Jacqueline Meszaros, LMHC

Jacqueline Meszaros
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients (updated May 1, 2017)

Jacqui is a woman with integrity and compassion guided by knowledge and heart. I believe her to be a supportive, educative, and insightful therapist."

- Martha Powers, LICSW (2017)

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    About Jacqueline Meszaros

  • Expertise in anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, life transitions, spiritual questions, trauma, and adoption related issues
  • Helps individuals through life transitions, including entering and leaving college, figuring out life in your 20s, becoming new parents, empty nesting, menopause, and caring for aging parents
  • Supports clients through stages of adoption, including the adoption process for parents, emotional support for adoptees, and reconnection between adoptees and birth parents
  • Practices an integrative approach, including elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and therapeutic journal writing

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Jacqueline Meszaros is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with expertise in adoption, eating disorders, body image, life transitions, spiritual questions and trauma. She sees individuals at various life transitions, including entering and leaving college, figuring out life in one's 20s, becoming new parents, empty nesting, menopause, and caring for aging parents. In her adoption specialty, she supports clients through different stages of adoption, including the adoption process for parents, emotional support for adoptees, and reconnection between adoptees and birth parents.

Jacqui is dedicated to helping her clients understand all aspects of themselves, drawing from an integrative approach, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Jungian therapy, Existential therapy, Gestalt therapy, and therapeutic journal writing. She has special training in pastoral counseling and Kabbalistic healing, which she uses upon request to help her clients understand the role that spirituality plays in their lives and healing. She is dedicated to creating an empathetic, compassionate, and supportive space for her clients to examine their lives and create collaborative treatment plans, inspired by her own personal process and spiritual path.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"I offer a safe and supportive environment for clients to examine and explore the challenges in their lives which have lead them to therapy. The goal of the therapeutic process is twofold: subjectively we seek an increased awareness of the underlying issues within the client's psyche and objectively we create a treatment plan to implement this self-knowledge into everyday action."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, 1991 - Present
UCP, Clinical Supervisor, 2011 - 2015
Seven Hills, Clinical Supervisor, 2007 - 2011
Perspectives Co., Clinical Supervisor, 2004 - 2007
Family Services, Clinician, 2001 - 2004
MCPCC, Mental Health Clinician, 1991 - 2000
Kent County Mental Health Center, Mental Health Counselor, 1988 - 1990
Highland Workshop, 1984 - 1986

Certification in Integrated Kabbalistic Healing, 2007
Interfaith Counseling Center, Certification in Pastoral Counseling, 1991
Fairleigh Dickinson University, MA, 1985

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Adoption – Sees clients across the stages of adoption, including the adoption process for parents, emotional support for adoptees, and reconnection between adoptees and birth parents
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, stress management
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders – Including bulimia and restrictive habits that are not severe; works with dietitians and physicians to ensure clients are working with a team
Life transitions – Entering and leaving college, figuring out life in your 20s, becoming new parents, empty nesting, menopause, and caring for aging parents
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder); trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a type of trauma treatment

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; works with clients on focusing attention, organization, calming techniques, and mindfulness techniques to be more in control of clients' racing thoughts
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children  

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TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Bowenian Family TherapyBowenian Family Therapy focuses on the family as an intergenerational unit that has impacts beyond each individual. The goal of Bowenian family therapy is to overcome anxiety related to the family unit, heal past trauma, strengthen relationships, and improve communication in order to increase overall health and happiness. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Jungian TherapyThe goal of Jungian therapy is to bring awareness to both the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche, such that clients can move beyond symptom relief to create lasting change in relationships and emotional development. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Therapeutic Journal WritingTherapeutic journal writing increases self-awareness and decreases confusion by encouraging an individual to reflect on overall wellness or specific troubling emotions. (learn more)
clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


Jacqui is a insightful and talented practitioner with strong integrative approach utilizing psychodynamic, Gestalt, Existential, CBT, and mindfulness based practices. Jacqui is a woman with integrity and compassion guided by knowledge and heart. I believe her to be a supportive, educative and insightful therapist.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Anxiety, depression, trauma and issues young and older women face with development and aging.
— Martha Powers, LICSW (2017)
Ms. Meszaros has training and experience in working with adults with relationship and attachment issues. She has helped many male clients I have referred to her gain access to their feelings and have greater emotional expression.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Relationships problems, communication problems, depression, anxiety
— Dr. Joanne L. Doucette (2017)