Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
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Raisa Shams, LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
Portrait Health Centers
1041 Highway 36   
Suite 206   
Atlantic HighlandsNJ 07716
Practice Information
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
 Licensed Mental Health Counselor (State)
Specialties: ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Addiction, Adoption, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Grief, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, LGBTQ Issues and Identity, Narcissistic Personality, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Video Game Addiction, Women’s Issues

I earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Rutgers University, as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University. I have worked with clients of all ages and multicultural backgrounds with varying degrees of mental health diagnoses. I have previously counseled adults in a partial care program who have been diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I have also interned at an outpatient setting counseling children, adolescents, and young adults with behavioral issues, trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Being empathic and genuine with my clients is the best way to create a safe space and non-judgmental environment for them to open up and begin the therapeutic process, which will eventually lead to achieving their goals. I believe that each client has different needs and therefore like to utilize various therapeutic techniques in order to provide the best level of care. Some of the therapeutic approaches I like to draw from are cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness.

I am a huge proponent of self-care. I do this by watching thought-provoking films and TV shows, playing piano, singing, and spending time with friends and family.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)
 Asperger's Syndrome
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Bicultural Difficulties
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Children's Counseling
 Chronic Illness
 Domestic Violence
 Eating Disorders
 Educational Therapy
 Family Conflict
 Gay or Lesbian Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Gifted / Talented Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Group Therapy
 Herpes and STD Counseling
 Learning Disabilities
 Life and Wellness Coaching
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Men's Issues
 Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Teletherapy
 Pet Therapy
 Play Therapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Premarital Counseling
 Problem Gambling
 Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Relationship Issues
 Religious Counseling
 Self-Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Sexual Dysfunction
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 Work and Career Issues
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