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About Jessica Kicha

Hello! My name is Jessica Glass and I am a therapist at Specialized Therapy Associates. I achieved my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University. I currently am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey and I have also obtained certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association. In my past work experience, I have provided mental health and addiction counseling to adults, adolescents, and families in a variety of treatment settings including in-home services, partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, and outpatient services. I also have experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with self-esteem, as well as individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. I enjoy meeting new clients and having the opportunity to learn more each day from the clients and colleagues I work with.

Reconnect with Yourself: Disconnect from Media

As a licensed professional counselor, I have observed increases in clients reporting anxiety, with some reporting higher levels of anxiety than they’ve ever experienced before. You may even notice that those around you are talking more about anxious feelings. Perhaps you’ve experienced anxiety, or an increase in anxiety, yourself. There are probably a lot of […]

Creating Change: What’s the Plan?

Most of us are often thinking about making changes in our lives. Whether big or small, change if often an inevitable part of life itself. When we desire a change, we often want to make that change RIGHT NOW and we want it to be quick and painless. The problem is that with any life […]

Substance Use and Defenses

Throughout our lives, we naturally develop defenses to protect ourselves from thoughts, feelings, or experiences that seem uncomfortable. For example, we might deny that an uncomfortable situation is happening because we don’t want to face that discomfort. You might think of defenses as rose-colored glasses that we put on so we can try to change […]

Physical Health and Relapse Prevention

When we think about addiction and recovery, it is vital to prepare for relapse prevention by minimizing daily stressors and following a solid plan to avoid relapse. Relapse prevention planning also typically includes strategies for avoiding triggers for relapse, including people whom you used to use substances with, places where you used to obtain or use […]

Parenting Teens: Setting Limits and Boundaries

Parenting a teenager is a time that proves to be difficult for many. Parents face obstacles with their children as they grow older, and let’s face it, children don’t come with an instruction manual. At some point when children reach the age of 11 or 12, many parents begin to stress over the upcoming and […]

Positive Affirmations: Be Kind to Yourself

Most of us carry around messages we received in childhood about the world, about others, and about ourselves. We receive messages from the outside world–our family members, friends, teachers–all throughout our lives. The messages we receive about ourselves can be positive or negative. The negative messages we receive, even at an early age, can lead […]

Keys to Communication

While there are several factors that contribute to a healthy relationship, communication is key to maintaining and strengthening a relationship. Sometimes, we can face turbulence in our relationships when we struggle with stress, mental health disorders, or addiction. Without effective communication, all relationships, whether adults or adolescents, are at risk for conflicts. Maintaining our relationships with our significant others, […]