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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Successful Open House Introduces Community to Cutting-Edge Mental Healthcare Programs

GenPsych Livingston’s on-staff Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coordinator, Carly DeCotiis, lectured open house attendees about GenPsych’s unique partial care and intensive outpatient DBT services that center on task/skill-based DBT therapy and offer patients a 24-hour DBT hotline if help is needed outside the program.

GenPsych Livingston’s on-staff Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coordinator, Carly DeCotiis, lectured open house attendees about GenPsych’s unique partial care and intensive outpatient DBT services that center on task/skill-based DBT therapy and offer patients a 24-hour DBT hotline if help is needed outside the program.

The cost of untreated mental illness in New Jersey is $4 billion annually, according to the NJ Association of Mental Health Agencies.  The financial toll is found in non-psychiatric medical care, prisons, unemployment, substance abuse, shelters, lack of productivity, school interventions, and broken families. GenPsych PC has tackled this urgent issue head on and hosted a free open house to celebrate the opening of their new facility in Livingston, NJ on February 20, 2013.

Over a dozen therapists, nurses, health care providers, and Livingston’s current Mayor, Rudy Fernandez attended and enjoyed a tour of the new facility as well as an energetic presentation given by several of the GenPsych staff members that emphasized GenPsych’s mission to provide the best quality of patient care.  During her presentation, Carly DeCotiis, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Coordinator, explained how DBT is an effective treatment for individuals who have trouble with self-destructive behaviors and trouble regulating their emotions.  GenPsych Livingston offers both an intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial care DBT program in order to provide comprehensive help for individuals for all level of care needs.  In addition to DBT, GenPsych also runs a highly effective partial care and IOP Eating Disorders Program (called The “HEAL” Program) that teaches clients healthy eating habits, coping skills, and mood stabilization techniques.

Ajita Mohan, Director of Clinical Quality Assurance and Kemi Olukoya, Assistant Director of Program Development and Marketing outlined GenPsych’s unique therapy programs for Livingston Mayor, Rudy Fernandez on February 20, 2013.

Ajita Mohan, Director of Clinical Quality Assurance and Kemi Olukoya, Assistant Director of Program Development and Marketing outlined GenPsych’s unique therapy programs for Livingston Mayor, Rudy Fernandez on February 20, 2013.

“We are very excited to be a part of a new community and be able to serve areas of North Jersey,” Dr. Henry Odunlami, Founder and CEO of GenPsych, PC. “Our tailored programs help us stand out among other mental healthcare providers and allow us to maintain true to our overall mission of helping children, adults, and their families in all regions of New Jersey restore and maintain emotional and physical health outside of a hospital setting.”

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GenPsych Celebrates Opening of New Livingston Location

On Wednesday Feb. 20, GenPsych PC hosted a free open house event at their new facility in Livingston 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.

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GenPsych opens a new facility in Livingston

GenPsych, PC is a provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services dedicated to helping children, adults, and their families.

Since 2005, GenPsych, PC has grown from a small outpatient provider to an organization that services most of New Jersey.  Aside from our original Bridgewater location and our Lawrenceville and Brick locations, we are now proud to announce the opening of our new treatment facility at 5 Regent Street in Livingston, NJ.

Since January of 2013, the new GenPsych, PC in Livingston has been providing quality behavioral health services.  Some specific programmatic highlights include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and partial care programs for adults.  All of our treatment professionals share the same GenPsych vision of helping people maintain and enhance physical and emotional wellness. With the addition of our new Livingston location, we now have to ability to reach even more patients in need of the quality services that GenPsych offers.

Dr. Kochhar joins Brick team

We welcome Dr. Seema Kochhar to the winning team at the Brick location of GenPsych.

Dr. Kochhar is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.

She has presented at several conferences including the American Psychiatric Association and has also been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Pharmacology. Her vast experience encompasses working with clients in multiple settings including schools, residential treatment facilities, communities, private practice, and academic institutions.

She has been a recipient of various awards in Emergency Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

She is also a nominee for national women in Psychiatry and she favors a multidisciplinary approach knowing that this brings the best results in the mental health treatment of her clients.

GenPsych opens a new facility in Brick

GenPsych, PC is a provider of top quality outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services dedicated to helping children, adults, and their families.

Since 2005 GenPsych, PC has grown from a small outpatient provider to an organization that services most of New Jersey.  Aside from our original Bridgewater location and our more recently added Lawrenceville location, we are now proud to announce the opening of our new treatment facility at 1610 Route 88 in Brick, NJ.

Since September of 2011 the new GenPsych, PC in Brick has been providing quality behavioral health services.  Some specific programmatic highlights include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial care programs for adults.  The Brick location will soon offer the same programs and services that GenPsych offers at all of our other treatment sites. In fact we are pleased to announce the inclusion of our Teen IOP program in Brick on January 16th, 2012. At all of our locations including Brick we have a team of seasoned professionals made up of board certified psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and chemical addiction specialists. All of our treatment professionals share the same GenPsych vision of helping people maintain and enhance physical and emotional wellness. The Program in Brick is overseen by Ngozi Nwobi, APN with the assistance of Program Director, Lori Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS.  With the addition of our new Brick location, we now have to ability to reach even more patients in need of the quality services that GenPsych offers.

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