Welcome to Guided Growth!

Hi! I’m Emily, the owner of Guided Growth, LLC.

When I created my practice, I had this idea that you can enhance your life even if you are already generally happy or successful. If events from your past, or patterns in your day to day life have you feeling blocked, stuck, frustrated, or in pain, I’d like to help. To do this, I provide an integrative and highly supportive environment. A safe-haven for you to be creative with your ideas and interact more effectively with the world around you. I support your unique process as you discover the mysteries and revelations of your own mind. I want only to guide you. To watch you grow to understand yourself in ways you never imagined possible

I love what I do and I believe that comes across in the work. If anything I have said resonates with you, I hope you will reach out!



Dr. Emily Zimmerman-Levitt

“We are always one decision away from a completely different life.”

-Unknown Author



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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Integration

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Substance Use/Addiction

& Harm Reduction

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Book Club

My Approach

  • Self Discovery
  • Self-Actualization
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Hard work
  • Respect
  • Commitment
  • Humor
  • Authenticity
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • I highly value free will, self-efficacy, and self-actualization
  • I love what I do

If you are feeling stuck or just want to see what might be possible...

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I would be honored to be your co-collaborator and your guide

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My Vision

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My vision is to create a compassionate and empowering space for individuals to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. strive to facilitate authentic and collaborative relationships, where trust, empathy, and understanding are paramount. I aim to empower individuals to overcome challenges, embrace their unique strengths, and unlock their full potential so they may lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

I envision a world where mental health is prioritized rather than stigmatized and there is access to high-quality, culturally-sensitive psychotherapy services that promote holistic well-being and contribute to the overall betterment of society. I want to be a part of a future where mental health is nurtured and individuals are supported in their journey towards self-actualization.

Counseling & Psychotherapy


  • Short-term
  • Goal oriented
  • Provides guidance, support and practical solutions
  • Often utilized to address immediate concerns such as:
  • Adjusting to life changes
  • Managing stress
  • Improving communication skills or
  • Dealing with relationship problems


  • Longer-term duration
  • Deeper exploration of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors
  • Promotes self-understanding, personal growth & long term change
  • Often addresses underlying psychological issues such as depression, anxiety or trauma

Harm Reduction

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Harm reduction therapy is an approach to treating substance abuse and addiction that focuses on minimizing the negative consequences associated with drug and alcohol use, rather than requiring abstinence as the primary goal.

The primary objective of this type of therapeutic support is to enhance the overall well-being of individuals who use substances by reducing the risks and harms associated with their use. This approach acknowledges that some level of drug use may persist despite treatment efforts and aims to meet individuals where they are in their journey toward recovery.

This approach is geared toward:

  • Acceptance
  • Non-judgment
  • Focus on safety
  • Meeting individual needs
  • Goal setting and incremental change
  • Psychoeducation
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Substance Abuse Treatment & Support

For clients seeking to obtain or maintain complete abstinence from substances I utilize various therapeutic approaches to help you address the underlying psychological and emotional factors contributing to your use and together we work toward your recovery one day at a time.

Working with me will:

  • Serve as an adjunct for your 12-step meeting work
  • Build on your strengths and uncover problematic behaviors
  • Assess motivation and readiness for change
  • Work in collaboration with your other providers and supports
  • Assist in goal setting and incremental change
  • Encourage curiosity about your substance use and yourself
  • Provide ongoing psychoeducation

Brainspotting Therapy

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Brainspotting is a safe and effective therapy that was developed by David Grand Ph.D ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain.

This process allows the client to access and process deeply held trauma or distress in a safe and contained manner. Brainspotting aims to engage the deeper parts of the brain where trauma and emotional experiences are stored. By directly accessing these neural networks, the the therapy can facilitate the release and resolution of emotional and somatic symptoms associated with past traumas or distressing experiences.

Brainspotting is effective with:

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Attachment
  • ​Anger
  • Depression
  • Creative enhancement
  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Career stagnation, blocks, and setbacks
  • Grief
  • Addiction

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

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I offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in

partnership with an organization called Journey Clinical.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible patients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. I take on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while Journey Clinical’s medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine and monitoring outcomes. Below is more information about KAP to help you navigate if it may be a good fit for you.

Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental

health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has

rapidly-acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to

take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment and last for up to 2 weeks. It works by

blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors,

which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural

circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to

enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.

What is Journey Clinical?

Journey Clinical is a platform for licensed psychotherapists to incorporate science-based psychedelic therapies in their practice safely and effectively starting with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Journey Clinical’s in-house medical team takes on patient eligibility, prescriptions and outcome monitoring, while I take on the therapy. Their collaborative care model is designed to deliver personalized treatment plans to meet your individual needs and improve long-term outcomes.

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My Regular Fees are:

  • $250 for initial intake and assessment
  • $175 per 50 minute session thereafter
  • $185 for an extended Psychotherapy session
  • $195 for Couples/Family

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy:

  • My hourly rate is $175/hour. I reserve 3 hours for a typical dosing session
  • Journey Clinical Medical Costs
    • Medical Intake: $250 (One time fee, reimbursable through out-of-network)
    • Follow-up Sessions: $150/Session (minimum of 1/quarter, reimbursable through out-of-network)
  • Cost of Ketamine Lozenges: $75 for approximately 4-6 lozenges

(not covered by insurance)

Sliding scale:

  • I keep 4 sliding scale slots available at all times
  • These fill up quickly so if you qualify ask about the waiting list
  • I give priority sliding scale slots to BIPOC, Veterans, First Responders and Neurodiverse Clients

While I do not accept insurance plans directly, my services may be reimbursable in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • Does my insurance provide out of network reimbursement?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • What is the process for submitting my superbill for reimbursement?

Therapeutic Book Club

Embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery by joining our therapeutic Book Club. Together, we will delve into insightful and thought-provoking books that touch on various aspects of personal growth, mental health, and well-being. This is a safe and nurturing space where we can openly discuss our thoughts, emotions, and reflections inspired by the selected readings. Let's come together to explore literature that not only expands our minds but also nurtures our souls.

Your path to healing through the pages of a book begins here. To inquire or sign up for the group, please email Emily at guidedgrowthnj@gmail.com. In order to remain therapeutic and productive, groups will be limited in size

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Book: "The Monkey is the Messenger: Meditation & What your Busy Mind is Trying to tell you.

By: Ralph De La Rosa

Facilitator: Dr. Emily Zimmerman-Levitt, LCSW, LCADC

Join us as we embark on a new year of self-discovery, inspired by the wisdom found within "The Monkey Is the Messenger." This book promises to kindle rich discussions and profound personal insights, creating a supportive and engaging therapeutic reading experience. Dive into the pages of this thought-provoking book and begin your journey toward inner peace and transformation.

“My mind is so busy, I really need to meditate.”...“My mind is so busy, there’s no way I can meditate.”

Familiar dilemma? Rather than quitting meditation or trying to wall off the monkey mind, Ralph De La Rosa suggests asking yourself a question: If you were to stop demonizing your monkey mind, would it have anything to teach you?

Poignant and entertaining, The Monkey Is the Messenger offers a range of evidence-based, somatic, and trauma-informed insights and practices drawn from De La Rosa’s study of neuroscience and psychology and his long practice of meditation and yoga. Here at last—a remedy for all those who want to meditate but suppose they can’t because they think too much.

When: May 11th 1:00pm

Past Book Club Selections

(This book is also HIGHLY recommended before beginning KAP therapy with me).

August 2023

Book: "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself"

By: Michael A. Singer

In his book The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael A. Singer walks you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover where and why you have been blocking your own inner energy and getting stuck in a cage of your own making. Through clear descriptions, relatable examples, and metaphor, Singer shows you how to identify and observe your habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns and guides you in a new practice of letting go. Join me and the Therapeutic Book Club Group as we begin making lasting change at the source of our being. The seat our consciousness.

October 2023

Book: "Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle"

By: Emily Nagoski, PhD. & Amelia Nagoski, DMA

Join us in exploring "Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle" a transformative book that delves into the often overlooked world of stress and its impact on our well-being. Authored by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski, this empowering guide navigates the complexities of burnout and offers actionable insights to break free from its cycle. Through a blend of scientific understanding, personal anecdotes, and practical advice, the authors illuminate pathways to healing, resilience, and reclaiming a life marked by balance and vitality. Discover how to unravel the intricate threads of stress and embark on a journey toward renewed energy and profound self-care with this illuminating read.

January 2024

Book: "Einstein’s Dreams: A Novel”

By: Alan Lightman

In this imaginative work, Lightman weaves together a series of vignettes, each presenting a unique world where time behaves differently. Through these dreamscapes, the book delves into profound existential questions, inviting us to reflect on our own perceptions of time, the meaning of life, and the choices we make in the face of uncertainty. As we journey through the book's enchanting scenarios, we'll find ourselves drawn into a rich tapestry of philosophical inquiry, self-discovery, and empathy, making "Einstein's Dreams" a powerful tool for personal growth and healing in our therapeutic exploration.

Dr. Emily Zimmerman-Levitt LCSW, LCADC

Guided Growth, LLC


I hold a Doctorate of Social Work from Rutgers University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University Lincoln Center and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Georgian Court University.

I have been licensed in New Jersey as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the Board of Social Work Examiners, and Licensed as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) by the NJ Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. ​I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner & I am licensed In Pennsylvania as an LCSW as well.

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  • Guidedgrowthnj@gmail.com
  • 732-945-6833
  • My Monmouth County NJ Office is located at:

10 Mechanic St.

Suite 230, Red Bank, NJ


  • My Pennsylvania Clients are telehealth only at this time

Research, Publication & Media

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"Preoccupied Attachment as Predictor of Enabling Behavior: Clinical Implications and Treatment for Partners of Substance Abusers."

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Doctoral Research

"Trauma-Informed Infertility Treatment

Understanding & Attending to the Trauma Survivor's Experience of IVF."

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"A Therapist's Tales Podcast" Alcohol Awareness Month"

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