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Allies In Caring is a multicultural non-for profit organization dedicated to helping underserved individuals, who have emotional and behavioral problems, move toward recovery, health and greater independence through counseling, education and community support.
Allies In Caring (AIC), was initially founded, as a for-profit agency by Ivette Guillermo-McGahee in 2012. She was driven by a strong desire to be more effective in helping children, youth and their families develop resiliency and become strong, creative and thriving despite adversity.
Continuing to feel that her organization was not doing enough to broaden and extend the services it offered, Allies In Caring shifted its status to a non-profit organization in November 2013. We were very happy that our tax exempt status was approved by the Internal Revenue Service in September, 2014.
The individuals and families that we serve thrive despite adversity, they develop into more skillful, mindful, and compassionate human beings through the process of learning how to cope with their challenges, and how to master their environment. Our clients develop coping skills and access their internal and external resources they need to live healthier and meaningful lives, as contributing members of society.
As Allies In Caring, we build collaborative relationships with clients, service providers and community partners. With a sense of shared responsibility we form a therapeutic alliance with our clients, nurturing self-awareness, mindfulness and kindness. Together we explore without judgment both, problems and potential.
We enhance our clients’ engagement in treatment and outcomes through:
- Paying attention to the goals that are important for the client.
- Honoring the client’s experiences and views.
- Drawing out resources and intrinsic motivation that already exist in the client.
- Affirming the client’s capacity to choose in every situation.
- Identifying and reducing the barriers that get in the way of the pursuit of the client’s goals.
We respond and make sense of the complexity of needs of our multicultural clients, by applying culturally affirmative skills such as:
- Language accessibility; English, Spanish and Sign Language
- Knowledge of the specific effects of culture on the client, and
- Use of culturally and developmentally appropriate treatment goals, process, and content.
Services we provide:
Our services include:
- Initial clinical assessment
- Bio-psychosocial evaluation
- Medication management
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Preventive therapy
- Group therapy
Our counselors specialize in the following evidence-based models:
- Systems Centered Therapy (SCT)
- Mindfulness Based Interventions: ACT, MBCT, DBT
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Days and hours: Monday through Sunday at hours that are convenient for the clients we serve.
- Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and their families
- Children and youth of immigrants and their families
- Children with developmental disabilities and mental health or behavioral health disorders
Living in all New Jersey counties.
Place Where Services Are Provided:
- At home, school or other community-based settings in all NJ counties.
- At the Office: Psycho-educational groups, support groups, skills-development groups.
Programs we are currently approved for by the Division and Children and Families:
Intensive In Community Services (IIC) For children & youth with behavioral and emotional problems
Intensive In Home Services (IIH)For children & youth with co-ocurring diagnosis; behavioral and emotional problems and developmental disabilities.