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.



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! And it’s the same top quality, experienced, licensed IPG psychotherapists, conducting full-length therapy sessions, but now online.

March 13th, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Online Sessions Now Available
There have been no reported or suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) among anyone at or affiliated with IPG. But due to increasing concern about the spread of the virus, we are offering the option of remote/online therapy sessions for anyone who is feeling sick, under quarantine, caring for a sick loved one, or just doesn’t feel comfortable coming in to the office during this period. Please just let your therapist know in advance and we can arrange for an online session, with video and audio on both sides, through our convenient, HIPAA-compliant, encrypted remote conferencing platform called Lifesize. There’s no download, installation, apps, account creation, or anything like that required on your end. Your therapist will just send you a link, you click on it, and you should be in touch within a matter of seconds!

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. Alison’s expertise really shines through here, and her words are illuminating enough to make the introduction a worthwhile read even independently from the memoir itself, which is by all accounts a moving and riveting work. 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.
“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, a prestigious recognition as well.

IPG continues to be blown away by the brilliance and accomplishments of its clinical staff. You make us proud!

December 31st, 2019
Happy New Year! Here’s wishing 2020 brings you nothing but joy and wellness!

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, especially transgender youth. Another sign of the fact that IPG is the preeminent mental healthcare resource for transgender people in the New Jersey area.

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