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Updated on Feb 23, 2024

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Elise Robinson, LCSW, LICSW

New Jersey, LCSW #44SC06144200; Massachusetts, LICSW #126903

Seeing clients since 2018
About Elise | She/her

Elise is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over a decade of experience in the human service and mental health fields. With a background spanning clinical, community-level, and hospital settings, Elise values holistic approaches to mental health care and is the founder of Mindful Care Therapy and Consultation. She works primarily with adults navigating anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, sex therapy and sexuality exploration, and identity development. Elise loves to meet her clients as a fellow human through relatable, relational approaches. When she's not working, Elise can be found reading 1 (or 3) books, spending time on her farm, and connecting with friends and family.

Message to clients

Do you wish life would slow down so you can take a breath? Stuff has been piling up and now your relationships are strained, your social life isn't what you want, and you don’t even really know who you are. However things got to this point, you know you want life to be different and can't wait anymore. Life isn't supposed to be this hard, yet it has been. I'm listening and can help make sense of the messy, confusing parts of life. Many of my clients are hesitant to start therapy or have had trouble connecting with other therapists. I get it! Let's be real, vulnerability is scary as hell. People come to me looking to connect with a fellow human whose been there because effective therapy is a place where you feel wholly seen & genuinely valued. I hold such gratitude to offer a space that feels safe & open to allow those I work with to freely explore themselves. I deeply value the relationship between a person & their therapist and prioritize nurturing this connection to make our work together the most meaningful for you. I joke with my clients: at the end of the day, I’m here to work myself out of a job. Together, we'll collaborate in achieving what you envision for your life and create lasting change by cultivating healthy habits, gaining tools to navigate life's changes, identifying unhelpful patterns, & discovering or reconnecting with your truest self.

Education

Masters of Social Work | Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, 2020

Race and ethnicity

Biracial

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture, White culture, Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Indigenous spiritualities, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Sex therapy, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Autism spectrum, Bicultural experience, Burnout, Dating, Polyamorous/non-monogamous couples counseling, Existential questioning, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Neurodivergence, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Stress

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Empowering, Conversational, Intellectual

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$185

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

She is very compassionate about the work she does. She is extremely skillful and knowledgeable about the various areas of clients' needs and continues to take the time to learn more.

—Molly Stremba, LCSW
Peer review

Elise is committed to providing a safe, ethical, and clinically relevant therapeutic environment for her clients. She is insightful, patient, and humanizes mental health. Elise's warmth and compassion are an integral part of who she is as a person, and a clinician.

—Nicole Newberry, LGPC
Peer review

Elise possesses a remarkable capacity for empathy, which allows her to establish a strong therapeutic rapport with clients from diverse backgrounds. Her genuine compassion and nonjudgmental approach create a safe and trusting environment where clients feel empowered to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences openly and authentically.

—Nicole Gordon, LPC
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Elise Robinson

$185

2018

Anxiety, Sex therapy, Self esteem/self worth

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What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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Through peer reviews, license verification, online reviews, and requiring acknowledgement of trauma-informed care, we do our best to make sure that your best therapist provides high quality care (and that's regardless of your race, sexual orientation, or background).

But your friend’s best therapist might not be your best therapist. That's why personality fit between you and your therapist is crucial. It’s not something that we can verify for you, so we encourage you to schedule free consultations with multiple therapists to get a sense of your chemistry together.

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