Our Approach

Skill building is key to the applied treatment model

Providing clients with the tools necessary to continue the process of healing and start integrating, in a healthy way, back into their family and society is a necessity. To accomplish this, we offer the essentials of treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma. Our highly experienced and skilled treatment providers, practice cutting-edge group curriculum, clinical attention, engagement, and skill building.

 

Every client deserves to leave treatment with a skill-set and a language they can take beyond treatment and apply to their everyday life. We provide a number of evidence-based interventions, along with new, world-class approaches to meet this need.

At applied, we are aware that trauma is often a part of the history of those who suffer from addiction and mental health issues. With that understanding, many of the groups and individual sessions are provided by trauma specialists who approach the work with skill development in mind. Their advanced training and informed approach bring a deeper skill set to the underlying needs of clients.

 

This means that groups and individual sessions are not just check-ins where clients talk about their life and feelings as the only available approach. While processing is part of the experience, it is supported by advanced clinical interventions that are geared toward developing better coping mechanisms, communication patterns, self-soothing strategies, and personal development.

 

Individual sessions also support this process by not only affirming a client throughout the process but by also helping the client nurture a personal sense of accountability to the material.

Applied LA Group Descriptions

This experiential group will provide an opportunity to experiment with weaving the tools of mindfulness and self-compassion into daily life. Mindfulness and self-compassion are powerful tools for creating a healthy relationship with yourself and the world around you. Mindfulness practices teach you to live in the present moment; reduce the physiological effects of stress, pain, and illness; and help you create a space between impulse and reaction so that you can better choose your response. Self-compassion provides support when the present moment is mentally, emotionally or physically difficult, so you can better tolerate the discomfort. Self-compassion practices are linked to greater resilience, lower incidents of anxiety and depression, improved coping with uncomfortable emotional experiences and improved relationships with others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, explores the connection between our thoughts to our emotions and the link between emotions and behavior. We discover our cognitive distortions as well as the beliefs we have been carrying around with us since childhood. We then learn and use tools to make the automatic thoughts more conscious and under our control. This leads to a life where we have a greater say as to what we think, feel and do.
A key component of the Relapse Prevention modality focuses on increasing knowledge of the science associated with the recovery process, including the Brain Model and the related changes in personal biochemistry as the stages of healing take place. In addition, RP provides psycho-education of RP concepts, with an emphasis on developing individualized “applicable” strategies. Components of RP include learning early recovery tools and functional behavioral patterns in an effort to increase the foundation for sustainable change and personal growth.
Our family of origin provides the initial template for how we respond to, connect with, and understand key figures in our lives. Through exploring the role(s) we play in our family system, we can better understand and shift the way we show up in significant relationships in our lives. The Family Dynamics group at Applied TX provides a forum for members to share and process some universal family issues and explore the ways in which addiction and mental health concerns amplify these issues. Role-playing, process work, and practical skills will be utilized to address and cope with relationship challenges.
The purpose of this group is to help clients learn to regulate their emotions in a healthy positive manner. Often people with addictions, and other disorders, struggle with an ability to pause. TRM and SE are body-based therapies that work with the fight flight freeze response, or in other words, the reptilian brain. In group, clients will learn to focus on areas in their body where they do feel calm or can create a sense of calmness. The clients will learn that body sensations, like feelings, have a beginning middle and end. Clients will learn to track their sensations instead of being ruled by them. This can help with a sense of safety, versus being ruled by impulse, anxiety, and dread. Cognitive distortions are also examined and processed, with an awareness and inclusion of the body and its own responses to different thoughts. Clients will learn practical tools to implement in their daily lives.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., in order to manage severe and chronic emotional dysregulation. DBT is taught in 4 Modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Mindfulness is the foundation that orients clients to the present moment, and increases their self-awareness so that they are more effectively able to identify and manage their emotions. Distress Tolerance covers crisis survival and reality acceptance skills to teach clients how to not make the situation worse, and how to accept difficult emotions. Emotion Regulation informs clients of how to reduce emotional vulnerability, and to manage day-to-day emotional responses that may be uncomfortable but not overwhelming. Finally, Interpersonal Effectiveness helps clients learn how to build and keep healthy relationships and end toxic relationships while maintaining self-respect, and to effectively express needs, including saying noclearly. DBT is an evidenced-based treatment that has efficacy in treating the following diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder. In addition, DBT also treats behaviors associated with ADHD Behaviors, Addiction, and other severe emotion dysregulation.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Participants receive 6 weekly, skills-based groups along with one individual therapy session weekly (additional services available as needed). When indicated, participants will receive a psychiatric assessment and monitoring from a medical doctor. Snacks provided. Services are provided between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. View a sample schedule.

Outpatient (OP)

Participants receive 1-2 weekly, skills-based groups along with one individual therapy session weekly (additional services available as needed). When indicated, participants will receive a psychiatric assessment and monitoring from a medical doctor. Snacks provided. Services are provided between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

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