Hi, I'm Jill Mackey! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey. I obtained my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. My clinical framework includes existential techniques; client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy as well as exploring family roles. I have a range of experience from intensive in-home/in-school therapy with adolescents, domestic violence shelters, inpatient rehabilitation with substance abusers as well as outpatient therapy with individuals of all ages and all diagnoses. My special interest populations include working with the Disease of Addiction, Individuals with Codependency (ACOA/Naranon), Relationship/Attachment Difficulties, and Trauma. From a strength's based perspective, I believe in helping clients learn to live a clean & balanced life one moment at a time by encouraging them too kind to themselves through the utilization of self-soothing techniques and a non-judgmental stance. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, playing tennis, meditating, yoga, and running with my dog, Ry girl. I am also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and love to compete in Spartan Races & Triathlons.

How can I support my loved one’s recovery?

“How can I support my loved one’s recovery?” is a question often asked by many people. Do you or someone you know have a partner or loved one who recently received help for their struggle with substance use? That’s fantastic! However, that is only the first step in the process. Many people think when someone […]

Working from home or Living at work?

Due to the COVID pandemic, A lot of us are still working from home. This has both positive and negative attributes. Current clients report that it’s nice to reduce the commute time and the stress of traffic while others report that they miss the down-regulation & alone time to separate work from home life.  Some […]

Losing a Loved One During COVID-19

There is no denying that we are living through an extremely challenging time in the midst of COVID-19. There are limits on socializing, activities, work, etc in addition to the normal everyday stressors. People are trying to embrace the ambiguity of it, but honestly… It seems like most people are struggling emotionally, psychologically, financially, just […]

Are you ‘demons’ preventing you from being in the present moment?

Recently, I read a quote that said, “You wake up to fight the same demons that left you so exhausted the day before. That’s bravery!” I felt inspired by that and thought.. Jeez, I wonder how many other people believe fighting our ‘demons’ is brave work. Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard people refer to […]

Taking Care of Ourselves

In today’s society, people’s identities are shaped by how many hours they work or how few days they take off. In this paradigm, we lose sight of what really matters… Taking care of ourselves. We live to work instead of work to live. Now.. take a moment & think to yourself, Why do I usually […]

The Self Imposed Rush

Have any of you ever felt anxious about a schedule that you created? Or found yourself rushing around with a sense of emergency thinking when nothing was even extremely pressing? That sounds like the self-imposed rush, also known as the hustle for worthiness! We often fall into this phenomenon when we are trying to keep […]

By |November 1st, 2019|12 step program, Addict, Addiction, and Recovery|0 Comments

Option B: How best to handle greif

Have you gone through a difficult time recently & are still feeling stuck in it? Perhaps the loss of a job, divorce, car accident, etc? Are you struggling with accepting that your life is not the way that you want it to be? Sheryl Sandberg, author “Option B” and COO of Facebook, can identify- She […]

By |August 27th, 2019|12 step program, Abuse, Addict, and Recovery|0 Comments

Healing from Grief

When most people think of the word “Grief”, they associate it with having a loved one pass away. However, what we don’t realize is that there are many other times in our life where we can become grief-stricken or experience anticipatory grief without even realizing it.. which makes it very difficult to heal from.

For instance, […]

By |July 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Hurricane Season! Tips to Fight Addiction

When people hear the term “Hurricane Season”, What do they think of? Most people reading this blog would probably guess the time between June-September in which the tropical areas of the world are most likely to be struck by a tropical storm/hurricane, right? Yes. However, in the emotional/psychological realm, the term “Hurricane Season” has begun […]

Staying Active Can Be Hard, What’s That About?

Do you struggle with staying consistent with exercising? Does it seem like everything else is more important? Does this inconsistency bleed into other areas of your life? Many wonder what’s that about? Researchers & social scientists alike agree that staying active is a very important part of life. It not only improves physique and physical […]

By |October 26th, 2018|anxiety, Eating, emotions|0 Comments