July is Eating Disorder Month

No Body is Perfect!

GenPsych Eating Disorder TreatmentJuly marks eating disorder awareness month. It is important to understand that it is your body and you make the rules. Do not let the pressure of society over-rule something that is a necessity for your health. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. 24 million Americans suffer from eating disorders. 20% of those will die due to health complications or suicide.

Eating disorders are complex and well-known medical illnesses that can ultimately alter your emotional and physical health. Aside from affecting your body, eating disorders cause depression and anxiety. Not giving your body the necessary food intake can cause high/low blood pressure, kidney damage, failed organs, and heart problems.

There are several types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa being the most popular and deadly. Some additional eating disorders are bulimia nervosa and binge eating.GenPsych Eating Disorders

GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the importance of eating healthy. GenPsych offers a Healthy Eating and Living [HEAL] Program where certified counselors and doctors work closely with patients to develop a more sacred relationship with food and your body.

GenPsych has a Partial Care Program which is a full day, detailed program that meets for 6 1/2 hours, 5 days a week. This program includes two daily monitored meals plus a variety of specialized groups. Next, the Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3 1/2 hour, 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal and group meetings that focus on special areas of recovery.

For more information please go to http://www.genpsych.com/programs/eating-disorder-treatment

For more information on eating disorders visit http://nationaleatingdisorders.org

June is PTSD Awareness Month—Treatment Can Help and Recovery is Possible

Catherine Wetzell, MA, LPCBy: Catherine Wetzell MA LPC, Lawrenceville Program Director.

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and an opportune time to challenge your beliefs about PTSD – treatment can help and recovery is possible.

 

 

Damage from this disease is widespread–one in five wartime veterans suffers from PTSD.

PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD has the ability to slowly destroy social and family life, impede job performance, create marital and family discord, and hinder healthy parenting. In fact, statistics show that divorce among military couples is at an all-time high while the suicide rate among returning veterans is at an astonishing 22 deaths per day!

Active military duty brings unique challenges, sacrifices and stresses to service members and their families. It’s not uncommon for military members to feel anxiety, depression, or other negative emotions related to deployment, service or combat–and sometimes these feelings can be hard to manage.

GenPsych Lawrenceville runs a highly effective Military ½ day Partial Care Program for active duty military members who require a higher-level of care than the traditional outpatient therapy typically available to them on base. The program focuses on recovery from post-deployment PTSD and includes process therapy groups, individual therapy, psychiatric medication management, Military Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and more.

Visit the link below for more program information.
http://www.genpsych.com/programs/military-programs/

Genpsych Bridgewater to Participate in Bridgewater Township’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program for Parents

substance abuse parenting flierGenPsych Bridgewater will be participating in the Bridgewater Township Municipal Alliance Committee’s substance abuse prevention parenting program at the Bridgewater Municipal Complex on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. All parents or caregivers that reside in Somerset County are invited to attend the free workshop.

The 15 Minute Child Break Program is a one-hour multi-media presentation provided through the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ). Information on the parent or caregiver’s role on substance abuse prevention will be discussed at the session. Topics covered will be how to talk to children about drugs, signs of use and abuse, current drug terminology and trends of substance use. The presentation is viewed as an opportunity for parents and caregiver’s to understand both the role they play and the power they possess to prevent their children from abusing drugs and alcohol. The presentation is based on New Jersey specific research conducted by the PDFNJ’s Center for Prevention Research. The program is provided in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse and the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

Registration for the program is not required. The PDFNJ is a New Jersey Department of Education “Registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider.” All Educators who complete the Child Break session will receive a certificate for accrued professional development hours.

For additional information on the program please feel free to contact the Bridgewater Department of Human Services by telephone at (908) 725-5750 or by email at <a href=”mailto: health@bridgewaternj.gov”>Health@BridgewaterNJ.gov</a>. The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey offers a variety of free programs, services and materials. Additional information is available at www.drugfreenj.org.

GenPsych Bridgewater Opens Its Doors and Observed Mental Health Month

 

GenPsych Bridgewater Program Director, Rebecca Herzog, speaks one-on-one about GenPsych Bridgewater's cutting-edge host of mental health and substance abuse programs and services.

GenPsych Bridgewater Assistant Director for the site’s Adolescent Program, Rebecca Herzog, speaks one-on-one about GenPsych Bridgewater’s cutting-edge host of mental health and substance abuse programs and services.

On May 21, 2013, GenPsych Bridgewater observed Mental Health Month (May) and hosted a free open house event at their facility, inviting local health care providers to learn about their services.  Over a dozen therapists, nurses, and other health care providers attended the event to enjoy refreshments while listening to an energetic presentation given by several of the GenPsych staff.  Guests were then able to tour the facility to get a better idea of how operations for patients ran on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

 

 

Felicedy Gordon (left) and Lynnette Fiber (right) greet GenPsych Bridgewater's open house visitors.

Felicedy Gordon (left) and Lynnette Fiber (right) greet GenPsych
Bridgewater’s open house visitors.

GenPsych Bridgewater Executive Director, Jim Fay, outlines GenPsych's unique host of mental health and substance abuse services at the May 21, 2013 open house.

GenPsych Bridgewater Executive Director, Jim Fay, outlines GenPsych’s
unique host of mental health and substance abuse services at the May 21,
2013 open house.

June is Men’s Health Month: Local Resource Stresses the Importance of Mental Wellness in Overall Health

Mental Health is a “Silent Crisis” Among Men and Boys

Bridgewater, N.J. (June 4, 2013) – June marks Men’s Health Month, a special awareness period to help educate men, boys and their families about the importance of positive health attitudes and preventive health practices. GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, stresses the import role mental health plays in overall health for men and boys.

 

Mental health for men is being called a silent crisis, a sleeper issue that has crept into the minds of millions. At the heart of the problem are new and emerging pressures for men, stemming from changes in societal dynamics at work, in family, and personal life.

 

Women seek health care in much greater proportion than men. Men, on the other hand, traditionally shy away from the health-care system, and we are only now starting to understand why that is.

 

Men tend to view partners and friends as primary health sources. When they do reach a physician, men tend to focus more on physical problems, and are less likely to discuss deeper emotional issues,” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC. “Perhaps most influential are perceptions around male masculinity. As it is seen ‘unmanly’ to discuss weakness, mental issues become masked and often go undiagnosed.  Recognizing these barriers is only the first step to overcoming illnesses that might be weighing on a man’s mind. Greater understanding of new and emerging mental illnesses for men is equally as important, and hopefully the following will help to raise your awareness.”

 

For more information on GenPsych’s cutting-edge mental health programs, visit: www.genpsych.com. For Men’s Health Month ideas and resources, visit www.menshealthmonth.org .

 

About GenPsych, P.C.

 

Founded in 2005, GenPsych is one of New Jersey’s premiere providers of outpatient behavioral health services. GenPsych is dedicated to helping clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment. With four New Jersey locations in Brick, Bridgewater, Lawrenceville, and most recently Livingston (one additional location is in Sumter, SC) GenPsych’s team of elite professionals offer a continuum of high-quality mental health care and life enhancement services for each client’s specific needs. For more information on GenPsych please visit: www.genpsych.com.

May is Mental Health Month: Local Resource Stresses the Importance of Overall Wellness

Mental Wellness is Essential to Leading a Full and Productive Life

Bridgewater, N.J.(May 02, 2013) – May marks National Mental Health Month. This year’s theme, “Pathways to Wellness,” calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and overall health. While conditions like depression are common – roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition – They are extremely treatable. In order to raise awareness and to build public recognition around the role that mental health plays in overall health, GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, is observing Mental Health Month with a May 21 2013 open house at its Bridgewater, NJ location. The public is invited, free of charge, to learn more about how to maintain mental wellness, how to recognize when it’s time to seek professional help, and what local resources are available for support.

“Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s a good idea to take periodic stock of our emotional well-being.” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, P.C. “One recent study advised a mental health check-up as often as you get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health. Wellness is as much about keeping healthy as getting healthy”

Stress is a risk for everyone given the demands it brings and the challenges in the workplace and at home. However, there are steps that maintain well-being and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community.

The Bridgewater open house will be held on May 21, 2013 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at GenPsych (981 Route 22 West Bridgewater, NJ 08807) and lunch will be provided. GenPsych’s staff of experts will discuss the importance of mental wellness and the cutting-edge programs, groups, and other resources available to both adolescents and adults. If you’re interested in attending to meet the staff and hear about all the programs offered, please RSVP to (908) 231-0511 extension 128.

For more information on GenPsych, visit: www.genpsych.com or www.facebook.com/GenPsychPC

About GenPsych, P.C.

Founded in 2005, GenPsych is one of New Jersey’s premiere providers of outpatient behavioral health services. GenPsych is dedicated to helping clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment. With four New Jersey locations in Brick, Bridgewater, Lawrenceville, and most recently Livingston (one additional location is in Sumter, SC) GenPsych’s team of elite professionals offer a continuum of high-quality mental health care and life enhancements services for each client’s specific needs. Fore more information on GenPsych, please visit: www.genpsych.com

Genpsych Lawrenceville to Offer April 2013 DBT Clinical Training

Catherine Wetzell, MA, LPCBy: Catherine Wetzell MA LPC, Lawrenceville Program Director

We’d like to announce a great opportunity for Advanced Clinical Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Here at GenPsych we offer Comprehensive DBT Services for both adults and adolescents at the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatients level of care. In order to ensure that new staff are always competent in DBT we contract with trainers to provide comprehensive clinical training in DBT on-site. Our next 5 day training is April 18th, 19th and 20th from 9AM-5PM at our Lawrenceville location (31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ). Because we are always looking for skilled clinicians in the community who we can coordinate care with our clients, we have decided to open this training to social workers, psychologists and counselor outside of GenPsych.

This training is designed to provide foundational training in Comprehensive DBT developed by Marsha Linehan. This treatment has empirical support for the treatment of individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, as well as individuals with multiple diagnoses and behavioral problems including self-harm and suicidal behaviors. This training is designed to prepare individuals for the DBT certification examination. Participants should be aware that considerable preparation and homework during training is required. All participants will be expected to have read the therapy manual and skills training manual listed below prior to training.

This is a tremendous opportunity to receive 40 continuing education credits approved by both NASW-NJ for social workers and NBCC for counselors at the reasonable rate of $500 if registered by April 5th and $550 thereafter. To register, please contact me at (609) 403-6190 ext. 115 or email me at cwetzell@genpsych.com.

I hope you’ll consider making this investment in your own clinical education as well as in the range of interventions you can offer your clients!

April is National Stress Awareness Month: Local Resource and Tips to De-Stress

Livingston, N.J. (April 01, 2013) – April marks 21st annual National Stress Awareness Month (http://stressawarenessmonth.com).  A recent American Psychological Association survey found that Millennials (adults aged from 18 to 33 years) have a higher level of stress than the national average. A little bit of stress is good for us, in that it provides energy and keeps us motivated. However, it’s important to keep stress in check. When left to its own devices, stress can lead to or worsen a number of serious health problems, from heart disease to depression and anxiety. Accordingly, GenPsych, PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, offers some simple tips on how to reduce stress and warning signs that it may be time to seek professional help. 

“In medical terms, stress is the physiological response to a perceived threat,” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC.  “Fear and anxiety are normal and essential feelings in life.  Unfortunately, for some people, these responses take on a life of their own and start to disrupt everyday situations. Stress has evolved into a chronic condition with lasting health effects and the ability to weaken the immune system.”

Fortunately, there are a number of things backed up by research that you can do, right now, to lower your stress levels. GenPsych provides the following stressbusters:

  • Take deep breaths. It’s not a cliché, it actually does slow your heart rate and increases oxygen intake.
  • Listen to music. This releases dopamine which results in a good relaxed feeling.
  • Workout. Physical activity and high water intake will keep you feeling renewed and stress free.
  • Crack open a book.  Just six minutes of reading is enough to help you de-stress, the Telegraph reported. The study suggested that reading was linked with a slower heart rate and muscle relaxation.
  • Grab your phone.  There are many smartphone apps available to reduce stress.  Popular ones include: “Deep Relaxation” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/deep-relaxation-relax-sleep/id388542764?mt=8) and “StressFree” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stressfree/id376156144?mt=8).
  • Know when it’s time to see a professional. If your stress is becoming or has become chronic, you may pose a danger to yourself or others without even realizing it. Trained professionals in stress management will be able to help pinpoint the cause of your stress as well as provide insight into how you should deal with it. GenPsych’s staff of counselors and health professionals offer both individual and group counseling that can help you develop and strengthen your stress management skills (www.GenPsych.com). It’s time to seek professional help if you experience the following:
    • Loss of concentration very quickly
    • Memory loss
    • Constant worrying
    • Sinking into depression and feeling alone or even suicidal

Sponsored each year since 1992 by The Health Resource Network, Inc., Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.

 

For additional stress reduction tips, visit: www.facebook.com/GenPsychPC.   To schedule an interview with GenPsych’s stress management specialists or CEO/Founder, please email Kemi Olukoya at: KOlukoya@GenPsych.com.

 

About GenPsych, P.C.

 

Founded in 2005, GenPsych is one of New Jersey’s premiere providers of outpatient behavioral health services.  GenPsych is dedicated to helping clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment.  With four New Jersey locations in Brick, Bridgewater, Lawrenceville, and most recently Livingston (one additional location is in Sumter, SC) GenPsych’s team of elite professionals offer a continuum of high-quality mental health care and life enhancement services for each client’s specific needs. For more information on GenPsych please visit: www.genpsych.com.

DBT Smartphone Apps: Your Therapist is Always On Call

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By: Carly DeCotiis, GenPsych Livingston DBT Coordinator, MA, NCC, LPC

These days, it seems like there’s a smartphone app for just about everything.  Why not DBT therapy?

It’s no surprise that there are a lot of smartphone tools out there claiming to help people cope. From informational resources to interactive mental wellness programs, there’s plenty out there to choose from.

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A phone should never replace the role of a therapist, but some mental health professionals, like myself, are encouraging their patients to use mobile apps as a way to supplement their care and augment the work between sessions.

One DBT app I’ve recently been using with clients is “DBT Self-Help” app for Android and iPhone(http://www.dbt-app.com/).

DBT Self-Help app helps manage overwhelming emotions and maladaptive behaviors more effectively, navigate relationships, and cultivate mindfulness. It contains skill descriptions complete with dbt app screenshotrationale and practice tips that enable users to develop and practice the needed skills.  DBT is a treatment that takes sincere commitment, which includes filling out a diary card and completing other homework assignments. Sometimes patients–especially teens–struggle with completing assignments between sessions, however, following the program and fully committing to treatment will yield the best results.

In addition to the DBT Self-Help app, there are a host of other DBT apps out there.  Just visit:  http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/html/instant_access_dbt.html to browse the app line-up.

Substance Abuse/Behavioral Issues on the Rise in NJ; Local Program Answers Public’s Need

GenPsych of Lawrenceville Provides Mercer County with Much-Needed Behavioral Health Services

Lawrenceville, N.J. (March 12, 2013) – Caring for the mental health care needs of adolescents and adults is an urgent issue in New Jersey with long-term consequences for individuals and the community.  According to the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies, the cost of untreated mental illness in New Jersey is $4 billion annually, with the toll found in non-psychiatric medical care, prisons, unemployment, substance abuse, disability, shelters, lack of productivity, school interventions, and broken families. Mental illness is the primary contributing factor in the majority of Mercer County residents battling substance abuse issues, according to the NJ Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. With these unsettling statistics in mind, GenPsych PC, provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services, will open its doors to the public for a free open house event on March 22, 2013 at its Lawrenceville location.

GenPsych of Lawrenceville distinguishes itself from standard mental health and substance abuse service providers by offering the very latest therapy programs and techniques. For example, GenPsych of Lawrenceville incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) throughout its program structure. DBT is an effective treatment for individuals who have trouble regulating their emotions (self-destructive behaviors such as self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse are all examples of this).  Both an intensive outpatient and partial care DBT program will be offered in order to provide comprehensive help for individuals of all level of care needs.  DBT teaches clients to change self-destructive behaviors by managing stress, regulating emotions, and improving interpersonal relationships.  In addition to DBT therapy, GenPsych also runs a highly effective Military Partial Care Program for active duty military members who require a higher-level of care than the traditional outpatient therapy typically available to them on base.  The program primarily focuses on recovery from post-deployment PTSD and includes psycho-education groups, cognitive behavioral groups, process therapy groups, individual therapy, and psychiatric medication management.

“GenPsych’s Lawrenceville, NJ has been an important resource to the range of mental health and substance abuse services available to Mercer County residents,” said Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC. “We know that treatment works and we’re constantly evolving our therapeutic processes so that they reflect the latest and most cutting-edge therapy techniques. The success rates of treatment surpass those of any other medical conditions.  The dysfunction created by untreated mental illness has a multiplier effect, draining society’s resources in numerous, unexpected ways.”

Other GenPsych adult and adolescent services include comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and medication management.

The Lawrenceville open house will be held on March 22, 2013 from 12pm-3pm at GenPsych (31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648).  If you’re interested in attending to meet the staff and hear about all the programs offered, please call Catherine Wetzell at 609-403-6190 extension 115 to RSVP.

For more information on GenPsych, visit: www.genpsych.com or www.facebook.com/GenPsychPC .

About GenPsych, P.C.

Founded in 2005, GenPsych is one of New Jersey’s premiere providers of outpatient behavioral health services.  GenPsych is dedicated to helping clients regain their emotional and physical health in a safe, supportive environment.  With four New Jersey locations in Brick, Bridgewater, Lawrenceville, and most recently Livingston (one additional location is in Sumter, SC) GenPsych’s team of elite professionals offer a continuum of high-quality mental health care and life enhancement services for each client’s specific needs. For more information on GenPsych please visit: www.genpsych.com.

 

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