What is Outpatient Counseling?

Counseling is a way to improve an individual’s quality of life. It can involve developing stress management skills, working out personal problems and changing behaviors. Therapy aims to empower individuals or families to solve problems in a more effective way and to develop the skills needed to manage stress and difficult emotions. Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers confidential counseling to individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties at home, work, school, or in their relationships. Our approach to therapy emphasizes building a trusting relationship with a therapist who can help you develop the understanding and skills needed to create lasting positive changes in your life. JFS works with you to individualize a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. Individuals of any age, race, religious affiliation or sexual orientation are eligible for services. JFS staff specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, families and the older adult population. Outpatient counselors have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief and loss
  • separation or divorce
  • educational issues
  • behavioral issues
  • anger management
  • parenting skills
  • eating disorders
  • emotional trauma
  • attention problems
  • developmental disabilities
  • family conflict
  • life transitions and changes

Types of Counseling

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling is a unique, private relationship between a therapist and a client of any age. Counseling offers individuals the opportunity to build coping skills, gain an understanding of patterns in their life, and develop plans to change aspects of their life with professional guidance.

Family Therapy
Family therapy can be helpful in addressing family changes, concerns, conflicts and communication difficulties. Family therapy sessions can also be incorporated into individual therapy work with children when appropriate.

Couples/Marital Counseling
This approach is for couples who are looking to better understand and improve their relationship. Areas to address may include stress management, communication, effective interactions and intimacy.

Specialty Center for Youth Interventions
Poor school performance, temper tantrums, lack of confidence are all ways children show they are in need of extra support. The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based interventions by a team of specially trained experts to provide assistance to children, adolescents and their families so they will successfully meet everyday challenges.

Counseling for Older Adults/Life Transition
Chronic illness, the loss of loved ones, retirement and relocation are all situations which can lead to depression, estrangement, and anxiety for seniors. A JFS counselor helps older adults recognize feelings, learn their not alone. Therapists offer emotional support and guidance to seniors facing the stresses of aging and life transitions.

Psychiatric Services
JFS provides psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services when needed for individuals receiving counseling at the agency.

Payment Options / Referrals
JFS assures top quality care for our clients with a competitive billing structure. The agency accepts many third-party insurance reimbursements including Medicare and Medicaid. To make a referral, please contact our intake department at 609-822-1108.

Meet the Team
The agency matches individuals and families with a therapist who is both approved for payment by their insurance company and specializes in the area of need. With more than a dozen therapists on staff, they are licensed or license-eligible professionals with training in the areas of social work, counseling, or psychology.
The outpatient therapy department is licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Naomi Jones, Ph.D., Senior Director of Outpatient Services
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Naomi Jones specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with disruptive behaviors, traumatic experiences, and anxiety disorders. She has nearly two decades of experience conducting psychological assessments and providing therapeutic interventions in various settings including juvenile detention, medical hospital, residential care, and outpatient services.

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