Last edited 03/01/2024

Lesley Petersen LCSW

VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Lesley Petersen Licensed Clinical Social Worker

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Fridayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Saturdayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Sundayfrom 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session, as with all Thriveworks therapists, will involve talking through your needs and goals for therapy — whether those involve managing depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or another mental health challenge. This will enable you to receive the very best care, as a personalized treatment plan will then be developed for subsequent sessions. Thriveworks helps people live happier, more fulfilling lives. Clients are guided and supported as they work through their unique mental health challenges – and, along the way, shown the life-changing power of therapy.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I offer a variety of counseling approaches including CBT / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems. As an LCSW with 15 years of experience, I have been privileged to help children, adolescents, adults, and families to reach their goals and live a life worth living.

What should we know about your experiences and background?

Lesley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience. She's passionate about helping children, adolescents, adults, couples and families address their individual challenges to assist them in living their best life. Lesley specializes in depression, anxiety, emotional difficulties, life stressors, and interpersonal difficulties. Lesley completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Monmouth University. She provides services to clients with a strengths-based (SBT), person-centered (PCT), cognitive behavioral (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy approach (DBT). Lesley also prides herself on ensuring an open, non-judgmental therapeutic environment to guide her clients toward their therapeutic goals. Lesley is confident that she can support and join you in the process of change to reach your therapy goals and live your best life. If you are ready to do the work, schedule an appointment with her today. Be ready to evolve and grow into a better you.




Borderline Personality Disorder

General Expertise



Borderline Personality Disorder

Bipolar disorder


Coping Skills

In-Network Insurance




Cigna EAP




First Session$200
Individual Therapy$170
Marriage & Couples Counseling$170
Family Therapy$170
Group Therapy$170

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Family Therapy

Group Therapy


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Emotionally Focused Therapy


  • New Jersey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 44SC05578900


Masters of Social Work, Monmouth University

Work History


Online Therapy

Office at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River, Toms River, NJ

Frequently Asked Questions About Lesley Petersen, LCSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Lesley Petersen, LCSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Lesley Petersen accepting new clients?

Yes, Lesley Petersen is accepting new clients for online therapy in New Jersey and in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River, 10 Allen Street Suite 4-B, Toms River, NJ, 08753.

Does Lesley Petersen accept insurance?

Yes, Lesley Petersen accepts insurance, including Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Cigna EAP, Humana and Optum.

What types of therapy does Lesley Petersen offer?

Lesley Petersen offers therapy for couples, families, groups and individuals.

Does Lesley Petersen offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Lesley Petersen offers in-person appointments at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River, 10 Allen Street Suite 4-B, Toms River, NJ, 08753.

Does Lesley Petersen offer online therapy?

Yes, Lesley Petersen offers online therapy via video sessions to people in New Jersey.

How quickly can I see Lesley Petersen?

Lesley Petersen typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Lesley Petersen speak?

Lesley Petersen conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Lesley Petersen online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Lesley Petersen online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.