At Gemma Services, we offer a comprehensive continuum of mental health care in the form of therapy, in home and in school behavioral services, ABA Services, psychiatric services, and medication management for children, teens, and their families. We use evidence-based practices to provide individual, family, and group services for children and teens ages 2 to 21, delivered by a team of clinicians who are dedicated to the progress and healing of those we serve.

Outpatient Services

Services include:

Individual Therapy: Individual therapy is available for children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT for children and adolescents who have experienced a traumatic or upsetting life event such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, grief and loss, and other traumas.

Family Therapy: Family therapy helps improve the way family members interact and resolve conflicts together.

Play Therapy: Play therapy helps children express their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through the use of play, games, art, and other child-friendly materials.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT): PCIT is an evidence-based family therapy designed for young children who exhibit “acting-out” behaviors.

Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management: Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management services are available to currently enrolled outpatient clients with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Outpatient services are provided at our Mt. Airy and Southwest Philadelphia locations. For services at either location, please call 215.730.2326.

Intensive Behavioral Health Services

Children, youth, and young adults up to age 21 who are struggling with serious emotional or behavioral issues or skill deficits may benefit from our community-based Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS), a program that is designed to give each individual the tools they need to face challenges with a greater sense of strength and resilience. Our team of Clinical Psychologists, Behavior Consultants, and Mobile Therapists work with each child, youth, or young adult, and their family, to develop an individualized plan to address specific needs and difficulties. A plan may include:

  • Evaluation and Assessment across settings that are normal for a child, youth, or young adult
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • 1-1 individual support in a specific identified setting with a Behavioral Health Technician to teach skills
  • Behavior Consultation across settings to develop interventions to teach skills and improve overall functioning

For referrals or information about IBHS, please call 267.297.5170.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Services

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of implementing basic behavioral interventions to create meaningful behavior changes. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA uses these interventions to increase desired or socially appropriate behaviors and decrease behaviors that create barriers for individuals or cause harm to themselves or others. Data is recorded during implementing these behavioral interventions to determine the effectiveness of the interventions and make ongoing treatment decisions. ABA services are typically provided to children, youth, or young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and include:

  • Both Behavior Consultants or Assistant Behavior Consultants provide an assessment of the child’s strengths and skill deficits based upon observation and data collection. They design interventions to support a child, youth, or young adult to increase skills and decrease undesirable behaviors.
  • Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT) implement the 1-1 interventions designed by the Behavior Consultant in the youth’s or adolescent youth’s natural setting.

For a video info session about ASD presented by our Clinical Director of Gemma’s ABA Services, please click here.

For referrals or information about ABA services, please call 267.297.5170.

Family Based Mental Health Services

Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS) is an intensive in-home program designed to help families care for their children and adolescents (up to age 21) who are experiencing severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. The program helps parents and caregivers increase their effectiveness and reduce the need for out-of-home placement or a higher level of care for their children such as residential treatment or psychiatric hospitalization. A team of two mental health professionals provides intensive therapy and case management support in a family’s home and community. The approach focuses on strengthening the relationships within the family and supporting the family system. FBMHS utilizes an evidence-based treatment model called Eco-systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). Services provided include:

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • 24-hour Crisis Stabilization
  • Case Management Services
  • 90-Day Overlap Service with Residential Treatment

FBMHS provides support for families throughout Philadelphia County. For referrals or information, please contact Isabelle Gauthier, Director of FBMHS, at 215-730-2270 or email.