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New Princeton House Behavioral Health Program Provides Emotional Support for Teen Girls

Jan 14, 2014

SAGE ImageAdolescence can be a difficult time of transition for girls, particularly those struggling with emotional trauma, substance abuse and body-image issues. Providing a safe, supportive environment to explore these problems while also building self-awareness and self-esteem is the goal of a new program, Supporting Adolescent Girls Emotionally (SAGE), offered at Princeton House Behavioral Health’s (PHBH) Princeton location. 

“SAGE is designed to help girls between the ages of 13 and 18 identify and understand their emotional struggles and impulsive behaviors while building confidence and developing positive coping skills,” says Suni Antony, LCSW, Women’s Program Director at PHBH. “We realized that many adolescent girls needed a safe space where they could open up and work through their difficulties. We hope to address the more sensitive topics they may not have the opportunity to explore in other coed groups.”

The SAGE program includes both individual and group therapy, as well as medication management and a strong family component. Evidence-based therapeutic approaches are applied including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a therapy that teaches coping skills through various modules including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. 

SAGE offers both a partial hospital program and an intensive outpatient program. The partial hospital program is held five days a week and includes two hours of school instruction each day. The intensive outpatient program is held after school three days a week. Both programs run from six to eight weeks and are specialized to the needs of each person, says Antony. 

For information or referrals to the SAGE Program, please call 1.888.437.1610 or visit www.princetonhouse.org.