Intensive Therapy

For Rapid Symptom Relief

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When Will Covid End?

Are you wondering, “is back pain a sign of Covid?” After sheltering in place with your life partner in 2020, have you found yourself googling “divorce mediation near me.” Struggling to make child care connections and still don’t have your distance learning playbook down yet? Stressed by the trending politics and the latest war news, race relations and global warming? Does the reddit personal finance page got you worried? Are you griefing lost life transition ceremonies due to the pandemic, like a wedding, graduation, baby shower or house warming? How to deal with loneliness? You think you got this, until the new variant.

Are you mentally exhausted? Questioning your identity and strength of character to handle this level of stress. Anxiety making you think, “I get overwhelmed so easily.” Prolonged psychological stress bringing out your self sabotaging behavior?

Symptoms:

  • irritable or aggressive behavior
  • reckless or self-destructive behavior
  • hypervigilance
  • problems with concentration
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless sleep
  • persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs or expectations about oneself, others, or the world (e.g., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted,” “The world is completely dangerous”). 
  • persistent, distorted blame of self or others about the cause or consequences of the traumatic events
  • persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
  • markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  • feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
  • persistent inability to experience positive emotions

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired with your stress?

                                        Let’s SIMPLIFY stress for you this year!  We are excited to now offer Intensive Therapy

                                                                                    in 6 Extended Sessions (Packaged Rates Available for 10% Off)

What Is Intensive Therapy?

Intensive therapy is designed to provide longer and more frequent therapy sessions over a shorter time span to accelerate your recovery. It is one-on-one, although group therapy sessions can be scheduled as adjunctive therapy, and is tailored to your individual needs.

Intensive therapy can be administered to clients who are experiencing difficulty due to a crisis situation that is taking place in their personal lives, which may be adjustment disorder. For those enduring painful events in their life, crisis counseling can be quite helpful.

Although intensive therapy is fairly new, research is showing that it is just as beneficial as long term therapy or in-patient centered therapy. A 2012 study by Ritschel, Cheavens and Nelson at the Emory University School of Medicine reported that, “Depression and anxiety scores decreased significantly and hope scores increased significantly over the course of  treatment.”

An intensive outpatient therapy program includes:

  • Comprehensive treatment planning
  • Learning to recognize unhealthy behaviors
  • Developing enhanced self-awareness
  • Methods and practice to aid in asking for and getting support
  • Learning coping strategies and skills
  • Building successful problem solving abilities
  • Follow up sessions to reinforce these new skills

To be more effective, those who participate in intensive therapy should:

  • Be sure they attend every session. This can be difficult if they are having bad days, but they will get the most benefit by coming to every appointment
  • Allow themselves time to process what they are learning
  • Treat themselves gently while they learn that it’s okay to make mistakes
  • Trust in the therapy and therapist

Learning coping skills and effective management of symptoms may continue on and off during one’s life. Sometimes people need a “booster” even after intensive therapy, but trusting that the psychotherapists and treatment will help can aid in quickly reducing and managing moderate to severe anxiety and depression.

Treatment Methods

  • Discuss how early experiences and trauma shape our nervous system as well as the stress that COVID-19 has had on our ability (or lack thereof) to stay regulated
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills coaching
  • Body-based, trauma-sensitive, and polyvagal-informed practices to help regulate nervous system functioning
  • Therapeutic breath work

Why do intensive work?

Once a week therapy is appropriate for issues when you’re not in a crisis where you’re being traumatized, and is frankly what the Insurance Companies prefer (and even then, only for a few sessions). The problem is, some issues need more intensity, and with more frequency of sessions, more intensity of work comes about. After a full week between sessions, often what was talked about in last session can be lost or watered-down in our minds. So it may be difficult for the therapy to gather the steam needed to get relief fast. 

Making real change is sometimes not as easy as we might hope. If other therapy attempts, medications, and other efforts to change haven’t brought the desired effect, you may want to try more intensive treatment.

 

No insurance needed. Easy out‑of‑network claims.

HSA/FSA eligible.

If you’re having a mental health emergency, call 911, go to the nearest emergency room.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or text “home” to 741-741.