Youth and Family Counseling Center


Individual Psychotherapy & Counseling: YFCS works with people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds who are experiencing life’s challenges, feeling overwhelmed, stressed, confused, or just finding it difficult to cope. Our therapists help clients address issues such as: abuse and trauma, anxiety, depression, family distress, relationship difficulties; conflict resolution and management, anger; work, family or financial stress, grief and loss, growth and life transitions, parenting, parent/child relationships, marital or premarital concerns, separation and divorce, school adjustment, self esteem, trust, substance abuse, coping with chronic or terminal illness, stress management, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, and other issues. Family and Couples Therapy: Families and couples come to YFCS for assistance with a variety of family issues, such as divorce, domestic violence; parenting; money, intimacy, infidelity, stage of life issues and other common relationship struggles. Treatment approaches reinforce the skills and strengths of individuals and families and emphasize personal growth, development and situational change. Group Psychotherapy: Similar to individual therapy, group therapy’s goal is to help people cope with difficulties as they grow and develop in their professional and social lives. Positive peer groups represent a powerful intervention that is a source of persuasion, stabilization, and support, particularly when clients are working to identify personal goals and interests and/or overcome thoughts and feeling associated with anxiety and/or depression. One ongoing YFCS group is the Sharing Teens and Reaching Success (STARS) program, which fosters healthy attachments, provides positive peer reinforcement, and acts as a forum for self-expression and new social skills for local teens. STARS is open to new members. School Consultation: YFCS staff offer their knowledge and expertise to schools in the community that would like to discuss clinical issues relating to their programs, difficulties, growth/development and/or crises. Two common issues for consultation include bullying and the increasing trend of self-harm. Consultation is tailored to fit the particular needs of each community, and can be by appointment, on a regular basis, or as a more formal seminar/presentation. Educational Programs: YFCS offers special educational programs on specific mental health topics made available to schools, government agencies, businesses and other entities. Each one to one-and-a-half hour program features information presented by experts, a question and answer period, and a suggested reading list for additional information. We welcome and encourage requests for YFCS to speak on a wide variety of mental health topics. YFCS Executive Director Carol Pedro writes a monthly mental health column in The Westfield Leader and the Scotch Plains Fanwood Times newspapers. The column focuses largely on prevention and self-help for the most pressing mental health issues in the community. Employer Assistance Programs: YFCS contracts with area employers to be the provider within their benefit plan for mental health services. This benefit usually consists of a certain number of sessions made available and provided for by the employer. Any employer who would like YFCS as an Employee Assistance Program provider is asked to contact us at your convenience.


233 Prospect Street
Westfield, New Jersey 07090
United States

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