Meet Serena Brennan, LCSW:

Hello! I’m a therapist at Olive Branch Therapy Group and a licensed clinical social worker. I received my undergraduate degree from Montclair State University and my graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. I’ve been in practice since 2017.

My Therapy Specialties:

I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, anger issues, stress, self-esteem issues, relationship/family conflicts, OCD, grief/loss, and adjusting to life transitions.

I also have a particular interest in working with those who struggle with chronic illness, as well as their caretakers and family members. Additionally, I am passionate about working with those experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss, or new parenthood.

What drew me to this work:

Growing up as the child of someone with a chronic illness, I often found myself in the caregiver role. I saw first-hand how this affected my family and my personal development, and I have always wanted to use what I learned from my experiences to help others. One of my biggest takeaways is that building your support system is key, whether that be in the form of family, friends, teachers, colleagues, or therapists. It is my goal as a clinician to be a piece of that support system for all of my clients.

My style:

It is my strong belief that therapy be a safe, welcoming, and calming space in which clients can come without fear of judgement or criticism. My style is warm, validating, and supportive. In my work with clients, I like to take a holistic, client-centered approach utilizing techniques from mindfulness, CBT, strengths-based therapy, as well as art and play therapy. We will work collaboratively to explore how patterns in behavior, thoughts, and feelings can affect your life and relationships, and create individualized goals to address your needs, learn new coping skills, and gain a better understanding of yourself.

Services I offer:

In-person individual, couple, and family therapy as well as online video counseling for residents of New Jersey.

Serena Brennan’s Credentials:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) License #44SC06017600.
  • Palliative Care Champion Certified
  • Languages Spoken: English