Colleen Gallagher, Social Worker (Pre-Licensed) in New Jersey

Colleen Gallagher, LMSW/LSW/MBSR

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An Integrative Psychotherapist, Colleen is expert in Mindfulness, Compassion-Focused, Cognitive/Behavioral/Somatic, MBCT/DBT, Anxiety & Stress Reduction-helping those in work (healthcare, education, business, arts) & life (relationships, habits, self-regard)

About My Clients

Our patterns tell us a lot. Whether you're a professional, a parent, sibling or spouse, you can often see what's working, or perhaps what’s getting in your way. You might be feeling stressed, anxious, uncertain, overwhelmed, sad or angry – all normal. You want to feel more ease, confidence, calm, comfortable in your own skin. Using an integrated approach, I help you shift towards real change …for your sense of self, relationships, career, school, dating, family, quality of life, even joy.

My Background and Approach

My approaches are varied and you can always expect my full presence. Some people find they are interested in incorporating/learning mindfulness and meditation as part of their therapeutic treatment. Others find the practical day-to-day strategies helpful. While others find the humanistic and psychodynamic exploration of deeper ways of knowing the self -very rich and transformative. You'll find my approaches (Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Compassion Focused, MBCT-Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral therapy, ACT-Acceptance and Commitment, DBT- Dialectical Behavioral therapy and trauma-informed Mind-Body medicine) – to be an excellent fit in working with your anxiety, stress/overwhelm, life transitions, mood shifts, career, family/relationship dynamics, compulsivity/habits, sense of self and place in the world…

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I'm culturally competent, trauma informed, evidence-based and committed to Social and Eco justice. Allied with many groups including these examples: Aging, Youth, Parents, Neurodivergent, LGBTQ, Artists, Recovery, Women.
I have found that providing a space of trustworthiness and safety is where real change can happen. People find me warm, accessible, & down-to-earth and we use the practical as well as deep. I believe each person has the innate ability for wholeness and the potential to know/live their highest self. Through a relational, interdependent, and mind-body approach one can shift towards real change to help restore relationships and the nervous system, balance mood, heal loss & build positive self-regard. I have years of experience training others in mindfulness, stress-anxiety reduction, meditation and somatic (body) practices. I'm a former teacher and Broadway actor, a mother of three young adults, an artist, and long-time meditator. I feel privileged to connect with others and accompany them on the journey – living life in all its fullness with hope, humor, and resilience.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cft
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Complementary Or Alternative Medicine
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Autism
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Military Families
  • Single Parents
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Women

Faith Based Specialties

  • Buddhism

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $250.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Health Savings Account (HSA), Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Out-Of-Network Benefits
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
2
License(s)
License #
state
Social Worker (Pre-Licensed)
New York
Professional Certification(s)
Organization
Date
MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, qualified teacher
UMASS Medical School, and Brown University, CFM, (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
2018
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Ramapo College of New Jersey
MSW
2020