Esther (Ellen) Gendelman

Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC

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Why Esther (Ellen) Gendelman chose to be in the helping profession

My journey into the helping profession was driven by a deep-seated passion for assisting individuals in their personal growth and realizing their full potential. For over ten years, I've been dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships and advocating for the success of those I work with. It brings me immense satisfaction to witness the positive transformations that can occur when individuals are provided with the support and guidance they need to thrive.

Esther (Ellen) Gendelman's approach

I believe that close connections are the essence of a fulfilling life. Without meaningful relationships, life can feel dark and lonely. In my practice, I've found that a positive, nurturing approach centered on identifying and building strengths, drawing from modalities such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS, and the Gottman Method among others, is more effective than solely focusing on weaknesses. Personal growth blossoms within caring, nurturing relationships, and it's incredibly rewarding to witness the positive transformations that can occur when individuals are provided with the support and guidance they need to thrive.

What you can expect from sessions with Esther (Ellen) Gendelman

Throughout our life journey, from infancy to adulthood, we all crave emotional validation and a sense that we matter to someone. It's not just about meeting physical needs; it's about experiencing the warmth of companionship. Loneliness can overshadow any achievements when loving connections are absent.

Imagine finding treasure on a deserted island; the initial happiness would fade without the ability to share the discovery. I've spent over twenty-five years as an educator, working with parents, teachers, and students. During my tenure as a school principal for over ten years, I witnessed firsthand that successful individuals excel in creating and nurturing healthy, respectful relationships. When you engage in therapy with me, you can expect a practical and results-oriented approach that focuses on addressing your specific needs and goals, helping you navigate life's challenges with greater resilience and confidence.

Esther (Ellen) Gendelman's experience working with the Jewish community

In my work as a mental health professional, I've developed a deep connection with the Jewish community, drawing upon my decade-long tenure as a Jewish school principal. This experience has given me unique insights into the challenges and dynamics of this community, and it has further reinforced my belief in the profound importance of secure, loving relationships within it. Peace of mind, optimism, and resilience are closely linked to these connections, and it's my mission to help you experience the feeling of being loved and cherished within this community. I invite you to give yourself the gift of transformation through our journey together.

Languages spoken


People I work with

Adolescents (13-18) Adults Individuals Couples Families Groups

Personal religious affiliations


Jewish community experience


Where people can see me in person

Toms River

200 Jumping Brook Dr, Toms River, New Jersey

14 years in practice


  • MS Counseling and Human Services by Indiana University 2005


  • Excellence in Counseling ( graduate award) by IUSB faculty 2005
  • Excellence in Jewish education by Grinspoon-Steinhardt 2005


  • Life Coaching completion and hired as mastercoach by Livingston Coaching 2014
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy by ICEEFT board 2015
  • EMDR certified by EMDRIA 2018
  • DBT ( 80 hour training) by Dr Charlie Swenson 2019


  • active member by EMDRIA 2018
  • active member by ICEEFT 2015

Average costs per session


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