Mission to serve
Born in 2009 by two mental health professionals, Center for Assessment and Treatment's mission is to serve the underserved. Those with Medicaid or NJ Family Care were often met with long waiting lists for outpatient treatment. This was unacceptable. Since that time we have been able to expand with the demand for treatment, hiring more staff and expanding office space as needed. Despite our growth, we are not a big organization nor is that our goal. We want to be able to continue to render highly personalized and individualized care to those who are most in need.
We have found that many therapist's were hesitant to take on a client if there was extensive System Partner involvement. We believe that these clients are among the most in need and not treating them would be a clear violation of our mission. We make it routine practice, with your permission, to interface with any professional that may be involved in your treatment.
Many of clinicians are newly licensed or are working on hours towards licensure. We see this as a significant advantage. Much like the benefit received from attending a teaching hospital, you are afforded the benefit of those who are on the cutting edge of the field. Mental health treatment has changed a great deal over the last two decades. The more we learn about various mental health disorders the more effective treatment has become. Having newly trained emerging professionals allows for the most up to date, researched supported, treatments to be administered.
We don't choose a treatment by random. We choose it based on what research has found to be effective. Often, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the notion that we can overcome difficulties by changing our thinking, behavior, and emotional responses tends to be the most effective at treating a variety of disorders. Family therapy tends to utilize a solution focused and structural approach. However, treatment is also individualized and there is no "one size fits all" remedy.
Please see http://www.psychologicaltreatments.org for more information regarding effective treatment.