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Chief Executive Officer

Licensed Professional Counselor

Specialty Population(s):    Couples, Adults, Teens, and Children

Specialty Area(s):    Traumatic Events, Depressive Disorders, and Anxiety


“How are you? Inner me—destroyed, broken, and shattered. Outer me—I’m good”

       ------Writings by the Dumb Soul


Welcome to Inner Me Psychotherapy, where healing takes place from the inside out. The very first step to achieving anything in life is understanding who you truly are. The mission of Inner Me Psychotherapy is to improve the well-being of adults and children affected by traumatic events, depressive episodes, and anxious thoughts. Terri provides emotional support during those difficult moments. We were never meant to handle life’s challenges alone.  


Terri Watkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in trauma, depression, and anxiety. She works with couples, adults, teens, and children, utilizing such modalities as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. For couples, she utilizes the Gottman method, an evidenced-based treatment     


Terri Watkins is the Chief Executive Officer of Inner Me Psychotherapy. Terri obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (Nyack College). 






Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing faulty thinking patterns and behaviors that are unhelpful. CBT interventions are most commonly helpful for gaining harmony between thoughts, feelings and behaviors while learning tools to cope with life stressors 



Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created by Dr. Marsha Linehan and was initially used with clients who were diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used for several different disorders. DBT gives clients new skills that they can use to help manage emotions that are painful and cause relationship conflicts. There are four main concepts to DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness   



Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of CBT that is effective in reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. CPT is generally taught in twelve sessions and helps clients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. The client creates a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event so that it reduces its ongoing negative effects    



Trauma focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a conjoint parent-child treatment that uses cognitive behavioral principles and exposure techniques to prevent and treat posttraumatic stress


EMDR uses a set of procedures to organize your negative and positive feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or alternative tapping, as a way to help you effectively work through those disturbing memories. 



The goals of the Gottman Method include increasing closeness and friendship behaviors, addressing conflict productively, and building a life of shared meaning together. The Gottman Method involves customizing principles from the research to each couple’s particular patterns and challenges  





“If your path demands you to walk through Hell, walk as if you own the place” 

----Alyona Safronova-Collard


I’ve never talked to anyone professionally. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. You already have strengths that you’ve used before but for whatever reason, it’s not working right now. In our work together, I will help you access your past strengths and show you how to implement them again to face what is happening now


What’s the difference between talking to you and talking to my best friend?

A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way; a way that allows you to access your skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Our sessions are confidential, so you don’t have to worry about others sharing your information. 


How long will it take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for professional development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place 


What can I do to help?

Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other, generally, once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development


How can I make an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment here. You can also call (973) 874-9597 or email me at  Office visits are available on Saturdays only.


What is your cancellation policy?

 You must cancel a session at least 24 hours prior to the session to avoid a late cancellation fee of $50.00.


What are your rates and what type of insurance do you accept?

Sessions are $125.00 for 50 minutes and $150.00 for 90 minutes. Sliding scale packages are available for qualified persons on a limited basis

Insurance plans are not accepted at this time. 

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