Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Upper Montclair, NJ
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Valerie Michalowski, LCSW, MT-BC
622-624 Valley Rd   
Suite 6D   
Upper MontclairNJ 07043
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Practice Information
I work with each Client to help them set and achieve their own individualized goals. I find that the majority of the time, it is our own self-destructive thoughts and behaviors that hold us back from living life to its full potential. By changing our counterproductive thought patterns we can eventually become our best resource to live a fulfilling and beneficial life.

As a Music Therapist, I believe that music can be an enjoyable, positive, at times nonverbal, approach to psychotherapy, offering a creative outlet in the exploration of emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive issues.

The creative process tends to come naturally to individuals of all ages and often aids in processing and expressing anger, sadness, grief, anxiety or difficult experiences. Music Therapy is highly beneficial when exploring anxiety, family issues, anger, socialization and self esteem, and development disabilities, especially those on the Autism Spectrum.
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)
 Asperger's Syndrome
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Children's Counseling
 Chronic Illness
 Eating Disorders
 Grief and Loss
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Teletherapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self-Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Work and Career Issues
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
License Info
Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Board Certified Music Therapist
Valerie Michalowski is in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She currently works full time as a Mental Health Clinician for a School Based Youth Services Program, treating high schools students in individual, group, and family settings.

She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a Masters degree in Social Work. During her time in South Carolina she worked part time as a Music Therapist on the Inpatient Psychiatric Units (children through geriatric) at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital. Prior to that, she attended SUNY New Paltz, graduating in 2005 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Music Therapy and Piano Performance, and a minor in Psychology.
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, insurance
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