • Finding acceptance & appreciation of oneself
  • Fostering a romantic relationship that is rooted in respect, honesty and trust
  • Gaining a healthier, more productive perspective on current life circumstances
  • Mastering how to manage various roles both personally and professionally
  • Mourning losses such as separation, miscarriage, infertility, or death of loved one
  • Nurturing supportive relationships with peers while mastering the ability to release more toxic & unfulfilling connections
  • Understanding and embracing the wide range of emotions experienced throughout motherhood
  • Strengthening one’s own sense of self identity and purpose

Later Adult Years

  • Accepting the changing dynamics of the household as the children grow and become more independent
  • Embracing the physical and psychological changes that occur with aging
  • Establishing a new sense of identity and purpose
  • Finding the strength to handle chronic / terminal illness of self or loved ones
  • Fostering supportive friendships and allowing for termination of less fulfilling connections
  • Fostering supportive friendships and allowing for termination of less fulfilling connections
  • Mourning losses such as separation, divorce or death of a loved one
  • Processing and healing painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear
  • Putting closure to a career and embracing retirement
  • Re-establishing intimacy and connection to spouse / partner
  • Working to connect to one’s own spiritual beliefs regarding the afterlife .

Couples Counseling

Many couples are apprehensive about engaging in therapy because to them, it indicates that the relationship is ending. However, couples who willingly attend therapy are more likely to find long term success as a result of their participation. The initial courtship’s glow will inevitably fade and real-life issues will arise. What separates more successful relationships from others is the way a couple overcomes these obstacles. Adversity can trigger deeper, unresolved issues that an individual experienced in their own family of origin. However, couples who willingly attend therapy are more likely to find long term success as a result of their participation. The initial courtship’s glow will inevitably fade and real life issues will arise. What separates more successful relationships from others is the way a couple overcomes these obstacles.

Couples Counseling

  • Communicate more effectively with one another
  • Identify chronic arguments in the relationship and address the underlying conflict or resentment
  • Develop a sense of responsibility for personal behaviors
  • Better manage daily stressors to avoid impacting the dynamic within the household
  • Learn to express painful emotions that are sometimes internalized
  • Reignite the passion, romance and friendship that was present in the initial stages of the relationship
  • Learn to listen and respect the wants and needs of your partner
  • Better identify one’s own wants and needs
  • Create long term goals and dreams as a cohesive unit
  • Heal from past hurts, emotional affairs and infidelity
  • Improve connection amongst blended families
  • Create a new beginning after suffering from a divorce or separation
  • Address financial concerns as a couple, while creating an appropriate plan of action
  • Redefine parenting roles and establish more effective discipline within the household

Meet the Team

Nikki P. Woods, MSW, LCSW

Founder of NWC & Psychotherapist

Nikki Woods is a highly-sought after licensed clinical psychotherapist and founder of the Navesink Wellness Center. After earning her Masters Degree at New York University, Nikki dedicated her career to studying the intricacies of the developing female mind. In her practice (both locally and globally), she empowers mothers to better support their daughters’ development, and assists young women in channeling their own voice – one built on self awareness, acceptance and love.

Her intuitive and insightful approach helps clients gain a greater sense of self worth, pursue life goals, improve relationship dysfunction, establish a more defined identity, and celebrate their own unique assets and capabilities. Her work has been featured in top publications such as Forbes and Inc. She works with patients both locally in Rumson, New Jersey as well as globally via her remote psychotherapy offerings.

Andrea Cernero, MA, LPC

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University and Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. In addition, Andrea completed a Post Master’s Program in Advanced Counseling at Montclair State University. Andrea has experience working as a counselor in the school setting at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as in the clinical setting providing intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient counseling services.

Andrea is passionate about providing therapy to clients who would like to explore personal difficulties that impact their sense of well-being. Andrea has extensive experience working specifically with children and adolescents. Among her areas of expertise are assisting clients with anxiety, depression, self harm, family changes, and suicide prevention.

Andrea has utilized the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model to facilitate counseling groups for teens focusing of teaching interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, & distress tolerance skills to reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additional Training: Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Lifelines Suicide Prevention Trainer, & Mindfulness Fundamentals Program