Holistic Therapeutic Care

In harmony with our philosophy and dedication to treating all aspects of each individual in our care, we offer individual mental health counseling provided by licensed psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, and marriage and family therapists. Every resident is offered individual psychotherapy three times per week.

Often times, drug and alcohol addiction can mask underlying symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma. After the initial assessment and detoxification (if needed), mental health counseling becomes an integral part of our treatment program.

Our clinical professionals are trained in the following therapeutic modalities:

Individual-Mental-Health-Counseling

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution-Focused Interventions
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy (MBCT)

Individual mental health counseling identifies and treats symptoms of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are punctuated by feelings of worry, tension, unease, intense fear, and often times, physical symptoms, such as palpitations, hypertension, and chest pain.

Many who suffer from anxiety disorders find difficulty relating to others and turn to drugs and alcohol to bring relief.

Our mental health counseling will determine the cause of experienced anxiety and work with each person to retrain their minds to focus on positive thoughts instead of those that make them worry or afraid.

Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques are also skills learned through this treatment.

Depression

Addiction and depression commonly occur together in varying levels of severity. Symptoms of depression include fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, restlessness or irritability, and even thoughts of suicide. One experiencing these thoughts and feelings may be inclined to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs and harmful or dangerous activities. For several years, individuals may attempt to mask the symptoms of both depression and addiction through temporary fixes that can have tragic and unintended consequences.

Without treating the symptoms of depression, it can become nearly impossible for the addicted person to even recognize that they are suffering from an illness, rendering them almost incapable of gathering the tools necessary to embark upon change. Denial and ambivalence are perhaps the greatest complications depression presents to addiction recovery.

Our professionals work with clients to determine the type of depression, help them identify potential cycles and patterns, and create an individual wellness plan that includes a balance of healthy eating, exercise, rest and activities.

Trauma

Traumatic events are those that create severe emotional, psychological (and sometimes physical) pain, which are abnormal to the human experience.

“Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” – Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery

The after-effects of traumatic experiences can influence our perceptions, reactions and interactions with the world. The use of drugs and alcohol to mitigate painful feelings of grief, debilitating fear, and unbearable resentment can eventually lead to the build-up of both physical and emotional dependence upon drugs and/or alcohol. As a result, one’s emotional and mental capacity to process and cope with past traumatic experiences is severely diminished over time.

Through individualized treatment, we work with each person to uncover the effects of experienced trauma. Furthermore, we educate the individual about the ways in which trauma can interact with addiction. Our focus is on developing coping strategies and ongoing healing.

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