Our History: Blending Heart & Mind Since 1983

winterinstitutepicIn the early 1980’s IPG’s founder, Dr. Margaret Nichols, made the decision to devote her psychotherapy practice to serving the gay and lesbian community.  She saw that most therapists still lacked understanding of this under-served population, and some still treated being gay as a mental disorder.  When she opened her practice, gay-affirmative therapy was rare.  Very soon she had more clients than she could handle.  In response to this overwhelming need, she assembled a highly skilled group of therapists, most of whom were gay themselves.

The Institute for Personal Growth was incorporated in 1983 and quickly expanded, now serving populations of all types, gay and non-gay, all races and ethnicities, and employing a diverse group of therapists with a multitude of skills.

IPG has evolved in other ways as well.  We pride ourselves on staying current in our profession and support our extraordinary staff of therapists in continuing to advance their skills and training. In 1995, our Jersey City office was opened, and in 2001 we opened our Freehold office, all the while expanding our services to all populations.

Contact our NJ psychotherapy practice today.

Contact our NJ psychotherapy practice today.


220 9th St., Suite 380
Jersey City, NJ 07302
1119 Raritan Ave.
Highland Park, NJ 08904
90 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728