• Our Treatments

    We provide a range of treatment options including individual, family, couples, and group therapies that are tailored to each patient’s needs. We employ a variety of cognitive-behavioral therapies in conjunction with various other techniques to address the individual’s symptoms and promote personal growth. We also collaborate with primary care physicians to help achieve optimal gains through combined psychological and pharmacological therapies.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adults who present with various mental health symptoms. CBT has been found to be effective in helping persons learn skills to address their symptoms and improve their functioning. Highly-trained therapists deliver CBT in a time-limited, strength-based approach that engages persons as collaborators in their treatment. CBT has been found to be equally effective as medication in producing short-term improvements in depression, anxiety and adjustment problems, and CBT often outperforms medication in producing long-term improvements in functioning. Often times, CBT is combined with medication components to produce the optimal functioning for each person. Our staff is trained to closely coordinate and monitor treatment response to psychological and medication treatment components.

    In addition to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, we also employ various other techniques to tailor treatment to each individual. These techniques include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Motivational Enhancement: We utilize therapeutic techniques to help persons who may be uncertain about their symptoms and their need to change. These techniques are useful in helping patients gain a better understanding of their symptoms and the impact that their symptoms have on different aspects of their lives. Gaining such understanding is often critical to making progress in treatment.
    • Rogerian Approach: Positive regard and respect for the patient’s thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. We have a “no judgment zone” for all of our patients. That means, we accept patients for who they are and attempt to help them achieve their goals without any moral judgment on our part.
    • Solution Focused Therapy: Therapists works with patients to facilitate the development of proactive skills and thoughts to reduce the likelihood of problems rather than simply coping with problems as they occur.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A)

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A). DBT-A is an evidence-based psychotherapy designed for adolescents who have difficulty regulating their emotions and may be at risk for self-harming and self-destructive behaviors. The overall goal of DBT-A is to help adolescents and their families gain the skills necessary to change behavioral, emotional and interpersonal patterns that have contributed to problems within their lives.

    Key features of our DBT Program include teaching adolescents:

    • Coping skills to reduce risk-taking and self-harm behaviors
    • Ways to emotionally handle difficult and painful situations
    • How to effectively communicate with parents and peers in a self-respecting manner while maintaining positive relationships
    • Insight into their own emotions and ways to manage them

    We take a family-based approach to helping adolescents. Thus, we consider caregivers critical members of the treatment process. Caregivers will attend separate sessions to help them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their adolescents and improve social-emotional communication within the family towards the goal of reducing family conflict.

    Group is held weekly over the course of 28 weeks. Caregivers will participate by attending separate individual skill training sessions to provide a wraparound approach to facilitate positive changes throughout group as well as after.

    Our therapists are high-quality, licensed mental health professionals who have experience and training in working with adolescents with significant emotional-behavioral difficulties.

  • Common Disorders

    Anger

    Anger is a functional emotion for coping and constructive change when it is adequately managed. However, when a person is unable to control their anger, it will harm their own and/or others physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. We implement treatment techniques that will help individuals develop the skills to manage their anger when both internally and externally expressed.

    Anxiety

    Anxiety is often associated with worry or fear. What many people do not realize is that some anxiety is necessary to function in our daily lives. For example, if we experience some anxiety about an upcoming test, it may lead us to study for that test so that we are prepared and do well. Anxiety is also a good way to stay out of trouble. We usually don’t walk down dark deserted streets that we are not familiar with without experiencing a great deal of anxiety. That anxiety should signal to us that it may not be a good idea to walk down that street. So, anxiety can be helpful. It is when anxiety is too little or too much that it can interfere with leading healthy, adaptive lives. When anxiety is too much it can lead to panic attacks, irrational fears of objects, persons or places, worry, or other behaviors that interfere with our lives. Some of the most common anxiety disorders are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety Disorder (in children). Although chemical problems (sometimes the result of genetics) in the brain can leave persons predisposed to anxiety, research supports that environmental factors (e.g., being raised by a parent with anxiety) can also contribute to or worsen a person's anxiety.

    Physical effects of anxiety may include heart palpitations, muscle weakness and tension, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. The body prepares to deal with a threat: blood pressure and heart rate are increased, sweating is increased, blood flow to the major muscle groups is increased, and immune and digestive system functions are inhibited (the fight or flight response). External signs of anxiety may include pale skin, sweating, trembling, and papillary dilation. Someone who has anxiety might also experience it as a sense of dread or panic. Although panic attacks are not experienced by every person who has anxiety, they are a common symptom. Panic attacks usually come without warning, and although the fear is generally irrational, the perception of danger is very real. A person experiencing a panic attack will often feel as if he or she is about to die or pass out. Anxiety does not only consist of physical effects; there are many emotional ones as well. They include "feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, restlessness, watching (and waiting) for signs (and occurrences) or danger, and, feeling like your mind's gone blank, as well as "nightmares/bad dreams, obsessions about sensations, déjà vu a trapped in your mind feeling, and feeling like everything is scary." Cognitive effects of anxiety may include thoughts about suspected dangers, such as fear of dying. You may...fear that the chest pains [a physical symptom of anxiety] are a deadly heart attack or that the shooting pains in your head [another physical symptom of anxiety] are the result of a tumor or aneurysm. You feel an intense fear when you think of dying, or you may think of it more often than normal, or can’t get it out of your mind.

    Addictions, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Use

    Addictions and chemical dependency occur when the use of a substance begins interferes with a person’s life and daily functioning. Addictions to illegal drugs and/or illegal use of prescribed drugs can lead to short-term and long-term consequences on an individual physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. We work with individuals to regain control over their lives by developing coping strategies to replace the perceived need for the substance and manage the physical symptoms of addiction.

    Adjustment Disorder

    Adjustment is a natural process that occurs after a major life event (i.e., death of a loved one, relationship problems, recent move…). Common symptoms of adjustment include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, stress, and worry. Symptoms can also present themselves physically (i.e., headaches, stomach aches, weight loss, weight gain…). These symptoms are natural when adjustment takes place, however treatment is sometimes needed when the reaction to the event is stronger or lasts longer than what is typically seen for the type of life event at hand. Our clinicians are trained to work closely with the individual to develop the coping skills needed to adjust to the event and move forward.

    Depression

    Depression is characterized by intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. Depression can often lead individuals to isolate themselves from loved ones, to lose interest in hobbies and social activities, and to have difficulty keeping up with everyday life tasks. Physical symptoms of depression include sleep problems such as sleeping too much or too little, fatigue, weight loss or weight gain, and loss of appetite. Depression often times can coincide with increased feeling of anxiety, anger or hostility. Left untreated, depression can have serious impacts on individual physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. We treat depression at its source and work with individuals to overcome their symptoms and to take control over their lives again.

    Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

    Obsessions are thoughts, ideas, images, or impulses that are involuntary and undesired. Compulsions are thoughts, patterns, or actions that are conducted to terminate the obsession. These compulsions are also thought of as rituals because they are done following set rules and rigid methods. These compulsions are excessive in nature and can interfere with everyday life. We utilize behavior techniques to confront the individual’s anxieties and discontinue their escape response by replacing their maladaptive behaviors with positive coping strategies

    Panic Attacks

    Panic is a natural response when there is a real danger present. Panic attacks involve intense feeling of dread or fear and involve physical symptoms such as racing or pounding heart, trembling, sweating, feeling faint, shortness of breath, nausea, numbness or tingling, and/or chest pains, as well as many other symptoms. Panic disorder is characteristic of panic attacks that occur with no real danger present. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to avoidance of situations that could potentially elicit a panic attack, and cause a person to lead a restricted life. Our clinicians are trained to work with individuals to address their fears and develop skills to overcome

    Phobias

    A phobia is an excessive fear and/or avoidance of an object, activity, or situation. Some common phobias include a fear of heights, the dark, small spaces, a fear of being watched or appearing foolish, fear of being unable to escape quickly, and fear of being alone. These fears are often severe and disturb aspects of individuals’ functioning in everyday life. Our clinician’s address these fears and help individuals to overcome their fears by creating positive coping behaviors

    Posttraumatic Stress

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) encompasses a set of significantly distressing symptoms that persist for many weeks, months, or even years after the experience of a traumatic event. Some commonly recognized traumas include rape or sexual assault, spouse abuse, crime victimization, children victimized by physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, natural disasters, war-related experiences, and serious injury experiences. Symptoms of PTSD include continuously re-experiencing the event (while awake, and during sleep as nightmares), avoidance of people, places, or things that can serve as a reminder to the event, and hyperarousal (which includes anxiety, high blood pressure, and exaggerated startle response). By serving as an outlet for individuals to tell their story, our clinicians help them to regain control and cope with the event.

    Relationship Problems

    Social relationships are an important part of an individual’s life. When there is strain in relationships, it can create physical, emotional, and behavioral issues as well. Marital distress, divorce, and parent-child relational problems can prone to strain and it is important to have the tools to ensure that you’re own and others physical, social, and emotional well-being is protected. Our clinicians work closely with individuals to help them address the problems they are experiencing within relationships and develop the skills needed to develop and maintain healthy relationships.

    Sexual Trauma

    Sexual trauma occurs when nonconsensual, unwanted verbal or physical contact that is sexual in nature occurs. Often times, a person (man, woman, or even a child) is threatened with harm. Victims of sexual trauma experience feelings of powerlessness and vulnerability. The physical and emotional toll of sexual trauma can be devastating to the individual. We work with individuals who have experienced sexual trauma to diminish the intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, strengthen their self-esteem, and regain their sense of power

    Suicidal Thoughts or Actions

    Suicidal thoughts or actions have become increasingly common and although adolescents are at the greatest risk, suicidal thoughts or actions cut across all ages, nationality, and gender. It is extremely important to seek support if you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions in order to prevent any harm or danger. Our clinicians are experienced in working with individuals with concerns or previous history of suicidal thoughts or actions. They approach each case in a sensitive manner and work with the individual to develop positive coping strategies.