COVID – 19 UPDATES

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COUNSELING SERVICES

NOTICE ON SERVICES DURING COVID-19

JFCS is continuing to provide counseling services via teletherapy.
If you are interested in support, contact our Intake Coordinator at 609-987-8100 Ext. 128 (para espanol Ext 102)

JFCS is also offering “Drop-In” hours by phonefor those who need to discuss anxieties, concerns, fears, and other emotional and mental impacts of the pandmic. Callers can connect one-on-one with a counselor who can provide personalized tips and support.
Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays 10 AM – 12 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 – 7 PM 

We also offer weekly programs including webinars and virtual support groups.

For additional mental health resources, visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.

COUNSELING

Our clinical team HELPS individuals of all ages on their HEALING journeys in coping with emotional, situational and ongoing mental health concerns through the provision of evidence-based, compassionate therapy & support. We there for those in the Greater Mercer County community seeking a therapist or counselor.

Therapy is facilitated by licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers who address the needs of their clients with individualized treatment plans for a range of concerns including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, PTSD, bereavement, parenting, divorce, life transitions or school & work related challenges.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans and those who are uninsured. Our agency also works with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs); contact your employer to inquire about EAP benefits for mental health services to learn more.

If you need support, contact us at 609-987-8100.

Individual, Family & Couples Therapy

JFCS provides outpatient therapy services to individuals, families or couples. Our counselors work with children, as young as 6 years old and adults up to any age. 

Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessments

Our licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers provide a thorough assessment to each client. The psychosocial assessment is completed over the course of the first three appointments and provides an overall evaluation of mental, physcal and emotional health, taking into account personal history, family and social dynamics and environmental factors. The assessment allows the social worker and the client to develop a personalized plan to help the individual address their concerns.

Community Webinars & Virtual Support Groups

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, JFCS recognized the need for broad mental health support for the community as all were forced to cope with the isolation of social distacing, increased worries, anxieties, fear, and other emotional impacts of the current environment. The agency now offers regular programs including webinars and interactive, virtual support groups to address these topical issues.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Virtual Group: Trauma Support Group for Women /  Grupo de apoyo para mujeres traumatizadas

Mondays at 4 PM, starting January 4 (six consecutive weeks)

Los lunas a las 4:00 PM, comenzando el 4 de enero de 2021 (seis semanas consecutivas)

The women’s trauma peer support group will offer its participants a safe and confidential space for women (ages 18 and up), to come together to share their personal experiences with trauma to be acknowledged and understood. The peer support group will address topics such as the definition of trauma, responses to trauma, trust and relationships, boundaries, self-esteem as well as mindfulness strategies, and positive coping skill development. 

El grupo de apoyo será un lugar seguro para mujeres para expresar el deseo de conectarse, curarse y empoderarse entre otras mujeres. El grupo de apoyo abordará temas como la definición de trauma, las respuestas al trauma, la confianza y las relaciones, los límites, la autoestima, así como las estrategias de atención plena y el desarrollo de habilidades de afrontamiento positivo.

REGISTER NOW / Regístrate ahora

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THURSDAYS at 9:30 AM Zoom Event: Social Support Group (For Older Adults)

Drop-in to connect and share with others who are feeling the emotional and psychological impacts of isolation during COVID-19 restrictions. Shirley Bellardo, LCSW, LCADC (Director of Clinical Services) will help facilitate the conversations, provide resources and advice. There is no formal structure, you are invited to speak, listen, and learn.

REGISTER NOW  Registration link valid for all future sessions

Psychiatric Assessments

For clients with Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance, JFCS works with a consulting psychiatrist to provide psychiatric assessment and medication management. Clients must be currently seeing a JFCS counselor before a referral can be made for the psychiatrist. We know many in the Mercer County region who have Medicare, Medicaid or lack insurance have limited options for psychiatric care, and we are proud to be able to offer this opportunity.

Medication Management

For clients with Medicare, Medicaid and those without insurance, JFCS works with a consulting psychiatrist to provide psychiatric assessment and medication management. Clients must be currently seeing a JFCS counselor before a referral can be made for the psychiatrist. 

Hightstown-East Windsor Satellite Office

JFCS provides supportive mental health services at our satellite office located at 133 Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Services are provided by a licensed marriage & family therapist and social work interns to support those in the Hightstown and East Windsor communities who need emotional and psychological help. On site services include:

  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Stabilization Services
  • Crisis Case Management
  • On-going Support
  • Information & Referral

This initiative is supported by ICARE of East Windsor-Hightstown (Initiative for Counseling, Addiction, Renewal & Education) and the County of Mercer, Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health & Division of Youth Services.

If we didn’t have JFCS at the time we did, my daughter and I would not be in a good place right now.

Cheryl & Harriet

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Confidentiality:
The trust between our clients and JFCS is the basis for our success.  All transactions and discussions are protected by the highest legal and professional ethical standards of client/counselor confidentiality.