Holistic Counseling & Psychiatry

The foundation of our counseling and psychiatric strategy is to design a holistic program based on individual needs. All possible factors (biological, psychological, social, legal, developmental) that can contribute to your problem(s) are taken into account, and worked on in the order of severity and influence they have on what is causing problems in your life. There are many medications therapeutic styles, and treatment modalities out there (too many to name), each one reacts to each individual. A skilled therapist, just like a skilled psychiatrist, will know how to adjust their interventions as needed to provide the client with the best possible outcome, and keep the momentum of recovery going.

Our psychiatric medication management services can be done live or remotely through tele-psychiatry with a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

 

Our Goal:

To help individuals and families living with mental health and substance use disorders improve their quality of life by pursuing meaning and purpose in life.  

Our Methods:

Innovative and evidence based strategies rooted in harm-reduction, mindfulness, community reinforcement, and positive psychology.  We borrow from all theoretical orientations of therapy as they apply to co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders, adjusting as needed to fit the needs of the individual.  

We offer a compassionate, non-judgmental and individualized approach to assist our clients and their families living with substance use and mental health disorders better manage their lives, and dealing with resulting problems caused by addiction.

We prefer to hire staff members who have both life experience and extensive up to date education about treating addiction and mental health disorders to intervene in a knowledgeable, empathetic, and intuitive manner. 

Our knowledge about the progression of addiction and the interventions that have been found to be most successful based on extensive psychological research, allows us to both relate and help clients achieve and maintain their recovery. 

Our foundation for the interventions borrow principles from the Community Reinforcement Approach and Positive Psychology.

  • Trauma

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Bipolar 1 & 2

  • Eating Disorders

  • Couples & Family

  • Developmental

  • Personality

  • Behavioral

  • Dual Diagnosis

We understand that it is not always a person's lack of desire to get better. Anyone who comes to therapy not by their own free will may not be aware of, or in agreement with, the reason they are sent to treatment. That's okay. Because in every human life there are areas that cause dissatisfaction, and the need for change. We are able to pinpoint the area requiring change, and use that as a starting point for our treatment, slowly working to improve the immediate, followed by other things that will definitely come to light. 

Here's a curve ball that people don't think about often. Your brain is an organ, just like your heart, your liver, you name it. If you notice that there is something off with any other part of your body what do you do? What would you tell a friend or family member to do? Probably go see a doctor and comply with whatever treatment recommendation is made. If it doesn't seem to be working, you communicate that to the professional who is helping you. Why do people see their brains differently? The fact is that the brain plays a significant role in all the functioning of all parts of your body. Yet, society has been convinced that you have to be "crazy" to get help for your brain. This is not true. In fact, your brain is the most complicated organ in the body and has the most cells that are constantly changing, rewiring, and evolving based on biological, social, and developmental influences.

Nothing or no one is "perfect." Nature makes mistakes. That is the beauty of life. Every tree is different, they are not all perfectly straight and identical. Some people are born without limbs, others may have severe physical birth defects. But with the brain the imperfections are not always noticeable. People may be unaware that their perception of reality may be the most prominent factor that distorts reality in a way the causes the person harm, and feelings of distress that result in maladaptive behaviors to cope with those feelings. 

Unfortunately, many treatment professionals can get frustrated that the person getting help is not meeting the expectations of the therapist, so they give-up on them and refer them out instead of trying something else with a client who requests to continue with treatment. However, there are many therapists and treatment providers who are patient, and don't give up on the client. But it is difficult to know who to turn to. Bottom line, the way to get results for any problem in life, get a second, third, and even fourth opinion if necessary. This applies to any profession, including auto and home repairs for example, the same as it applies to medical specialist and therapists. Don't just settle. If the results that you are hoping for are not happening, don't give-up. Speak your mind, network, be honest, ask for a referral, and get results.

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