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Family Therapy NJ: Consistent Clinical Care

Mental health is rarely isolated. The people around us will affect or be affected by our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Therefore, clinical treatment should not be isolated either. In order to best help a family or a struggling individual, therapy should be considered for each family member. Read more about Family Therapy NJ below.

Who is Family Therapy for?

Family therapy treats both larger group issues and supports individual needs. In some cases, an entire family will experience a stressful or difficult event. This event may be a relocation, a recent death, parental divorce, and so on.

Family therapy is also an option when one member of the family is experiencing mental health issues that may affect or be affected by their family members.

How does Family Therapy help?

In individual therapy, the client alone receives education, skills, and support. Family therapy is all about making sure that the same information is consistent and clearly communicated to all people involved.

Not only is family therapy helpful in educating all parties, but it also provides an opportunity for improving interpersonal skills between family members and their understanding of each other.

It can be especially beneficial for parents of teens in therapy to engage and participate in their treatment. While therapists will be able to foster a stable and productive environment for their clients during sessions, parents can maintain this at home through the use of similar skills.

At Blueprint Mental Health, we offer education on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to parents, so that they can utilize the skills their children are using in their everyday lives.

Learn more about how parenting affects a child’s mental health here.

Family Therapy NJ at Blueprint Mental Health

At Blueprint Mental Health, we believe in educating parents and family members in the same way that we educate our clients. We provide educational programs for parents as well as community presentations on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

At Blueprint Mental Health, we provide outpatient therapy for individuals experiencing mental health disorders, familial issues, or problems with communication. If your teen is experiencing anxiety, depression, defiance, or other mental and behavioral health issues that are impacting your family, call Blueprint Mental Health at (908) 256-6965. 

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NJ Teen Therapist: Finding Help When They Need It

When your teenager is experiencing mental health issues, finding help can be challenging. This can be especially hard when you and your child are having your own issues with communication. Sometimes, it can seem like s/he will only confide in their friends or their phones. When your teen needs help, you want them to talk to someone they trust and whose feedback they will be receptive to. Learn more about finding the right NJ teen therapist below.

What should I look for in a teen therapist?


Parents or adolescents may seek a teen therapist for a number of reasons. These may include mental health disorders like anxiety or depression or behavioral issues such as defiance. Teens may be experiencing problems communicating, or be struggling with trauma or grief. It may be helpful to look for a therapist who specializes in one of these areas.

Treatment Approach

You may also want to find a therapist who specializes in a specific type of therapy. For teens who may not be able to control their emotions, traditional talk therapy isn’t always the best solution. In these cases, finding a therapist who works with therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) or DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) can be more productive.

In other cases, your teen may be more receptive to hands-on or creative therapies, such as art, music, or yoga. Teens may be more likely to engage when participating in such activities.

Family Involvement

When teens are experiencing problems with their family members, improving communication is a huge part of treatment. You may want to find a therapist who specializes in working with families.

Figure out what kind of role you want to play in your teen’s treatment. Do you want to be present at some sessions? Do you want to come in for your own sessions? Ask a therapist about their approach to parent or family involvement to see if it’s compatible with you and your child’s needs.

Blueprint Mental Health NJ Teen Therapist

Blueprint Mental Health offers outpatient therapy for teens to those experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. We specialize in the use of DBT in helping teens and young adults regulate their emotions and develop healthier relationships with themselves and their families. At Blueprint, we take a skills-based approach to treatment and promote skills education for all members of an individual’s support system.

For more information, call 908-256- 6965 or e-mail

Teen Anxiety Treatment NJ

Teen Anxiety Treatment NJ: Treating Fear of the Future

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems in the US. 1 in 10 teens struggle with an anxiety disorder (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Fortunately, therapy can help teens to manage symptoms of anxiety. Learn more about anxiety and teen anxiety treatment NJ below.

What is anxiety?

“At its core, anxiety is simply the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations.” –

Anxiety is identified by mental and physical distress. It occurs when we experience or are anticipating situations that we have been conditioned to fear or worry about.

While most people will experience anxiety in their lives, people with anxiety disorders experience this distress more frequently and at higher and more debilitating intensities. As a matter of fact, anxiety disorders can prevent individuals from being able to do typical things. One of the most common forms of anxiety is social anxiety.

Signs of Teen Anxiety

Symptoms of anxiety generally occur in anticipation of specific events that have not yet happened.

  • Excessive Worrying or Being Afraid
  • Extreme Stress or Restlessness
  • Becoming Flushed or Sweaty
  • Lack of Focus or Difficulty Sleeping
  • Nausea and Headaches
  • Persistent Negative Thoughts
  • Avoidance of Activities that Induce Above Reactions

Fight or Flight?

Anxiety is our body’s way of telling us that we are in danger. These instincts are natural. However, over time, they have changed in accordance with a change in our fears. For example, our bodies used to warn us about things that could kill us. Now, it warns us about negative experiences like rejection, failure, or sadness.

Part of overcoming feelings of anxiety is “fact-checking” these fears. Is rejection really a threat? How dangerous is failing this exam? Through fact-checking, uncomfortable and worrisome situations become less threatening. As a result, we will experience less anxiety or distress.

Blueprint Mental Health Teen Anxiety Treatment NJ

Blueprint Mental Health specializes in the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)  and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in teens. Both therapies are proven effective in the treatment of anxiety. We work with individuals and their families to help them regulate emotions and cope with stressors.

For more information, call 908-256- 6965 or e-mail


NJ DBT Therapist

NJ DBT Therapist: Learning Emotion Regulation

Blueprint Mental Health specializes in Adolescent DBT. If you’re looking for a NJ DBT Therapist for you or your child, call (908) 256-6965 or e-mail

Throughout life, we experience events and interactions that make us feel and behave in certain ways. This is typical. For example, a teenager may experience a breakup and cry.

Some individuals, however, respond to these events, or stimuli, in a more extreme or even erratic manner. The same breakup could lead to intense or even physical fighting, self-harm, abuse of drugs, and so on.

Learning to regulate these emotions is important, and can even benefit all individuals no matter how they respond. One way to learn is DBT.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 1970s to help people whose emotional responses to stimuli were difficult to control and put themselves or others at risk.

PsychCentral writes, “DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.”

DBT, as a therapy, utilizes a variety of modules, skills, and concepts to return control, and thereby power, to the individual experiencing these emotions.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor E. Frankel

The Modules

DBT is based on four major skill modules:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation

Blueprint Mental Health NJ DBT Therapist

Blueprint Mental Health provides outpatient therapy for teens and adults. Through the use of DBT and other therapies, our clinicians work with individuals and their families to overcome various issues, including depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Clients learn and practice DBT skills to help them cope with stressors and regain control. We operate out of two locations in Somerset County, New Jersey–Bridgewater and Somerville.

For more information, call 908-256- 6965 or e-mail

Teen Depression Treatment NJ

Teen Depression Treatment NJ

Clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, affects millions of teens nationwide. As the leading mental health disorder in the U.S., 12.5% of teens experience a major depressive episode each year. Through therapeutic and psychiatric intervention, teens can learn to manage their symptoms. Learn more about depression and teen depression treatment NJ below.

What is Depression?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, clinical depression is categorized by long-term feelings of sadness and withdrawal from activities. Major depressive disorder interferes with a teen’s ability to function at home or in school. A combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors contribute to teen depression.

When untreated, long-term depression can lead to suicide. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.

Signs of Teen Depression

  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Sadness, anger, or irritability
  • Withdrawal from activities or socialization
  • Disinterest in activities
  • Changes in concentration, sleeping, or eating
  • Lack of motivation and poor performance in school
  • Self-harm or thoughts of suicide or death

How is teen depression treated?

No two cases of depression are the same, which is why treatment should be individualized. Teens who are experiencing depression should meet with a mental health professional in order to assess the severity of their symptoms and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

Professionals may recommend medication for some individuals. Behavioral therapy can also help with emotion regulation and developing coping skills. This therapy can occur in groups or in one-on-one sessions with a therapist.

Blueprint Mental Health Teen Depression Treatment NJ

Blueprint Mental Health specializes in the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in teens. Both DBT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been proven effective in the treatment of depression. We work with individuals and their families to help them regulate emotions and cope with stressors.

For more information, call 908-256- 6965 or e-mail

John Mopper Presents “Thank You To The Bully” To Cranford Parent Academy

CRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL, N.J. — On Tue. March 7, John Mopper, LAC of Blueprint Mental Health gave his “Thank You to the Bully” presentation to The Cranford Parent Academy.

“Thank You to the Bully” is one of many free presentations on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that Mopper has been giving across Northern New Jersey.

Read more about “Thank You to the Bully” here.

To schedule your free presentation, call (908) 256-6965.

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NJ Adolescent Therapist: What to Expect & What to Ask

Bringing your child to a therapist for first time can be a scary. Perhaps you’re skeptical of the process, or are nervous about introducing your child and his or her problems to a stranger? How does it work? What will they talk about? Does s/he really need help? What if my child doesn’t like their therapist? When looking for a NJ Adolescent Therapist, these questions and more may arise. Asking them is important, and helps to ensure that your child’s sessions are productive, and that you, your child, and his/her therapist are on the same page.

The First Session

During your child’s first session, their therapist will cover a few important areas: the reason s/he is seeking therapy, their symptoms, and a brief personal history. The therapist will likely speak with the adolescent’s parent/guardian to discuss any additional details.

At this point, you may want to discuss any questions, including privacy of information, expectations, and the therapist’s style or approach. How much information will your child’s therapist relay to you? What goals do you and your child have? Will it be traditional talk therapy? What types of therapy will be used? The answers to these questions will be different for each therapist, and provide you with a clearer understanding of their compatibility with your child’s needs.

It’s important to ensure that you and your child feel safe and supported in this new environment. It is not uncommon, however, for your child to initially be hesitant to open up.

Throughout Therapy

As sessions continue, a therapist will gain a better understanding of your child’s symptoms and triggers, and be able to teach them on skills to reduce these symptoms. Your child’s therapist should keep you updated on progress, and be open to discussing any issues that may arise.

Unless otherwise outlined, therapy sessions can continue for as long as you and your child deem them necessary. You may want to stop once you achieve a certain goal, or maybe, therapy sessions become a regular part of your weekly schedule. If you’re unsure when your child should be done with therapy, his/her therapist will be able to make recommendations.

Blueprint Mental Health NJ Adolescent Therapist

Blueprint Mental Health offers warm and compassionate outpatient therapy for teens and adults in need of mental health support. We are able to assist with various issues, including depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Through use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), we work with individuals and their families to help them cope with stressors and achieve their goals.

For more information, call 908-256- 6965 or e-mail

Outpatient DBT Skills Training for MOMS


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DBT Skills Training for Moms

Facilitated by:  John Mopper, LAC

Imagine you are getting ready to take off on an airplane…When covering the emergency plan, the stewardess has specific instructions in the case of the cabin losing pressure.  They clearly state that if the oxygen masks drop down and you are traveling with children, please apply your mask first, before helping your child.  The reason is that you can’t help your child if you can’t breathe. The same is true when your child is struggling with depression or anxiety. 

DBT Skills Training for Moms will provide you with the skills needed to be the most effective in supporting yourself and your teen or young adult through this difficult time. Through the five modules of DBT, we will help you to find inner strength, while also providing you with a better understanding of what your son or daughter is going through.

This is an 8 Week closed group that begins the first week in March. You  have a choice of either Mondays or Thursdays from 7pm-8:20pm.  The cost of all 8 weeks is $280 per person.  Spaces are limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


To Register or for more information, contact Blueprint Mental Health:


68 North Bridge St, Somerville, NJ 08876

Blueprint Mental Health Joins the Fight Against Bullying


Bullying Presentation

Today, John from Blueprint Mental Health presented on the topic of bullying in front of 600 students at Bound Brook High School.  His presentation, “Thank You to the Bully” From Bullied to Empowered using DBT, takes a unique approach to dealing with the bullying epidemic. It teaches students coping and social skills to assist them in dealing with bullies.  Further, as its title suggests, “Thank You to the Bully” demonstrates the unique opportunities for growth and gratitude that bullying can present to its victims.

 Through personal anecdotes, pop culture examples, and therapy techniques John demonstrates how students can go “from bullied to empowered.”  “While our work on bullying prevention is extremely important, we also need to make sure that we’re equipping our kids with the skills needed to cope when they inevitably face adversity in their lives,” John says of the presentation.  These skills are based in the five modules of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Designed in the 1970s, DBT seeks to reduce impulsive behaviors commonly seen in high-risk individuals.

To schedule a free presentation or if you would like to schedule a counseling session with John, please contact or call 908-256-6965

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Blueprint Mental Health is proud to announce the launch of our new website. We will be posting weekly blogs addressing all aspects of mental health, along with our insights into current events. Stay tuned for more information!

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