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.

Stinking Thinking!: How to beat Negative Thoughts

I think most of us will agree that communication is a central aspect of most successful relationships. And yet, most people continue to struggle with saying what they mean without their stinking thinking getting in the way! Stinking Thinking are those pesky negative thoughts that tell us ‘we’re not good enough’ or ‘this person meant […]

By |July 13th, 2018|12 step program, ACOA, Addict, and Recovery, and Trauma|0 Comments

Mindful or “Mind full” ?

I’m sure you have heard the word mindful before, especially if you’ve checked in to read our blogs.. But what does it really mean? Are we being Mind full or Mindful? Is your mind full of clutter? When you are doing 1 task, are you thinking about the other 10 things on your to do […]

Don’t worry about it!: How to Not be a Worry Wort

How many times have you felt very stressed and turned to friends for empathy and all you received was a “Don’t worry about it!”. It is very easy to say “Don’t worry about it!” but unfortunately, it is not as easy to live by as Anxiety can feel unmanageable if left unattended. The main problem […]

Are you Struggling with Codependency?

Do you often feel overwhelmed by your partner’s emotions? Do find you rarely focus on your own needs? Are you unsure where you end & your partner begins? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you are struggling with codependency. Codependency is defined as over-reliance on a person or in layman’s terms […]

Being Your Own Best Friend. How to do Self-Love

Do you struggle with showing up for yourself when things get hard? Do you often say yes when you mean no to avoid confrontations? Do you need others to like you in order to feel whole? Sounds like you could use some work on being your own best friend! Being our own best friend means that […]

By |February 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marriage and Mindfulness: Wedding Perfection

When I got engaged a year & a half ago, I truly had no idea how stressful it would be to actually plan a wedding. Despite hearing how difficult it was from others & how excited they were that it was over. I was determined that the wedding blues would not happen to me! I […]

Surviving Early Recovery: More than just 12-Steps

For many years, 12 step meetings were one of the only additional resources for individual struggling with surviving early recovery from substances outside of individual counseling. Recently, similar programs have formed… 7 step programs, 9 step programs, SMART recovery & Celebrate Recovery, etc. Though AA & NA & similar fellowship programs have proven to be very helpful for some people in […]

The 5 Love Languages

Do you ever feel like no matter how much ‘love’ you provide to your partner that nothing is ever enough? Do you ‘know’ your partner loves you but you don’t ‘feel’ it all the time? Perhaps you and your partner’s love languages are out of sync. Love Languages? What is that?  Isn’t just saying I love you enough? It’s […]

Recovering from Addiction: How to Survive

When many people think of Recovering from Addiction, they envision attending a 28-day rehabilitation facility, daily Alcoholic/Narcotic Anonymous meetings, and never being able to drink or use again. Unfortunately, this stigma often scares people off from admitting they are struggling with addiction and getting the help they need. Have you ever thought to yourself  “I […]

Eating our feelings: Learn About Emotional Cues

Have you ever heard the saying “Eating our feelings”? Well.. with the holidays around the corner, over-eating is on the rise! That said, it’s important to learn how to curb our appetites, proverbially, or not.

So, How do we learn to control ourselves during this time where overindulging is encouraged, condoned, and expected?

The first step is […]