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Patty Townsend-Zales Psychotherapy, LPC

Patty Townsend-Zales is a licensed professional counselor. She offers a safe space to share your feelings and circumstances openly without judgment, to work on identifying your goals, and to find solutions to any barriers standing in your way. She uses an eclectic therapeutic approach with a variety of coping skills to support growth toward your goals.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Weight Loss
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
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Provider
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“I encourage my client to understand all parts of themselves and how they speak to themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Counseling is a second career for me. Working with adolescents and adults who have struggled with trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders taught me the importance of being kind, compassionate, empathic, and respectful while listening without judgment. I strive to understand what the client needs to assist them in personal growth and healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
During our first session, I use a biopsychosocial tool as well as discussion to collect a client’s history. We work collaboratively to identify treatment goals. Homework assignments will be used on a case-by-case basis to assist the client in strengthening their skills and insights. I encourage my client to understand all parts of themselves and how they speak to themselves. I enjoy working with those who want support to make changes and improve their wellness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is important to increase my knowledge of coping strategies and skills to support the client in self-care. I enjoy taking continuing education courses to enhance my understanding and knowledge base as a way to better serve my clients. I am learning more about positive psychology and how to apply this mindset to improve a person’s wellbeing. I want to continue learning about how spiritual beliefs and experiences affect a client’s life. I stay updated on global concerns that may impact my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up, my family taught me to respect, use humor, and show compassion. Through personal and professional experiences, I learned being vulnerable shows courage and strength. I have gained sensitivity for others and their circumstances by listening to their experiences. I find being curious and respectful while showing kindness allows others to connect and feel safe.
“I find being curious and respectful while showing kindness allows others to connect and feel safe.”
Interested in speaking with Patty?