Mental Health Services
NEW HARTFORD LOCATION:
1729 Burrstone Road,
New Hartford, NY 13413
Janice Schwartz, LCSW-R office is located on the upper level.
Generations of Quality Care Under One Roof
Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Our emotional, psychological and social well-being all contribute to a state of mental health. How we relate to others, the choices we make and how we handle life’s stresses can all be affected by our mental health. Mental health issues are not uncommon. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. Recognizing early warning signs and beginning treatment can greatly improve outcomes for those affected by mental illness or struggling with poor mental health.
Types of Mental Health Conditions
Anxiety Disorders – Includes obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders and phobias. These disorders cause the individual to respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread.
Behavioral Disorders – Includes Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder and Oppositional-Defiant Disorder (ODD). These disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors that cause problems in school, at home or in social situations.
Eating Disorders – Includes anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. These disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes and behaviors regarding weight and food.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders – Substance abuse disorders often occur in conjunction with mental health conditions.
Mood Disorders – Includes depression, bipolar disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and self-harm. These disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness or fluctuating between extreme happiness and extreme sadness.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – This disorder involves repeated, upsetting thoughts and repeated actions to alleviate those thoughts.
Personality Disorders – Includes antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. These disorders are characterized by extreme and inflexible personality traits that can result in problems in work, school or social relationships.
Suicidal Behavior – Involves self-destructive actions that the individual expects will result in death.
Trauma and Stress Related Disorders – Includes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These disorders involve a feeling of stress and fear after living through or seeing a traumatic event.
What is Clinical Social Worker?
A Clinical Social Worker is a healthcare professional that applies theories and methods of prevention and treatment to provide mental health services. Clinical Social Workers have knowledge of biology, psychology, social development, cultural diversity, interpersonal relationships, family and group dynamics, mental health disorders, addiction, environmental factors and the impact of illness, trauma or injury on mental health.
How Can a Clinical Social Worker Help?
Clinical Social Workers specialize in a type of direct person to person therapy called psychotherapy. This type of therapy is sometimes called “talk” therapy because treatment involves engaging in conversation with a mental health specialist to work through issues impacting your mental health. Psychotherapy can help those dealing with depression, anxiety, serious illness, relationship troubles, job loss, death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse and a variety of other mental health issues.
Psychotherapy provides a supportive environment that allows the patient to speak openly to a professional who is objective, neutral and non judgmental. Working with a Clinical Social Worker, patients can identify and change thoughts and behavior patterns that are negatively impacting their mental well-being. This type of therapy allows the patient to develop coping mechanisms to better handle life’s challenges.
What Happens During Therapy?
An important part of psychotherapy is building a trusting, therapeutic relationship with your Clinical social worker. Rather than being told what to do, you will work actively and collaboratively with your clinical social worker to achieve your mental health goals.
Initially, your mental health specialist may perform assessments to better understand your condition, identify important personality characteristics and coping strategies or underlying issues such as a learning disability or attention deficit.
Through dialogue with your Clinical social worker, you will clarify the issues you are facing. Next you will move onto a problem-solving phase allowing you to seek out alternative ways of thinking, behaving and managing your feelings. Your Clinical Social Worker will continue to assess your progress and help you achieve your goals. Your therapy may sometimes involve others, such as a spouse or children. Your therapy sessions will allow you to work through current problems but also help you identify future issues that may arise and equip you with effective coping mechanisms.
When to Seek Treatment?
If you feel as though your quality of life isn’t what is should be, a mental health specialist may be able to help. Therapy can help with persistent feelings of depression, anxiety and anger, as well as mental health issues associated with chronic illness or substance abuse. It may also help you work through short term problems such as a divorce, job loss, grieving or other life changes.
Early Warning Signs of Mental Health
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from friends and activities
- Low energy or lack of energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Helpless or hopeless feeling
- Increase in smoking, drinking or drug use
- Feeling confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, worried, upset or scared
- Increase in yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Severe mood swings that interfere with relationships
- Persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks
Slocum-Dickson’s Mental Health Specialist
Janice Schwartz, LCSW-R Janice is a Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 19 years of experience including several supervisory roles. She has worked with individuals from ages 5 to 77. Her training includes working with patients with a wide variety of mental health disorders. Her experience includes working with patients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and numerous other emotional disorders and mental illnesses. The services Janice offers can help improve an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Janice received her Master’s of Social Work Degree from Syracuse University School of Social Work in Syracuse, NY and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a New York State Department of Education Certified Social Worker.
Procedures & Services
- Treatment for: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and various other emotional disorders and mental illnesses.