Frequently Asked Questions
Who is right for the program? The children and adolescents that participate in our program are between the ages of 8-16 and have problems/concerns with anxiety or depression. Before treatment begins, we will conduct an intake interview with you and your child to determine if our program would be appropriate.
How long does treatment last? Our programs are very goal-focused and time-limited. It is a short-term program that is meant to be completed in 16-20 sessions.
How long are therapy sessions? Sessions last for approximately one hour.
Do you have evening and weekend appointments? We will do our best to schedule the sessions at a time that is convenient for you and your child. During the week, we have a variety of time slots available in the afternoon and early evening (daytime hours become available during summer). We do not usually offer weekend appointments.
Who are the therapists? Therapists are doctoral students in psychology. They are trained and supervised by Dr. Brian Chu, a licensed NJ Psychologist and expert in the treatment of youth anxiety and treatment.
What happens during therapy sessions? Our programs have two components: a skills component and an active practice component. The skills component help youth identify the thoughts that reflect anxious or negative thinking and help them challenge those thoughts with more adaptive coping. They also evaluate the actions they take that keep them stuck in problematic cycles. These skills include active problem-solving, relaxation, building talents and skills, and building social supports, among others. During the active practice component, youth will put their newly learned skills into effect, learning how to cope with challenging situations in real life (i.e., “in vivo exposures” or graded engagement).
Are parents involved in the therapy sessions? We require at least one parent to come to every therapy session. The parent may not participate in every session, but the parent’s presence is important. There will be several parent-only sessions to discuss treatment planning and parental involvement in therapy.
Is the therapy effective? The YAD-C employs evidence-based treatments which have been demonstrated to be efficacious and effective by research and scientific evidence. Primarily, we use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be effective for treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions in children and adolescents, including anxiety and depression. The goal of CBT is to identify negative patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that contribute to anxiety or depression and to show how they are connected. Therapists help the child to challenge these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and to replace them with more adaptive styles.
What is the research component? YAD-C incorporates research into its routine procedures to both help evaluate our own work and to extend knowledge to the field. Youth and parents complete comprehensive assessments before and after the program and smaller assessments throughout to help extend these goals. Families are paid for some assessments to acknowledge the effort and time required to complete this research.
Do you take insurance? We do not directly submit fees through any insurance companies, but can provide receipts and other documentation to help families pursue reimbursement through their own insurance policies.
What are the fees? Fees range on a sliding scale from $5-$60.
What if my child is currently in therapy? We ask that the child not be involved in other therapy while participating in our program.
Are medications a part of treatment? No, medications are not offered at YAD-C. Although your child is allowed to take medications while participating in our program, we ask that you inform us of all medication changes.
How do we make an appointment?
Call us at (848) 445-3905
We’ll be happy to give you more information and conduct a brief phone screen to see if we are an appropriate program.