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.



December 14, 2018
Happy Holidays from IPG! Wishing you and your loved ones joy, compassion, and inner peace in the new year to come.

August 30, 2018
IPG is under new leadership! Our founder and original Executive Director, Dr. Margie Nichols, has sold IPG and (mostly) retired, as has our long-time Business Director, Nancy Musgrave. The ship is now being steered jointly by Susan Menahem, LCSW, who is a veteran IPG therapist (and one of our best!), and by Dr. Cory Nichols, PhD (the “other” Dr. Nichols!), who started off doing web and marketing work for IPG back in the late 90s, and who happens to be Margie and Nancy’s son. Susan has taken over as Clinical Director, and Cory as Business Director, after both trained for the positions under their previous counterparts for over a year prior to taking over. But in the day-to-day operations you won’t notice much difference — it’s still the same old IPG! And you’ll still see Margie’s face around from time to time, as she continues to see clients on a reduced basis. Here’s to many more years of IPG!

January 30, 2018
Dr. Margie Nichols, IPG’s founder and president, recently published an article on consensual non-monogamy in Psychotherapy Networker, the most widely read professional journal for psychologists, social workers, and other kinds of psychotherapists. Read it here.

January 21, 2018
Men’s Sexual Health Group: Coping With Out of Control Sexual Behavior — IPG is starting a new weekly group for men struggling with compulsive or problematic sexual behavior (sometimes stigmatized as “sex addiction”). Health insurance will pay for these group sessions. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact our main office for more information.

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.


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