Assessment & Treatment Planning | Screening for Mental Health Concerns
Integrated Trauma Treatment | Dual Diagnosis | Group Sessions | Circle of Security

Assessment & Treatment Planning

Our assessment services provide a comprehensive evaluation that identifies the needs, abilities, strengths and preferences of the potential client. The evaluator reviews the assessment and recommends an individual treatment plan that best suits the client’s needs.

All clients receive a diagnostic assessment if one hasn’t been performed within the last six months. All the curriculums we incorporate are in the National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). We look at what works, incorporate it and evaluate it. We believe that historical-based practices, such as the 12 Steps are a central foundation, but can be built upon to better provide for our clients.

Screening for Mental Health Concerns

We provide screening services to identify the complexity or severity of their addiction along with any possible mental health disorders.

Often times our clients have been in what many refer to as a revolving door with chemical dependency and mental health services. In order to help, we need to address core issues and root causes and treat them at the same time.

Integrated Trauma Treatment

Trauma-informed services:

  • Take the trauma into account.
  • Avoid triggering trauma reactions and/or traumatizing the individual.
  • Adjust the behavior of counselors, other staff and the organization to support the individual’s coping capacity.
  • Allow survivors to manage their trauma symptoms successfully so that they are able to access, retain and benefit from the services.

Services are specifically designed to address violence, trauma, and related symptoms and reactions. The intent is to increase skills and strategies that allow survivors to manage their symptoms and reactions with minimal disruption to the quality or obligations of daily life as well as reduce or eliminate debilitating symptoms and to prevent further traumatization and violence.

Dual Diagnosis

Diagnosis for Co-Occurring Disorders

For some patients, this step helps identify co-occurring disorders such as mental illnesses coupled with substance abuse dependancy. By treating for dual diagnosis, patients can receive the full, personalized care they need for their specific conditions.

A person with dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders has both a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. These conditions frequently occur together, but each needs to be addressed and treated separately.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders

For treatment to be effective, all conditions need to be taken into consideration.

Group Sessions

Our group members experience support, understanding, empathy and encouragement from one another. Clients boost their self-confidence by sharing their lives and experiences. Group sessions are beneficial in healing all emotional and psychological struggles people experience: anger, anxiety, depression, fear, shame, etc. Group members learn how to accept support from others and start to understand the difficulties in other peoples’ lives. Participating in group sessions gives clients purpose, responsibility and a sense of belonging.

Most group sessions offered follow different proven curriculums. Some of them include:

Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps: Geared specifically to women, this book brings a feminine perspective to the Twelve Step program, searching out the healing messages beneath the male-oriented words (Hazelden).

Living in Balance Curriculum: Based on research funded through NIDA, this evidence-based, flexible, practical, and user-friendly substance abuse treatment curriculum helps clients address key lifestyle, relationship, and emotional issues (Hazelden).

Connections: Connections draws on empirically based strategies to help clients recognize shame as a universal experience and embrace authentic living as a foundation for shame resilience. Topics include:

  • Defining shame
  • Practicing empathy
  • Exploring triggers and vulnerabilities
  • Practicing critical awareness
  • Reaching out to others
  • Creating, embracing, and inspiring change

The Connections cirriculum engages clients on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level. Clients learn via group and personal exercises, handouts, and reading assignments from Brown’s best-selling book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power. (www.hazelden.org)

Seeking Safety: Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. The key principles of Seeking Safety are: 1. Safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions)  2. Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time)  3. A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse  4. Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management  5. Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care, and other issues) (www.seekingsafety.org)

Art Therapy: At some point in their lives, people may find themselves overwhelmed by the intensity of their emotions which are difficult to face either by themselves or with others. Art therapy offers an opportunity to explore these intense or painful thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. It involves using a wide variety of art materials such as: paint, clay, shaving cream, crayons, magazine cutouts, and photography to create a visual representation of thoughts and feelings.

Circle of Security

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.

Learn more about Circle of Security.