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Monica O'Grady, LPC

Monica O'Grady, LPC

she/her

Licensed in NJ #37PC00332600
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna
My practice method is integrative, evidenced-based practices, tempered with some creativity.

My Therapy Style

All of us, at one time or another, can struggle with life’s challenges. Sometimes we need a little help, guidance, or skills to overcome these obstacles. I believe in the importance of allowing others the space to tell their story, within a safe, calm, compassionate environment.

As we all are different no single approach is right for everyone, therefore my practice method is integrative, evidenced-based practices, tempered with some creativity. I favor a combination of therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Art Therapy.

Education & Training

MA - Art Psychotherapy, University of London, England

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

Born and raised in Ireland, I had a strong interest in social justice. It led me after obtaining my BA to travel extensively in South East Asia and Eastern Europe and later go on to obtain my Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy. I am passionate about guiding and helping people reconnect to their own inner strength and wisdom.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love to garden, create art, read, walk in nature, and travel. I also love to spend time with my family.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Every morning I get up early to briefly journal, meditate, and walk my dog. I also make a point, almost daily, of reaching out and connecting with a friend or a family member, even if it is for just a few minutes.

What book have you read more than once?

Currently I read more non-fiction than fiction and love books by Brene Brown, Tara Brach, amongst others. Books I have been drawn to, to read more than once, are books like The Giving Tree which for me speaks to compassion and loving unconditionally but also the importance of self love and self care.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I like to support charities like the Lupus Foundation, St. Lukes as friends and family have battled these illnesses. I also love Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in NJ. I have a lot of respect for the work they do.

How do you recharge?

Go for walks, talk to friends, take quiet time either inside in the winter, or outside when the weather is warmer. I also love to watch a comedy or a funny movie and listen to my favorite songs — that can help destress if its been a difficult day.

Do you have any pets?

We currently have a dog and a bearded dragon. When my dog was about a year old my daughter would put him in her doll carriage and he would sit there proudly, peeking out as she walked him 15 minutes around the block.