Stress Reduction with Biofeedback

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April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress is described as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension,” and is a common symptom of many mental health disorders such as anxiety.

While stress is often considered a mental health issue, it involves our physiology as well. Stomach pain, sweating, muscle tension, and increased heart rate are all physical symptoms of stress.

Learning to manage stress is difficult.

We cannot always control the causes of stress in our lives. Challenging relationships, project deadlines, and other factors are not likely to disappear. However, through different therapeutic techniques and skills, it is possible to cope with these factors in a calm and healthy way.

Fortunately, biofeedback is one way to accomplish this.

Biofeedback Therapy for Stress Reduction

Biofeedback combines the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of stress to help clients practice stress reduction.

Clients hook up to non-invasive, pain-free sensors that are able to measure different physical indicators of stress. This data is projected onto a computer screen in two forms.

Data is seen in numbers and graphs for the biofeedback therapist. However, for the client, they may instead see a flower, a plane, or any number of images to represent their stress levels.

Regardless of how that stress is visualized, the client is in complete control of each number or image. During this time, the therapist will engage the client in relaxation techniques. Paced breathing, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation are just a few of these techniques.

Consequently, biofeedback rewards clients when their stress levels are reduced, thus encouraging these techniques.

Biofeedback Center at GenPsych

This spring, GenPsych Livingston will be opening its Biofeedback Center to adult program clients. Biofeedback is effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues.

Clients in all of our adult mental health and substance abuse programs will have access to biofeedback therapy during treatment.

[Update 5/1: Biofeedback Center is now available in Livingston!]

GenPsych accepts all major private insurance plans. Same day appointments and transportation are available in most cases.

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

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HEAL Eating Disorder Program: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life at GenPsych’s Eating Disorder Program

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For clients enrolled in GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program, an average day might be different than what s/he is used to. Clients at HEAL may be stepping down from an inpatient treatment program, stepping up from outpatient therapy, or experiencing an eating disorder program for the first time.

For frequently asked questions about GenPsych’s eating disorder program, click here.

So, what does an average day look like?

Group Meals

Clients begin every day with a group meal or snack. Group meals give clients the opportunity to utilize the skills that they learn throughout the rest of treatment, and begin to normalize eating behaviors.

For individuals in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) program, most days start with breakfast. (Thursdays start with lunch.) During the rest of the day, clients will also have a snack and lunch together.

During Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), clients receive a snack and one group meal (breakfast or dinner).

Group Therapy

After their initial snack or meal, clients will begin participating in a variety of skills-based, educational, and process groups.

Clients engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for which they will receive homework to help them learn and practice skills.

Groups also focus on nutrition, body image and self-esteem, relationships, and more.

Creative therapies during treatment include journaling and creative writing, art therapy, and music therapy. Clients also participate in therapeutic yoga.

Groups vary depending upon the client’s level of care and whether they are attending day or evening IOP.

Multi-Family Group

Our Multi-Family Group is open to all clients in program, and takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m.

During Multi-Family Group, the client’s loved ones will get the opportunity to work with the client to improve communication through DBT-based interpersonal effectiveness skills. Through education and understanding, family members will better be able to support the client when s/he is at home and outside of treatment.

*Teen clients will receive on-site homebound instruction during the day. For more information, click here.

For more information on GenPsych’s HEAL Program or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ | GenPsych, PC — Brick & Bridgewater NJ

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Learn more about eating disorder treatment NJ here. All major private insurances accepted.

Millions of Americans struggle with eating disorders, but very few receive the professional help they need to overcome these debilitating and potentially fatal disorders.

Did you know?

  • More than nine percent of Americans struggle with an eating disorder.
  • Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect .9 and 1.5% of women, respectively.
  • Binge eating disorder affects nearly three percent of all adults in the US.
  • Eating disorders are more fatal than any other psychiatric illness. Without treatment, as many as one in five individuals with an eating disorder will die.
  • Only one in 10 people with an eating disorder receive treatment.

Statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Read more statistics here.

Eating Disorder Treatment NJ — The HEAL Program

GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program offers premier Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for eating disorders in Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville, NJ.

Who is the program for?

GenPsych treats both adolescents (13+) and adults* who are struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders NOS (not otherwise specified). Our clients may be stepping down from an inpatient level of care, or taking the first steps in their recovery.

*Our Lawrenceville program is for adults only.

Who is involved in treatment?

Our clients meet with licensed psychiatrists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, dietitians, and other related professionals during treatment. Other mental health and substance abuse professionals are available for those coping with co-occurring disorders.

We work closely with other supportive services, such as primary care physicians, behavioral healthcare providers, employers, schools, and family members as needed to ensure a continuity of care.

What can clients expect from treatment?

Clients in our Partial Care Program will attend program five days per week (Monday through Friday) for 6.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have two group monitored meals.

Clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program will attend program three days per week (morning and evening times available depending upon day and location– read more here) for 3.5 hours each day. During their day, they will have one group monitored meal.

We offer:

  • Initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Daily meal planning and supervision
  • Daily vitals and weight monitoring with a registered dietitian
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Multi-family groups*
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Transportation accommodations available as needed

*Our Multi-Family Group is available to family members and caregivers. We provide them with the opportunity to participate in a session with the client and learn the skills necessary to help them with their recovery at home.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can call our admissions line at (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Our admissions specialists are able to run your insurance* to ensure coverage, and will schedule you for an initial evaluation with a psychiatrist, who will determine the best course of action for treatment.

*We accept all major private insurances.

Learn more about our eating disorder treatment NJ here.

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder

This week, Daylight Savings Time ends, triggering a loss of light and the beginning of winter.

New Jersey residents know that winters can be rough. It starts snowing in October, our cars are buried through March, and the roads are strewn with potholes for the rest of the year.

But for some individuals, the coming cold means more than just shoveling and defrosting–it means overwhelming sadness and lethargy that can’t be shaken until the next spring.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is characterized by feelings of low energy and depression during late fall and winter. While symptoms of SAD are nearly identical to depression, an individual will only experience these symptoms during certain parts of the year.

SAD most often occurs during seasons of the year with limited or reduced sunlight. This is most likely due to the body’s dependence on light to produce serotonin and to balance levels of melatonin, a chemical that is produced in the dark. Consider your body’s natural tendency to desire rest at night. In the same way, increased exposure to darkness in the winter, can cause an individual to feel especially withdrawn and lethargic.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The following symptoms, if experienced during specific seasons, may be an indication of SAD. If experienced year-round, these symptoms may indicate another diagnosis such as major depressive disorder.

  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in diet
  • Irritability
  • Isolation from others
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feelings of hopelessness and persistent sadness
  • Abnormal sensitivity to rejection
  • Weight gain or loss


Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is most prevalent in young adults and teenagers, and, like depression, occurs most often in females. Individuals can help to reduce the effects of SAD by spending time outside. Exposure to natural light (not the harsh blue and white light of computers and smartphones) can help to boost one’s mood.

Individuals experiencing SAD may also benefit from therapy lights or softer lighting at home. In some cases, those with SAD are best helped through professional treatment or medication. If you or someone you know may be experiencing SAD, you should discuss treatment options with your doctor.

General Mental Health Programs at GenPsych

The Adult Psychiatric Program at GenPsych is an intensive and comprehensive program offered to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more. Adults receive support, guidance, treatment, and education in a safe and calming environment without fear of judgment. We help you learn the skills you need to manage your symptoms, gain control, and cope with the daily stressors or triggers in your life.

To request an assessment for GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Anxiety and Depression in College Students

College students across the nation are facing a rising problem–and it isn’t just the cost of tuition.

According to recent statistics, the number of college students being diagnosed and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has risen dramatically in the past five years.

Nationwide, 17% of college students were diagnosed with or treated for anxiety problems during the past year, and 13.9% were diagnosed with or treated for depression…That is up from 11.6% for anxiety and 10.7% for depression in the spring 2011 survey.” –American College Health Association, Wall Street Journal

The reason? To start, it is important to understand that many mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder become symptomatic in one’s late teens and early 20s.

But, beyond this biological tendency (which aligns perfectly with one’s “college years”), external stressors, such as finances, classes, and moving out, can play a large role in one’s mental health.

“Researchers suspect that people are predisposed to develop [mental illness] from birth or childhood, but don’t exhibit symptoms until they hit a particular phase of development and/or certain stressors,” according to NBC.

With the state of the economy, high cost of tuition, and pressure to get a job after college, it’s no wonder that students are feeling added stress.

Wall Street Journal writer Andrea Petersen adds that other contributors may be social media and “a so-called helicopter-parenting style that doesn’t allow adolescents to experience failure.”

She further quotes Micky M. Sharma, director of Ohio State’s Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service: “The coping, the resiliency is not where we want it to be. That’s a bad combination.”

Learning to Cope

For those who experience anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses, stress and distress can be difficult to overcome. At GenPsych, our mental health programs focus on skill-based therapies that help clients to cope with both internal and external stressors in their life.

Adult Mental Health Services at GenPsych

GenPsych’s Adult Psychiatric Programs are designed to help individuals manage their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Through these comprehensive programs (which include a separate Anxiety/Trauma track), clients can receive the support and education they need in a supporting environment free from judgement.

Our programs include individual, group, and family counseling, as well as medication management. Transportation is available for most New Jersey residents.

Learn more about our Adult Psychiatric Programs here.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

Youth Program NJ

Youth Program Now in Livingston

The GenPsych Adolescent Program (GAP) in Livingston is introducing a new program and location for Fall 2016!

Youth Program in Livingston

GAP is now offering its Youth Program for children 8-12 at its Livingston location.

Our Partial Care (PC)Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and traditional outpatient programs provide treatment for various issues including anxiety, depression, defiance, anger, school refusal, and more.

Through group and individual therapy, children will improve in areas such as self-esteem, behavioral issues, and family dynamics.

At GAP, we offer a wide range of supportive and creative therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Art & Music Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Wellness & Mindfulness
  • Anger Management
  • Family Therapy
  • and more!

New Suite in Livingston

Our GAP Livingston program will soon be moving to a new location. Find us across the courtyard of Regent Park in Suite 511!

5 Regent Street, Suite 511

Livingston, NJ 07039

For more information, contact Community Liaison Specialist Casey Shamy at

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

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NJ Eating Disorder Facility

Eating Disorder Treatment

For those struggling with eating disorders, finding the appropriate treatment is crucial. Considered the deadliest of all psychological disorders, eating or feeding disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS) often require intensive medical care. A NJ Eating Disorder Facility can help an individual to regain control of their life and develop positive relationships with food and their body.

Types of Treatment

Inpatient Care

During an inpatient program, individuals are hospitalized and monitored 24/7. Patients live, eat, sleep, and attend program at a single facility. An inpatient program may be considered necessary for those who have co-occurring issues, such as depression, anxiety, or substance use, or if their condition is considered very severe. It is important to speak with your insurance company before entering an inpatient program to ensure coverage.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient eating disorder programs allow individuals to attend treatment during the day and return home in the evenings. Length and frequency of treatment vary upon the individual’s level of care. Clients will often participate in group meals during an outpatient program due to the importance of healthy eating skills for recovery. Some outpatient facilities, like GenPsych, will also treat co-occurring disorders.

GenPsych’s NJ Eating Disorder Facility

The Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program offers a variety of services for those struggling with eating disorders.

Our Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs provide group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. (Click here for more information on program times and offerings.)

Participants receive education and skills to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), art and music therapy, writing, and yoga. Family education and support is available.

All private insurances are accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information on our Eating Disorder Programs or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Bulimia Treatment

One to three percent of Americans struggle with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging. While this disorder is not uncommon, especially in individuals in their early to mid-twenties, many do not receive the treatment they need. For more information on NJ bulimia treatment and how you can get help, read below.

What is bulimia?

Unlike anorexia, those experiencing bulimia nervosa do not restrict their eating. Rather, individuals with bulimia eat normal to large amounts of food regularly before inducing vomiting to prevent weight gain. (Some may also overexercise or fast.) Like anorexia, bulimia manifests from a deep fear of gaining weight, and can co-exist with other mental illnesses.

Symptoms & Signs of Bulimia

It is a common misconception that those who struggle with bulimia are very thin. Rather, individuals may appear to be of average or even more than average weight and still practice bulimic behaviors.

Behavioral Signs

  • Binge eating
  • Habitually going to the bathroom during or after meals
  • Compulsive or impulsive behaviors
  • Withdrawn mood or isolation from others
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Apparent depression, anxiety, guilt, or self-esteem issues

Physical Signs

  • Dehydration, hunger, or fatigue
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Constipation or change in bowel activity
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath or tooth decay/cavities
  • Fluctuation in weight

GenPsych’s NJ Bulimia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program at GenPsych helps adults and adolescents (13+) who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS).

Learn more about anorexia treatment here.

Levels of Care

We offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for three to five days per week depending on the individual’s need. (Click here for hours and more.)

Program Curriculum

During program, clients will have daily supervised meals, individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, vital sign and weight monitoring, and medication management.

Clients receive education and skills training through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy methods of coping with life stressors.

Clients in our NJ bulimia treatment program also participate in art and music therapy, therapeutic writing, yoga, and more.

The HEAL Program is currently offered for both adults and adolescents at our Bridgewater and Brick locations and for adults at our Lawrenceville location.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

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

NJ Anorexia Treatment

NJ Anorexia Treatment

In the US, seven million women and one million men struggle with an eating disorder. Among the most common of these disorders is anorexia nervosa, or simply, anorexia. NJ anorexia treatment programs are available to help decrease eating disorder behaviors and address the thought patterns associated with eating disorders.

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is best distinguished from other eating disorders by the restriction of eating. This obsession with and avoidance of food is driven by feelings of fear about gaining weight and a disordered desire to be thin. In many cases, anorexia is accompanied by body dysmorphic disorder, or a severe preoccupation with one’s appearance and its perceived flaws.

Symptoms & Signs of Anorexia

Behavioral Signs

  • Restricting food or food types, such as fats and sugars
  • Ritualized eating, such as moving, cutting, or hiding food
  • Below-average weight for that individual or for his/her age, height, or gender
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Refusal to eat around others; isolation

Physical Signs

  • Constipation, vomitting, or other changes in digestion
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Dry skin, hair thinning, and brittle nails
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • Delayed puberty

GenPsych’s NJ Anorexia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program helps individuals who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia to recover in a safe and encouraging environment free from judgment.


The HEAL Program is available to teens (13+) and adults. Teens will receive on-site homebound instruction with our NJ-Certified teachers during the school year order to keep up with their studies while in program.


  • Partial Care Program is a full day, well-structured program that meets for 6 hours / 5 days a week, and includes two daily monitored meals plus a full array of specialized groups. Partial Care Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (no morning offered), Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3 to 3 ½ hour, 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal, plus select groups to target key areas of recovery. Daytime IOP Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Evening IOP Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


This NJ anorexia treatment program is currently available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville locations. (Note: Our Lawrenceville program is available to adults 18+ only.)


The HEAL Program offers individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. Clients receive education and skills training on how to decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art and music therapy, writing, yoga, and more.

Read more about yoga and eating disorders here.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

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.

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