Terry Griner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of New Jersey, as well as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Terry specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults who are struggling with anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, OCD, and stress management. Her expertise also includes counseling families who are looking for practical strategies to create meaningful and lasting change, as well as individuals seeking to heal their relationships with food and their bodies within a HAES-aligned, Intuitive Eating framework. Terry is committed to using evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is useful for high-risk behaviors and emotion dysregulation, as well as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and other anxiety disorders. Her approach includes utilizing science-supported interventions while partnering with each individual or family to tailor treatment to their unique needs and values within a safe, empathic environment.
Terry completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey and her M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at William Paterson University. She completed her Master’s internship at Montclair State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), where she discovered her love of working with young adults. Terry conducted psychotherapy with college students experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, personality disorders, and a variety of adjustment concerns during this formative developmental period. Following completion of her Master’s degree, she began working for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, (UMDNJ) with a focus on providing counseling and education to families caring for an adult loved one with a serious mental illness. This experience helped her to develop a greater appreciation for working with families and caregivers as they develop skills to create a more effective, peaceful, and supportive family system.
Following UMDNJ’s merger with Rutgers University, Terry further solidified her passion for the young adult population while working with youth and young adults experiencing early psychosis as well as anxiety, depression, mania, OCD, and substance use. This work highlighted the importance of meeting each individual where they are at in their own unique journey while teaching skills to move towards their personally meaningful and individual goals. In addition, Terry worked with youth at risk for developing a serious mental illness, with interventions aimed at mitigating this risk. She has also worked in group-based programs at Rutgers and Care Plus NJ, Inc. providing a range of therapeutic, supportive, and psychoeducational interventions to adults experiencing a variety of both acute and chronic mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
In addition to working with adolescents, adults and families, Terry is passionate about community outreach and education about mental health. She has been involved in various community and professional presentations. Terry has been actively involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is dedicated to fighting stigma associated with mental health conditions. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well as New Jersey Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NJ-ACT). Terry is also active within both the Intuitive Eating and HAES communities.
Terry is a lover of learning and actively pursues continuing education, both formally and independently. She is dedicated to continuously growing and providing the most effective interventions. She also maintains that each individual possesses unique strengths that should be identified, respected and cultivated. She believes in the resilient nature of the human condition, is an avid supporter of each individual’s right to autonomy and self-determination, and asserts that the connection that she facilitates with each of her clients is the crux of the therapeutic process.