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Testimonials

I believe the best testimonial comes directly from the people I’ve helped.

 

 

Rhonda W.

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2/22/16

 Excellent Clinician and Human Being

I started seeing Irene several years ago, to help me sort out some of the more challenging issues in my life. I was nervous because I had never been to a therapist, but I was point in my life when I needed some help because what I was doing was not working. When I met Irene for the first time she immediately put me at ease with her bright smile and warm heart. She provides an environment of safety, trust, and comfort. Irene gave me many tools to be able to handle life challenges with ease and grace. I am especially grateful to Irene for her recommendations on resource books and the EE workshop.( The workshop was transformative) If you are looking for a warm, compassionate, supportive, experience, intelligent therapist then look no further. Irene is your choice. Best decision I ever made.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Rhonda. It is an honor to walk alongside you as you become your best self. And that best self is absolutely beautiful!

 

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Sarah G.

12/21/15

 Best Supervisor

I saw Irene weekly for supervision for about a year while accruing hours toward my license. She offered a healthy perspective of the work I was doing at the time and her feedback was honest and encouraging. We covered everything from professional development issues to specific skill practice during our time together. I honestly felt I became a better person and counselor as a result of being Irene's supervisee and, although I was thrilled when I finally got my license, I was sad our sessions were over. She's wonderful in every way!

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Sarah. You are a gifted clinician and a pleasure to work with. Your commitment to learning and growing both personally and professionally are so admirable.

 

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Deborah H.

12/17/15

 Professional, friendly, efficient and reliable

Irene is everything one could ask for in a supervisor. She is patient, calm and respectful. You can feel free to share all of what you experienced and your feelings. She will help you learn everything possible out of your experience. I am very grateful to have had her as part of my experience, I learned so much from her. She is an amazing person and an excellent supervisor.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Debbie. I admire your honesty and positivity. It is a pleasure to work with you.

 

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Jill P.

12/15/15

 Very Professional, Caring, and Empathetic

Irene was my supervisor for a brief time while obtaining my LPC in NJ. Irene was very supportive throughout the experience. She took the time to listen to what I had to say and was also able to give me constructive feedback on how I can overcome my own obstacles and barriers. What I enjoyed most about working with her is her genuineness and openness within our discussions. She has taught me ways of seeing things from a different perspective, which has helped with my own personal and professional goals.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Jill. You are a very skilled clinician with incredible capacity for self-reflection and openness to feedback and insight.

 

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Sharon G.

12/14/15

 Wonderful insight and support!

Irene offered excellent insights into my work and did so in a supportive environment. She was organized and professional. She brought with her a wealthy of information about counseling tools and techniques to improve my skills.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

It is always a pleasure to work with you, Sharon. I look forward to learning and growing together.

 

 

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Neva P.

12/12/15

 Irene is an excellent therapist

If you are looking for a therapist who can help you find your way in life Irene is the one to help you. She is very knowledgeable, non-judgmental and supportive of your journey.

Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Neva. I admire you as a colleague and a friend. I've learned so much from you about strength and resiliency. And mostly, about how laughter can heal.

 

 

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Heather Z.

12/8/15

 Irene has been incredibly helpful with helping me sort through the tough stuff. She always has great, tactical suggestions on how I can put our work into action. The number of books and techniques she harbors is significant! I consider her to be in the arena with me - always wanting me to succeed and progress. Could not be happier with her services.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Heather. It is a pleasure to work with you. I admire and at times am in awe of your commitment and dedication to being your best self.

 

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Heath W.

12/4/15

Exceptional Therapist!

Irene possesses the ability to heal with such ease and has an innate sensibility of what people need. She is very real and authentic. She is a person you know you can trust and feel safe with right off the bat. Her wisdom and insight help make sense of the trying times in life and to heal the wounds one collects along the way. I highly recommend Irene to anyone interested in personal growth and healing. She is the best!

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Heath. You have been a great support to me in learning and healing. Your gifts have supported me in finding my own.

 

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Elizabeth P.

12/3/15

 Experienced, Compassionate and Supportive Therapist

I have had the great pleasure of being one of Irene Dougherty's colleagues, since the fall of 1994. I have observed Irene in a variety of settings and have been impressed by her ability to really connect with her clients, in a compassionate way; to understand their concerns and struggles, while maintaining a professional stance, which includes collaborative problem-solving and the utilization of a wide variety of interventions. Irene is keenly aware that each client she sees is a unique individual, pursuing their life's path. She respects each client's ability to find their own voice and feels privileged to join with clients as they journey toward "wholeness." Irene's long-standing commitment to human rights is genuine and manifested in her therapeutic work. In summary, I believe that any client would benefit from working with Irene Dougherty, a gifted therapist.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Elizabeth. It has meant so much to me to have you as a trusted colleague and dear friend over the years. You are a gift to me.

 

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Cindy S.

11/29/15

 Totally trust Irene and you feel unconditional support from her!

I started therapy with Irene about four years ago. I was suffering from PTSD from being sexually assaulted as a child. She has changed my life! The work that we have done together was intense. I always felt her unconditional support as I relived my trauma. She has unlocked my heart and I can fee joy again! Her office is warm and inviting. I would recommend her to anyone or any couple of any family that needs help!

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank You Cindy. You have taught me about courage. You can do anything! So happy to watch all your dreams come true.

 

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Mike J.

11/27/15

 She is an amazing therapist, and person!

I highly recommend her as a therapist. I had never been to a therapist before. My partner and I decided that we wanted to make sure our relationship went in the correct direction, and Miss Irene was brought into our lives. She not only helped our relationship to grow and become stronger - she helped my relationship with my family to grow and become closer - opening up to them and sharing my life! She is very open, caring, and such a very pleasant woman - truly an Angel. Thank you Irene!

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Mike. Your generosity and compassion make you an amazing man. It's been my pleasure to know you and work with you.

 

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Patrice B.

11/23/15

 Irene has changed my life!

Irene is the most amazing person. I found her on a website after going through two therapist. I was frustrated that none of the other therapists made me feel comfortable to open up. I felt like I was being judge with other therapist. Not with Irene. I loved her immediately. I knew she was special and I worked with her for 3 years. She has helped me develop the compassion and self-love I need to be happy in my life and be a contribution to others. I send all my family and friends to her. Everyone loves Irene and she has helped my family heal tremendously. I would recommend her for children or adults.

Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Patrice. You are an amazing woman and it has been a gift to watch you embrace and love your beautiful self.

 

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Christopher P.

11/23/15

 Attentive, flexible, accommodating, genuine, caring, sincere.

I reached out to three therapists, as I was wanting to start couple therapy since I reached the point in my relationship where I needed some help if the relationship was going to work. I had a couple conditions to start with a therapist. Silly conditions really, however important to me. Two of the three therapists blew me off because of the conditions I identified, Ms. Dougherty did not. So she was who I chose. For me ,if you could not accommodate my silly conditions, it spoke volumes to me about the therapists ability to "handle" me as I am not always an "easy" person to deal with in my view. I made the right decision in Ms. Dougherty. I am happy to report that she has been a great help in fostering my healthy relationship, as well as seeing me thru other unrelated but difficult issues. I would highly recommend Ms. Dougherty.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Chris. You are inspirational and it has been an honor to support you through your journey.

 

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Stacie B.

11/22/15

 Exceptional Support and Healing Energy

What I can say for sure from direct experience is that the environment Irene creates during sessions is one of comfort and healing within which wellness organically occurs. There is an air of trust and support that Irene evokes at every level that eases the fear and anxiety that can come from opening up. I would strongly recommend Irene's services to anyone seeking exceptional support, guidance and care.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you Stacie. It has been absolutely delightful to witness your having dreams come true. You are a phenomenal woman.

 

 

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Anonymous A.

11/3/15

 Best Counselor I've Ever Encountered

Irene has been my counselor for 4 years now. She allows me the space to feel safe and okay about any emotion or thought that I'm feeling or thinking yet at the same time gives me the tools and advice to learn to see a situation in a new, healthier light. My life has changed dramatically since I started to see her. I've seen other counselors; none have had the impact on my personal growth the way Irene has. Irene is kind, patient, and empathetic. These are definitely traits you need in a counselor as you explore parts about yourself that can be difficult or painful to face. I would recommend Irene to anyone. In fact, I wish everyone would go see Irene. The world would become a better, much healthier place.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

I am so blessed to meet and work with incredibly courageous people who are committed to better understanding themselves and making change even when it requires going to the painful places. I am amazed and honored to witness what can happen.

 

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Faye M.

10/28/15

 My experience with Irene has been nothing but, fantastic; she has helped work through issue that have bothered me for years. Through Irene I have finally experienced the happiness of letting go of things that don't matter, and have learned that you can be strong and vulnerable at the same time. She is compassionate and empathetic. She helps you find your answers using different types of techniques, and she doesn't use mirroring questions: example "well what do you think". The therapy is real and genuine, and that's why I would recommend her to anyone.

 Response from Irene M. Dougherty, M.Ed. Licensed Professional Counselor

Thank you, Faye. It is a pleasure to walk along you as you find the happiness you deserve. It is a gift to watch you become your best self. Irene