The Relationship Institute of New Jersey

Patrick Connelly, LCSW

Patrick Connelly, LCSW

The Relationship Institute of New Jersey provides provides relationship counseling and other psychotherapy services in New Jersey including: Egg Harbor Township 08234, Absecon 08201, Atlantic City 08401, Linwood 08221, Somers Point 08244, Galloway 08205, Ocean City 08226, Hammonton 08037, Margate 08402, Ventnor 08406, Mays Landing 08330.

He has received training on important topics that have enhanced his work, such as relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, and loss.  He seeks out continuing education each year to stay abreast of the latest research-based practices in the field and incorporate them into his work to the benefit of his clients.

For several years I worked and trained with The Gottman Institute. This training provides a sound, research-based approach to helping couples in any stage of a relationship – from new love to those wrestling with possible separation and divorce.

Education, License, and Certifications

  • Master of Social Work - Virginia Commonwealth University 1995
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker 1998
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Certified Gottman Therapist

I strongly believe that people have strengths within themselves to make positive changes in their lives. Therapy is a process of uncovering, or perhaps rediscovering, the inner wisdom that helps heal, sustain, and strengthen us.

-Patrick Connelly, LCSW

Specialized relationship training has enhanced my capacity to help couples find viable solutions to their problems. Has significant experience assisting individuals, families, and couples dealing with mental health, substance abuse, and past abuse/trauma issues. Regardless of the presenting issues, however, his objective as a psychotherapist is to empower people to embrace their self-identified goals and gain more fulfillment in their lives.

Over the years and with each work experience, he's become increasingly skilled in helping people sort through the complexities of their everyday lives and focus on making lasting positive change, both personally and in their relationships.  He feels excited and satisfied to see others move towards the things they want out of life!

Patrick feels fortunate in his career as a social worker and psychotherapist to have worked in a variety of community and private mental health settings and in higher education.  He has provided outpatient individual, family, couples, and group therapy, as well as residential and intensive day treatment. In addition to his counseling role, he have directed counseling programs, clinically supervised therapists and students, and provided education on mental health and substance abuse topics.  He has experience, interest, and success in working with both men and women and with adolescents and adults of all ages.


Patrick believes in long-term, healthy, vibrant relationships. The kind of relationship that is based on respect, fondness, and admiration for each other, while encouraging and supporting continued growth in both persons. He has spent the past 20 plus years in such a relationship, and continues to be amazed at the countless ways it has enriched his life.

He is deeply committed to helping others create their own vibrant, healthy, lasting relationships. I have worked with many couples struggling with a decline in marital satisfaction. The busy demands of life today can take their toll on a couple, and can make finding time to connect very difficult. Patrick's hope is that the help and tools he offers couples in therapy will empower them to experience greater relationship stability and joy.

Why Patrick Specializes in Relationships