Teen Counseling in New Jersey


Are You Concerned About The Changes In Your Daughter’s Behavior?
Does she act out or appear unhappy?
Do you worry you’re losing your connection with her?

Your daughter is journeying into the most difficult period of her life thus far. 

As her parent, this is not a time to just ‘get through’. 

This is a time to thrive – to equip yourself with the knowledge, understanding and awareness it takes to be your daughter’s main source of stability. 

What Your Daughter Is Experiencing

The truth of the matter is that right now in your daughter’s life, she is at a crossroads. 

From a physiological perspective, she has yet to fully develop the ability to master rational thought. 
Still operating from her lower brain, your daughter reacts with emotion and impulsivity. 
However, her desire for independence and autonomy is starting to emerge. 
As parents, what you may be witnessing is these two realities coming to a head, as your daughter tries to navigate mature situations without all of the necessary tools.

Teen Counseling Services

Adolescence is a complex journey; one that can trigger intense feelings of sadness frustration, self doubt, loneliness and fear. Without the proper tools to navigate these roads, a young female can find herself entangled in darkness.

Although this period in her life will pass, the residual effect of her decisions and experiences as a teenager, can impact the path she continues on throughout her lifetime.
Now more than ever, your daughter needs the appropriate support as she works to gain a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of herself and the world around her.

Support Services For Parents

It’s not uncommon for parents to feel locked out and isolated from all that is occurring in their teenage daughter’s life. 

During such a sensitive time period, parents will find it beneficial to have their own support network; gaining insight into the intricacies of their daughter’s mind while learning more successful ways to create connection and understanding within the household. 

Treatment Goals For Teen Therapy

​Celebrating one’s own unique strengths and capabilities 

​Creating healthy boundaries with others to ensure that you are safeguarded both physically and emotionally

 Establishing a more rational and positive perspective on physical self

 Finding an inner voice that promotes self advocacy and confidence

 Fostering a romantic relationship that is rooted in respect, honesty and trust

 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. 

The Importance of Tracking Hormonal Changes

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Why Your Child May Be Withholding Information From You

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How Do I Help My Teenager Through This Time Of Uncertainty?

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No Matter How Mature Your Teenager Appears, They May Still Be Ill-Equipped To Make The Difficult Decisions

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Why This Therapist Recommends Letting Your Kids Use Social Media

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Welcoming Your Child Home From College For The First Time

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The Dangers In Telling Parents Not To Compliment Their Children

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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.

Stephanie Conti, MS, LAC, NCC

Stephanie is a Licensed Associate Counselor with clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric, dual diagnosis, trauma, developmental, and behavioral health issues. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, Stephanie achieved her Master of Science Degree from Monmouth University. 

Stephanie’s counseling experience ranges from Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient clinical settings to in-home and nonprofit organization settings. As therapist, she delivered crisis intervention, individual, and group counseling services for clients in recovery from trauma, substance abuse, and general mental health illnesses. She also provided individual and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as, in-home therapeutic interventions for preteens with developmental disabilities. Stephanie applies research-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. Furthermore, her certifications include Trauma Informed-Approach, Telehealth, and Sand Play Therapy. 


Brigid Laudermilch, MSW, LCSW

Brigid is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who specializes in working with adolescents, teenagers and adults. She earned her Master’s Degree from New York University and has dedicated the past twenty five years of her career assisting individuals to gain a greater understanding of their emotional and behavioral reactions as well as practical strategies that help along the way. 

Brigid’s seventeen years of experience working in a school setting has honed her skills with executive functioning deficits, symptoms associated with autism, school refusal and much more. She also specializes in behavior management and treatment of symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Brigid’s approach is practical, solution-focused, collaborative and creative using out of the box methods. She is passionate about helping people improve their most important relationships, which includes their relationship with themselves.

Michele Newman, MSW, LCSW

Michele is a licensed clinical psychotherapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults as they navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. Michele has earned her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University, and has dedicated the past ten years to working with individuals and their families. Michele has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, impulse control, self image and identity issues. She has a comprehensive understanding of utilizing sensory play activities to address social and emotional distress associated with trauma 

Michele’s approach to therapy is client centered, as she assists individuals to determine the direction and depth of therapy. Michele is highly skilled at offering her clients the tools needed to reframe thought processes to not only increase self actualization and identity, but to also optimize individual strengths needed to achieve personal goals. Michele welcomes the opportunity to facilitate this experience for anyone who is ready to make meaningful change in their lives.



Christiana Rutkowski, MS, LAC, NCC

Christiana is a Licensed Associate Counselor who specializes in working with adolescents, teenagers, and adults. Christiana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and Master of Science degree from Monmouth University.

Christiana has experience working in both private practice and outpatient settings, using interventions based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Christiana also loves incorporating journaling, art therapy, and ecotherapy into the therapeutic experience, and prioritizes the therapeutic relationship throughout the process. 






Jenna Zemachson, MSW, LCSW

Jenna Zemachson is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who specializes in working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, and then earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University.  After completing her Master’s, she went on to attend a four-year Post Graduate Program at The National Institute of the Psychotherapies, where she was certified in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  

Jenna believes with the right psychotherapy, one can face any life challenge head on and develop the insight and skills to grow from them.  She has an empathic approach that allows the space for her patients to look within and do the necessary work to improve their lives.  She has extensive experience helping individuals cope with occupational conflicts, relationship difficulties, lack of self esteem, and overall dissatisfaction, frustration and anger.   Jenna has dedicated her career to helping individuals develop a sense of self that feels confident and at peace, while freeing up the roadblocks interfering with their ability to create the life they always wanted.