I bring 20 years of pastoral counseling experience to my clinical practice with adults, children, couples and families. My clinical and pastoral background gives me the opportunity to provide a gentle calming presence and a compassionate understanding to my work with individuals and families who struggle with managing life's challenges related to behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression. I also assist children and parents in adjusting to life transitions due to separation and divorce and dealing with loss and grief.
I am a dedicated professional who uses cognitive behavioral techniques to enhance personal growth and bring about individual change. My approach is supportive and caring as I help individuals and families heal and thrive through learning effective relationship skills, healthy stress management and effective coping mechanisms.
Wherever you are in your life journey, you are not alone. I will meet you there and help guide you to where you desire to be. Along with my MSW, LCSW, I hold an MA in Pastoral Counseling and a BA in Criminal Justice.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Paula Metzger now - (201) 350-7697


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Rutgers University
  • Year Graduated: 2008
  • License No. and State: 44SC05436800 New Jersey


  • Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $140
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Family Conflict


  • ADHD
  • Academic Underachievement
  • Adoption
  • Alzheimer's
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders

Client Focus


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Issues
  • Art Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015
Paula Metzger, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Ridgewood

Paula Metzger

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW