Kristina Cofone, LCSW
Owner & Psychotherapist
Kristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Providence College in Rhode Island. Thereafter she continued her education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work. Upon graduating from the program, she obtained her Masters in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in violence against women and children. Kristina also completed a 2 year psychodynamic training at The Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia a division of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and DBT training facilitated by Behavioral Tech.
Throughout her career and training, she has supported a variety of clients who have struggled with numerous obstacles. While operating as a therapist in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs both in general mental health as well as within the eating disorders field, she has helped her clients to learn the coping skills and tools they needed to overcome anxiety, depression, eating disorders, life transitions & much more. These professional experiences have allowed her to grow clinically and expand her knowledge base, learning cutting edge therapeutic intervention which best serve her client’s needs.
Kristina strives to provide a welcoming, supportive and safe environment where you can feel understood and accepted. Kristina works from a non judgmental perspective which allows you to be vulnerable in exploring challenges you face.
Kristina believes every person has a unique story to tell and would like to support them along their journey. She provides structured, goal-oriented sessions which allow you to build the foundation you need to achieve success. She works with clients in a collaborative setting, tailoring and modifying my approach to meet the particular needs of each individual. It is her hope that you leave therapy feeling empowered and have made the necessary changes in order to live your best life.
Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders and Life Transitions
Anxiety can be a debilitating emotion. Symptoms of anxiety may include excessive worry, irrational fears, panic, paranoia, disruptive sleep patterns, insecurities, increased heart rate and difficulty breathing.
Depression can be a lifelong battle for some. For others it can be the result of a significant event they experienced. Regardless, the road to recovery begins with therapy. Depression can leave one feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, unmotivated, restless or irritable.
Eating disorders are often difficult to understand for both individuals and their families, and are broken down into several categories. It is not necessarily about the diagnosis, but rather the symptoms of this disease that cause the individual distress.
In order to tackle stress, you must first understand the source or trigger of your stress. You must take a close look at your personal life to explore major contributors. You will learn how to deal with stressful situations by avoiding, altering, adapting or accepting the stressor.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy technique that incorporates bilateral stimulation to help people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experience
Perinatal Mental Health
Making the transition to motherhood can be overwhelming. Perinatal mental health encompasses the time during pregnancy as well as months following birth. During this time, you may experience a wide range of emotions. Many parents struggle with mental health challenges and find it to be beneficial to seek help to better cope with the emotions they are experiencing, hormonal changes and the transition to parenthood. We will work to explore any challenges you experience and provide support.
Transitional periods of life can be difficult as when we face change we are often greeted with new challenges. This may increase feelings of anxiety, self-doubt or fear. Some transitions although they may be exciting can also be overwhelming.