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Women's Behavioral Health Programs Now Offered in Hamilton

Oct 1, 2009

Specialized Treatment Tailored to Unique Needs of Women

HAMILTON, NJ - Princeton House Behavioral Health announces the expansion of its Women’s Programs, now available at 300 Clock Tower Drive in Hamilton, New Jersey. This unique program will provide specialized care to women in the Mercer County area who may have experienced trauma, major life change or are in recovery from addiction.

“The unique mental health needs of women are becoming better appreciated and understood by researchers and clinicians. This trend has led to more effective and specialized treatment,” said Nathalie Edmond, Psy.D., Director of PHBH Women's Programs. “Our Women’s Programs are at the forefront when it comes to addressing those needs and helping women build better lives.”

Women are two to three times more likely to develop problems with depression or anxiety than men. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability for a woman living in the United States.

PHBH, a unit of the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), developed the Women’s Programs to address the unique biological and psychosocial factors that influence women’s emotional health. Research has shown that women have better outcomes in “gender-sensitive” programs in which therapists have greater insight into a women’s perspective, their response to different treatment approaches and even the different impact medication can have on their unique physiology.

The philosophy throughout the Women’s Programs involves the relational model, which believes that the way women work in the world and the way that they heal is through relationships. Treatment in all of the Women’s Programs integrates evidence-based and outcomes-informed practices to our core strength-based treatment models. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach that blends individual and group therapy to help individuals regulate their emotions and behavior, also informs all Women’s Programs groups. Originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder, research has shown that DBT is effective at treating patients with a wider variety of symptoms and behaviors.

The program offers services across four areas or tracks:

Women’s Wellness: Aimed at individuals with symptoms of depression or anxiety stirred by life transitions or stressors of particular significance to women. The treatment program is designed to help women develop skills to reduce anxiety, enhance their mood and esteem, better care for their own physical and emotional health, and create and maintain healthier relationships.

Women’s Trauma: Women who were subjected to trauma or abuse – such as long-term psychological, sexual, physical or verbal abuse, as well as rape or domestic violence – are predisposed to emotional, psychological and relational problems throughout their lives. The program helps women to establish and maintain personal safety by building self-esteem and confidence, as well as learning basic coping and relationship-building skills and healthy ways to manage emotions.

Women’s Trauma and Addiction: This program is aimed at women who use harmful substances or engage in harmful behaviors due to the aftermath of trauma or abuse. Like the Trauma track, this treatment strives to help individuals build self-esteem and confidence and learn basic coping and relationship-building skills and healthy ways to manage emotions. In addition, treatment is designed to help women achieve abstinence and to educate them on their addiction. The trauma and addiction issues are treated simultaneously because the emotional impact of trauma often worsens in early recovery when the individual is no longer using addictive substances to cope. If the emotional pain is not addressed, the person is susceptible to relapsing into their addiction.

DBT Skills: As the newest track, this program helps women who have difficulty processing emotions and tend to respond with self-harming behaviors, including suicidal tendencies and relapse into substance abuse. The treatment focuses on teaching skills to help women exert greater control over their emotions and avoid life-threatening behaviors.

All four Women’s Program tracks are offered as either a partial hospital program – six-hour day treatment sessions for three to five days per week – or an intensive outpatient program, which uses three-hour treatments for three to four days per week.

The four Women’s Program tracks also remain available at Princeton House’s Main Campus in Princeton. Additionally, the Women’s Trauma Program is offered at Princeton House’s Cherry Hill Location.

For more information on the new Women’s Programs in Hamilton, call 609-683-3299 or visit www.princetonhouse.org.