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Sarah Schleifer, MSSW, LCSW is a NJ and NY licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Teaneck, N.J.
Experience & training
Her clinical career spans over 30 years during which she worked in family therapy, hospital and outpatient mental health settings. After building the first Partial Hospitalization Program at Mountainside Hospital, she was recruited to begin QUEST – the Partial Hospitalization Program at Hackensack University Medial Center. During her 10 year tenure she continued to expand the Behavioral Health Services by developing new programs including several Intensive Outpatient Programs, the Center for Trauma Recovery, Eating Disorders Program and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Outpatient Programs.

In collaboration with the Mother/Baby nursing staff of HUMC, she developed a Post-Partum Depression screening and treatment program. She provided training to the New Jersey Hot Line Staff as part of Governor Codey’s PostPartum Awareness initiative. In November 2006, she started the PostPartum Depression Support Program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, including offering in-service training and grand rounds to nurses and physicians.

Within hours of the tragic events of 9/11, she coordinated HUMC’s Psychiatric Hotline, emergency debriefing and counseling services to offer trauma services to the community. In 2005, she served as clinical consultant for the “For You NJ 9/11” Program of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University Behavioral HealthCare to develop and offer programs to 9/11 survivors and their families.

Demonstrating her commitment to the mental health profession, she has supervised and trained graduate social work students and psychiatric residents from New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She served as Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work in New Brunswick, N.J. She has lectured extensively for community groups and national professional organizations.

Currently in private practice, she has offices in Teaneck (North Jersey) and Lakewood ( South Jersey-  to some this is middle of NJ) .

Dear Mrs. Schleifer,

I have thought of you often and I’ve referred back to things you taught me that were so helpful.  I have nice memories of our conversations and I can see the benefits of them in my relationship with my husband and family.  I hope you are continuing in your excellent work, with g-d’s help.

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Sarah,

Not only did you save my life once, but you saved it again and again and continue to save it.  When I feel like I’m in a dark tunnel and there’s a dark cloud on me, trapping me and life seems so overwhelming and alone and suffocating…..when all I want to do is burrow deep under the covers and never come out…..you give me the skills to succeed and the knowledge that you think I can.  You show me hope, you show me the light at the end of the tunnel, that there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.  You help me forge ahead and use the skills you’ve taught me to jump over the hurdles….and go on.   No words are enough to describe the amount of gratitude I have for you. May Hashem repay all the good you’ve done and continue to do for all the people you have helped, and taught, and listened to.

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Dear Mrs. Schleifer,

Thank you so much for all your advice, wisdom and support during our journey the past few years.  It is only because of you that we were able to get through so many difficult times so well.  You enabled us to strengthen our family as an independent unit and survive the constant ups and downs that was our lives during this time.  The building of our family is in your zechus.  Thank you for everything.

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My experience with Sarah was ideal.  She helped me navigate to and pinpoint my areas of weakness quickly, and gave me invaluable guidance to overcome my emotional obstacles within a few short months!  I was discharged from therapy with a large array of “tools” that I will carry along with me forever, with the ability to tackle any “bumps in the road” that I encounter in the future.  I highly recommend Sarah as a therapist, who facilitates superior results for her clients.

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I’m seeing continued good results from the work I did with you, specifically in my sense of self and self leadership.  I see it in how I interact with others and with my own self. For that and for all your kindness and compassion to and for me I am very grateful.

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