Psycho-Therapeutic Approaches

At times, everyone needs help overcoming physical or emotional problems. Sometimes, the need for help requires specialized treatment as in the case of substance abuse treatment. Over the years, research revealed that substance abuse problems cannot be solved solely by one’s will power. Interventions of all kinds may be needed. Treatment Alternatives offers those clients seeking to break free of substance abuse a best-practices, multidisciplinary approach. We have learned that one therapeutic approach does not work for everyone.

Our commitment to individualized care means evaluating the whole person and addressing each client’s treatment needs. This is what defines a comprehensive treatment protocol. There are several types of psycho-therapeutic approaches; each one is dynamic and personal promoting life changing breakthroughs. All our therapeutic approaches have the backing of years of scientific research.We provide a supportive, safe, comfortable environment for all clients enabling us to focus on the individual client and his or her needs.

Types of psycho-therapeutic approaches

All psycho-therapeutic approaches aim to bring awareness, acceptance, and action to a person suffering from one or more emotional problems. Developing new coping mechanisms enables a client to deal with life’s events and the emotions that accompany those events in healthy, self-affirming ways.

To do that, Treatment Alternatives uses:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Considered a short term option for treating mental health issues, CBT examines the underlying thoughts and feelings that can significantly influence a person’s behavior. This approach provides a way to look at thoughts and feelings and alter behavior. It teaches individuals that what they can control in the world is within them: thoughts, feelings and choices about behavior. Thus, a client can learn a new perspective and coping skills. It is solution focused
  • Rapid Eye Desensitization and Recovery (EMDR): This approach is one of newer therapeutic approaches approved by the American Psychiatric Association and recommended by the Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Defense. Individuals suffering from PSTD respond positively to EDMR resulting in its growing popularity. The therapist and the client work closely together using eye movements to help desensitize the client’s emotional response while discussing a traumatic life event. Treatment Alternatives has a therapist who specializes in this approach.
  • Experiential Therapy:This approach to treatment is not a single therapeutic approach but a combination of paths that allow a therapist to observe a client during the execution of a task.Engagement in the task allows the client freedom to discuss emotional issues during the work on the task.Despite the discussion, the client experiences a sense of completion and success upon finishing the task. This process allows a client to experience pleasurable sensations outside the use of substances. Experiential therapies include, but are not limited to, dance, art, drama, and recreational therapies.
  • Here and Now:The focus of this approach is the client’s attention on feelings and thoughts occurring in the present moment. It provides the client with insight into the relationship between thoughts and feelings as well as the responsibility associated with those thoughts and feelings. While speaking of a memory, the client focuses on the present experience. Here and Now provides a client with the ability to define the experience rather than interpret events exposing patterns and behaviors that are self-destructive or constructive. Here and Now is a combination of Gestalt and Yalom therapies considered Existential therapies. Yalom believes that questions related to fear of death, the drive to freedom, the desire to avoid isolation are integral issues that must be addressed openly and honestly in the present.
  • Family of Origin:: The family in which a client was raised helped shape the way that client communicates with others, responds emotionally, looks to get his or her needs met, defines values and beliefs and finally how he or she defines self. “Am I deserving”, “do I deserve to be loved”, “do I have value or worth” that family of origin experiences helped shape. Looking at issues of abuse, neglect, lack of appropriate affection or demonstrations of love, encouragement etc. becomes crucial in getting past Family of Origin dynamics thus allowing the client to reshape and reframe his or her concept of self and worthiness in the present.

In addition to the above mentioned therapies, incorporate life and coping skills groups, relapse prevention groups, and substance abuse education. We strongly believe in having gender-specific groups. Single gender groups enable men and women to openly work on issues related to gender.

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