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Monica O’Grady, LPC, LCADC, ATR-BC, ACS, ATCS
Monica, who grew up in Co. Kerry, Ireland, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Crawford School of Art and Design in Cork City, Ireland. A strong interest in social justice led Monica to travel extensively in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe and later go on to earn her Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London, England. Monica moved to the USA in 2000 where she obtained her New Jersey Licenses in both Professional Counseling and Addictions Counseling, and also her American Art Therapy Board Certification. Monica is an Approved Clinical Supervisor and also an Approved Credentialed Art Therapy Supervisor.
Monica has over 20 years experience in the areas of mental health, addiction, and trauma with Adults and Youth. Monica’s services have included individual, group and family therapy in school, forensic, inpatient, day hospital, partial hospital and private practice settings. Most recently she has worked as a Program Coordinator at Rutgers Health, first in a Partial Hospital Program and more recently in a regulatory role. Monica has received training in Trauma focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Monica truly loves working as a clinician and is very passionate about helping people reconnect to their inner wisdom. She is a strong believer in the integration of mind and body in the healing process and utilizes a blend of evidences based practices with a mix of eastern based philosophies. Monica believes no single approach is right for everyone. She is a strong advocate of self compassion and also giving each person the space to tell their story.
Monica is devoted to self growth both in her personal life and as a clinician. Some of her favorite authors include Brene Brown, Kristin Neff, Pema Chodron, Mark Epstein and Thich Nhat Hanh. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, travel, and engaging in creative endeavors.
Some of Monica’s favorite quotes:
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift.” Mary Oliver
“We are what we think, having become what we thought” Mark Epstein
“Life is lived forward but understood backwards” Soren Kierkegaard