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Music is universal. When people listen to music, it triggers a part of our brain that lets us have an emotional and sometimes a physical reaction (i.e., crying, heart racing, etc.) which differs person to person due to our own brain chemistry and experiences. Listening to music is also a great way for us to practice mindfulness. Listening to music mindfully allows us to be fully present, increase our attention to ourselves and others around...


In 2020 over 12.2 million Americans seriously considered suicide, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But for many people, talking about suicide is still taboo — if not outright inappropriate in most settings outside a mental health professional’s office.

Suicide doesn’t care if it’s “taboo” to talk about or not — it takes, and it takes, and it...


There is a growing body of evidence proving the efficacy of music therapy, with writings dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek texts, including the writings of Aristotle and Plato. Music impacts our mood, and its rhythm impacts our physical bodies.

Some of the psychological benefits include improvements to mood, self-expression, communication, and social skills. The rhythm of music can sync up with our body rhythm for physical benefits...


Innerspace Counseling offers counseling services in Old Bridge to help residents of all ages recover from traumas and disorders that highly impact their lives. It is our mission to help others understand their current standing in life while providing guidance and tools to help them successfully navigate through recovery. Read below why we are the perfect counselors to partner with, or visit...


Bullying has always been a pervasive issue with young people. But, it can extend beyond the classroom and even into adulthood. It is a problem that is well-known and frequently discussed, but there is no catch-all solution because its roots can vary. Learn more and contact Innerspace Counseling today for more information or to make an appointment.


When a senseless act of violence such as the one that took place in a Texas elementary school this week occurs, we feel for the families affected and fear such a thing happening much closer to home. There is no easy way to have a conversation with your child about such a tragic event, but it is recommended that you talk to your child. Between heightened police presence at schools, television, social media, and peer conversations at school,...


OLD BRIDGE, NJ, 3/23/22 – Innerspace Counseling has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Program Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Innerspace Counseling underwent a rigorous review...


New Jersey's Premiere Intensive Mental Health Program Specialist


Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Care Programs (PHP) provide short term, intensive treatment for various mental health conditions. Anyone suffering from moderate to severe anxiety or depression, mood disorders, OCD, bipolar, behavioral issues etc. may want to consider a program. Most programs such as those at Innerspace Counseling include several components, creating an all-inclusive mental health treatment experience. These programs...


Parenting an Anxious Child by Melissa Maranzano, MA

Parenting a child with anxiety is challenging. When our children are anxious, we often become anxious ourselves. Our minds race with questions like, “Do I let my child stop doing everything that makes them feel anxious? Do I push them to keep going and just get over it? Is this my fault? At what point should I seek professional help?”...


Self Care is Knowing Who You Are & Your Limits

Written by Angelina Colon, MS, LAC, NCC

What is self-care?

Self-care in essence is the mindful taking of time to pay attention to you, but in a way that ensures that you are being cared...


Practicing Gratitude

The practice of gratitude provides us with perspective, appreciation, and guides us toward hope. It has positive effects on our physical and emptional health and costs nothing to do and takes little to no. Taking stock in the positive and good that surrounds you can be grounding, making it possible to move and find joy.

2020 was a year like no other in our lifetime. We experienced a global...


Written by: Lindsay Sowder, MA, LAC, NCC

Setting healthy habits keep you feeling motivated, create a sense of accomplishment for each day, and increase your confidence overall!

You might want to start off by asking yourself these questions:

  • What about your current routine do you dislike?
  • Why do you want to start a healthy habit?
  • How will your new habits help...

Written by: Melissa Maranzano, MA

Social media posts can serve as warning signs of a person in a mental health crisis. We have seen the stories of suicidal individuals posting feelings of sadness, loneliness, or even posting goodbye messages. We have also seen news stories where shortly before committing a violent crime, the perpetrator posted messages of hate or rage to their social media accounts. Facebook now utilizes algorithms to...


Innerspace Counseling is honored to have been voted Best of the Best 2020 in Central Jersey for Holistic Wellness. Thank you to all who voted. Innerspace Counseling strives to provide the highest quality care possible using a caring and empowering approach to help our clients regain the balance in their lives. Our team appreciates this acknowledgement and will continue working to improve the mental health of our community.



Written by Melissa Maranzano, MA

When the COVID 19 outbreak hit New Jersey in March 2020, mental health providers had to scramble to learn virtual platforms, establish procedures and protocols, and get immediately up and running so no patient was left behind. The clients of Innerspace Counseling and other intensive mental health facilities generally have difficulty functioning at home or in school or have emotional and/or behavioral...


Founder/Program Director at Innerspace Counseling, LLC., Ajita Shah, MA, LPC, NCC, was recently interviewed by Betsy Wurzel and discussed the need for mental health treatment, stigma, and the differences in the levels of mental health treatment available. You can listen to the interview here: Click Here


A new Teen Partial Care Program helps teens find balance through care and empowerment.

September brought in a new school year filled with uncertainty. Few schools in NJ are fully open, many are a hybrid of in-person & virtual learning, while others have fully virtual learning plans in place. While no one can answer the question of when it will all go back to normal, it was important for our team to meet the needs of...


Counseling Services Old Bridge

Signs You May Have Anxiety

July 17, 2020

Anxiety is a common mental disorder that affects approximately 18.1% of the population every year, according to the...more

The Benefits of Teletherapy

May 18, 2020

Teletherapy is a unique service that allows therapists and counselors to provide counseling services via a HIPPA-compliant video conference. This type of therapy is very similar to…more

The Benefits of Group Therapy

February 5, 2020

When most people picture therapy, they are most likely picturing individual counseling. However, there are many different types of therapy, and you may find that some…more

Signs It's Time to Seek Therapy

October 23, 2019

As sad as it is, many people don’t care for their mental health the way that they should. Eating healthy foods and exercising is a great way to care for your physical health, but what…more

Healthy Ways to Cope With Stress

September 5, 2019

Between work, school, and family, stress can affect many different areas of your life. Stress is an emotion that can be difficult to handle if you don’t use the right methods, and it can…more

Individual Counseling Services Old Bridge

Signs It's Time to Seek Counseling

April 10, 2020

It’s important to give your mental health the proper care it needs, whether that means exercising regularly to help cope with stress or making sure you’re getting enough sleep at night…more

How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Your Mental Health

May 30, 2020

Talking to others about mental health isn’t always the easiest conversation to start. In an ideal world, everyone would be well educated on mental wellness. However, if you disclose…more

What Is Mindfulness?

January 15, 2020

Mindfulness is a word you may have heard used if you have looked into therapy in the past or participate in activities that utilize meditation, such as yoga. You may have also just heard…more

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Explained

January 2, 2020

Those who have sought individual counseling in the past may have quickly realized that there are a variety of different therapy treatments, and it’s important to find the type that works…more

Family Counseling Services Old Bridge

How to Talk to Your Child About Therapy: Part Two

October 10, 2019

Therapy is beneficial for just about everyone. Many people believe that only those who have serious problems or mental health concerns need to attend therapy, but that’s not the…more

How to Talk to Your Child About Therapy: Part One

October 10, 2019

Therapy has a certain negative stigma that may prevent people from getting the help that they need. As an adult, you can understand that the help you will receive far outweighs…more