Welcome to Our NJAWT Website



A message from Meryl Nadell, President


Dear Members and prospective members, 

I welcome you to the 2019-2020 programming year. We are offering a splendid selection of topics to be presented by a group of talented mental health professionals. The goal of NJAWT is to provide women professionals with the opportunity to interact with their female peers and grow, learn and savor the feminine energy we bring to each other. This goal is still relevant now, 40 plus years after the organization was created.  

Being a therapist demands much more than the hours spent with clients or managing paperwork and billing.  It requires us to keep up with current findings and treatments related to mental health and to keep ourselves enthusiastic, engaged and supported by peers. It requires us to build our reputation or that of our agencies so we can attract the clients we best serve.  NJAWT hopes to continue to provide opportunities for this to happen.  We are always thrilled to see both long-time colleagues and newcomers at our events, connecting and sharing information and networking. Please see the “Programs” section for the 2019-2020 schedule. 

And we always make time to socialize. Before each evening general meeting, there is a light dinner and time to “eat, meet and greet”. Conversation hours also begin with food and much networking in a more intimate home setting.  Here also, we are continually impressed by our members’ desires to do the best work possible with clients and to learn about new approaches and ideas. These pleasant interactions are like having lunch with a special group of colleagues.  For those of us who work in private practice, it helps us feel less on our own.  We hope also to support existing and newly forming peer groups and book clubs. Our movie group, meeting four times a year, also serves these same functions. 

We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about the many benefits that NJAWT membership offers.  Members can enter the Members Only area on the website by using the sign in name and password received with your directory.  

We invite you to involve yourself in all this organization has to offer – for networking, learning and making new friends.  Perhaps as you become more engaged, you may also consider joining our Board in the future.  This too, continues to be an enriching experience for all involved.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.


Meryl Nadell, MSW, LCSW

(908) 654-9615, meryl.nadell@gmail.com


Mission Statement

The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists is organized to provide women therapists with an opportunity to meet for fellowship, for the exchange of ideas with colleagues, and for continuing education and professional growth.



Programs and Meetings

NJAWT is centered on our General Meetings and Conversation Hours.
Please click on the Programs tab for detailed information.



In May 2016 NJAWT Celebrated 40 Years
of Education and Support to its Members!


Next General Meeting

Sunday, January 19, 2020


6:00-7:00pm: Networking and Dinner

7:00pm-8:45pm: Business and Presentation



Presenter: Wendy Behary, LCSW


Peeking into the complexities of the narcissistic client can arouse our curiosity. Treating them individually or in the context of couple's work can arouse our sense of inadequacy and frustration. Maintaining a firm and flexible posture, assessing the necessary leverage for change, understanding our own personal triggers - along with the narcissist's makeup- helps us to bypass obstacles when dealing with them, promoting a sturdy stance for (empathetically) confronting and holding the narcissist accountable. In this presentation, you will be introduced to a treartment approach for narcissism and NPD informed by Schema Therapy; how to use empathetic confrontation to gain and maintain leverage and avoid power struggles, address entitlements and lack of receiprocity, access empathy, remorse, and responsibility, set limits, and meet early unmet needs.


Note: General Meetings are held at The United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit.  Parking is available nearby; closest is the lot in the corner of  DeForest & Woodland Ave. Enter church via the driveway on DeForest Ave.

Next Conversation Hour

Friday, December 6, 2019


10-10:30am: Light Breakfast and Networking

10:30am-Noon: Presentation




Presenter: Cara Maksimow, LCSW

Hostess: Marisa Tucker


As a therapist do you at times find yourself a bit stuck with a particular client? Unsure where to go? Despite highly effective treatment options, there is something below the surface that the client has not been able to verbalize or discuss. Brainspotting may be an option. Brainspotting is a powerful, mindfulness-based, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. It was discovered by David Grand, PhD while practicing EMDR in 2003. Join Cara Maksimow, LCSW to hear more about the history of Brainspotting and a basic introduction to the process and how she has been incorporating Brainspotting along with contemplative psychotherapy and polyvagal theory into her practice.  



See Member's Corner for more details and RSVP information.



 A new benefit of NJAWT membership has just been added!

It is a closed Facebook group, exclusively for the use of members, called NJAWT Members Connect.  The purpose of the group is to enable members to network and share information.  Members can ask questions about professional practice, and look for referral recommendations.  They can also share information about their practices, up-coming presentations and conferences, interesting articles and any other relevant information to professional practice.

Any members who already have a Facebook account and would like to join the group can click on  NJAWT Members Connect and ask to join the group.