Focused on Strengthening, Engaging & Connecting

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Strengthening Ties Counseling is focused on helping others find their inner strength and what ties them to a healthier sense of self. Often times we find ourselves, our children, and our families not thriving and simply existing in a state of chaos. We want to assist you in strengthening, connecting, and identifying those areas that are hindering you from being your best self.

Various stages of life require varying approaches to therapy and we work with you in identifying what works best for you, your child, or your family. We understand that with therapy there is not a one size fits all approach.

While working on oneself, we realize that we are part of larger systems. At Strengthening Ties Counseling, we work on those systems through our Restorative Paths program. Restorative Paths allows us to work with school districts, corporations, and small businesses to build relationships and a sense of community.

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We offer services for a number of topics to varying age groups & settings in English & Spanish:

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Young Adults




Small Businesses



Please understand that we are not an emergency center.

Please call 911 if there is an emergency or if you are in crisis.

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Our Services

Strengthening Ties Counseling uses online video appointments through a HIPAA compliant Telehealth platform. We've found that this method of delivery eliminates scheduling difficulties, commuting, and allows services to occur from the comfort of your own home.

*Therapeutic services may only be offered to clients living in the state of New Jersey.*

Individual Therapy

Initial Consultation:


(20 minutes)

Intake-Initial Appointment:


(60 minutes)

Individual Session:


(45 minutes)


Psychological Evaluation

Types of immigration cases:

  • Extreme Hardship waiver (1-601; 601A)
  • Asylum
  • Cancellation of removal

*Cost of EVALUATIONS varY on Case & report submission*

Professional Development

Restorative practices for educators (formerly Introduction to Restorative Practices & Introduction to Circles

Restorative Justice Conferencing

Engaging Students & Families

*contact to information on cost of professional*


Please understand that we are not an emergency center.

Please call 911 if there is an emergency or if you are in crisis.

Team Members

Stephanie L. Natera, MSW, LCSW

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Stephanie L. Natera is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, mental health advocate, and the Founder of Strengthening Ties Counseling, LLC. She is licensed in the state of New Jersey with over eleven years of experience in the field of Mental Health. Stephanie is also a NJ Certified School Counselor and School Social Worker with experience with students in various K-12 settings.

Stephanie graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors in Women & Gender Studies and from Rutgers University with a Masters of Social Work. Stephanie has completed trainings in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness, Grief & Loss, Restorative Practices and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Stephanie was trained in Restorative Practices by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Throughout her tenure as a School Social Worker, she used restorative practices to help build the climate and culture of her school community and help all stakeholders foster healthy relationships. In time, Stephanie became a trainer of Restorative Practices and has since trained school districts in Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Stephanie trains schools and corporations to to utilize restorative practices to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and restoring relationships..

Stephanie is fluent in English and Spanish and conducts individual, family, and group therapy in both languages. She has experience working with individuals of diverse backgrounds and family makeups. She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has worked with members of the LGBTQ+ community in various phases of their lives. She is dedicated to helping others transform their lives and strengthening their ties to various facets of life (themselves, their families, their past, and future).

Stephanie has had clinical experience with a wide range of diagnoses and issues, including:

  • Adoption
  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, physical)
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Academic Achievement and/or Behavioral Problems
  • Cultural Competence
  • Depression
  • Difficulties with Divorce & Custody
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parent Limit Setting
  • Parent Conflict
  • Substance Abuse
  • Social & Coping Skills

Restorative Paths is one of our professional development programs that helps those who attend have a greater understanding of restorative practice and how to implement them in your setting.

Restorative practices is the science of community and relationships. The restorative practices continuum provides a space for individuals to be 80% proactive and 20% responsive.

Why do we need restorative practices?

  • It improves & strengthens relationships
  • It improves behaviors in various settings
  • Creates sense of belonging
  • Creates sense of community
  • Creates independent thinkers


Therapy Appointments

Strengthening Ties Counseling is not In-Network with any insurance companies. However, we are happy to provide you with a Superbill if your plan has an Out-of-Network benefit; it may be provided on a weekly or monthly basis. A Superbill is a receipt for services that contains the information requested by insurance companies. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to discuss details about your Out-of-Network benefits.

We accept several payment options: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, HSA, FSA.

Payments are made at the beginning of each session; credit cards will be automatically charged.

Cancellation Policy

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel an appointment within 24 hours, or if you are a no-show for any reason, you will be billed the full cost of the session.

Professional Development

All payments must be received 3 business days prior to the date of training.

All cancellations received 60-days prior to the training date will receive a full refund.

Any cancellation made 30-days prior to the training date may be eligible to reschedule for a future date of training.

No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the training date.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In what languages do you provide services?

  • English & Spanish

What insurances does your practice take?

  • We are an Out of Network Provider; we are not paneled with any insurance.

You do not take any insurance, now what?

  • As an out-of-network provider I am able to supply a "superbill," you can submit that to your insurance company for reimbursement for payments made.

How much do you charge for each therapy session?

  • Individual Sessions: Intake $175 & Each Session: $150

What forms of payment do you accept?

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, HSA, FSA

What is your cancellation policy for therapy sessions?

  • We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you cancel an appointment within 24 hours, or if you are a no-show for any reason, you will be billed the full cost of the session.

Contact Us

Please contact us for any additional questions you may have via phone or email:


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