GenPsych Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation From The Joint Commission

(New Jersey–March 2017) GenPsych is proud to announce that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GenPsych underwent a rigorous onsite survey in order to receive this achievement. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellection/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Join Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend GenPsych for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 

GenPsych, PC Receives Best Businesses of Livingston Award

LIVINGSTON, NJ–GenPsych, PC has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of Livingston Award in the Counseling & Mental Health category by the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program. This is the second time since 2014 that GenPsych, PC has been selected for this award.

GenPsych, PC is an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facility that provides programs for children, adolescents, and adults. Its Livingston site is based out of Suites 511 and 518 at 5 Regent Street in Livingston.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

“These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community,” according to Best Businesses. “These companies help make the Livingston area a great place to live, work, and play.”

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program

The Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Livingston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Best Businesses of Livingston Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

To request an appointment at our Livingston site, 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.

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!

The Truth About Men and Eating Disorders

Men and Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 30 million Americans struggle with a “clinically significant eating disorder.” While we most commonly think of this population as young women, one third of those affected are men.

Social Stigma, Men and Eating Disorders

So why are eating disorders still considered a women’s issue?

It may be that men are far less likely to seek professional help for their eating disorders. At least, that was the conclusion of one 2014 study.

ABC News quotes study authors Ulla Raianen of the University of Oxford and Kate Hunt of the University of Glasgow.

“Men with eating disorders are under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched…Our findings suggest that men may experience particular problems in recognizing that they may have an eating disorder as a result of the continuing cultural construction of eating disorders as uniquely or predominantly a female problem.”

Men and Eating Disorders: The Warning Signs

Acknowledging one’s eating disorder can be difficult for an individual and his or her family and peers. This can be especially true of men struggling with eating disorders.

“I think many parents are very concerned that their daughter would develop an eating disorder, but they may not have the same concerns about their son.” -Alison Field, associate professor at Harvard Medical School (USA Today)

It is important to recognize that eating disorders do not discriminate and that not all eating disorders look the same.

The following signs may be indicative of an eating disorder:

  • Dramatic weight loss or gain (binge eating disorder)
  • Fixation on food, calories, dieting, or other eating habits
  • Skipping meals or avoiding eating with or around others
  • Fixation on exercising to extreme degrees
  • Stomach pain and constipation
  • Wearing large clothing to hide body
  • Evidence of purging (using the bathroom immediately after meals)
  • Hoarding food

NEDA now offers a free online screening test for eating disorders.

GenPsych Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program

The HEAL Program at GenPsych is a highly effective, research-based program specifically designed to help adolescents and adults suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Eating Disorders NOS (Not Otherwise Specified), and related disorders. Through individual and group treatment, you will decrease eating disorder symptoms, learn balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope.

For more information, click here.

Call  1-855-436-7792 or click here  to schedule an appointment.

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Prescribed Addiction: NJ Opiate Detox and Abuse

Not all addictions begin with a cigarette puff or in your parents’ liquor cabinet. Some start with a doctor’s prescription. What happens when young adults and even adolescents develop an unhealthy relationship with painkillers? In this article, we will explore the abuse of prescription painkillers and the NJ opiate detox and treatment options that are available to those struggling with addiction.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Opiate prescriptions are not uncommon. Most individuals are familiar with these drugs or have heard of names like Vicodin and Oxycontin. In fact, despite being highly addictive, adolescent opiate prescriptions have nearly doubled in the last twenty years, according to an article in The Charlotte Observer. The article, which features opiate use by young athletes, also presents startling statistics about the abuse of heroin by those abusing painkillers.

Eighty percent of heroin users made the switch to heroin after abusing narcotic painkillers, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

While not everyone prescribed opiate painkillers becomes addicted, continued use over time can lead to dependency. The body becomes accustomed to both the pain-relieving and chemical effects of opiates.

It is estimated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that more than 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have abused painkillers in their lifetime. NJ has seen a steep increase in its opiate abuse numbers in the past several years. (View more infographics here.)

NJ Opiate Detox and Treatment

For those struggling with addiction to opiate painkillers, detox is the first step in recovery. Detox simply refers to the removal of a toxic substance from the body.

NJ opiate detox can be done at home, but can be challenging and unhealthy. Because withdrawal symptoms can be very difficult to withstand (and even deadly), medical detox is often recommended. Medication may be administered to help cope with withdrawal symptoms.

While detoxing is the first step, recovering from addiction is a lifelong process. One’s body may be rid of the abused substance, but behaviors must also change. Some medical detox programs will provide therapy as well. This is because recovery is most successful when both the body and mind are treated. A therapist will help an individual identify the root of their addiction. (It is not uncommon for disorders, such as depression and anxiety, to co-occur with substance abuse.) They will also help an individual build skills to cope with stress in a healthy way.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate abuse in New Jersey, call (855) 436-7792. GenPsych offers both outpatient ambulatory detox services and adult substance abuse treatment programs throughout NJ. For more information, visit our detox page here.

Tips for the Parent who isn’t sold on Therapy

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It is estimated that 20 percent of adolescents have a diagnosable mental illness, and that as many as one-third of these individuals forgo treatment, despite access to care.

With many lifelong mental health disorders developing during adolescence and suicide being the third highest cause of death in teens, receiving therapy or treatment can be crucial for young people.

Although adolescents may not understand their symptoms or be reluctant to receive professional care, family members often also have hesitations or oppositions to treatment that can prevent their child from receiving care.

These apprehensions may come from lack of information or misguided stigmas surrounding mental illness and treatment. While it can be difficult to change one’s perception of therapy, these tips can help ease you or your child’s fears about receiving treatment.

Get educated.

Families and teens may know little about what mental illness is and how it is treated. While we know to visit our primary care doctor for yearly physicals, we don’t always acknowledge that our mental and emotional well-being contributes to our health as well. Become familiar with the symptoms of common disorders such as depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance disorder, and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Next, research local treatment options and the types of therapy they use. You may find that the skills and activities that are offered are not as severe or frightening as you previously thought.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

Some parents (or children) simply may not recognize that their teen is symptomatic of a mental illness. They may dismiss behaviors as “a phase” or just the way that kids are at that age. It’s important to discuss any changes in behavior or attitude with your child’s physician. If you’re unsure if such behaviors are typical, ask. A doctor would be able to offer insight and make recommendations.  

Eliminate stigma.

As you become more educated about mental health, help to ease any previous stigmas that your child or your family members may have held. Share what you have learned with others, and inquire about the source of their apprehensions. Encourage them to be a part of the process. Many mental health facilities even offer family services to that allow relatives to experience and engage in their child’s treatment.

Adolescent Programs at GenPsych

If your teen or child is experiencing problems at home, socially, or in school, the GenPsych Adolescent Program (GAP) can help. We treat teens (13-17) and children (8-12) for a variety of mental health issues or needs. Our program includes family sessions, so that you can be a part of your child’s recovery. In addition to family therapy, our adolescent programming features art and music therapy, yoga and meditation, DBT and mindfulness, and more. On-site academic instruction is available for adolescents enrolled in our day program.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call (855) 436-7792 or visit our GAP website here.

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