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Why Seek Help

Being a victim of a violent crime can evoke many different emotions and affect your daily life.
Everyone responds differently to trauma. While some are able to recover within a few months, for many the psychological effects may be long term. People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) often experience persistent nightmares or “flashbacks” or feel numb and may have difficulty responding to normal or average life situations. They may become depressed, have angry outbursts, or have difficulty sleeping.

Those affected directly by the crime are not the only ones at risk – these events typically effect the entire family. Family members of the victim are often in need of counseling and support as well.

How We Can Help You

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is able to offer free confidential counseling to adults and children in our Mercer and Ocean County offices. Eligible victims must be referred by the Victims of Crime Compensation Office prior to beginning treatment. Our licensed and trained clinicians are experienced with trauma counseling and are here for you.

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Our treatment services are trauma-informed and evidence-based. Using a variety of counseling methods can allow you to process the challenges you face in effort to regain balance in your daily life.

Methods Include:

  • EMDR
  • Sand Play
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • TF-CBT, and more

To get started, call the Joseph Zdeb:

(732) 557-9633 Ext. 163 –  Ocean
(609) 695-6274 Ext. 127 –  Trenton
(732) 674-2859  – Cell

If you or a member of your family are a victim of one of the following crimes you may be eligible for free counseling through Victims of Violent Crimes Compensation Office (VCCO):

    • Aggravated assault
    • Domestic violence
    • Sexual assault
    • Threats to do bodily harm
    • Murder
    • Kidnapping
    • Abuse (physical, sexual, etc.)


To discuss counseling options and schedule an appointment, please contact:

Joseph Zdeb Jr., LCSW

(732) 557-9633 Ext. 163 –  Ocean
(609) 695-6274 Ext. 127 –  Trenton
(732) 674-2859  – Cell

Other Resources

Victims of Crime Compensation Office

Helping Others Grow


Sand Play Therapist of America


The Kinship Navigator and Kinship Legal Guardianship Programs of The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey serve seven counties including Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Somerset, Ocean and Union.