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Forward Progress Counseling Services  Welcomes You

Feeling stuck? At a crossroads in your career or emotional life? Even the strongest among us can feel lost, unsure, ambivalent, or unhappy at times, especially during these uncertain times. As a mental health counselor, I can help you understand and manage whatever life throws at you, and how to do it successfully. I believe that everyone has the strength to truly thrive when the right supports are in place.

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Maureen Ryan, MSW, LCSW

Director/ Lead Therapist

I have been in the field of social work for over 10 years, with experience in corrections, Department of Children and Families, outpatient and in home settings. I specialize in helping people identify and achieve their personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing them distress, anxiety, and emotional conflict. I take great pride in assisting in the self-actualization of my clients, and am excited to assist you in your forward progress.

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Support That Makes a Difference

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Grief Support 

As a grief support specialist, I help people learn to manage their grief and navigate their way through the ongoing process of grieving. We provide a safe space to explore and experience grief, as well as guide the griever through ways to incorporate this lost relationship in their future. 

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Anxiety and Depression

These two experiences often go hand-in-hand. As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I help clients identify the automatic thoughts and feelings that contribute to distressful symptoms. I help client’s master appropriate coping skills to better manage these symptoms so they do not impact day to day functioning.


Family Counseling/Parental Support

I help families improve communication and address life experiences that impact the dynamic. I have vast experience with Children’s System of Care that allows me to provide parental support to better manage behaviors in the home, improve interactions and connect with each other. I am certified in Nurtured Heart, an intervention that parents can incorporate to develop a positive, mutually respectful relationship with their children.  

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Trauma Informed Care 

I have participated in extensive training to help clients manage the symptoms that trauma creates. Using mindfulness, motivational interviewing, progressive muscle relaxation and other CBT interventions, I help clients process their life experiences and improve their coping skills to better manage the symptoms they have contributed to. 

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Anger Management 

I offer an 8-week Aggression Replacement Training group that will help clients identify their triggers for anger, and master skills to deescalate themselves when experiencing anger. 

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“Our life is what our thoughts make it”

Marcus Aurelius

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35 Court St. Freehold, Monmouth County 07728


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