Personal Counseling, P.C. offers private professional counseling services designed to help you understand your problems and work toward achieving your goals.
Feeling like you can’t handle life’s challenges?
Feeling like something is holding you back from reaching your full potential?
If you would like to take more positive actions to gain better coping skills and come to a greater understanding of yourself, then counseling may be helpful. Through counseling we will examine the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that cause difficulties in your life.
Online counseling now available for NJ and NY residents.
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
Emily J. Parodi has spent 25 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 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.
National Certified Counselor – National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Professional Counselor – New Jersey (#37PC00327100)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor – New York (#000606)
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)
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
To schedule an appointment, call (201) 725-4469 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.
I now provide online counseling for all New York and New Jersey residents.