You are unique in your problems and needs. At the same time, you’re resilient, and your struggles provide an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser. The decision to seek counseling and choose a therapist is a tremendous step forward and may seem overwhelming.
Verna primarily works with children and adolescents, she helps families find connection, strength, and balance through play, talk, art, and family focused therapy, and often focuses on school related issues: anxiety, bullying, school refusal, social skills, peer issues, special education, etc. I also work with all ages with issues like coping skills, divorce, anxiety, family conflict, bereavement, peer and relationship issues, self-esteem, depression and suicidal ideation, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy, among other modalities.
I believe the key to effective therapy doesn’t lie in any particular method, but rather in the authenticity of the relationship between counselor and client. It’s important that you connect with a therapist who makes you feel comfortable, supported, and respected. I am passionate about helping my clients achieve personal growth and improvement; to move from a place of emotional pain or discomfort towards one of well-being and peace. My warmth and openness facilitate a safe and collaborative environment in which we are able to explore and identify current issues that interfere with your goals and healthy living, begin to gain understanding, and build skills to move forward in your relationships and life. Our collaboration can bring insight, healing, growth, positive change, and a greater potential for happiness. It’s a journey to well-being that can begin right now. I look forward to knowing you and helping you write the next chapter of your story!
Verna Hegstrom is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She began her career as an elementary special education teacher, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling at The College of New Jersey. Much of her post-graduate coursework focused on bereavement, family systems, and issues related to children and adolescents. Verna has extensive experience working with children and adolescents; she was a school counselor for 20 years, the past 14 in a middle school setting. Verna volunteered as a facilitator with the Hunterdon Hospice Youth Art Therapy Bereavement Program for two years and has prior private practice experience.
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the
impetus for our growth. –Fred Rogers
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never
forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that
beauty. –Maya Angelou
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. –Mahatma Ghandi