The Institute for Personal Growth

Emotional and psychological problems are real and painful, even harmful to health and functionality. When you are suffering, a counselor or therapist can provide surprisingly rapid and effective help.

IPG has been a leading provider of expert, compassionate psychotherapy and counseling since 1983. Our highly skilled professionals can help you, whether your concerns are the result of temporary life stresses or the symptoms of deeper problems.

With offices in Jersey City, Highland Park and Freehold, IPG has over thirty licensed psychotherapists that, in addition to traditional therapy, offer special therapy techniques such as EMDR, play therapy and sex therapy. We offer flexible times, six days and evenings a week. IPG is not in network with insurance companies, but we do work with many insurance plans, checking your plan’s benefits when you call.

We provide individual, child, family, marriage and couples counseling for problems ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship issues or major life disruptors.

And we have specialties not found elsewhere: we’re internationally known experts on LGBTQ issues, we’re the largest provider of AASECT-certified sex therapy services in the tri-state region and we have a cutting-edge program for transgender and gender non-conforming youth.



November 21, 2017
IPG will soon be starting weekly groups for men with out of control sexual behavior. These groups, called “Sexual Health Group for Men with Out of Control Sexual Behavior”, will start after the first of the year and – good news! – health insurance will pay for these group sessions. If you’re interested, please call the office at 800-379-9220, leave your phone number, and we will contact you when we are getting the groups together.

November 20, 2017
IPG therapists attended a two-day training at our Highland Park office provided by Dr. Michael Vigorito, author of “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior”.

November 17, 2017
Dr. Nichols did a two-day training on sex therapy for the School of Social Work at SUNY Albany.

November 6, 2017
IPG was a sponsor of the GENDER EAST conference held each November in Newark. Several staff members attended and Dr. Nichols again presented on Complex Cases in Transgender Mental Health. This presentation always draws a large number of professionals.

September 9, 2017
Dr. Margie Nichols and several IPG staff attended the annual Transgender Health Conference in Philadelphia. Margie delivered a presentation on Complex Cases in Transgender Mental Health.

Jun 29, 2017
Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s Clinical Director, Susan Menahem, LCSW, and Vice President Nancy Musgrave attended the annual American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) conference in Las Vegas in June. As usual, the workshops were very informative with up-to-date research and the conference provided a great opportunity to network with peers. We look forward to this conference each year.

Feb 13, 2017
Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s Founder and Executive Director, spoke at the first conference of the U.S. chapter of WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Dr. Nichols spoke on “Psychotherapeutic Dilemmas with Complex Clinical Cases”. The conference was held in Los Angeles, at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center, earlier this month.

Feb 10, 2017
Once again, Dr. Margie Nichols, founder and Executive Director of IPG, has been quoted in CNN’s Health column. Margie discusses BDSM and how the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series has brought increased visibility and acceptance of BDSM practices more into the mainstream. Read the article here.

Feb 6, 2017
IPG is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Susan J. Menahem, LCSW, as Executive Clinical Director, effective January 1st. Susan is a long-time IPG therapist with extraordinary skills, including holding AASECT-certification as a sex therapist, supervisor and trainer. In addition to continuing to see her own clients, Susan will be responsible for all clinical supervision and activities at IPG, including EMDR and sex therapy training. Well-deserved Susan!

Oct 4, 2016
IPG is happy to announce a new group for transgender and non-binary young adults, ages 18 – 25. We currently run groups for children and adolescents and are responding to the requests to add this additional group. This new group will be held the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 1:00-2:15pm in our Highland Park office. If there’s enough interest on the part of parents/guardians, we’ll start a group for them as well, during the same time period. Call the office to register for either group!


235 9th Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
1119 Raritan Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904
90 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728