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Couple by a Lake
Couple by a Lake


Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. 

Background and Training

My name is Charles Leighton and I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. I currently hold certifications in Group Psychotherapy, Yoga instruction, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (pending) and I am a stress management educator and coach. In addition to helping clients resolve their particular presenting problems, which may include depression, anxiety disorders, ADD, couples issues, or other diagnoses, my individual practice is committed to fostering lifestyle change and the development of conditions which we now know are essential for achieving lasting happiness. I am the founder and director of The Princeton Group Support Center ( PGSC ), in Skillman, NJ ( 5 miles north of Princeton ) which provides group support and group counseling, stress management ( yoga and mindfulness training ) and lifestyle management, including exercise and nutrition goal setting. Our groups treat a wide variety of diagnoses including anxiety, depression, chronic illness, adolescent issues,  PTSD and others. I have been in private practice for more than twenty years. I have offices in Skillman, New Jersey and at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where I am the director of  "The Heart Group," a therapy and lifestyle change program for people with heart disease which was recently featured in the PBS Documentary "The Mysterious Human Heart."  I was a senior trainer for The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.  I have lectured extensively on mental illness and stress, conducted published research on the effects of anger and written articles for scholarly journals. I have been a mental health consultant to such organizations as The New York Times, New York Hospital, Gilda's Club, Smith Center for The Healing Arts, and The Preventive Medicine Institute.  

Services Offered

I offer counseling for individuals, couples and families suffering with depression, anxiety disorders (such as panic attacks, OCD and PTSD ), and other mental illnesses, as well as those families who have parenting and marital concerns and those in need of anger management training. My colleagues and I also treat patients with Aspergers Disorder and ADHD. Through the Princeton Group Support Center, I lead a variety of support groups including anxiety and depression, stress management and recovering from Heart Disease and Cancer.

My Philosophy

I know it just isn't easy finding a good therapist.  Insurance limitations, finding the right chemistry and finances add to the problem. Moreover, it's even more difficult when you are feeling the pressure of anxiety or the pain that is often associated with depression or other mental illness. At my offices we offer therapies that are scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of these and other conditions and, just as important, we do so in a safe and respectful environment.  I believe that positive change can only occur when there is a caring and trusting relationship between a therapist and patient. The truth is, life is often very challenging and we all will find ourselves dealing with difficult or extraordinary circumstances at one time or another.  Understanding this makes it easier to be more emotionally available and compassionate, and to treat every person as an individual and not just as a collection of symptoms.  I also believe that while medication can be very useful for a small percentage of people, they are typically overused and should only be prescribed as a last resort after all physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual factors have been assessed and taken into consideration. Only then can a meaningful diagnosis or treatment plan be formulated.

My Approach

Most treatment is a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness and lifestyle training ( for example, nutritional, exercise and sleep issues, all of which account for a great deal of why we may feel imbalance in our life and must be addressed if progress is to be made).

So, if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

In the pages that follow, you can learn more about our practice.  I accept many insurance plans and offer a sliding scale for people who are not insured. If  you have further questions after viewing the site or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to call or email me. I will always try to return your call personally the same day and typically within a few hours. If I am unavailable for any reason, one of my colleagues will return your call promptly.

I look forward to working with you.


Charles Leighton, LCSW, CGP, CYT

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