Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center

We are proud to be a STIGMA-FREE college campus.

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Our Team will help you adjust to college and achieve your academic goals. We embrace diversity  and acknowledge that you are all unique and special. Our role is to advocate, support, and help you achieve your individualized dreams. This is a healing space to help you manage in today’s world and provide you a Safe Place to share without judgment.  All services are confidential, and we will not communicate with anyone without your written consent. This department functions under the rules of HIPAA.

Check-in on your wellness

Access Mental Health Counseling. Complete the General Care and Concern Form. It is Confidential.

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For any questions, please contact us at Mental Health Counseling

Safe Space

Crisis Hotlines

Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1.800.273. TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741-741 NJ

Crisis Screening Center - Hudson County Hotline: 866-367-6023

Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735

The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQI Youth) 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), PRESS 1

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline - 1-866-331-9474

National Eating Disorder Association Hotline - 1-800-931-2237

National Poison Control - 1.800.222.1222

2nd Floor Youth Helpline - 1-888-222-2228 text or call - ages 10-24 years old

The Press Pause Project

Trauma can increase stress and anxiety levels, but research shows that pausing, taking a breath or a beat, and finding ways to create calm can help us cope with stressful situations.

The Press Pause project, launched in partnership with MTV and through Half of Us, uses breathing, movement, gratitude, and other tools to help you to decompress and regroup.


Meet the Team

Our role is to advocate, support, and help you achieve your individualized Dreams. We will provide a Safe Place for all.
Doreen Pontius

Doreen Pontius, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness

(201) 360-5451

Doreen Marie Pontius is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience and a graduate of New York University's Master of Social Work program. She has her Masters in Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickenson University. She is currently a Doctoral candidate from or New Jersey City University in Community College Leadership.

Specialty areas include childhood trauma, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder.

She has her certificate in Seminar Field Instruction and Certificates in Supervision from Rutgers University. She has supervised/taught graduate-level interns from New York University and Rutgers University for seven years.

She believes that each person can achieve their goals with knowledge and understanding of who they are and remember to believe in themselves. She has spent her career advocating for people to achieve goals. She works with students from a strength perspective.

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Winnie-the Pooh, by A.A. Milne.

Video Message from Doreen Pontius

Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson, L.C.S.W.

Mental Health Counselor
Deliana Acosta

Deliana Acosta, M.S.W., L.S.W.

Social Worker

(201) 360-4611

Deliana Acosta is a Bilingual Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and has her Masters's in Social work from Rutgers University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with different mental health issues. Her approach in mental health has been to establish a working relationship through a strength perspective. She has always encouraged people to be the best they can be, understanding that everyone moves at their own pace. She loves to incorporate mindfulness into her practice with clients, as being present is essential in the therapeutic process. She is passionate about spreading awareness regarding Mental Health and breaking the mental health stigma within the minority community. She advocates ending the stigma by educating individuals not to associate shame with speaking to a licensed professional.

Deliana Acosta es una Trabajadora Social con Licencia en Nueva Jersey. Ella está disponible para brindar consejería de salud mental virutal y en persona en Español.

Services Provided

Once you are a student and registered, you are entitled to our free services.

Individual counseling is performed by a licensed mental health provider or a supervised Graduate level clinician. You can have 6-12 short-term sessions either in person or virtually through a confidential video conference platform. During this time, your provider will use different therapeutic modalities to help you accomplish your individual goals.

If you are in psychological crisis please call 911 or go to the local emergency room.

Help 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Suicide Prevention Line: 1.800.273.8255 Crisis Text line – Text HELLO to 741-741

The following is a Mental Health tool. It is not intended for diagnosis and/or treatment. It is for educational purposes ONLY.

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In addition to our clinical services, we will also be initiating an ongoing HEALTH AND WELLNESS program throughout the year. Please periodically check the HEALTH AND WELLNESS section of this website for upcoming activities such as: Wellness Fairs, and other providers’ highlights.

The following are examples of support groups and workshops the college provides to both students and staff:

  • Support Circle – This is a special series supporting those working remotely while educating their children during the pandemic.
  • EOF Support Group – A group dedicated to helping EOF students develop healthy coping times, time management, and academics.
  • Psycho-Educational Workshops – Obtain information on mental health challenges, physical health, and well being.
  • Mental Health First Aid – a free certificate program offered monthly.

March 12, 2021
Social Work Panel
Password: mW7k5XpH

November 30, 2020
Domestic Violence Zoom Conference

November 10, 2020
Suicide Prevention CPR Event

You will work with the Mental health Counselor on a plan to address your needs and we will provide referrals either within the college or the community. We have connections with medical providers.

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Current HCCC students and graduate level students are eligible to apply for internship opportunities at the Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center.

  • Current HCCC Student / Human Services Major
    • HCCC, with approval from the program, can participate in the TalkCampus volunteer training program, which will require them to participate in various training events online, review material, and take quizzes. You will learn how to be an active listener, be supportive in a non-judgemental way. You will know how to chat via social media. Once approved, you will start to post on the TalkCampus website, a live interactive community that globally supports college students.
  • Social Work Majors (Graduate Level)
    • Social work interns from accredited programs with a contract with HCCC can complete a full-time internship; a licensed clinical social worker will supervise them. During their placement in MHWC, they will have the opportunity to provide individual short-term Counseling, co-facilitate support groups, learn how to document, and use an electronic medical records system. The chance to develop Mental Health events such as suicide prevention, mental health awareness, domestic violence, dating abuse, etc. There will be an opportunity to participate in the TalkCampus Volunteer training program, if interested.

Stigma - Free

We are proud that Hudson County Community College is a STIGMA FREE Campus.
Take the Stigma Free Pledge
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Change the way the world sees mental health:

  1. Educate yourself and others.
  2. See the person, not the condition.
  3. Take action.


TalkCampus 24/7 live peer to peer support - Free to HCCC students!
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Talk about anything you want judgement free with a peer volunteer. It’s safe and anonymous. Volunteers are located all over the world and speak every language.
TalkCampus will virtually train a small number of HCCC students on how to support someone through active listening and conveying empathy.


NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Together We Rise

Safe Space Resources


How are you, really?

For many youth in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community, the answer is 'I'm not ok.'

  • Disappointing perspectives on current events from friends or family.
  • Overexposure to hostility in the news and social media.
  • Generational trauma.
  • Disproportionate COVID-19 impact.
  • Civil unreset.
  • Tough conversations about race.

These, and other stressors, can impact mood, sleep cycles, energy and productivity.

For youth exhibiting signs of behavioral health challenges, call the Children's System of Care at 1-877-652-7624; or introduce them to 2nd Floor, an anonymous youth helpline with trained staff and volunteers at 1-888-222-2228.

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Tea and Consent (British VO Version)

Denzel Washington's Life Advice Will Leave You Speechless

Denzel Washington's Life Advice Will Leave You Speechless

Here's To Strong Women

Here's To Strong Women [Inspirational Video]

Mental Health Resource for the HCCC Community: Meditation Apps

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Uzo Aduba never liked her name.

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Suicide Prevention Hotline

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text line: text Hello 741-741

Procter & Gamble: The Look

Procter & Gamble: The Look

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Turning Down the Negative Noise

Veteran Crisis Line

Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), PRESS 1

Why Care?

Why Care?

Why Care?

Know the Five Signs

We are committed to Knowing the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering. Take the pledge with us at

Know the Five Signs


Fall Wellness Tips


Resources and Hotlines

AA – Northern New Jersey AA

Southern New Jersey

NA – Northern New Jersey NA

NJ Statewide NA

Cocaine Anonymous NJ

Treatment Locator

NIAA College Drinking Prevention

USDE Higher Education Center

Partners in Prevention - Department of Health and Human Services Resources

Basic AOD

Anonymous Screening


Black Lives Matter.
Black Mental Health Matters, Too.

National Association of 100 Black Women (Bergen/Passaic Chapter) 100 Black Men New Jersey


Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

Toolkits for Black Community & White Allies

BEAM – Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective
More Helpful Toolkits, Resources, Education and Videos

Article on Black Mental Health Matters.
Lists of Black and Inclusive Therapists and Supportive Services for Black Adults and Kids.

American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry

Latina/Latino/Latino Hispanic Directory

  • Get the Facts – stay informed!
  • Limit our exposure to the news: if you find yourself watching a lot, take time out
  • Be mindful of how we look at others, example someone sneezes or coughs; it is okay
  • Stay Healthy, adopt good eating habits, sleeping, and exercise (see links below for FREE indoor stuff)
  • Washing hands, limit touching your face
  • Keep a routine, talk with people, text friends, share your feelings
  • If you are sick, stay home, call your doctor
  • Remember, it is okay to ask for Help!!!

List of locations to get tested for COVID-19:Covid Testing

Coping with Media – The News, Internet, etc
Normal reactions:

  • Worry, fear and maybe panic 
  • Feeling helpless
  • Wanting to stay home, withdrawal from others 
  • Short-tempered or feeling more emotional, decrease in sleeping and eating 
  • Hyper-vigilant to seeing someone sick 

Things to do:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by concerns about the Coronavirus Limit the amount of news you are watching and surfing. 
  • Filter and limit, do not just avoid the news, don’t feel you have to read everything
  • Monitor level of anxiety – you notice you are thinking about it, seeking information, take some break. Redirect your thoughts and find professional health.  
  • Do reality checks, remind yourself to think realistically, and look at factual websites.

Taking your control back by:

  • Talking with someone 
  • Redirect your thoughts 
  • Use Positive affirmations:
    • I am feeling healthy 
    • I eat healthily 
    • I feel calm  
  • Practice gratitude: (list things you are thankful for) 
  • Spend time with friends (don’t talk about the COV19)
  • Use some breathing techniques:

Meditation Oasis: Podcast (Free until the pandemic lasts)

NJ: Coping with grief in a time of Covid-19

CDC: Grief & Loss

WHO: Looking after our mental health

Active Minds: Mental Health Amid the Covid-19

Sanvello provides on-demand support for stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello Premium is currently being offered for free.
The CDC is offering tips for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19.

Headspace is a mindfulness app that is offering free support during COVID-19.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering coping strategies during COVID-19.

Watch a video on how to manage anxiety and uncertainty during the pandemic here.

NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
Vocational Rehabilitation services are designed to assist any individual with a physical, mental, cognitive, or other disability that significantly impedes employment. DVRS provides career counseling, supported employment, evaluations and restorations, financial assessment/planning, training, interpretation services, and small business funding.
The Hudson County field office is located at 438 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
Contact: 201-217-7180

The Arc of Hudson County
Supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community. Services include an employment program, after school program, adult evening care, and referrals.
Contact: 201-319-9229

Hudson Community Enterprises
The agency offers a range of education, training, and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities exiting school, adults with disabilities in its vocational rehabilitation programs, as well as community residents facing other barriers to employment. Located at: 68-70 Tuers Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
Contact: 201-434-3303;

The Windmill Alliance
Adult training program for developmentally disabled adults provides supervised apartments for individuals with multiple physical and developmental challenges. HIGHWAYS is an additional program providing crisis intervention, emergency food pantry, thrift shop, job training, counseling, and life coaching. Located at: 141 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ
Contact: (201) 858-4460;

St. Joseph's School for the Blind
St. Joseph's School for the Blind provides specialized services to individuals with visual impairments across New Jersey. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, the school is comprised of several programs, such as: Early Intervention, In District Support Services, School for the Blind, Adult Services and Concordia Learning Center. St. Joseph's is located in Jersey City.
Contact: 201-876-5432

NJ Division of Disability Services-Resource Directory
Comprehensive guide identifying programs and services for individuals with a disability, as well as for their families, caregivers and/or advocates.
For more information, visit:

We Are One New Jersey
Provides assistance to those living and working in Hudson County who are eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship, including Citizenship Preparation Classes. They also provide assistance to immigrants living in Hudson County who qualify to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Other services include green card renewals/replacements and public notary service. Located at: 830 Bergen Ave, Suite A401, Jersey City 07306
Contact: 201-209 2839

Center for Immigrant Representation
Low cost immigration legal services providing assistance with applications for citizenship, green cards, and other immigration benefits, as well as defense for deportation cases. Services are offered in English, Spanish and Chinese. Located at: 35 Journal Square, Suite 827, Jersey City Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Contact: 201-884-2290

Centro Comunitario CEUS: Legal Services for Immigrants
The Legal Services for Immigrants (LSI) program aims to provide affordable, quality legal representation for immigrants. CEUS legal staff takes the following cases: citizenship, family petitions, political asylum, work permits (NACARA, VAWA), domestic violence cases. In line with CEUS roots in the Central American community, the LSI program processes the work papers of more than 400 Salvadorans and Hondurans under the Temporary Protected Status each year. The program also organizes between six and eight community information meetings a year to inform immigrants of U.S. immigration laws and report on potential changes proposed or approved by Congress. Located at: 4214 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ 07087
Contact: (201) 617-2466;

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark: Bishop Francis Center for Legal Immigration Services
The Immigration Assistance program provides assistance to clients with immigration needs by providing low-cost, fee-for-service legal assistance in all phases of immigration and naturalization proceedings, representation in deportation or exclusion proceedings before the Immigration Court, and assistance in any matter involving immigration and citizenship. Located at: 976 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Contact: (973) 733-3516

American Friends Service Committee
Immigrant rights program providing legal services, advocacy, and representation for immigration cases.
Contact: 973-643-1924;

​Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
Provides legal representation to eligible low-income, disabled, and senior residents of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties.
Contact: 201-792-6363

The Waterfront Project
Assists Hudson County’s economically disadvantaged individuals and families – the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities – by providing information, advice, and pro bono legal representation. They are also a HUD-certified housing counseling center and have a program for seniors to provide education and free legal representation related to the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives.
Contact: 551-256-7578

Community Health Law Project
Legal and advocacy services to New Jersey residents with disabilities. They serve consumers of mental health services, people with physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities, and visual impairments. Attorneys and advocates represent clients in matters involving Social Security benefits, Welfare, food stamps, and other entitlements; housing habitability and landlord-tenant disputes; foreclosure defense; consumer protection and debt collection; child support and domestic violence; Medicaid, Medicare, and other health insurance issues.
Contact: 201-630-6201


Women Rising
Women Rising (women and children) - Domestic Violence Services Crisis Hotline (201) 333-5700 Ext: 511

Hudson S.P.E.A.K.S (Formerly known as Hudson County Rape Crisis Center) CAREPOINT Foundation
179 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Hotline: 201-795-5757
Phone: 201-795-8741
Education and Outreach phone: 201-795-8559
Fax: 201-418-7025
Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673) 24-hour online hotline:
Hudson Speaks Program – speaks against Sexual Violence

We assist survivors of sexual violence and assault ages 13 and above in Hudson County, our services are free and confidential 24/7 Helpline: 201-795-5757 Hudson S.P.E.A.K.S. Against Sexual Violence provides free and confidential services such as a 24-hour crisis hotline; 24-hour accompaniments to hospital…

Hudson County Rape Crisis Center and Violence Against Women
24/7 Hotline: 201.795.8375
Location: Christ Hospital, 169 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Jersey City Medical Center:
(201) 433-6161
Crisis hotline and in-person screening.
(201) 915-2210, mobile screening ; Jersey City Medical Center
(201) 795-5505; St Mary's Hospital Community Mental Health Center; crisis hotline and in-person screening.

Self Help

PerformCare NJ Children’s System of Care
1.877.652.7624 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Helping families across New Jersey with behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disability services and substance use treatment. PerformCare partners with the New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC) to coordinate the care of your child. Youth who are eligible for services through PerformCare are primarily between the ages of 5 and 21 (up to his or her 21st birthday), reside in the State of New Jersey and have an emotional or serious mental health or behavioral need. Special consideration for services is given to children under the age five. There is no charge for calling PerformCare. The services we recommend are authorized without regard to income, private health insurance, or eligibility for Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare or other health benefits programs.

Department of Children & Family Service
1.877.NJ Abuse
TTY 1.800.835.5510

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
Provides services and food vouchers to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to five years old free of charge to eligible local residents. Benefits and services include: nutrition education and counseling, funds for approved nutritious food, breastfeeding education and support, immunization screening and referrals, and referrals for health and social services. Based on a client's nutritional needs, foods may be authorized for purchase including: baby food, infant formula, milk, eggs, bread, cheese, juice, fruits, and vegetables.
Hudson County locations:
199 Summit Ave. Suite A2, Jersey City, NJ; (201) 547-6842
407 39th Street, Union City, NJ; (201) 866-4700;
Harrison: 862-229-1130 call for an appointment
Kearny: 862-229-1130 call for an appointment.

Good Counsel: Homes & Hope for Babies & Mothers
Shelter and supportive services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children. Provides necessities such as food and diapers; training in nutrition, budgeting, vocational, and parenting skills; and day care services. Referral program for post-abortive parents offering counseling and peer groups (877-586-4621).
Located in Hoboken.
Contact: (201) 795-0637

Hoboken Family Planning, INC
Three Clinics
124 Grand Street
Hoboken NJ 07030

Summit Center
1206 Summit Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087

Family Planning of West New York
5305 Hudson avenue
West New York NJ 07093
Service: Family Planning, contraceptive options, Reproductive Health, Cancer Screening both men and women, Fee are charged based on the ability to pay no one is refused service because they cannot pay. or call 201.963.0300

Partnership for Maternal & Child Health
Free pregnancy testing / confidential

North Hudson WIC Program
407 39th street Union City, NJ 07087
12:45 – 3:45pm

Metropolitan family Health Network
935 Garfield Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00am -12:00pm

Women, Infant, Children WIC
360 Martin Luther King Drive
Jersey City NJ 07305
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:00am – 12:00pm

Palisades Family Success
1408 New York ave
Union NJ 07087
By apt only call 201.758.8792
201.876.8900 ext. 222

The CDC is offering tips for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19.

Headspace is a mindfulness app that offers 7 days free and 40% off.

Active Minds offers mental health tools for college students. Click here for a resource on coping and mental health during COVID-19, click here for self-care suggestions, and click here for tips to stay healthy while working from home.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering coping strategies during COVID-19.

Watch a video on how to manage anxiety and uncertainty during the pandemic here.


Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages

Secret Garden Activity Sheet

Secret Garden

Why Grown-Ups Love Coloring Books too

Just Color

Community Food bank of New Jersey
List of food pantries by county.
Contacts: Various listed on site.

NJ SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy. Eligibility depends on several factors like income, household size, resources, etc. The application is available online.
Contact: 1-800-687-9512

Hudson County Food Pantries
List of Various Food Pantries in Hudson County

Alliance Community Healthcare
Federally qualified health center providing affordable healthcare, dental services, social services, and health education. Accept most insurances including Medicaid and Medicare, also offer sliding scale fee for those who do not have insurance. Two locations in Jersey City: 714 Bergen Ave and 115 Christopher Columbus Dr.
Contact: 201-451-6300

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Federally qualified health center providing internal medicine/primary care services, behavioral/mental health, women's health, pediatrics and dental services. An interdisciplinary team serving as a primary care medical home for all ages, accepting all insurances and individuals without insurance will be charged according to their ability to pay. Health Centers are located in West New York, Union City, North Bergen, Jersey City, Harrison, Englewood, Garfield, Hackensack, and Passaic; for locations and hours:
Appointments: 201-210-0200
Weekend Hours Call: 201-866-9320
Main Number: 201-915-2000
Intake Appointments: 201-915-2864
Go to the Community Drop Down box and go to Health and Human Services for the links

Beloved World Yoga
317 Central Ave
Jersey City NJ, 07302

Sacred Souls Yoga Studio
2983 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Contact: Komal Majmun
Promo Code- Special Promotion for HCCC Students ($35 off any regular priced package)
$65 for the First Month of Yoga OR $100 for 10 Class Package, Expires 3 months from date of purchase

Jivamukti Yoga Center Jersey City:
171 Newark Ave
Jersey City NJ, 07302
Contact: Bobby
Promo Code

TED- A Collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Mental Health

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

Tara Brach- Guided Meditations

Fragrant Heart: Heart Centered Meditation - Guided Meditation Audio

All About Depression: Online Relaxation Exercises

Healthline: The Best Mental Health Podcasts to Take You Through the Year

The Lily: 10 Podcasts About Mental Health

Jersey City Medical Center / RwJ Barnabas
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Psych Emergency room and Screening – to site (takes couple of hours)
(201) 915-2210
Outpatient treatment
Access Center
(201) 915-2272

Bayonne Community Mental Health Center
597 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002
(201) 339-9200
Individual and group counseling, 12-step meetings, social and recreational activities, educational and vocational services, life skills training, primary health care, perinatal health care, a program for family members, relapse prevention services, and continuing care services such as child care, transportation and parenting skills development. (IOP/OP/OTP/Partial Care).

Christ Hospital Counseling and Resource Center / CarePoint Health
179 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City NJ 07306
(201)795-8375 ext 5454
Rape 24 hour crisis line #3

Freedom of Choice Health Care
533 32nd St., Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 766-6617
Individual and group counseling, educational and vocational services, life skills training, a program for family members, referral to mutual-aid support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), relapse prevention services, a continuing care program and supportive services including transportation.
(IOP/OP/OTP/Partial Care). IOP = Intensive Outpatient / OP = Outpatient / OTP = Opioid Detoxification Treatment Program

Mount Carmel Guild Behavioral Healthcare System
2201 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
800.227.7705 (email)
Mon & Wed 9:00am-9:00pm; Tue, Thur, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Provide a wide range of professional mental health assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and adults, as well as consultation/education to community agencies. Using a professional team approach, emphasis is placed on individualized assessment, goal-oriented treatment planning, periodic case review and continuity of care for clients.

North Hudson Community Action Corporation
Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
5301 Broadway
West New York NJ, 07093
North Hudson Community Action Corporation Mental Health and Addictive Services Department provides the following services psychiatric and physiological evaluations, individual and group therapies, prenatal and domestic violence counseling, addictive services, parenting skills training and academic guidance.

NHM Palisades Medical Center - Counseling Center
7101 Kennedy Boulevard
North Bergen NJ, 07047
Palisades Medical Center’s outpatient counseling program provides community-based care for individuals and families. Help is available for substance abuse, family violence, and more. Fees are affordable and based on income and need.

Self-Care for College Students: From Orientation to Graduation, 150+ Easy Ways to Stay Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free
By Julia Dellitt

Small Move, Big Change
By Caroline Arnold

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success
By John C. Maxwell

Climb Your Ladder of Success Without Running Out of Gas!:The Simple Truth on How to Revitalize Your Body and Ignite Your Energy for Lifelong Success
By John M. Rowley

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
By David D. Burns, M.D.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
By Steven C. Hayes

When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life
By David D. Burns, M.D.

Retraining the Brain: A 45-Day Plan to Conquer Stress and Anxiety
By Frank Lawlis

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
By Don Miguel Ruiz

Stress Free Living: Tips and Tricks to Shedding the Stress and Enjoy Stress Free Life
By Charles Johnson

By Vera Peiffer

Positive Thinking: Everything you have always known about positive thinking but were afraid to put into practice
By Vera Peiffer

The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind
By Alan Wallace

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Paperback – Special Edition, November 19, 2013
By Stephen R. Covey

You Can If You Think You Can
By Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

​Alcoholics Anonymous (Northern New Jersey)
1. 800.245.1377 or 908.687.8566

New Jersey Addiction Service Hotline

Integrity House
Provides drug and alcohol assessment, treatment planning, individual and family counseling, group therapy (including relapse prevention, anger management, self-image improvement, personal issues therapy, grief and loss coping, and trauma support), referral to mutual-aid support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and educational and employment readiness services. Located in Secaucus and Newark (IOP/OP/Partial Care).
Contact: 201-583-7100 (Secaucus)
973-623-0600 (Newark)

Kaleidoscope Health Care, Inc.
Offers outpatient care in substance abuse treatment, detoxification, and methadone maintenance. Also offers services that include behavioral and clinical counseling, group and individual sessions, family conferences, positive alternative workshops, parenting skills workshops, and general well care services. Located in Jersey City (IOP/OP/OTP/Partial Care).
Contact: 201-451-5425

Partners in Prevention
Works to prevent substance abuse in individuals, families, schools and the broader community. The Resource page provides information for local assistance and treatment referrals.
Contact: Provided on site.

Care Point Health
Provides outpatient substance abuse treatment for adults, particularly for those with a co-occurring disorder. Individual counseling and group sessions available. Other services available include the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center /DUI Education Program: 16 week program to support recovery and Project Second Chance: intensive outpatient program for women with open & DCPP cases.
Services offered at Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital
Contact: 201-884-5329;

Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Directory for substance abuse and addiction services throughout New Jersey. Searchable by county.

Project Second Chance at Christ Hospital
An intensive outpatient substance abuse and case management program for women with children who have open cases with DCP&P. Day care and transportation are provided.
Contact: 201-795-8375

Mental Health

Anxiety and Depression association of America:

American Psychological Association:

National Institute of Mental Health:

National Institute of Mental Health:

National Alliance on Mental Health:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:

Purdue University Global:

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There are many types of careers in the mental health field that work in various agencies, from inpatient facilities, outpatient, schools, clinics and other practices. Each state has different requirements of schooling, and degrees.

Psychologist – doctor of Psychology or Philosophy
License Practical Nurse – trained in psychiatric
Counselors,Clinicians – Master level degrees
Clinical Social Worker
Mental Healthcare Provider
Certified Peer Specialist
Pastroal Counselors
Social work – Bachelor level
Play / Music Art Therapist -

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Social work degree

Psychology Degrees
Princeton University
Yale University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
New York University
The College of New Jesrey
Montclair state University

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Meet Karla Levine

Former MSW Intern
Karla Levine
The social work curriculum along with the internship helped me to gain skills in the field and excel in my undergraduate and graduate studies. I loved my time at HCCC so much that I came back to do my graduate internship with the Mental Health Counseling and Wellness and was able to see how much the staff and faculty care for their students.
Karla Levine, MSW
Human Services/Pre-Social Work AS Graduate, 2018

Meet William Anthes

Former MSW Intern
William Anthes
I have a passion and a background in physical fitness and through my own healing, my interest in learning more about how psychology, philosophy, and physical fitness can mesh together, and a desire to have more clinical, professional, ethical, and therapeutic relationships with my clients, I realized NYU’s MSW program would align nicely.
William Anthes, MSW '22
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Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center
Journal Square Campus

70 Sip Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 360-4229
Text: (201) 912-2839

North Hudson Campus
4800 JFK Blvd., 7th Floor
Union City, NJ 07087
Phone: (201) 360-4229
Text: (201) 912-2839