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Stephanie Riordan, LPC

Stephanie Riordan, LPC


Licensed in NJ #00744100
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna
I prioritize taking the time to identify the appropriate interventions and approaches for each individual client.

My Therapy Style

I like to take a casual, comfortable, and collaborative approach to therapy. I enjoy taking time to get to know who you are, your approach to life, and what really matters to you. I'm known for incorporating humor when appropriate - therapy can be difficult, but who says it has to be boring?

I have significant experience working with adults presenting with various mental health symptoms, substance use disorders, relationship conflict, trauma, and stressors. I hold extensive experience working with individuals (and loved ones) struggling and recovering from substance use disorders. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with adults from various cultures, ages, and phases of life—I believe that it has shown me so many different ways of looking at the world!

My practice is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. However, I prioritize taking the time to identify the appropriate interventions and approaches for each individual client, so my approach may also include skill-building (Dialectical-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral), Psychoeducation, and processing. I believe that the person seeking therapy is an equal member of the treatment-planning process. Together, we will identify goals and small changes that are relevant to you and within your control.

Education & Training

BA - Psychology, Rutgers University

MA - Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rider University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I was at a place in my life where I wasn't sure what I wanted, but this choice felt natural. I'm so glad that I entered this fulfilling profession. Watching people grow into themselves and regain control over their lives has been an amazing experience.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, gardening (or attempting to), exercising, hiking, and spending time with friends.

How do you recharge?

Emotionally, I make sure that I spend some time alone, use my support system when needed, and set boundaries.

Mentally, I make sure that I set time aside to organize myself and my home. I take time off when I need it.

Physically, I need to move! Physical activity helps me disconnect from the workday and various stressors that arise. Whether it be taking a walk with my dog, going for a hike, or going to the gym (even when I don't want to), I feel better after moving my body. I also make sure that I get enough sleep, spend time outside, eat good food, and hydrate.

Do you have any pets?

I have a German Shepherd named Jack! There is a good chance you will hear him during one of our sessions.