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

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) - Jason Levine

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.

Relapse Prevention (RP) - Denny Pleimann

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.

Family Dynamics (FD) - Joshua Mirmelli

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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Lara Lisbe

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that aims to improve one’s psychological flexibility using mindfulness and acceptance strategies to be present with what life brings us and to move toward valued behavior.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - Leslie Aguilar

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to provide individuals with the tools to manage severe and chronic emotional dysregulation. DBT is an evidenced-based treatment that has efficacy in helping treat the following diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Addiction Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder. DBT is consists of four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Mindfulness is the foundation of all the skills, helping clients orient to the present moment and increase their self-awareness in order 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 emotions experienced in a given situation. Emotion Regulation informs clients of how to reduce emotional vulnerability, and how to manage day-to-day emotional responses, which may be uncomfortable yet not overwhelming. Finally, Interpersonal Effectiveness introduces clients to skills to help build and keep healthy relationships; the skills in this module emphasize maintaining self-respect while effectively expressing needs and setting boundaries in relationships. This treatment approach aims to provide clients with the skill set they may need in order to improve their quality of life and work towards establishing a life worth living.

Mindful Self-Compassion - Cori Rosenthal

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.

Levels of Care

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.

What Our Clients Say

I’m so grateful I found Applied LA when I did. The treatment team has helped me get through one of the most challenging times of my life and given me the skills to handle future challenges all on my own. The groups are smaller than I expected which has made opening up and sharing less intimidating and allowed for more individual processing time. The therapists & facilitators are intuitive, truly want to help, invest in getting to know each client and work hands on with every one of us. I can’t emphasize enough how personalized the treatment is, how much they have helped me, or just how unique this place is.

– Trevor N.

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