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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 roughly thirty 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.



July 21st, 2022
IPG will be offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in the Fall. All sessions will be conducted on-site and in-person. Call us in September for more information.

June 18th, 2022
IPG on TV!

IPG was just featured on Lifetime TV show “The Balancing Act”, hosted by the one and only Montel Williams! The segment focuses on the destigmatization of mental health, the importance of reaching out for help when you need it, and IPG’s history of working with the LGBTQ+ community. If you missed us on TV, check back soon, we’ll have the video here on our website! For more about the show visit

April 18th, 2022
Reopening Our Offices!

Today we begin the reopening of our offices for in-person therapy sessions, since closing at the beginning of the COVID crisis back in March 2020. In our “post-COVID” era IPG will be a hybrid practice, offering therapy sessions both online and in person. Current clients can ask their therapist if they are available for in-person sessions at this time, and new/potential clients can ask the office staff whether they currently have any in-person openings, by calling the main office during normal business hours at 800-379-9220.

June 10th, 2021
Happy Pride Month!

Our founder and former Clinical Director, Dr. Margie Nichols, is a pioneer in the field of queer-affirmative psychotherapy. After leaving IPG, she distilled forty years of experience into a book that was recently published, titled The Modern Clinician’s Guide to Working with LGBTQ+ Clients. It is a comprehensive handbook of information, personal experiences, techniques, and case examples that will help any therapist navigate the complexities of the 21st century sex, gender, and relationship diverse community. It has been hailed by colleagues and nominated for awards, and is destined to become a classic in the field.

Available here on Amazon, or visit Dr. Nichols’ website for more information.

January 4th, 2021
Happy New Year!

We’re excited to announce two online support groups starting up at IPG in 2021, run by IPG therapists. One is a group for People of Color ages 21 and up, called “Black, Brown, and In Between”. There will be a men’s group and a women’s group, and both groups will come together every third session. (Trans/GNC folks can choose whichever group they feel best matches their gender identity.) The support groups will run for 10 sessions to be held every other week beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 7:30PM.

The second is a revival of our long-running Gender Spectrum group, for young adolescents to young adults who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. There is also a group for their parents, which meets separately. These groups will meet once a month, beginning on Wednesday, January 20 for the first parents’ group and Thursday, January 21 for the first adolescent/young adult group.

Both groups will be held online and are completely free of charge. A brief intake assessment is required to verify you are appropriate for the particular group. For more information or to register please call our main office at 732-246-8439, or email us via our Contact Us form on our website.

October 1st, 2020
Happy Fall everyone! We are still conducting mostly online therapy sessions for the time being, until it is deemed safe to return to regular in-person therapy. But rest assured, if you begin with online therapy you will be able to switch to in-person therapy when we are able to reopen our offices.

March 23rd, 2020
We are now conducting 100% online therapy sessions via our securely encrypted, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platform. It’s incredibly easy to use for clients — no downloads, installations, or user accounts required, just one click on a link. The same top quality, experienced, licensed IPG psychotherapists, conducting full-length sessions, but in online therapy format.

January 5th, 2020
Looking back on the past year, we are proud to report that two members of IPG’s stellar staff have put their work in print:

(Trigger warning: rape, abuse, violence)
First, veteran IPG therapist Alison Grant, LCSW, was asked to write the introduction to a memoir about surviving childhood abuse and trauma. Alison’s introduction to A Girl Raised By Wolves, by Lockey Maisonneuve, “explains the mechanics of repressed memories in trauma”, which is a large focus of the book. See our most recent blog post with more info on the book in Alison’s own words, and you can pick up a copy at the author’s website.

Second, IPG’s Scott Taylor, LCSW, has had not one but two professional publications in academic journals in the last year: “G. H. Mead’s Philosophical Hermeneutics of the Present”, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, Vol. 11 No. 2, 2019; and “The Structure of Psychic Revolutions: A Psychoanalytic Account of Kuhnian Science”, American Imago, Vol. 76 No. 3, 2019. The latter of these papers also earned Scott the Silberger Prize in interdisciplinary work in psychoanalysis from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institution.

June 13th, 2019
Congrats to us! Yesterday IPG was honored with the PROUD Empowerment Award, presented by the PROUD Awards Committee based out of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The award was given in recognition of our decades of work with the transgender community.


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