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.

TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH A THERAPIST OR TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW OUR SERVICES WORK, CALL (800) 379-9220 OR USE THE ‘CONTACT US’ FORM.

IPG News

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!

Jun 18, 2016
Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s founder, Executive Director and leader extraordinaire, recently presented at two more conferences. In April, she gave the opening keynote address at the AltSex Conference in New York City and on June 17, she gave a full-day training on LGBTQ clinical issues for the NYC “Sex Therapy in the City” series.

Jun 15, 2016
In June, several IPG’ers attended the annual AASECT conference in Puerto Rico. AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) is the premier national certifying body for sex therapists. Several IPG therapists have AASECT certification while a few others are on their way. Gaining AASECT certification requires rigorous medical and psychological training as well as significant supervised clinical experience. This process takes years, so it was refreshing to attend workshops and meet other sex therapists and educators. A great opportunity to network and learn some of the latest research.

Mar 31, 2016
IPG’s founder, Dr. Margie Nichols, was a featured speaker at the annual Psychotherapy Networker conference in Washington, DC. Psychotherapy Networker is the most widely-read magazine for professional therapists, distributed worldwide. Margie spoke on issues of gender identity, transgender youth, and the LGBTQ community.

Mar 30, 2016
Psychotherapy Networker, the most widely-read periodical for professional therapists, has just published Dr. Nichols’ article “The Great Escape – Welcome to the World of Gender Fluidity” in its March-April 2016 issue. Margie, addressing clinicians, discusses the complexities of ever-evolving gender identities in the last decade or so.