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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:
Our center provides services for children and adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mental
health issues including Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention-
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anger Management, Stress Management, Self-esteem and Body Image,
Panic Attacks, School Phobia, Drug or Alcohol Addictions and Trauma. Our doctors and
psychotherapists are highly trained professionals. We offer outpatient services at our Hackensack
Clinic. Multilingual services are available.
To address the emotional and psychological needs of children and adolescents experiencing difficulties
coping with family, peer or school issues. Our work with children and adolescents focuses on the exact
nature of the issues and the ways in which these issues can be addressed and improved.
How to recognize mental health issues in children and adolescents:
Your child or adolescent may benefit from mental health services if he/she exhibits the following
- Expresses feelings of sadness, loneliness, or hopelessness and these feelings do not go away
- Expresses anger or reacts to situations in an inappropriate manner
- Expresses anxiety or is often worried
- Expresses unexplained fears
- Shows a decline in school performance
- Loses interest in activities and hobbies
- Experiences changes in sleep and eating patterns
- Avoids friends or other relationships
- Shows lack of concentration
- Cries often with no reason or shuts down without any explanations
Our Center offers multidisciplinary services
Our center provides a full range of services including:
- Individual and group psychotherapy specifically designed for children and adolescents
- Play therapy
- Family therapy
- Parent guidance
- Psychiatric assessment and evaluation
- Medication monitoring and planning as needed
Types of Interventions:
Several types of interventions may be recommended to suit the child or adolescent’s specific needs. At
times, a combination of different psychotherapy approaches may be helpful. In some cases a
combination of medication and psychotherapy may be more effective.
- Individual Treatment: Individual treatment provides the child or adolescent with the opportunity to
meet one on one with a psychotherapist. Individual treatment focuses on enabling the child or
adolescent to express in their own way the problems or issues they are experiencing in order to
better manage their conflicts and feelings. A combination of play and talk may be used in
individual therapy depending on age (see Play Therapy).
- Parent Guidance: The psychotherapist and/or psychiatrist will meet regularly with the parent or
guardian to discuss progress and any new issues that may arise. Parents and guardians are
encouraged to participate in the treatment process and to offer information that may be helpful.
- Family Treatment: Family treatment focuses on helping the family function in more positive and
constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education.
Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings and
grandparents or any other family member residing in the home.
- Group Therapy: Group therapy uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to
increase understanding and improve social skills. Groups are structured based on age and type
- Psychopharmacology: Staff psychiatrists will assess needs in medications. Recommendations
will be discussed with the child/adolescent together with the parent or guardian.
- Interface with systems/programs: Permission from the parent or guardian will be requested to
speak with any other system or agency involved with the child or adolescent in order to provide
complete and comprehensive services. These systems may include school officials, teachers,
medical providers or counselors. Requests for release of information are signed by the parent or
guardian to ensure privacy.
Important questions for parents to consider:
- Why is psychotherapy being recommended?
- What are some of the results I can expect to see?
- How long will my child be involved in therapy?
- How soon can we expect to see some changes?
- How frequently will the doctor and/or psychotherapist want to see my child?
- Will the doctor and/or psychotherapist be meeting with just my child or the entire family?
- How will we (the parents) be informed about our child’s progress and how can we help?
- How much do psychotherapy sessions cost?
You can read more about Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents here.
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