Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. With that said, our approach to therapy is collaborative. We expect clients to take an active role throughout the therapeutic process both in-session as well as through at-home practice.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we may only see each other for one or two sessions a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
How do I know when to seek mental health treatment for a loved one or myself?
Each mental health condition has its own set of signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help may be warranted if you or a loved one experiences:
- Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns
- Inability to cope with problems or daily activities
- Excessive worry or anxiety
- Feeling profound sadness or experiencing in loss of interest or enjoyment
- Disruptive anger
- Thinking or talking about suicide
Please explore the service tab on this site or contact us at (908) 956-7880 or [email protected] to determine if you should enlist help at this time.
What if I am feeling suicidal, or worried that my loved one is thinking about committing suicide?
Suicide is a true medical emergency. Please seek immediate assistance. Call 911, go to your nearest emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. You can use the Crisis Text Line by texting “Go” to 74174
Will the information I share in therapy be kept private?
The Good Life Center for Mental Health has the highest regard for the safety and security of our clients’ information. We comply with state and federal rules and regulations regarding patient confidentiality. Please visit our “getting started” page, under the subheading “client forms – HIPAA Privacy Note,” to learn more about our confidentiality policies.
Who will be providing treatment?
We currently have a clinical psychologist and clinical social worker providing services to clients. Both are licensed in New Jersey to provide mental health services and have experience working with clients dealing with a wide variety of mental health difficulties.
Please visit our “About” page, under the subheading “Our therapists” to learn more about our clinicians and their credentials.
What services do you provide?
We provide empirically-supported treatments for difficulties commonly experienced by children, adolescents and adults. Please explore the service tab on this site or contact us at (908) 956–7880 or [email protected] for more information.
Who can benefit from your services?
Anyone who is experiencing difficult thoughts, feelings, or behaviors may be able to benefit from our services. Please explore the service tab on this site or contact us at (908) 956-7880 or [email protected] for more information.
What treatments do you offer?
We offer a range of evidence-based services for children, adolescents, and adults.
The modalities include:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Please click on the links above to explore these models or contact us at (908) 956-7880 or [email protected] to learn more.
How do I get started at the Good Life Center for Mental Health?
Please contact us at (908) 956–7880 or email us at [email protected] to request a free 15-minute phone consultation. We will make every effort to contact you back within 24 hours.
During this consultation, we will be able to discuss our services and gather information to determine whether we may be able to help. If we think it may be a good match, a diagnostic evaluation will be scheduled.
Your therapist will give you access to our patient portal where intake forms can be completed prior to attending the initial diagnostic evaluation.
What should I expect when I come to your office?
We have a handicapped accessible building with an off-street parking lot. We designed our office to be a safe and private environment with comfortable furniture and refreshments.
Do I have to bring anything to my initial session?
Following the telephone consultation, if you are scheduled for an in-person session, you will given access to a patient portal, where you will be able to complete forms and provide information online. Once completed, your therapist will receive this information, which will expedite the evaluation process.
How long are therapy sessions?
The initial in-person appointment is 90-minutes. Subsequent appointments are typically 45-minutes but we offer longer sessions as well. We usually meet with clients once a week but more frequent sessions may sometimes be beneficial.
How long will treatment last?
The length of treatment will depend on a number of factors including the type of assistance you would like, how many different problems you want to focus on, your motivation for home practice and the nature of the treatments that you and your provider select. You and your therapist will work together to decide the length of treatment to obtain the best results.
How can I pay for services?
Payment is expected at the time services are rendered. We accept cash, check, and credit cards.
Will my health insurance cover my mental health treatment?
Our clinicians are out of network providers for all health insurance plans including Medicare. If you have out of network insurance coverage, we can provide you with a bill containing all the necessary information for insurance reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to determine benefits and rates of reimbursement for out of network providers.