Richard Pepin, LAC

Richard PepinRichard Pepin, LAC


Educational Background:

Richard completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Counseling at New Jersey City University. He further enhanced his training at Alliance Community Healthcare, where he focused on a humanistic approach to individual and group counseling.

Professional Experience:

Richard has a robust background in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families within the Jersey City community. His clinical work has included the application of various therapeutic models and techniques, such as de-escalation skills, community support, and cognitive restructuring to challenge negative thinking. Richard is skilled in assessing and addressing suicidality, depression, and anxiety, and has provided support to families dealing with behavioral issues in teens as well as ongoing support for those affected by domestic violence, trauma, and depression.

Specialized Training:

Richard has recently completed training focused on opioid addiction and has acquired skills in Motivational Interviewing, The Nurtured Heart Approach, Trauma Informed Care, and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). His training under the supervision of Dr. Vaibhavee Agaskar has equipped him to provide screenings in a non-judgmental manner, fostering a supportive and empowering environment for his clients.

Areas of Specialty:

Richard specializes in treating a range of conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • LGBTQ-related issues
  • Teen counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Self-harm

Therapeutic Approach:

Richard utilizes his empathetic skills to create an emotionally safe space for his clients, establishing a strong therapeutic alliance. He focuses on helping individuals discover their own resilience and capacity for internal peace, encouraging constant growth and self-discovery.

Professional Goals:

Richard aims to establish meaningful connections with his clients, ensuring they feel seen and heard, which he considers essential for effective therapy.

Personal Insights:

In his free time, Richard enjoys nature walks and spending quality time with friends. He is committed to personal and professional growth and encourages those around him to pursue the same.

Favorite Quote: “People who love peace need to learn to organize themselves as well as those who love war.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish (Fluent)