The Josselyn Center is proud of its diverse staff and our culturally-connected therapists. Josselyn’s counseling services for the Latino community are discussed by two Latina staff members, Stella Barrutia, LCSW and Andrea Martinez-Cabrera, M.A. To learn more about our bilingual services, call 847-441-5600 x 1. Gracias.

We are grateful for you.

A word of thanks from Josselyn President, Susan Resko, this holiday weekend.

Susan Resko, Josselyn Center President, and Jacky Swietochowski, Josselyn Art Therapist, discuss how art therapy can be utilized to communicate and express how children are feeling. As Jacky says, “it’s a beautiful thing!”

If you’re interested in donating to help supply our clients with art therapy kits, please donate using the link below. Each art therapy kit costs approximately $35.

Congratulations to all graduates and their families! We know this year’s graduation may also be emotionally hard. Chloe Brodner and Maggie Nash share insights to help.
Chloe Brodner, LCPC, has been a therapist at Josselyn for three years with clients of all ages. Maggie Nash, MEd, has worked with Josselyn for three years, leading the Josselyn Junior Board and co-leading Camp Neeka.

Josselyn Junior Board Leader and Camp Neeka Co-Leader Maggie Nash talks about how teens are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in countless ways.

As the old adage says, “one size does not fit all.” As YOUR community mental health center, we understand that our clients have many different challenges, and we must be ready to handle a wide variety of issues. Just as there are many different approaches to physical medicine, so are there many different therapy modalities, each of which are specifically designed to treat various challenges.

At The Josselyn Center, we are experienced in many different approaches. Our clinicians regularly utilize the various therapeutic approaches. What does this mean for you? The good news is that you do not need to know the best type of treatment for you. After your assessment, we will recommend a therapist who is expert in the area that is right for you.

The Josselyn Center offers comprehensive mental health services, which go well beyond therapy. A treatment plan at Josselyn may also include the following.

About Therapeutic Treatment Modalities

Mental health care can use a variety of therapies. These “modalities,” or types of therapy, may include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

“Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. CBT is appropriate for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Evidence has mounted that CBT can benefit numerous conditions, such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others.” 

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

“Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes. Motivational interviewing is often used to address addiction and the management of physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.”

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

“Dialectical behavior therapy provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT has also been used successfully to treat people experiencing depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and substance abuse.”

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

“EMDR is a unique, nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Treatment includes a hand motion technique used by the therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. EMDR was originally developed to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Some therapists also use EMDR to treat depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction, and stress caused by chronic disease.”

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

“ACT is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. ACT has been used effectively to help treat workplace stress, test anxiety, social anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. It has also been used to help treat medical conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, and diabetes.”

Narrative Therapy

“Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. Individuals, couples, and families can all benefit from narrative therapy. Those who define themselves by their problems, whose lives are dominated by such feelings as “I am a depressed person” or “I am an anxious person” can learn to see their problem as something they have but not something that identifies who they are.”

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)

PET is a form of psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Originally developed by Edna Foa, Ph.D., PET is endorsed by both the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense. The goal of PET is to gradually help you reengage with life, especially with things you have been avoiding. By doing so, you will strengthen your ability to distinguish safety from danger and decrease your PTSD symptoms. PET is appropriate for anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.”

Expressive Arts Therapy

“Expressive arts therapy combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy and counseling uses our inborn desire to create—be it music, theater, poetry, dance, or other artistic form—as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change. The difference between expressive arts therapy and art therapy is that expressive arts therapy draws from a variety of art forms, while art therapy tends to be based on one particular art form. Expressive arts therapy is used with children and adults, as individuals or in groups, to nurture deep personal growth and transformation.”

Psychodynamic Therapy

“Psychodynamic therapy is similar to psychoanalytic therapy in that it is an in-depth form of talk therapy based on the theories and principles of psychoanalysis.  But psychodynamic therapy is less focused on the patient-therapist relationship, because it is equally focused on the patient’s relationship with his or her external world. Psychodynamic therapy is primarily used to treat depression and other serious psychological disorders, especially in those who have lost meaning in their lives and have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships. Studies have found that other effective applications of psychodynamic therapy include addiction, social anxiety disorder, and eating disorders.”

Source for Therapeutic Treatment Modalities: Psychology Today

We honor nurses with a conversation with Josselyn’s own Melissa Frick.

Melissa Frick, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, is dually Board certified and has a Doctorate and Masters from Loyola University Chicago.

Josselyn Therapist Chloe Brodner, LCPC, discusses how to take care of yourself during sheltering at home.

The Josselyn Center, an outpatient mental health center that has been in Northfield since 1951, has been making significant changes in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. President Susan Resko has been leading the organization for 5 years, following a long career in behavioral health advocacy and management.

“It’s completely changed our business. For the past 3 years, we had been doing tele-psychiatry so we were pretty quickly able to retool. Now we’re doing 100% of our services via video conferencing. While it’s made a big impact, we were lucky because we had been doing tele-psychiatry for years on a small scale. We had the technology in place and our staff was trained, so we were able to turn that around pretty quickly.”

The Center was founded by child psychiatrist, Dr. Irene Josselyn to provide mental health care for children. Since that time, their services have expanded to all age groups, and services offered have expanded to include walk-in assessment, individual and group therapy, psychiatry, psychological testing, a drop- in center and living room (an alternative to the ER for those in crisis), supported employment, and therapeutic day camps for children.

Amid the Coronavirus chaos, Resko said that the pandemic and social distancing can affect many people physically, mentally, and emotionally. Being stuck quarantined in one’s house with Coronavirus updates swirling the internet is not good for the body or the mind.

“Many people are feeling anxiety, isolation and fear right now, and a lot of people are calling us wanting to talk to somebody about that.”

“We’re actually watching and learning as we see how people react to therapy utilizing video conferencing, and we anticipate that it’s here to stay. Certainly, some people will want to return to face-to-face conversation. But for those who prefer video conferencing, we want to make sure we’re ready to support them.”

Another change the Josselyn Center has made for the pandemic is offering free counseling sessions to first responders.

“We are offering this service to any first responders— fire, police, EMT, or hospital staff—because we know that their work is very traumatic and stressful right now. They are out there saving lives while neglecting their families and their own needs. They’re just so brave and we want to be able to support them. A number of professional private therapists have volunteered their time to provide this service to these heroes.”

The change was made after 5 members of the Center staff had shown Coronavirus symptoms. One was in the hospital and is now recovering. The Josselyn Center is very grateful to have the volunteers. Especially after the pandemic, the Center wants to make sure they can provide support to anyone who needs it.

“Before this happened, The Josselyn Center was growing quite fast, and we wanted to make sure we had the infrastructure in place to serve everyone who calls us. If people are feeling scared, lonely, depressed, or they have cabin fever, it’s great to talk to someone. Josselyn’s services are very affordable; we work with most insurance companies, and we want to help people get through this difficult time.”

Resko explained that because such measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus such as social distancing and quarantining, that even after the preventative measures lessen, those feelings of fear and anxiety will not just disappear immediately.

“This is obviously a very scary and traumatic time for people, and those feelings are not going to go away when social distancing suddenly ends. People really need to deal with these feelings now. If they’ve had any sort of traumatic event in the past, it magnifies what’s happening now. Plus, with everybody having time on their hands, it’s really good to talk to someone. Deal with your fear now as opposed to thinking that it’s just going to go away, because it might not.”

Aside from talking with somebody, there are many other ways one can work to feel better physically and emotionally while stuck at home. Resko mentioned one way is by exercising and that there are many zoom classes and free videos available. Resko also mentioned other ways to combat fear and anxiety.

“Reminiscing with family members, going through old photos and looking back at happy times, and talking with friends can help you feel better. Social distancing does not mean social isolation—you can host a virtual happy hour, virtual tea time, or virtual lunch to connect with friends. There are many ways to stay connected.”

Throughout the process of switching to virtual help, one benefit the Josselyn Center has discovered is that video conferencing is a method more accessible and preferable to some.