566 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: (856) 858-9314
Fax: (856) 858-5672
1000 Atlantic Ave • 5th Floor
Camden, NJ 08104
Phone: (856) 964-3955
Fax: (856) 964-9332
2003C Lincoln Drive West
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 596-8007
Fax: (856) 596-8699
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Genesis Centers Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Genesis mental health therapists work to find the best type of therapy, or combination of modalities that will address an adolescent and childs needs. All of our therapists have Masters level training and extensive experience working with families and their children.
We provide individual and family therapy for younger children. We encourage parent participation (and sometimes sibling participation) because problems with one family member impact the entire family. Additionally, a child's problems are often intensified if parents or other family members are experiencing frustrations or conflicts within their own lives.
Mental Health Adolescent Services
Adolescence is a particularly challenging stage for both teenagers and their parents. It is natural for adolescents to want to spend more time with their friends as they explore their interests and answer questions such as "Who am I"?
However, our culture encourages teenagers to experiment with behaviors they often aren't developmentally prepared to handle. Most parents notice the warning signs that their teenagers are in trouble, but feel shut out by either silence, tension and arguments.
Our mental health therapists help teenagers to find a healthy balance between their interests and peers, and the support from and responsibilities to their families. Therapy addresses the range of teenage problems from extreme mood changes to self cutting and also the impact of unresolved trauma and loss.
Our approach seeks to create an emotionally comfortable environment where teenagers can feel safe to discuss their pressures and struggles and learn new ways to function more effectively in their lives. With family participation we can improve listening and communication styles, establish sensible rules, and create more lasting changes.
Mental Health Services for Children (ages 4 - 12)
Younger children are brought to therapy by their parents and care takers for a broad range of concerns and problem behaviors. These problems can vary from hyperactivity and difficulties with school performance, to the most alarming concerns with threats of harm to self and others. Depression in children can often include more anger and irritability, as well as the more recognizable symptoms of despair and sadness.
Genesis therapists are trained to help parents sort out the underlying causes of their child's problems and develop a treatment plan that builds upon the child's strengths. We help parents to recognize what is within the normal range for their child's current developmental stage, and which behaviors would call for additional interventions. Because younger children are often unwilling or unable to express themselves verbally, we offer play therapy. Through drawing, role playing and games children can use their imaginations to more effectively resolve their anger and past losses, and improve their skills at relating with others more successfully.
- Genesis services start with a call to arrange an intake appointment. Fees are set, in part, based upon your ability to pay.
- Most insurance programs with out of network coverage will reimburse for a portion of the cost of services.
- We are also an Aetna & Magellan in network service provider.
- Most importantly we try to work with families to find a way to make cost affordable.
Many children and adolescents can at times during their lives experience behavioral health related problems. In fact, at least one in five children and adolescents may express a mental health related problem in a given year. These problems are real and painful. It is estimated that 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental health illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment. When left untreated these impairments can affect their development, school performance, family and social relationships, placing them at risk for more serious behavioral health problems such as drug abuse, violence or suicide.
Some of the more common child and adolescent mental health problems are depression, excessive anger, school phobia, conduct disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, and struggles with learning disabilities.
The following is a list of warning signs that when present in a child or adolescent could be an indicator of a mental health problem and seeking professional support would be a helpful next step.
- Withdrawal from family, friends and normal activity
- Changes in peer group (unrelated to moving, etc.)
- Unexplained decline in school work and excessive absences
- Neglect of personal appearance
- Excessive change in weight
- Running away
- Violent or rebellious behavior
- Physical symptoms with no apparent illness
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Hearing or seeing things that are not there
- Preoccupation with themes of death
- Giving away prized possessions
- Threats of harming self or others
The Genesis Counseling Center has services and programs designed to assist in the treatment of these behavioral health concerns. Our therapists are trained to be aware of and sensitive to diversity in the areas of culture, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation within the families we serve.
Child and Adolescent Programs
Our Adolescent Programs at Genesis are designed to help parents and their adolescents who are between the ages of 13-18 find new options for dealing with problematic behaviors.
Our program is designed to help young people access unmet needs for stability, unconditional love, and feelings of self-worth that will ultimately help them let go of problematic behaviors and lead them to make healthier life choices.
We take a family-centered approach and require the participation of a responsible adult in the adolescent's treatment in order to reinforce the positive changes made in treatment.
We provide Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient services depending upon the needs of the adolescent.
Below is a description of our program.
Family Substance Abuse Treatment
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:45-8:45 pm
Family treatment has three components: parent skills and support group, adolescent substance abuse education and a family process group.
For part of the evening adolescents and parents participate in separate groups simultaneously.
Parents take part in the parent skills and support group while the adolescents participate in a didactic substance education group.
Parents and adolescents then come together for the second part of the evening and have the opportunity to process issues relevant to improving their relationship. One-on-one family sessions may be included and will be scheduled as needed.
Coping Skills, Nutrition & Wellness
Meets Mondays from 4:30-6:30 pm
Coping Skills Training is designed to assist the adolescent in building awareness of the underlying emotional needs connected with their problematic behaviors. It teaches emotional processing and regulation skills including anger management strategies and appropriate self-expression.
Nutrition and Wellness teach adolescents the importance of a balanced diet and exercise routine in the maintenance of their emotional and physical well-being.
Every adolescent is assigned a primary counselor and works one-on-one with that counselor for a minimum of one hour per week.
If you or someone you love could use some help in dealing with life's challenges, it's easy to schedule an appointment. A member of our professional staff is ready to assist you.