Counseling & Therapy Centers
We are a team of compassionate and knowledgeable therapists specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We help clients overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other life difficulties in their pursuit of living more successful and happy lives.
Strength for Change (SFC) was founded by Bernard Ivin, LCSW in 2001. His mission was to train and support other therapists in the practice of CBT and make the therapy more readily available within the Mount Arlington & Wayne, NJ communities. His passion for CBT comes from his own application of this therapy in overcoming personal difficulties and witnessing the transformative power in the lives of his clients.
If you are a parent seeking services for your child, please download our free parent handbook. Whether you bring your child to SFC or another treatment provider, our handbook will assist you in obtaining the most appropriate care for your child.
A Parent’s Handbook: The Essential Guide To Obtaining Counseling Services For Your Child
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT has been researched perhaps more than any other psychological therapy. It is an evidence-based therapy proven highly effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and many other mental health conditions. Please visit the National Institute of Mental Health website (www.nimh.com) to learn more about CBT and the importance of evidence-based mental health treatments.
CBT was developed in the 1960’s by Dr. Aaron T. Beck out of the University of Pennsylvania. It is based on the idea that our thoughts determine our emotional and behavioral reactions, and that by learning to control our thoughts we are able to feel and do what’s best in order to face life’s challenges, achieve goals, and live a successful and happy life.
The goal of CBT is to teach clients how to become their own therapist using a variety of coping strategies to effectively manage their emotional and behavioral reactions. Clients learn numerous skills and strategies for restructuring negative thought patterns, generating self-motivation, changing unhealthy behaviors, and cultivating a “solution-focused” lifestyle. To see if this type of therapy is right for you, call us to get started with a therapy session or mental health screening at our Mount Arlington or Wayne, NJ locations.
Motivation-Focused Therapy for Anxiety, Depression & More
The field of psychology has made many advances over the past two decades. From talk therapy to medications and holistic treatments, doctors and therapists now have a much better understanding of how to effectively treat mental health conditions. Despite these advances, many people still struggle.
For treatment to be effective, the individual receiving treatment must be a willing participant in the process. Simply put, the best treatment plan means nothing without the client’s motivation for implementing it.
Unfortunately, most mental health conditions impair an individual’s motivation for school, work, social life, and self-care. When family and friends try to intervene, they are frustrated by the individual’s lack of responsiveness and view it as a willful act of resistance. Once the individual’s support system is frustrated in this way conflicts arise, and the individual’s mental health gets worse.
At Strength for Change (SFC), we have a treatment model that accounts for the individual’s impaired motivation. Our guiding principle is that we are responsible for helping clients cultivate the motivation that is needed for treatment success. With this in mind, we have developed numerous motivational strategies that are implemented throughout the treatment process.
Individualized & Evidence-Based Treatment
While we specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we do not have a one size fits all approach to therapy. Instead, we match our therapeutic approach to the client’s symptoms, diagnosis, age, personality, and level of motivation.
This Individualized approach is based on the American Psychiatric Associations Best Practices Guidelines which advocates the use of evidence-based therapies. For example, anxiety disorders are treated with individual CBT, while ADHD is treated with a combination of academic coaching and family therapy. The condition is matched to the therapy that is proven most effective in its treatment.
In addition to raising the effective of therapy, our individualized approach also helps the client feel more deeply understood and valued. These feelings enhance the trust and collaboration between the client and therapist, and make for a more worthwhile therapy experience.
Committed to Providing Exceptional Care
We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of care and service possible. This is not just a slogan that appears on our letterhead, but rather a self-imposed expectation that we strive to achieve with every client interaction. This is evident in many ways including our commitment to specialized training, ongoing peer supervision, and the use of client feedback forms. Read our reviews to get a sense of how clients feel about their experience at Strength for Change!
Meet Our Therapists
Bernard Ivin, LCSW
Mt. Arlington OfficePersonal Statement: “After nearly two decades in private practice, what I have learned most is that the human spirit is strong, resilient, and capable of greatness. It is this knowledge that keeps me eternally optimistic. Given the opportunity, I will do everything in my power to help you discover this truth for yourself."Read more
Ron Redmerski, LPC
Mt. Arlington OfficePersonal Statement: “After serving in the US Army (Special Operations Force) and having a career on Wall Street, I made a decision to pursue my true passion - helping others as a professional counselor. My diverse and unique background gives me a perspective on life that is conducive to effective problem solving and the application of CBT strategies.”Read more
Jamie Grosslicht, LPC, LACDC
Mt. Arlington OfficePersonal Statement: “One of my favorite quotes is - "A bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to take the turn" (Helen Keller). I assist my clients in discovering their inner strength and courage so that they can take that turn. My strength based approach provides clients with a source of hope and encouragement as they navigate the difficult road of life."Read more
Danielle Leva, LPC
Wayne OfficePersonal Statement: “I believe that every therapeutic relationship is special and unique. I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can share their struggles, discover their strengths, and be supported in the pursuit of their goals and dreams.” Read more
Paul DePinto, LPC
Wayne OfficePersonal Statement: “Many of my clients come to therapy anxious or reluctant about being in treatment. I take pride in being able to make the experience comfortable for them. Even though we are discussing serious issues, we have moments of fun and laughter. It is my enthusiasm and sense of humor that helps put clients at ease and enables them to get the most out of therapy. Their trust means the world to me, it is what gives me a chance to help them and their families.”Read more