Therapist in Bernardsville, New Jersey Erika Pilato, Therapist

License: LAC

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 15-65+

Appointments: In-office and Telehealth

Manages Medications: No, provides therapy only

Therapist in Bernardsville, New Jersey Erika Pilato, MA, NCC, LAC

Erika Pilato, MA, NCC, LAC

Education and Experience
I earned by Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The City University of New York and my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Rider University. I received my Post Master’s Licensed Associate Counselor Certification from Kean University. I am a NJ State Certified School Counselor, a Licensed Associate Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor. In addition, I am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Educator. For the last 15 years, I have worked as a school counselor. Prior to becoming a school counselor, I worked in the financial services industry. I have always felt that I was destined to work in the helping field so it is no surprise that I made a career change and am now working in a career that I am passionate about.

Therapeutic Philosophy
My counseling philosophy is rooted in the concept of establishing a safe space that is non-judgmental, where clients can heal and grow at their own pace. My approach to therapy is multimodal. I am confident in the thought that utilizing different types of therapy can be more beneficial for therapeutic growth and change. I do lean towards the humanistic approach to counseling, which believes that people are basically good, and have an innate need to make themselves and the world better. I work with each client to build a strong therapeutic alliance utilizing empathetic dialogue, to develop a unique therapeutic plan that is shaped by each client’s own personal needs and goals. I try to see the world as my clients see it, as such I listen empathically and without judgment. My goal is to help people to find their personal worth and to help them understand that they have the ability to overcome hardship, pain and despair. Within this framework and within an environment of compassion and tolerance, I make sure that my clients feel heard and respected, and that we act as joint participants in their therapeutic journey.

About Me
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two children. My favorite hobby is cycling. I enjoy mountain biking, road riding and downhill biking. I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible, whether it be camping, biking with my dog or taking her to the dog park for some social time. I am always looking forward to my next adventure with my children and my mini-goldendoodle Charlie!

Clinical services in New Jersey are provided by New Jersey Behavioral Health PLLC.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Magellan
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • World Trade Center (HealthSmart)

Interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting Skills

Populations

  • Women

Languages

  • English

Locations

FAQs

Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Erika Pilato. You can also call 732-982-2888 to have someone assist you.

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