Questions About Credentials

What are your credentials? +

Yudelka Columna, LCSW, MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. I am qualified and licensed to practice independently by the Board of Social Workers Examiners  (ASWB) of New Jersey . I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

What’s the difference between a therapist, psychologist, counselor, life coach, and psychiatrist? +

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credentials allow clinical social workers to practice psychotherapy in the state of New Jersey. They must hold a Master’s in Social Work and must meet certain requirements to qualify for a Clinical License, such as passing state level examinations, background checks, clinical supervision, etc. through the Board of Social Work of the state. They also must commit to ongoing trainings every licensingcycle, and follow the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

A psychiatrist is a Licensed Medical Doctor that can evaluate, diagnose mental health illnesses and prescribe psychotropic medications as part of treatment. A psychologist holds a doctorate degree in Psychology. They can assess, diagnose, and provide mental health treatment. Counselor and Therapist can be used interchangeably. They both possess a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling or Social Work, and need to complete Licensing requirements depending on the Degree. They also can assess, diagnose, and provide mental health treatment.  A life coach may hold a diploma or certificate in life coach training, which could take anywhere from 16 to 100 hours to complete. They can have varying skills that can use to help people. They cannot diagnose a patient without consulting a licensed qualified professional.

What are your areas of expertise? +

My areas of expertise are in Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem, Immigration concerns, Relationship issues, Couples/marital therapy, and Grief/Bereavement, Children/ Adolescents, Life Transitions, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Abuse and Neglect, Parenting Skills, Life Transitions, Motivation, etc. and offer therapy in both English and Spanish.

Who is your ideal client? +

My clients are typically motivated or desire to change but might not know how or where to start. They want to improve their conditions. These clients understand that therapy is an investment and are willing to make the commitment to take steps to get better.

How long does it take? +

Therapy depends of the individual. It varies depending on the individual. However, it is not uncommon for therapy to last weeks or months in order to develop meaningful change. This can be discussed during our sessions as we come up with a plan together moving forward.

How long are the sessions?

Typically sessions are anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. Initial “intake” sessions are often longer. For example, many therapists set an initial intake session at 60 minutes for individuals and 90 minutes for couple or families, subsequent sessions may be 45 minutes for individuals and 60 minutes for couples. For more information, please contact us directly.

How do I know if I need or can benefit from therapy? +

Therapy not only provides a safe space, but also allows you to discover more about yourself and make meaningful change. Ask yourself if you are leading the life you want. If not, what could change or be better? Even if you are in a comfortable and stable place in life, is your life flourishing? If it is helpful, consider writing down a few things you might want to explore with your therapist or goals you’d like to reach.

Why shouldn’t I just work through it on my own? +

Because it is OK to ask for help. Because no one should have to suffer alone. If working through issues alone helped most people, no one would be in therapy. The research shows the importance and effectiveness of talk therapy. Trust in the process and invest in creating a more vibrant life!

Do you offer phone or video chat sessions?

Yes, we offer phone or video sessions for clients that need it. For more information, see our telehealth page.  Please consult with your therapist about availability and if you have any questions.

Is anything we discuss confidential?

All sessions are private and confidential, with the exception that you are a danger to yourself, others, or if there is any child or elder abuse. To read more about confidentiality and sign our confidentiality agreement, contact us for further details.