Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy treatment aimed at helping Individuals identify negative emotions, behaviors, and thinking in response to difficulties and modifying how they respond based on the idea that the perception of a situation can be controlled by how you react and not on how you feel. We collaboratively work with clients to first, identify problematic thinking and behaviors, explore new strategies for addressing them, and collectively come up with positive solutions. This exploration challenges cognitive distortions which are inaccurate thoughts that reinforce negative behaviors or emotions. Clients are taught coping techniques to combat negative thinking.
A psychodynamic group is a group made up of people with similar types of diagnoses, such as: depression, dependent personality disorder, general anxiety disorder etc. The purpose for joining this type of group is to learn how to cope with relationships, while simultaneously experiencing the dysfunctional ways in which one has functioned until the present time. The purpose of learning about one’s own dysfunctional patterns is to become self-aware and begin behaving in ways that are healthier and satisfying so that one can begin to enjoy greater success in the world and sustain healthier interpersonal relationships.
Healthy Relationships Group is designed to teach the participants social and communicative skills. It also teaches participants how to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Participants will assess meaningful relationships in their lives and develop ways to improve upon those relationships. At the same time, the group offers the space for the participants to share freely about their relationships and receive feedback from their peers and guidance from the facilitator.
Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and overcome stressful times. Treatment is geared to long term solutions.
This group explores where the people in the session see their lives going in the future, and how they are preparing for what they want to accomplish. In addition, group members look at how they see themselves changing their behaviors so they can make choices that are more in their self-interest. Since most group members are still forming their ideas for their futures, discussions often center on what each group member feels passionate about, and how they envision achieving their goals. When they are able to see a positive future for themselves, they are then able to then start building a foundation to get there.
Clients with substance abuse or use issues will gain basic knowledge and understanding of the 12-step model along with SMART Recovery or another 12-Step based off-site program. The 12-Step Model of recovery is a program that is designed specifically to help a person overcome an addiction by adhering to 12 principles, emphasizing personal growth and dependence on a power greater than themselves. SMART Recovery supports individuals who have chosen to abstain or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behavior (substances or activities), by teaching them how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work towards long-term satisfaction and quality of life. Relapse prevention breaks down the recovery process into specific tasks and skills that the client must learn in order to recover. It also shows the client how to recognize signs that they are beginning to relapse, and how to activate coping tools to prevent relapse into drug and alcohol addiction habits.
We use art therapy with our clients because it is a safe, non-threatening and mostly non-verbal outlet for expressing what is going on inside. Art therapy is used to help our clients communicate, overcome stress, and explore different aspects of their personalities. In general, art therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process, to improve mental health and well-being. We believe that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps adolescents to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem and self-awareness.
Our program endeavors to show teens that living a healthy and well-balanced life can be fun. To this effect, we go on weekly outings to the beach, movies, parks, special hiking trails, laser tag, museums, miniature golfing and much more. Outing are considered a privilege and can be revoked due to inappropriate client behavior; for example, not following program rules, being disrespectful to staff or other clients, etc.