PAULA METZGER, MSW, LCSW
brings 20 years of pastoral counseling and clinical experience to her practice with individuals, couples and families. Her clinical and pastoral background gives her the opportunity to provide a gentle calming presence and compassionate understanding to her work with children, teens and adults who struggle with managing life's challenges related to behavioral issues, anxiety and depression.
She also assists children and parents in dealing with grief and loss and adjusting to life transitions due to separation and divorce. She is a dedicated professional who uses cognitive behavioral techniques to enhance personal growth and bring about individual change. She focuses on relationship building, conflict and anger management, and effective problem solving through the development of positive coping skills.
Paula specializes in Individual, Family and Couples Therapy
is a non sectarian therapist who has been working in the areas of helping others for over 25 years. She offers a strong empathic, understanding, reality oriented approach to her services. She is certified as a school social worker, graduate student state certified supervisor, family court mediator and pyschotherapist. She has worked with women and couples in conflict; with children from ages 3 years old as a consultant to a pre-school/nursery school and with children of all ages together with families, as needed. As a therapist, she has developed and provided schools with conflict resolution programs and has given workshops on raising and managing children in today's complex family situations. She had been the clinical director of a family centered community based agency for over 10 years, the supervisor on the matrimonial unit of Bergen County courts, and supervisor for families impacted by domestic violence. She has most recently developed an expertise in working with eating disorders. On a personal level, she has raised two wonderful children, has gone back to childhood interests of playing piano and is an avid swimmer and follower of yoga.
Her approach is gentle but direct. She is focused, involved and committed to helping individuals and families heal from childhood and adult hurts and struggles. Her goal is always to make life and relationships feel better and for all individuals to be "the best that they can."