Marlene McDermott LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor (NJ)


About Me

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 5-65

Marlene McDermott, LMFT, is a therapist offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations include anger management, addiction, marriage and family counseling, play therapy and stress management. Marlene is person-centered and systems-oriented. She treats everyone where they need to be met and works with the entire family system to help them heal and grow. She works on the present, accepting the past and planning for a healthier future.

Marlene has always had an interest in helping others and has been practicing in the field for over 20 years. She has spent her career helping people to be better versions of themselves.

In her free time, Marlene loves to cook and even attended cooking school in France.

“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”- Virginia Satir


“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” – Virginia Satir 

Please note, that if you should need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we require no less than 24 hours notice.


No Show Policy: To ensure that we provide the best care to you, we reserve specific appointment times for our services. This time is only reserved for your appointment. Therefore, we maintain a cancellation policy that includes payment for missed appointments. Should you not give 24 hours notice, or fail to attend an appointment without notice, your credit card will be automatically charged the full rate for the visit. It is $125 for initial sessions and $50 for follow-up sessions. Please be aware that continued missed appointments will lead to discharge. Please call 1 800 442 8938 to cancel or reschedule any appointments.



2018 – Present, Center for Family Guidance

Group Therapist

2008 – 2014, Serenity Counseling, LLC

Co-owner and Therapist

2010 - 2012, Gloucester County College

Adjunct Professor: Psychology of Human Development and Interpersonal Psychology

2005 – 2008, Hampton Counseling Center

Director, Primary Adolescent Therapist

2004 – 2005, Children’s Interim Response Team

Behavioral Specialist Consultant

2002 – 2004, East Bay Agency for Children

Program Director, Clinical Social Worker

2001 – 2002, Families First

Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, High School Day Treatment

2000 – 2001, Medical Pavilion

Mental Health Counselor, Acute Psychiatric Unit


California State University, Hayward, CA

Master of Science, Educational Psychology (emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy)

St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Science, Psychology


  • Anger Management
  • Addiction
  • Marriage and Relationship Counseling
  • Play Therapy (child and adolescent)
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Post-Partum Depression
  • Family Therapy
  • Grief Counseling