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  • Writer's pictureDr Melissa Scherzer

"If it's meant to be. It's up to me."

Did life place me in this path or did I create my own path? Well, there were times that life shaped me into becoming a better psychologist and other times that I shaped my life to being what I wanted it to be. The opening of Scherzer Clinical & Behavioral Psychology is one of those times.

Although officially our doors opened on July 1, 2019, I often tell people that my passion for helping others developed in my teenage years when my parents capped my phone calls listening to friends in need at fifteen minutes! Later in life as part of undergraduate coursework I did a semester practicum at the Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center in NY and another at a battered women’s shelter in NJ and the road to helping others became more clear. Later at the Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology at Rutgers in New Brunswick I completed my Masters and Doctorate in Psychology.

I’ve spent the past ten years growing my reputation of helping others at a group practice in Springfield, NJ. People would often ask me why I didn't go out on my own but I was content & not willing to leave my patients. Finally it hit me - what if I did both? Stay in my group but also branch out on my own but the hesitation was still there and another year passed by. Finally, in the of Summer 2019 I decided to take the plunge into starting my own practice and the final push came from my 91 year old grandmother. One day as I sat listening to her tell me her stories about prior business ventures and successes, I shared with her my thoughts on starting my own private practice. And with absolutely no hesitation and eyes as cool as they could be, she turned to me and said, “ 'Remember, if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.' You should do it.” The rest is mostly logistics but it’s all been worth it and that is how the doors opened at 129 Washington Street in Morristown, NJ for Scherzer Clinical & Behavioral Psychology.

To schedule an intake call 973 343 6610.

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