- Flexible hours to meet your needs
Treatment at the CBT Center of Central NJ generally begins with a free phone consultation with our Founder/Director, Dr. Michelle Drapkin. She will briefly ask about your needs and see which of our therapists is a good fit for your goals. You can read about our background here. If our Center is not a good fit, we do our best to provide referrals to other trusted providers. Complete our New Patient Interest Form.
Treatment at the CBT Center of Central NJ generally begins with a free phone consultation with our Founder/Director, Dr. Michelle Drapkin. Complete our New Patient Interest Form.
Couples & Families
Broadly, we are trained therapists who work with you to treat whatever behaviors you might want to work on in order to live the life you value. Most frequently, this includes stress, anxiety, substance use, depression, and perfectionism. We also are certified to treat trauma and PTSD. We are trained in various CBT protocols to help identify and treat the behaviors that are getting in the way of you living the full and meaningful life you deserve.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychological treatment that has been around for decades and is effective at treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, and other struggles. Think of CBT like a “big umbrella” under which there are many different approaches to help people improve their overall functioning and quality of life. Know more about CBT.
Traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; pronounced “act”)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
Dialectical behavior Therapy (DBT) and Radically Open-DBT
The CBT Center of Central NJ does not directly accept most insurance plans. We are considered an out-of-network provider. If you have a PPO plan, they typically reimburse around 70-80% for out-of-network providers. If you’re are interested in using your PPO insurance, we suggest you call them and ask about their policy on out-of-network behavioral health care. You will want to ask these questions:
If you come to us for treatment, you will be required to pay for your session in full at the time of service and we will provide you with a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. This is often called a “superbill”.
We accept cash, check, or credit card. We require a credit card on file, which we keep securely in your health portal. Some clients use health savings plans (HSA/FSA) to pay for therapy services.
We are expert clinicians with deep expertise in science-based interventions. We will design a treatment approach that is specific to your needs and one that is based on the best available research. To do that, we invest in your treatment, too.
Initial evaluation session
Individual sessions (53-minute)
Dr. Michelle Drapkin, Owner/Director
Dr. Christina Contrastano, Lead Psychologist
Jamie Schwartz, MSW LCSW, Certified CBT Clinician
Lisa Smith, MSW LCSW, Certified CBT Clinician
We have years of training and we never stop learning. We are here because we’re passionate about helping people, as cliché as that sounds, and have devoted our careers to doing so. We work hard to practice what we preach and take good care of ourselves to bring our best selves to work to help others.
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