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The Institute for Personal Growth

IPG Featured on TV Show Hosted by Montel Williams

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.



January 27th, 2023
Happy 40th Birthday to IPG!

Founded in 1983, IPG turns 40 this year. Four decades of commitment to mental health, to the residents of New Jersey, to the LGBTQ+ community, to personal growth. Read more about our history here.

November 14th, 2022
All three of our offices are now fully reopened for in-person therapy! While we still offer online therapy, we are now conducting regular, in-person psychotherapy sessions as well in our Jersey City, Highland Park, and Freehold offices.

New clients can call us at (732)246-8439, or email us via our Contact Us page. Existing clients should ask their therapist about their in-person availability.

October 21st, 2022
IPG is now offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), in partnership with the medical team at Journey Clinical. All sessions will be conducted on-site and in-person. For more information, call us at (732)246-8439, or email us via our Contact Us page.

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.


229 9th St., Suite 380
Jersey City, NJ 07302
1119 Raritan Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904
90 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728