"I see better things...

The word 'meliora' is a Latin word which means "better things", "always better", or "the pursuit of better". The concept was most notably brought to light by the Roman poet Ovid. In his poem, "Transformations", Ovid's character, Madea, contemplates changing her path. She states, "video meliora, proboque", or, "I see better things, and approve."
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Would you believe me if I told you....

... that you have all of the resources to start feeling better. As human beings we are more resilient than we often give ourselves credit for. As we create safety together, my hope is that you can start to view yourself with empathy and compassion, discovering the strengths you already possess as you continue to navigate new terrain. My role is to shine a light in the dark, riding right alongside of you on the journey to uncover your internal and external resources. I offer movement based therapies (walking outside, playing sports, playing in general), using art, or simply talking, based on your preference. We will pull from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness based therapy, and psychodynamic therapeutic approaches. If you are reading this, that means you have already taken step number one, which I think is one of the hardest steps to take. This means that there is a part of you that wants to be seen. I feel honored to potentially be invited on the journey with you.
Samantha Saks
Owner & Clinician, LCSW


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Identity
  • Mindfulness
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Wellness
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Harming
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Transgender Issues
  • Women's Issues


  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Polyvagal-Based Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Art Therapy

Insurance Accepted

  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Oxford
  • Aetna
  • BlueCross and BlueShield


  • Fee Description: $0


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Tinton Falls, NJ 07724-2669

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