Name of Facility: High Focus Centers
Location of Facility (City, State/Province, Country): Cranford, NJ, USA
Number of Stars: 4.5
Description of Experience: High Focus provided me with many many techniques on coping skills and mindfulness practice. I don’t give it 5 stars because the clinicians can range in being really helpful/positive/supportive to being very negative/unsupportive. During my time there I witnessed several clinicians deny their patients arguments and feelings. The MHAs and Van Drivers are often very polite and know how to help kids out. They have school sessions included in their day-to-day treatment schedules. I think there are several situations some of the clinicians are just unprepared for.
Type of Program (inpatient, outpatient, residential, etc.): Partial Day (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Year(s) Your Experience(s) Occurred (i.e. 2015): 2016-2017
Name of Hospital: High Focus
City, State/Province, Country: Freehold, NJ, USA
Number of Stars: 4
Comment: High Focus was actually very useful in terms of helping me learn coping techniques and there was a noticeable decline in my symptoms by the end of my time there. The facility is also very nice. The reason I am not giving it five stars is because some of the therapists there have very obvious control issues.For example, near the end of my time there I did not feel like contributing to group therapy (it was optional and not everyone did it every day) and politely said I didn’t feel like talking that day. The therapist yelled at me in front of all the other patients and said that since I was almost ready for discharge, I should tell everyone how well my life was going to set a good example. Obviously this is ridiculous, and it was clear that she had an explosive reaction only because I did not behave the way she expected me to. Also while I appreciated this organization’s approach toward calling out unhealthy behavior, there was absolutely no sensitivity while doing so. If someone is in a day or partial program then they are probably going to be incredibly emotionally sensitive and some staff did not seem to realize this.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Day program