Somatic Experiencing™ to Treat PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may happen after a person experiences a traumatic event (ranging from fatal accidents, terrorist acts, natural disasters to sexual violence and abuse) that lead to intense and disturbing thoughts and feelings. These emotions can last for a long time after the traumatic event has transpired. There are many ways to treat […]

What Is a Monitored Detoxification?

Detoxification from substances is a pivotal step towards recovery. It is also a mental and physical challenge. Detox can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Sometimes detoxification can also kickoff life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. This is why you need the help of medical professionals who can monitor this process to ensure your health and safety. Different Types […]

Preparing Clients for Outpatient Care

Completing residential medical detox marks an important milestone for many people who are undergoing treatment for substance addiction.  Many may choose a continuing outpatient service that does not require 24-hour supervision at a facility. Health professionals need to prepare clients for this transition from inpatient to outpatient care. Some people choose outpatient care because they […]

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Should Be the Industry Standard

A Shifting Understanding of Dual Diagnosis Dual diagnosis treatment, while rising in popularity, still isn’t the standard for all mental health practitioners. Modern research is discovering how mental health conditions may lead to or worsen other illnesses; it’s clear we need to address every facet of emotional, mental, and physical distress. The term “dual diagnosis” […]

Individualized Treatment for Clients With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that affects 2.8% of adults in the United States. Individuals that suffer from bipolar disorder experience episodes of extreme highs (known as manic episodes) and lows (known as depressive episodes). The condition is marked by rapid shifts in mood that can be so severe that they impact day-to-day functioning […]

Reducing Non-Compliance in BPD Treatment

The Current State of Borderline Treatment The typically inflexible nature of borderline personality disorder (BPD) clients is a major limitation to treatment and outcomes.  However, long-term treatment can improve or eliminate symptoms through emotional regulation training, stabilizing their sense of self, and learning how to relate to others. Treatment aiming to achieve these milestones requires […]

How Do You Know if a Therapist Is Right for You?

Not Every Therapist Is the Right Fit According to the American Psychological Association, 20% of clients end therapy prematurely. Some studies report up to 57% dropout rates after the first session. A client may discontinue therapy for a variety of reasons, including the inability to afford therapy. However, a person who drops out of therapy […]

What Is the Difference Between Outpatient and Residential Treatment?

Basic Definitions When entering psychiatric or addiction centers for treatment, there are varying levels of care to suit the needs of the client. Residential care is the highest level of treatment available and usually involves residing in a facility where 24-hour medical and psychiatric care is provided. Outpatient care, on the other hand, involves intensive […]

Working With Families: Why Is it Important to Include Families in Recovery?

  Including families in recovery is essential for a client’s success in continued sobriety and in leading a healthy life. Recovery is hard enough for those who struggle with substance abuse. It doesn’t need to be an isolated process. While support group involvement, in general, will be helpful to those suffering from substance use disorders, […]

How Do I Help a Young Adult Struggling With Addiction?

  Addiction knows no age. Young adulthood is one of the most confusing times of life, as individuals may be planning on going to college, moving out of their parent’s home, or finding a long-term career path. When addiction comes into play during young adulthood, things become more confusing and perhaps frustrating. Guiding and supporting […]

How Do I Know When My Client Needs Residential Treatment?

  Recommending a client for residential treatment can be stressful. You want to know you’re making the right choice by talking to them about a higher level of care. In private practice, clinicians feel a considerable amount of responsibility for their clients. After all, there is only one of you making important decisions for them. […]