Below are descriptions of many of the services we provide, and some of the specific conditions we address. Please feel free to contact us via phone or e-mail to discuss your specific needs, concerns and questions.

Our services are provided to address a wide variety of symptoms or conditions for children, adolescents and adults. Individual, family, group or coupleʼs counseling are offered in addition to educational workshops, assessment, advocacy, peak performance training, recovery services, school and business consultation, case management, life coaching and more. Areas of “special interest” include:

Self-Injurious Behavior • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anxiety • Depression • Peak Performance

Recovery / Co-Dependency / Families with Addiction

Parenting Skills • Anti-Bullying Intervention

Adolescent Girls / Women Specific Issues

Psychotherapy and Counseling (Please scroll down for additional services)

Individual, family, couple, and group psychotherapy and counseling is available for children, adolescents, and adults. Sessions lengths are 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

The type of therapy offered is a supportive, insight oriented, cognitive-behavioral talk therapy that aims to increase self-awareness, reduce symptoms, and improve overall life functioning. Other goals of therapy are to improve coping skills, communication, decision making, interpersonal relations, and performance. When appropriate, the gentle and supportive exploration of past, unresolved or traumatic incidents or issues helps to unblock emotional obstacles that prevent an individual from being their best, their happiest or healthiest, or causes specific symptoms. A “holistic” approach that often incorporates other forms of treatment, such as stress management and relaxation techniques, is utilized. Each therapeutic situation is personally developed to meet the unique needs of the individual client. Art, play, and other creative therapeutic approaches are used in the treatment of children and adolescents. A “family systems” approach, which assesses and involves parents and family members when clinically appropriate, is employed in the treatment of young clients.

Referrals to other disciplines, such as psychiatrists, nutritionists, or educational psychologists for testing, are provided when necessary. Collaboration with other treating professionals such as physicians or school personal is always encouraged to best serve the client.


Life coaching for specific populations or circumstances is available. Coaching may be provided in either an individual or group format, and may be done “in person”, over the telephone or via the internet. Such remote access to coaching enables clients to use a coach in just about any geographic location. Jill A. Pantaleo, LCSW and Associates offers life coaching for the following areas:

Parenting Skills Coaching

Coaching for Cancer Survivorship and Wellness (and other physical conditions)

Peak Performance Coaching

Womenʼs Positive Lifestyle Coaching

Stress Management Coaching

Although coaching and psychotherapy share many common features, they also differ in significant ways. First, while therapy focuses on symptoms or conditions (such as depression or anxiety) and the cause and reduction of these symptoms, coaching focuses instead on specific life goals and effectuating changes in specific life situations. Therapy often delves into an individualʼs past, examining painful, unresolved issues that may be at the root of oneʼs problems. Coaching on the other hand is entirely present and future focused and does not address deep seated personal issues that effect oneʼs overall life; rather, coaching concerns itself with a particular area of personal evolution or change (for example, parenting coaching or coaching for the newly divorced). Additionally, while therapy is entirely client or patient oriented, coaching utilizes a more collaborative, strategic, and result oriented format in which the coach functions more as “mentor.” Therapy is considered to be “process focused” while coaching is considered entirely “action and goal focused.” Another important distinction between therapy and coaching is the handling of boundaries. Very specific and clearly defined and held boundaries are a necessary part of a therapeutic relationship- for example, therapists do not socialize with clients whereas coaches may attend a business networking event with a client to aid that client in achieving a specific predetermined goal. Lastly, therapeutic sessions are usually conducted within a short time frame and at regular frequencies (for example, 45 minutes once per week) while coaching sessions may last longer and be conducted at much longer intervals to allow the client to work on predetermined goals or projects.

Eye Movement Desinsitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy or treatment utilized to resolve the uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms resulting from trauma and/or disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It is a non-invasive and structured therapy that uses an 8-stage approach to address the past, present, and future effects of disturbing traumatic memories or experiences. EMDR was originally pioneered to address the traumatic symptoms of combat veterans, but is now commonly used to aid in the resolution of any form of trauma (for example, sexual assault, car accidents, childhood abuse, etc.). According the the EMDR Institute of Palo Alto, California, the Department of Veteranʼs Affairs and Department of Defense have determined EMDR to be placed in the “A” category list of “strongly recommended” treatments for trauma.

During EMDR the client, with the support and guidance of the therapist, focuses on the disturbing or traumatic memory in segments of about 15–30 seconds, while simultaneously focusing on therapist-directed eye movements, bilateral auditory tones or tactile stimuli. Following each set of such dual attention, the client is asked about feelings or reactions elicited during the procedure. This technique of alternating dual attention and processing of responses is repeated many times during the session. The theory is that EMDR works directly with memory networks in the brain and enhances information processing related to the traumatic event. It is thought that the distressing memory is transformed and trauma resolved when new associations and interpretations are forged with more positive and realistic information.

Additionally, EMDR has been used for peak performance and creativity enhancement with athletes, stage performers, artists and writers, business executives and students. It has also be used to treat anxiety disorders, phobias and eating disorders. Jill Pantaleo, LCSW, has received Level II training in EMDR from The EMDR Institute of Palo Alto, California, and has conducted EMDR safely and successfully on dozens of individuals. EMDR cannot be used on those with histories of seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury or certain vision related disorders.

Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a term used to describe a specific type of intervention or treatment in which a deep state of relaxation (or altered consciousness) is used to assist an individual in reducing symptoms or achieving a greater sense of health or comfort in their life. This state of deep relaxation or altered consciousness is akin to the level of relaxation or awareness that one experiences just prior to falling asleep or during deep meditation. During hypnosis, the individual is awake but experiences a gentle shifting back and forth between the conscious and subconscious mind- a natural process that occurs for all people throughout the day (an example of this is the common phenomena of daydreaming). In therapeutic hypnosis, this state is briefly prolonged during the session to allow therapist and client to work within its bounds because, in this state, the psyche tends to loosen its defense mechanisms and be more open and receptive to exploration and suggestion. It is imperative to realize that clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not “magic,” nor is it to be compared to or confused with the the type of theatrical hypnosis often used to entertain or embarrass an individual. Clinical hypnosis should only be provided by a qualified professional who has received special training in the theory, application and various techniques intrinsic to this treatment. At Jill A. Pantaleo, LCSW and Associates, a gentle and supportive form of hypnotherapy is offered to address a variety of conditions or symptoms, including anxiety disorders, phobias, PTSD, addiction recovery, sleep problems, eating/weight issues, chronic pain, stress management, and peak performance training.

Jill Pantaleo, LCSW and Suzanne Badawi, LCSW have both received advanced training in hypnosis and are highly experienced in the application of the this treatment in the above referenced conditions. Both Ms. Pantaleo and Ms. Badawi are available to answer any questions you may have about hypnosis and your individual needs.


Reiki is a holistic Japanese approach to health and wellness that is simple, non-invasive and exceptionally gentle in nature. Itʼs purpose is to reduce stress and increase health and well being through relaxation and the opening of blocked “energy” within the body. In Reiki tradition, blocked “life force energy” is believed to result in low energy, poor mood, increased stress on the body and mind, and an overall lack of well being. Reiki specifically refers to a technique commonly known as “the laying on (or above) of hands” in which a trained practitioner places their hands above the clientʼs body to unblock or shift energy which may be attributing to symptoms or discomfort. The process is a relaxing, almost meditative experience, with an emphasis on feeling healthy, happy and energized. While there is no empirical scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of Reiki in treating specific medical or psychological conditions, many individuals report an increased feeling of health, well being and peacefulness from the experience. Jill Pantaleo, LCSW, is a Level II Reiki practitioner and is available to answer any questions you may have about the process.

Treatment for Self-Injury

Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is a highly complex, serious, and often misunderstood phenomena. It is imperative that individuals seeking help for self-injury receive professional treatment from a mental health clinician experienced and knowledgable in the theory and treatments specific to this condition. The type of psychotherapy provided by Jill Pantaleo, LCSW and her colleagues for SIB is an eclectic union of intensive treatment which draws on various aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, EMDR and other forms of relaxation, self-regulation and insight oriented interventions. The goal of this multi-faceted approach is to help the self-injuring individual develop the necessary skills and insights to aid them in not only ceasing the self-injuring behaviors but also to establish a greater level of self awareness, emotional regulation, tolerance and expression. When necessary, the resolution of unresolved trauma is addressed. The underlying causes of the self-injury are explored once appropriate and effective coping mechanisms are established. Such exploration and self-awareness empower the self-injuring individual to master and regulate their self-destructive drives and to constructively manage their emotions. Supports and collaborative treatments are utilized when clinically appropriate.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition in which an individual has experienced, witnessed or otherwise been exposed to and impacted by a traumatic, threatening, or frightening experience. The result of this exposure is a series of symptoms often including anxiety, recurring upsetting and intrusive thoughts about the event, avoidance of situations and activities that resemble the event, distressing dreams, panic attacks, “hypervigilance” (an exaggerated startle response or a sense of being constantly fearful of the event recurring), etc. The original traumatic event may be anything ranging from a car accident to a sexual assault, or from being a war veteran to having a history of childhood abuse. The main characteristic of PTSD is that the upsetting event of the past continues to interfere or have unpleasant effects upon oneʼs present life. Treatment for PTSD involves a blending of various therapeutic techniques, all provided within the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and stress management, hypnosis, and EMDR (see above). Since PTSD often elicits distressing physiological symptoms combined with intense fear and avoidance, a holistic “mind/body” approach is used to empower the individual to cope more constructively and, ultimately, to release themselves from the devastating impact of the trauma.

Peak Performance Training

Peak Performance Training is provided by Jill Pantaleo, LCSW, to enhance creative, athletic, or other personally challenging and goal directed activites. This type of training is often used to assist athletes, musicians, dancers, actors, corporate executives, or students in their efforts to “be the best they can be”. Peak performance training has two goals: first, to unblock psychological and emotional obstacles which interfere with oneʼs ability to optimize their talents and capabilities and, second, to enhance these natural abilities and unleash new mental perspectives which empower an individual to focus, perform and achieve greater results. This is accomplished by fusing a variety of therapeutic strategies effective in improving focus, providing increased relaxation, heightening the mind-body connection, and developing greater self-awareness and selfesteem, all while reducing stress and anxiety. These strategies draw on and combine theories of sports psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy (particularly “cognitive rehearsal”), hypnosis, EMDR, stress management, meditation, guided imagery and creative visualization. Peak performance training can also be used to address the common phenomena of “stage fright” or other anxiety related, performance driven conditions (i.e.- test anxiety, public speaking, etc.).

Recovery Support / Co-dependency / Families with Addiction

Counseling and therapy is available to assist and support individuals who are maintaining their recovery from addiction, families impacted by addiction, and those who wish to heal the damaging and painful effects of co-dependency in their lives and relationships. Individual, family, and group treatment is provided in a constructive, supportive, action-oriented environment to empower individuals and families in fostering satisfying and productive lives and relationships, all while maintaining a healthy recovery. Group sessions are supportive and psycho-educational in nature, focusing on addiction education, family dynamics, boundary setting, and, most importantly, creating a safe, confidential, and positive environment in which the participants may connect with others with similar backgrounds and recognize that they are not alone. Please note that acute substance abuse or chemical dependency treatment or rehabilitation is not provided and appropriate referrals to outside resources will be made to address acute abuse or relapse.

Anti-Bullying and Victim Empowerment

A host of services are available for children, parents, families and schools impacted by “bullying” in a variety of contexts. For the child identified as “the bullyer,” counseling and therapy is available to help uncover the roots of this self-sabotaging behavior and foster more constructive age appropriate behaviors and relations. For children victimized by harassment and intimidation by another child, supportive and pro-active counseling is available to the child and parent focusing on self-advocacy, self-esteem, boundary setting and other empowering behaviors. Consultation and related services for schools are also available. Suzanne Orlando, LCSW, has received advanced training in anti-bullying intervention and recent legislation, and is available to answer any questions you may have.

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