Health & Wellness

Press Releases

Resolve Community Counseling Center Introduces Horticultural Therapy

2a43e12dafa84bfb6bbe_Rosa_Gomez_and_companion.jpg
Rosa Gomez, a counselor at Resolve Community Counseling Center, and her companion water the garden and enjoy their harvest.
2a43e12dafa84bfb6bbe_Rosa_Gomez_and_companion.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A woman and a young girl are late summer chatting as they work in the garden, watering the plants and picking ripe vegetables on a sparkling late summer afternoon.  The woman is Rosa Gomez, LAC, CFC, a counselor at Resolve Community Counseling Center.  She and her companion are engaged in horticultural therapy, a recent initiative at Resolve Counseling to engage children in caring for another living thing. 

Ms. Gomez was inspired to start the garden as a way of helping children develop and expand life skills such as patience, perseverance and nurturing. She chose horticultural therapy as a way of giving children some control and power over their lives and helping them establish a sense of responsibility.  

"Each child took a tomato plant home, which engaged the entire family in the process and gave the children a chance to gain positive attention," Rosa Gomez explains. "As the children participate in gardening tasks, they learn responsibility and how to work collaboratively with others. They gain a sense of purpose and empowerment, especially now that they see the zucchini, squash, watermelons, tomatoes and flowers they planted thriving and producing fruit. …. When the children are working in the garden, I see a visible difference in their moods and improvements in their attention and ability to focus.”

Ms. Gomez is a member of the dedicated professional staff at Resolve Community Counseling Center, a private, non-profit community mental health center, serving children, adults and families of Union County for over 40 years. Resolve is committed to making mental health care available to all.  We have reasonable sliding scale fees, accept Medicaid as full payment and will work with private insurance.   Resolve is located at 1830 Front Street, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 in the historic Hamilton House.  Contact Resolve at 908-322-9180, resolveccc@aol.com or www.ResolveNJ.com.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

East Brunswick Rabbi Charged with Engaging in Prostitution with a Child

February 19, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Aryeh Goodman, 35, the rabbi from the  East Brunswick Chabad Learning Center has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He was one of thirty men charged with having sex with the teenager over a four-week period.

According to the New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman ...

Grape Expectations Hosts Wine Tastings

February 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Grape Expectations, recognized as the oldest “Make Your Own Wine” establishment in Somerset County, will host wine tastings the next two weekends for those curious about wines made from grapes harvested in South Africa and Chile in South America.

Tastings are scheduled Saturday, Feb 24, from noon- 4p.m.; Friday, March 2 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 ...

2017 Graduate of J.P. Stevens High School Gets a Perfect Score on the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam

February 22, 2018

College Board recently released the names of students who earned every possible point on an Advanced Placement Exam in May 2017, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam. This is an extraordinary academic feat as only 511 students in the world achieved this. This year a local student, Maria Guevara Carpio, a 2017 graduate of J.P. Stevens High School earned a perfect score ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...