Kids, Teens & Adolescents

Are you facing situations like these?

  • Your 12-year old daughter is angry and depressed after staying with her newly-sober bipolar mom
  • Your high school junior doesn’t seem like herself, and you’re almost certain she’s experimenting with street drugs
  • Your 14-year-old son Keith, a great kid with lots of friends, is increasingly anxious and pessimistic about school due to ADD/ADHD
  • You’ve noticed cash missing from your purse and your 17-year-old son’s friend told you in confidence that she thinks he has a drug or alcohol problem
  • Your 15-year-old son Montero was released to you high after police raided a party, and you suspect he may be dealing small amounts of street drugs
  • Your 8-year-old grandson now lives with you, traumatized by a chaotic early childhood with your addicted son and his girlfriend

Situations like these are terrifying for parents and other caregivers for kids and teens. Emotional distress, alcohol and drug abuse and behavioral problems take on new urgency when adolescents are caught up in the chaos.

As parents, we know that it’s better to address family, school, and social issues early, before kids are isolated from others, or stuck in damaging or dangerous patterns.

But often, you’re just not sure how to help. You worry that you’re overreacting, or that you’ll drive them away. You try logic, threats, punishment, rewards, bribes, and pleading — but things only get worse.

You’re not alone.

In fact, you’d probably be surprised at how many parents and families you know face issues like these.

Sometimes, you can trace today’s problems to earlier events and experiences that affected your child or teen. Other times, difficulties seem to come from nowhere.

What’s important is getting knowledgeable help, quickly.

Just call our office at (973) 989-7500 to schedule your initial assessment.

We can help you, your child and your family.

We offer a safe, judgment-free environment and expert, professional help to help kids and teens regain control of their own feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

During the initial diagnostic assessment, we focus on your child as an individual with unique and important priorities, experiences and challenges, including:

  • Their concerns about family and school relationships and important events in their lives
  • Their medical and health status — for example, a teenager with depression may also be abusing her mom’s prescription drugs
  • What’s already been tried to help the situation, and what did and didn’t work
  • Short-term treatment goals as well as longer-term hopes and dreams

We then tailor a treatment plan specifically to their individual needs, including one or more of these treatment strategies:

  • Short-term individual psychological counseling for stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD or other mental health concerns
  • Intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol or drug use
  • Relapse prevention treatment to reinforce new skills and addresses new challenges before they turn into old problems
  • Access to Al-Anon/Alateen support meetings

Frequently-asked questions

Will you tell me what my child says in treatment or counseling sessions?

You can trust us to exhibit integrity and the highest ethical standard in every encounter with you, your child, and other family members.

You have our commitment to share observations with you that will help you support your child’s recovery and emotional growth.

At the same time, we treat the details of our discussions with each adolescent client as confidential to the fullest extent consistent with our legal and ethical obligations, because only a trusted therapist/client relationship can help your child recover.

If you have further or specific concerns, please talk with us.

What if my child is only dealing with mood, adjustment or social problems — not alcohol or drugs?

Actually, many of our adolescent clients do not have alcohol or drug issues themselves. They receive only counseling, for emotional distress, behavioral problems or other mental health issues.  For these clients, we offer individual, family and group counseling to help kids and teens deal with matters like:

  • Anger, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, bipolar / manic-depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other behavioral health and mental health matters
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Psychiatric consultations

In counseling sessions, we help kids and teens

  • Learn to see their own actions, behaviors, thoughts, feelings and motivations clearly
  • Understand them in the context of their relationships with family, friends, teachers and others
  • Develop less stressful, more successful ways of thinking and behaving that lead to the outcomes they want, using science-based techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy