Summer LGBT Teen Program NJ

The GenPsych Adolescent “In My Skin” Summer Program

Addressing the Unique Issues of LGBTQ and Adolescent Identity

Each summer, the GenPsych Adolescent Program (G.A.P.) offers new tracks for children and teens in New Jersey. This year, we are proud to present our new summer LGBT teen program, entitled “In My Skin.”

Summer LGBT Teen Program

Summer LGBT Teen Program

What will this summer LGBT Teen Program achieve?

The “In My Skin” Program focuses on the identity issues that many individuals face during adolescence. Through group, individual, and creative therapies, teens will begin to answer the internal questions of “Who am I?” and “How do I feel in my skin?”

This summer program will also help adolescents communicate and relate with their peers and family members. Through development of skills, such as distress tolerance, they will learn to cope with any social anxieties.

At the end of this seven-week program, each participant will develop a personal story and have the opportunity to share that story with their peers.

By the program’s completion, teens should not only have more confidence and understanding in their identity, but also feel empowered to express their identity in healthy ways and to help and accept others struggling with similar issues.

Who is this summer LGBT Teen Program for?

The program is open to teens 13 to 18 years of age. While the “In My Skin” Program is designed to help individuals struggling with gender identity and sexual orientation issues, it is not limited to individuals who identify as a part of the LGBT community.

We welcome allies as well as any individuals who are interested in achieving a better understanding of their true self and working on interpersonal relationships.

The “In My Skin” Summer Program is available at our Bridgewater and Lawrenceville (West Windsor), New Jersey locations beginning July 18. All private insurances are accepted.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Lawrenceville Now Offering Anxiety/Trauma Track

GenPsych is pleased to offer our co-ed Anxiety Disorder/Trauma track at our Lawrenceville location.

The Anxiety Disorders and Trauma track will be available to those in our Adult Psychiatric Program.

This track is designed to assist clients with a trauma history and who will benefit from Stage 2 Trauma treatment  and process oriented work, including military, police, corrections officers, and first responders.

Our program educates clients to

  • Maintain safety
  • Manage anxiety and trauma (complex, PTSD, single, and multiple events) symptoms
  • Improve social and self-interactions
  • Enhance balance, presence, and control in their daily lives

The Anxiety/Trauma Track incorporates mindfulness approaches, DBT and CBT skills, and psychoeducation on the function and management of symptoms and of perfectionist traits.

The overall treatment of trauma and anxiety at GenPsych is geared toward the integration of learned strategies, personal strengths, and cognitive modifications to serve clients in the reinitiation of the life journey process, which is often stunted when these symptoms are intensified and/or misunderstood.

Services include:

  • Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Process & Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management

PC and IOP programs available Monday through Friday for 3 to 5 days per week.

Adult Eating Disorder Program Coming to Lawrenceville

GenPsych’s Adult Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Eating Disorder Program will be coming to our Lawrenceville site on June 27!

About the Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program

The HEAL Eating Disorders Program at GenPsych is designed to help individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Eating Disorders not otherwise specified.

Lawrenceville’s HEAL Program will be available to adults only. (Adolescent eating disorder programs available at our Bridgewater and Brick locations.)

Therapeutic Services

  • Daily meal planning and supervision
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Daily vitals and weight monitoring with a Registered Dietician
  • Medication management

We provide interventions to decrease eating disorder behaviors, normalize eating patterns, improve coping skills, and stabilize mood.

Education, support, and therapeutic services for family members is available. We work closely with primary care physicians, behavioral healthcare providers, employers, schools, and family members as need to ensure continuity of care.

Levels of Care

  • Partial Care Program: 6.5 hours/day; 5 days/week; 2 monitored meals
  • Intensive Outpatient Program: 3.5 hours/day; 3 days/week; 1 monitored meal

GenPsych Lawrenceville

Our Lawrenceville site is located at 31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Contact Kruti Shah with any questions or inquiries at kshah@genpsych.com.

The HEAL Eating Disorders program is also available at our Bridgewater and Brick locations.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

GenPsych Adolescent Programming for Summer 2016

As the school year comes to a close, the GenPsych Adolescent Program (G.A.P.) is heating up with some new and exciting updates for Summer 2016!

Program Hours

Beginning June 27, our summer program hours will take effect.

Partial Care Program: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*Note that our after-school evening IOP is not available during the summer.

New Tracks

New summer tracks will be available in addition to our traditional Partial Care and IOP tracks. These new tracks will begin the week of July 18.

“In My Skin” Summer Program

Addressing the Unique Issues of LGBTQ & Adolescent Identity

Available at our Bridgewater and Lawrenceville locations

Adolescence is a time of profound self-exploration. Whether your child is experiencing issues with gender identity or sexual orientation, or simply struggling to find their place at school, home, or among their peers, the GenPsych Adolescent “In My Skin” program is designed to help them.

During the program, teens will participate in identity-focused groups in addition to creative therapies such as art, music, and yoga.

The “In My Skin” program is a summer track in our Adolescent Program for 13-18 year olds. For more information on GenPsych’s Adolescent Programming, click here.

Summer Wellness Children

8-12 year old track

Now available at our Brick location

(Also available at our Bridgewater and Lawrenceville locations)

G.A.P. offers a wide range of supportive and creative therapies that help children relate to and learn from one another, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), art therapy, play therapy, music therapy, wellness/mindfulness, anger management, family therapy, and many others.

New Location

Our Lawrenceville Adolescent Program is moving to West Windsor for Summer 2016! Stay tuned for official move-in date and details. For more information, contact Kruti Shah at kshah@genpsych.com.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Yoga and Eating Disorders

A Q&A with GenPsych Therapist Jamie Hanley

Jamie Hanley, MS, LAC, ERYT is an eating disorder and yoga therapist at GenPsych Brick. Her incorporation of yoga into the HEAL (Healthy Eating and Living) Program has been well-received by eating disorder clients, helping them to connect how they feel physically with their thoughts and emotions.

Q: What is your background with yoga?

A: I began practicing yoga at the very end of college, at the suggestion of my mother, who had heard it helped manage stress. That was over ten years ago, and I can honestly say the teachings of yoga have changed me as a person. I’ve significantly reduced my stress levels, and am much less reactive because I’m able to take a step back and breathe. I’ve also come to appreciate my body in a completely different way. These changes were so profound for me that I had to share these teachings with others, and working with eating disorders seemed like a natural fit.

Q: How does yoga help someone who is struggling with an eating disorder?

A: Yoga allows clients with ED to reconnect and appreciate their bodies in a safe way. Clients with eating disorders are often trying to escape their bodies or take up very little space. Through yoga they are able to reconnect and ground themselves. Yoga also offers tangible opportunities to practice the skills we teach in DBT groups such as radical acceptance, riding the wave, and mindfulness.

The style of yoga I offer at GenPsych is extremely mindful. We move with purpose. We move slowly, often fluidly, but always mindfully. We incorporate a lot of yin yoga and restorative yoga – still practice that allow the client to rest in a shape while practicing a breathing, mindfulness, or meditation technique. I do a lot of guided meditation practices, yoga nidra, conscious relaxation, whatever technique will meet the clients’ energy levels that day.

Q: In yoga, one must be very aware of their body. Does this present any challenges (or opportunities to grow) for those struggling with an eating disorder or body issues?

A: Yes! It can be very uncomfortable, and therefore can be completely transformative! Yoga gives our clients a whole new way to appreciate their bodies. I do a body gratitude meditation with them fairly often, and it’s mind blowing. Sometimes they’re really uncomfortable, but to be in recovery, one has to get comfortable being uncomfortable. So I stress that our yoga practice is an OK place to be uncomfortable, and use physical and mental grounding techniques to manage their anxiety.

Q: Are there any other complementary/supplementary therapies for eating disorders that you have found particularly effective?

A: Our clients enjoy when I incorporate essential oils into their yoga sessions, as well as therapeutic self-massage balls on their feet. In the HEAL program we like to get creative, do art therapy projects, and they love music therapy. We really like to break up the day so that there’s some variety, so they don’t feel as though they are talking or doing worksheets all day.

It’s important to remember that yoga isn’t a cure all. Yoga has its place among other traditional medicinal, therapeutic, and complementary practices, as part of an integrative approach to healing  that we find very beneficial to our eating disorder clients.


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Jamie Hanley, MS, LAC, ERYT-500  has been offering yoga in mental health settings since 2008.

Jamie has over 1000 hours of training as a therapeutic yoga instructor, with a specialization in yoga for mental health and wellness and holds a MS in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University.

In 2013, Jamie conducted research on the application of yoga for clinically diagnosed anxiety and depression, and found improvements in mood to be significant both pre- and post-session and cumulative over the course of ten weeks.

She teaches yoga asana, breathing practices, mindfulness, meditation, and guided relaxation to clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, various eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse disorders in her studio and clinical settings, both individually and in groups.

Jamie is the founder and director of Elevate Yoga in Hazlet, NJ, where she offers workshops on yoga for well-being and stress management, as well as yoga teacher trainings.


GenPsych’s HEAL Program is available at our Brick and Bridgewater locations. For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Experiencing Trauma

This week concludes Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

As many as 25% of American women will experience sexual abuse in their lifetime.

As we consider the prevalence of assault and the ways in which we can prevent it, let us also explore the lasting psychological effects of trauma and the treatment options that are available for victims.

What is Trauma?

Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well being.” -SAMHSA

Everyone experiences trauma differently.

In many cases, individuals will not experience any long-term effects from trauma. For others, however, the effects of a traumatic experience can persist psychologically, socially, and even physically.

Traumatic experiences that occur during the formative years of childhood and adolescence as well as those that are recurring tend to produce the most damaging and withstanding effects.

Experiencing trauma can both cause mental illness to occur and be exacerbated by a preexisting mental health condition. Common diagnoses resulting from trauma include substance abuse disorders, depression and anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and PTSD.

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD may develop if an individual has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.

For female victims of sexual assault, 94% experience symptoms of PTSD in the two weeks following the event, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

“Nine months later, about 30 out of 100 of the women were still reporting this pattern of symptoms. The National Women’s Study reported that almost one of every three rape victims develop PTSD sometime during their lives.” –ptsd.va.gov

PTSD symptoms can be very severe, causing individuals to relive past traumatic events, avoid certain situations due to stress and anxiety, or experience outbursts of extreme fear and overwhelming emotion.

Psychotherapy and sometimes medication are often recommended in such cases.

GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs

The Anxiety/Trauma Track

The Anxiety Disorders/Trauma track is designed to educate clients on managing safety, trauma, and anxiety symptoms, to improve social and self-interactions, balance, presence, and control in their daily lives.

Individuals in this track will participate in group therapy, individual sessions with a therapist, and family sessions if desired. Mindfulness, motivational, educational, CBT and DBT approaches are utilized. In all tracks clients are provided with mood/medication counseling and management. For more information on our Adult Mental Health programs, click here.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

NJ Addiction Treatment at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we offer a variety of NJ addiction treatment options to help you or your loved one recover from substance abuse. Whether you’re just beginning recovery or looking for a long-term path to sobriety, check out our substance abuse treatment programs.

GenPsych’s NJ Addiction Treatment Programs

Your First Step: Ambulatory Detox

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Ambulatory Detoxification

Who: For individuals beginning recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol, who are still actively using, or who have relapsed while in recovery

What: Ambulatory Detox provides outpatient, medically-assisted detoxification as well as therapeutic programming. GenPsych specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction and is a licensed Suboxone provider. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

When: Daily; Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Available at our Bridgewater location

Why: Outpatient detox allows individuals to safely detox with medical supervision during the day and return home during the evenings. With daily exposure to “the real world,” individuals are able to actively practice the skills they learn and experience an easier transition out of treatment.

*Through our collaborative housing program, we are also able to coordinate living accommodations as needed.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

Continued Care: Adult Substance Abuse Programs

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GenPsych’s Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Who: For individuals who have completed detox, inpatient, or other care and are seeking continued programming

What: GenPsych’s Adult Dual Diagnosis/Substance Abuse programs help individuals to remain sober after detox. Individuals explore the root of their addiction by identifying life stressors, improving coping skills, and addressing any co-occurring disorders. Individuals will participate in groups (such as relapse prevention, education, and social support) and work with professional therapists to achieve their goals.

When: 

  • AM Intensive Outpatient: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pick three days)
  • PM Intensive Outpatient: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Partial Care: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Adult substance abuse programs available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Livingston locations; Dual Diagnosis programming also available at our Lawrenceville location (Programs vary by location. See site pages for full program offerings.)

Why: Recovery does not end with detox. The decision to remain sober is one that individuals make each and every day. Through skills education and support, individuals will receive the tools necessary to have a successful recovery and to remain substance-free.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

For more information on GenPsych’s NJ Addiction Treatment programs or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

Extreme and Unhealthy Dieting in Adolescents

Like adults, teens will diet for various reasons. Dedicated athletes may change their eating in order to better compete in their sport, while others may simply want to engage in healthier habits.

However, according to the Canadian Pediatric Society, “body image dissatisfaction and a desire to be thinner” are the leading causes of dieting in teens.

Without a specific health goal or plan in mind, teens may participate in extreme or unhealthy dieting habits such as fasting, purging, and using dietary pills.

Some studies estimate that as many as one in five teens participate in these unhealthy eating activities.

Teen Body Image

During adolescence, young men and women undergo dramatic physical and psychological changes. In addition to experiencing body development, teens place great emphasis on being accepted by their peers and the outside world.

As a result, many individuals will compare themselves and their appearances to others. This becomes especially prevalent through social networking platforms and the consumption of mainstream media.

Teens, in particular, are heavily influenced by the media. According to WebMD, teen girls, on average, experience three hours of media exposure daily.

“For too many American girls, being ‘model thin’ is a very real aspiration, and it starts at a shockingly young age,” writes Elizabeth Heubeck. “In one recent study, researchers found that TV programs focused on appearance are swaying the self-esteem of girls as young as 5.”

Health Effects of Extreme Dieting

When adolescents engage in unhealthy dieting behaviors, it is not uncommon for them to be experiencing low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.

“Anorexia is the most lethal psychiatric disorder, carrying a sixfold increased risk of death — four times the death risk from major depression.” Daniel J. DeNoon, WebMD

Teens who engage in unhealthy dieting are at a greater risk of experiencing nutritional deficiencies, particularly in iron and calcium. During adolescence, such deficiencies can negatively affect one’s growth and may cause anemia.

Young women are at a greater risk of experiencing irregularities in their menstrual cycle, and may be more likely to have osteoporosis later in life.

GenPsych’s Healthy Eating and Living Program (HEAL)

GenPsych’s HEAL program addresses the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, and other disorders not otherwise specified (NOS). Our research-based program is led by our experienced, multidisciplinary team, who will work with you to help you balance your diet, manage your symptoms, and improve your overall self-esteem and health.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

GenPsych proudly introduces G.A.P.!

Our new, comprehensive program for children and teens

The GenPsych Adolescent Program (G.A.P.) is a 6-8 week treatment program for children and teens experiencing various mental health and behavioral issues.

Why 6-8 weeks?

The reason is simple: G.A.P. is designed to make your child succeed long-term and get them back to school.

With shorter lengths of treatment, individuals experience greater difficulty transitioning back to school and their daily life, and when their transition isn’t successful, they often require more time in treatment, ultimately missing more school. Our typical six-week program puts an end to that cycle and our multidisciplinary team works together to help your child succeed.

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Teens and children learn while building social skills and gain the ability to manage symptoms in an academic setting.

The META Approach

Our “META” approach to treatment allows us to address each child’s needs, while making program fun!

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Working as a TEAM

Each child will have a comprehensive treatment team meeting in order to review their progress and plan for their transition out of treatment. This meeting will include your child’s psychiatrist or APRN, therapists, GenPsych program teachers, parents and family members, school representative, and any other supportive services your child may have to ensure communication and continuity of care.

D3S_0892For more information on G.A.P., visit our GenPsych Adolescent Program page or call (855) 436-7792.

Stay tuned for our upcoming website and social media launch!

3 Quick Tips to Manage Anxiety

Millions of Americans struggle with diagnosable anxiety disorders. However, the feelings of worry, nervousness, and fear that characterize anxiety occur normally in nearly all individuals.

While these feelings may seem difficult to shake, the following steps can provide quick coping solutions.

*Note: For those suffering with diagnosable or severe anxiety disorders, coping with stress can be a complex process that requires professional help. If you or someone you know is experiencing excessive or compulsive anxiety symptoms, see below for treatment options.

Identify your fears and symptoms.

Say them out loud or write them down.

What is it exactly that you are worried about or afraid of? When we are experiencing anxiety, it can be difficult to clearly identify the root of our racing heartbeat and overwhelming dread. Simplify that fear in a clear sentence.

Take notice of your physiological, psychological, and behavioral changes. Is your face flushed? Do you feel panic? Are you avoiding people and places? Acknowledge these symptoms and write them in a journal.

For some merely stating the reason for their anxiety may be enough for them to realize that they have overreacted. For others, it creates a specific point to work from and improve upon.

We’ll use the simple example of getting a shot. Maybe you feel overwhelming dread going to a doctor to receive a vaccination. What is it specifically that you are afraid of? The needle? The pain? Then go to the next step.

Fact-check.

Once you have identified what is causing your anxiety, take a step away from the stressor and begin to analyze it. Is there concrete information that supports your worries? Can you find facts that reject them?

So, let’s fact check our vaccination scenario.

Separate your anxiety preceding an event from the event itself. Have you gotten a shot before? If so, what has the outcome been? If your experiences are limited to a slight pinch and temporary soreness, do you have any reason to believe that this time will be different?

In many cases, we find that the fear we experience before an event is worse than the event itself. Ask yourself: “Was the vaccination problematic for me, or was it the car ride there when I was thinking about it?”

Get back to the present.

When we experience anxiety, our feelings about something that has not yet happened consume us. Inversely, it may cause us to dwell on events in the past. In both cases, we are not being present.

Being mindful and aware of our surroundings and present experiences can help to keep us from wandering to a place of dread or regret.

Take a series of deep breaths and meditate. Smartphone applications such as Calm can also provide relaxing exercises and steps in moments of anxiety.

On your way to the doctor, put on music and sing along. Take notice of the places you drive by and the people you see. Be attentive to traffic signs and other vehicles. Take control of what you can within this moment and let the rest go.

GenPsych Adult Mental Health Treatment

The Adult Psychiatric Program at GenPsych provides outpatient treatment for those experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Both partial care and intensive outpatient programming options are available, including evening hours for IOP.

In addition to our General Mental Health and DBT Tracks, GenPsych offers a specific Anxiety/Trauma track which emphasizes mindfulness and other skills to help an individual manage stress associated with anxiety, trauma, and attachment issues.

For more information on our Adult Psychiatric Programs, click here.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

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