About Milissa Aronson

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My career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker spans over two decades. In 1998, I earned a Master's Degree in Social Work, along with a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management, from New York University and have been working in the mental health field ever since. I have worked as a therapist, clinical supervisor, director, and administrator in outpatient and residential mental health programs in New York and New Jersey. 

I am passionate about what I do and about teaching and mentoring others in the mental health field.  I have taught dozens of graduate students from Columbia, Fordham, Hunter, NYU, Rutgers, and Seton Hall and hold a Certification to provide Clinical Supervision in New Jersey. 

I primarily work with young adults and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, or issues related to stress management, major life changes, work, identity, or performance improvement.  I also work with High School Athletes who are struggling with mental health issues related to or impacting their sport. In addition to providing talk psychotherapy, I am trained in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Certified in HeartMath, and have a Certificate in Sports Social Work.

My favorite personal stress management activities include watching sports, home improvement projects, and spending time with one of my favorite therapists, my dog, Maggie (the original "Magnolia"). 

Photo of female EMDR therapist Milissa Aronson

Photo of therapist Milissa Aronson and Magnolia

My Approach

I take a collaborative approach in my work and believe that you are the best expert on yourself. Together, we will develop a treatment plan that will help you reach your goals in a way that best fits your needs. My overall therapeutic approach is relational, where my goal is to help you gain a better understanding of the way you perceive things and react in relationships and draw connections to how your past experiences may impact current your current situation so that you can sustain lasting, improved change.  This can be accomplished through Talk Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Heart-Rate Variability self-regulation techniques, or a combination of all of these methods. 

While making a sustainable change may take a little time, I understand that, like many people, you may be starting therapy at a time when you are really struggling and want to feel better quickly. To help speed the process along, I will provide you with mindfulness techniques and coping skills that fit within your lifestyle in our early sessions so that you can start to feel better and be able to focus your time in therapy addressing the underlying issues that initially triggered your symptoms. 

 I understand that, while very rewarding, therapy involves addressing difficult issues and can be an intense process; I often infuse humor into my work to balance this process and make this work easier for you. 

Working Together

Effective therapy starts with the client-therapist relationship. A good fit is very important and it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and the way that they work. I don't want to waste your time and resources by having you come in for an initial appointment only for you to realize that you may not like working with me or that I may not be the best match to help you with what you need. To avoid this, I schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation for all potential clients so that you can get to know more about me and my style and I can find out more about what you need.

Are you ready to take the first step?