My Child Is Struggling with Their Mental Health. What Do I Do?
Parenting a child with mental health issues can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. With the right support from professionals and family members, your child has the best chance of managing their mental health effectively and leading an enjoyable life. Start by talking to your child about their mental health—even if it feels intimidating or overwhelming. Ask questions, listen to their answers, and reassure them that it’s ok to...more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Symptoms, Treatment, and DBT
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by difficulty in focusing and engaging in tasks, impulsivity, restlessness, and other symptoms. While there is no cure for ADHD, there are treatments available to help manage its symptoms. One of those treatments is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In this article we will discuss the symptoms of...more
The Impact of Employment Lay Offs on Mental Health
Being laid off can be a difficult and stressful experience, but it can also be an opportunity for growth and reflection. While it is important to recognize the feelings of anxiety, depression, and panic that can arise from being laid off, there are also positive aspects to it.
The stress of being laid off can lead to feelings of uncertainty and fear, worrying about their future and how they will afford to pay their bills. Additionally,...more
How To Know When Your Child or Teen Is Struggling With Their Mental Health
Mental health is an important part of overall health. Unfortunately mental health conditions are common, both in adults and children. As a parent, it’s essential to know the signs and symptoms that could indicate your child or teen is struggling with their mental health, so that you can help. In today’s...more
How We Use Music & Sound Therapy As Part Of Our Programs
Music is universal. When people listen to music, it triggers a part of our brain that lets us have an emotional and sometimes a physical reaction (i.e., crying, heart racing, etc.) which differs person to person due to our own brain chemistry and experiences. Listening to music is also a great way for us to practice mindfulness. Listening to music mindfully allows us to be fully present, increase our attention to ourselves and others around...more
Suicide Prevention: The Power of Education
In 2020 over 12.2 million Americans seriously considered suicide, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But for many people, talking about suicide is still taboo — if not outright inappropriate in most settings outside a mental health professional’s office.
Suicide doesn’t care if it’s “taboo” to talk about or not — it takes, and it takes, and it...more
Music as Therapy
There is a growing body of evidence proving the efficacy of music therapy, with writings dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek texts, including the writings of Aristotle and Plato. Music impacts our mood, and its rhythm impacts our physical bodies.
Some of the psychological benefits include improvements to mood, self-expression, communication, and social skills. The rhythm of music can sync up with our body rhythm for physical benefits...more
Why Partner with Innerspace Counseling?
Innerspace Counseling offers counseling services in Old Bridge to help residents of all ages recover from traumas and disorders that highly impact their lives. It is our mission to help others understand their current standing in life while providing guidance and tools to help them successfully navigate through recovery. Read below why we are the perfect counselors to partner with, or visit...more
Understanding Bullying & What We Can Do to Help
Bullying has always been a pervasive issue with young people. But, it can extend beyond the classroom and even into adulthood. It is a problem that is well-known and frequently discussed, but there is no catch-all solution because its roots can vary. Learn more and contact Innerspace Counseling today for more information or to make an appointment.more
How to Talk to Your Children About the Texas School Shooting
When a senseless act of violence such as the one that took place in a Texas elementary school this week occurs, we feel for the families affected and fear such a thing happening much closer to home. There is no easy way to have a conversation with your child about such a tragic event, but it is recommended that you talk to your child. Between heightened police presence at schools, television, social media, and peer conversations at school,...more
Innerspace Counseling awarded Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Program Accreditation from The Joint Commission
OLD BRIDGE, NJ, 3/23/22 – Innerspace Counseling has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Program Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
Innerspace Counseling underwent a rigorous review...more
Our Counseling Approach
New Jersey's Premiere Intensive Mental Health Program Specialistmore
What to Expect when Starting a Mental Health IOP or PHP Program at Innerspace Counseling:
Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Care Programs (PHP) provide short term, intensive treatment for various mental health conditions. Anyone suffering from moderate to severe anxiety or depression, mood disorders, OCD, bipolar, behavioral issues etc. may want to consider a program. Most programs such as those at Innerspace Counseling include several components, creating an all-inclusive mental health treatment experience. These programs...more
Innerspace Insights - April 2021
Parenting an Anxious Child by Melissa Maranzano, MA
Parenting a child with anxiety is challenging. When our children are anxious, we often become anxious ourselves. Our minds race with questions like, “Do I let my child stop doing everything that makes them feel anxious? Do I push them to keep going and just get over it? Is this my fault? At what point should I seek professional help?”...more
Self Care is Knowing Who You Are & Your Limits
Innerspace Insights - January 2021
The practice of gratitude provides us with perspective, appreciation, and guides us toward hope. It has positive effects on our physical and emptional health and costs nothing to do and takes little to no. Taking stock in the positive and good that surrounds you can be grounding, making it possible to move and find joy.
2020 was a year like no other in our lifetime. We experienced a global...more
Healthier Habits for a Happier, Healthier You!
Written by: Lindsay Sowder, MA, LAC, NCC
Setting healthy habits keep you feeling motivated, create a sense of accomplishment for each day, and increase your confidence overall!
You might want to start off by asking yourself these questions:
- What about your current routine do you dislike?
- Why do you want to start a healthy habit?
- How will your new habits help...
Can Social Media Posts Help Diagnose Mental Health Disorders?
Written by: Melissa Maranzano, MA
Social media posts can serve as warning signs of a person in a mental health crisis. We have seen the stories of suicidal individuals posting feelings of sadness, loneliness, or even posting goodbye messages. We have also seen news stories where shortly before committing a violent crime, the perpetrator posted messages of hate or rage to their social media accounts. Facebook now utilizes algorithms to...more
Vote for Innerspace Counseling, LLC in 2020 Best of the Best My Central Jersey
Innerspace Counseling is honored to have been voted Best of the Best 2020 in Central Jersey for Holistic Wellness. Thank you to all who voted. Innerspace Counseling strives to provide the highest quality care possible using a caring and empowering approach to help our clients regain the balance in their lives. Our team appreciates this acknowledgement and will continue working to improve the mental health of our community.
Intensive Mental Health Care Through a Surging Pandemic
Written by Melissa Maranzano, MA
When the COVID 19 outbreak hit New Jersey in March 2020, mental health providers had to scramble to learn virtual platforms, establish procedures and protocols, and get immediately up and running so no patient was left behind. The clients of Innerspace Counseling and other intensive mental health facilities generally have difficulty functioning at home or in school or have emotional and/or behavioral...more
FOUNDER / PROGRAM DIRECTOR AJITA SHAH, MA, LPC INTERVIEW: STIGMA AND OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
Founder/Program Director at Innerspace Counseling, LLC., Ajita Shah, MA, LPC, NCC, was recently interviewed by Betsy Wurzel and discussed the need for mental health treatment, stigma, and the differences in the levels of mental health treatment available. You can listen to the interview here: Click Heremore
Innerspace Insights - October 2020
A new Teen Partial Care Program helps teens find balance through care and empowerment.
September brought in a new school year filled with uncertainty. Few schools in NJ are fully open, many are a hybrid of in-person & virtual learning, while others have fully virtual learning plans in place. While no one can answer the question of when it will all go back to normal, it was important for our team to meet the needs of...more