Personal Counseling, P.C. offers private professional counseling services designed to help you understand your problems and work toward achieving your goals.

Feeling professionally “stuck in a rut”?
  • Ever wonder if you made the “right” career choice?
  • Ever wonder if there is another career better suited to your personality?

If you answered YES to either of these questions, then personal counseling can help.

We offer individually based career workshops. Over the course of 4-5 sessions, scheduled in the evening or on weekends, you will meet with a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in administering, scoring, and interpreting nationally recognized career interest inventories.

You will explore your past and present career choices, take a career interest inventory, receive a 19-page report detailing which careers are best suited to your personality, and put together a plan of action.

Sessions are 45-50 minutes and cost $120 per session.

Call or email today and begin the process to change and get out of the rut!


What is Counseling?

Psychological counseling examines the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that cause difficulties in your life and addresses emotional wellness, personal growth, career development and pathology.

How can counseling help you?

Psychological counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns and come to a greater understanding of yourself. Counseling teaches effective coping strategies for dealing with life’s challenges and allows you to grow emotionally and intellectually. To recognize your problems and seek assistance to deal with them is a sign of strength.

It’s time to see a counselor when…

  • Your old coping skills are no longer effective or comforting
  • You’re having trouble with your personal or professional relationships
  • You feel like life’s challenges are more than you can handle
  • You would like to take more positive actions in your life

Counseling may help you if you…

  • Use drugs, alcohol, money, food and/or sex to cope with life
  • Struggle with fears and anxiety
  • Experience physical symptoms due to excessive stress
  • Feel sad, down or in a rut
  • Suffer with chronic or acute medical illness
  • Have low self-esteem or self-image
  • Are dealing with current or past violence or trauma
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Are dissatisfied with work or career
  • Have difficulty in expressing feelings and thoughts
  • Struggle with aging
  • Have difficulty finding satisfaction in life
  • Are abusive towards yourself or others, including your family, pets, or neighborhood animals

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Contact Personal Counseling today to discuss your specific situation and life goals.


Emily J. Parodi

Emily J. Parodi


Emily J. Parodi has spent 15 years working in various aspects of the helping profession, including domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, treatment programs, welfare to work programs, women’s health clinics, and educational institutions.

She has worked with a diverse group of adolescents and adults on issues ranging from addiction, anxiety, career/life satisfaction, domestic violence, intercultural concerns, gender identity, healthy relationships, body image, eating disorders, sexual abuse, coping strategies, balancing work and family, and family planning.

Over the course of Ms. Parodi’s career, she has created and facilitated numerous workshops, including the following: Warning Signs of Addiction; Learning to Say NO; Time, Stress, and Money Management; Defining Your Interests; Managing Anger; Communicating Effectively; Overcoming Fears; Having Positive Body Image; Work Place Success; and Interviewing Skills.

Ms. Parodi is qualified to administer all inventories offered through CPP, Inc. These instruments include the following: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), the Strong Interest Inventory®, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior ™ (FIRO-B®) and the CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGICAL INVENTORY ™ (CPI ™). These products can be used for team-building, career exploration, conflict management, leadership, selection, and retention.

Ms. Parodi has taught various types of courses in urban community colleges in both New Jersey and New York. She has conducted depression screenings and alcohol awareness screenings with these young adults. In addition, Ms. Parodi developed, coordinated, and co-facilitated a women’s discussion group.

Ms. Parodi earned her licensure in New Jersey in 2005 and in New York in 2006. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Counseling and Guidance for Colleges and Community Agencies from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, with a Psychology minor, from Linfield College in Oregon. While in graduate school she belonged to the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor and Professional Association in Education and as an undergraduate she belonged to the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Association, and the New Jersey and New York Counseling Associations.

Ms. Parodi’s “prime directive” has been the advancement of the oppressed, disenfranchised, and underserved. She has been a diligent advocate for those whose voice has been silenced. She believes in empowering others so they can fight for their rights. Ms. Parodi’s theoretical orientation stems from the principles of Feminist Counseling. She believes that pathology is derived from the social, political, and economic discrepancies that women and many men face in today’s society. Part of the healing process involves attempting to correct the aforementioned discrepancies.

Ms. Parodi is currently on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jersey City. She does volunteer work for V-Day, which is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, and a Jersey City food pantry.

Psychology Today’s Therapist Profile

National Certified Counselor – National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselor – New Jersey (#37PC00327100)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor – New York (#000606)


The two most valuable lessons I have learned thus far:

One, theory and practice are very different.

As a naive graduate student, I had all the confidence that I would know what to do when working with ‘real’ clients. After all, I had spent years studying which theories and interventions work best to alleviate the symptoms of most disorders. However, once I began working, I quickly realized that most clients are unresponsive to textbook interventions. This is, of course, when the real counseling begins.

Two, be concerned with acting ethically, not about being sued.

When I first started out, I was too concerned about being sued. I found myself worrying too much about how to protect myself from malpractice lawsuits — I was not being an effective counselor. Then a lawyer told me that I could be sued for any reason, but that does not mean the lawsuit has validity. He stressed that knowing and upholding the state rules and regulations that govern counseling licensure, (knowing) the ACA Code of Ethics and (knowing) how to navigate the conflicts between such rules and ethics codes was the best way to protect myself from a malpractice lawsuit. Today, I concern myself with acting in the best interest of the client, using the ethical decision-making guidelines within the boundaries of the law and, of course, documenting everything.

By Emily J. Parodi, MA, LPC, LMHC and Lori Petrozzello-Karn, MSW

October was Domestic Violence awareness month. When we think about domestic violence (DV) oftentimes we wonder, “Why do women stay in those relationships?” This question is similar to asking, “Why does a person stay at a job that they don’t really like?” The list of reasons is endless, complicated, and very personal. We need to stop blaming the victim for staying in an abusive relationship. What we imply when we place blame on a women is the idea that the abuse would simply cease once the relationship is dissolved. Very often, however, the abuse does not stop and can even get worse when the victim tries to leave or does leave the relationship.

The cause for violence is directly due to the actions of the abuser. Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive behaviors exerted by one intimate partner over another with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control. Therefore, the more accurate question to ask is “Why do men (or people) batter?” This question holds the perpetrator of the crime responsible for his/her actions. Yes, domestic violence is a crime. People batter because they feel a need to exert control over their intimate partner. Thus, in order to end the abuse, the perpetrator must be held accountable.




Will insurance cover counseling?

Many insurance plans cover mental health services. However, if you do not have insurance other payment plans will be discussed.

Who delivers counseling services?

Psychological counseling is delivered by a licensed clinician and is a professional relationship. This relationship differs from other types of relationships. Rather than give specific advice, licensed counselors serve as skilled listeners who help identify goals, explore problems, and discover solutions.

Will anyone find out?

As a client, you are guaranteed that issues discussed will remain confidential within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. The limitation to confidentiality occurs when your life or someone else’s life is in clear and imminent danger.

How long is each appointment?

Individual counseling sessions last approximately 50 minutes. Group counseling sessions may last 90 minutes.

What are your certifications?

National Certified Counselor–National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselor-New Jersey (#37PC00327100)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor-New York (#000606)


Evening and Weekend Appointments Available

Emily J. Parodi, MA, LPC, LMHC
President, Personal Counseling, P.C.

Address : 242 Washington Ave. Suite L  Nutley, NJ 07110

Phone : (201) 725-4469

Email : Emily Parodi

Website : www.personalcounselingpc.com


To schedule an appointment, call (201) 254-5101 or e-mail Emily Parodi

Appointments are available Monday to Sunday, morning, afternoon, and evening.

At Personal Counseling, P.C. we will work with your schedule.

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