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
Adolescent, Children and Family Treatment
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 child's 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 particular challenging stage for both teens and their parents. It is natural for adolescents to want to spend more time with their friends as they explore their interest and answer questions such as, “Who am I?”
However, our culture encourages teens to experiment with behaviors they often aren't developmentally prepared to handle. Most parents' notice the warning signs that their teens are in trouble, but feel shut out by either silence, tension or arguments.
Our mental health therapist help teens to find a healthy balance between their interests and peers, and the support from and responsibilities to their families. Therapy addresses the range of teen problems from extreme mood changes to self cutting.
Our approach seeks to create an emotionally comfortable environment where teens 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 skills, 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. Bullying can often play a factor at this level.
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 provider and any behavioral health benefits managed by Magellan (i.e. most Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Horizon, AmeriHealth and Personal Choice insurance companies.)
- 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.
Family Substance Abuse Treatment
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.
Emotion Skills, Nutrition & Wellness.
Emotion 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.