Individual Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” is when a person speaks with a trained therapist in a safe, confidential environment to explore and understand feelings and behaviors and gain coping skills.

During individual talk therapy sessions, the conversation is often led by the therapist, touching on topics such as past or current challenges, experiences, thoughts, feelings, or relationships experienced by the person while the therapist helps make connections and provide insight. 

Psychotherapy can help an individual eliminate or take control of problematic symptoms and can increase well-being and healing.

CBT—Cognitive Behavioral therapy

CBT—Cognitive Behavioral therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that dives into your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes and notes links, or connections between these influencers and how they affect your feelings, and behavior. CBT aims to enable you to create effective coping strategies for learning how to overcome different problems throughout your life. Thus, creating healthy foundations for understanding how to create lasting change in your behavior, setting you up for elongated success on your journey into sobriety.

DBT—Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT—Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. 

First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. The term can refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or individual therapy, but it is usually applied to psychodynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilized as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Mental illness is a disease that affects the entire family. Often, families need to learn how to establish healthy boundaries, while creating a support system. All members of the family system should be a part of their loved one’s recovery, as support is one of the most important components in the healing process. 

The goal of this type of therapy is to reunite the family and promote healing through new and positive interactions. To accomplish these goals, the family system must learn specific skills. Regardless of past events, it is our hope our patient’s experience brings both healings to them, and their entire familial unit.

 

Trauma

Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to an experience that is extremely stressful and often disturbing. Traumatic experiences can be scary, shocking, and dangerous. Many traumatic experiences include natural disasters, vehicle accidents, assault, robbery, and other crimes. For children, a sibling being born or a parent’s divorce can be traumatic. Childhood trauma often follows people into adulthood. There are many types of trauma and they all affect mental health. Sometimes, they are a co-occurring condition that affects other mental illnesses. 

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy seeks to harness the creative art-making process. One of the often-overlooked side-effects of chemical dependency is the destruction of an individual’s natural creativity. Learning to recapture your natural creative process can provide immense healing to the client. Through analyzing the transference process between the therapist and the client, the therapist can identify the client’s symbolic self-expression as communicated in the art. Together, they can work on eliciting interpretations from the paintings. The program includes creative workspaces and a variety of art projects.

Mindful Meditation

Mindful Meditation

Meditation is a type of holistic therapy, aimed at bringing inner peace and healing the mind. This type of therapy is meant to help you focus on what is true about you moment by moment. In this, you are learning to become ever-present within your reality. Mindful meditation offers a plethora of benefits including decreased stress, an enhanced ability to deal with illness, decreased depressive symptoms, and improved general health.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the utilization of both music and musical elements by an accredited musical therapist to promote, maintain, and reestablish emotional, physical, and mental health. Because of music’s many qualities, it can be used for a variety of issues from dealing with mental, behavioral, or emotional problems to relieving stress. It has been shown to treat anxiety and depression. Current studies continue to show that it can be successful with chemical dependency.

Psychodrama

Psychodrama

Psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual or a group. Through utilizing experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama helps individuals discover a new insight, integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. Likewise, it provides clarity on issues as well as increasing emotional and physical health and enhances learning and developing new skill sets.

Holistic Healing

Holistic Healing

Holistic Healing can include a variety of treatments that seek to target the entirety of the mind, body, and spirit. These programs seek to teach you how to protect all areas of yourself, be it through the expression of exercises like yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness

At Montare BH, we believe in the need to nourish the whole person. Part of that equation involves regular physical fitness at our health centers which allows you to focus on creating a positive self-image on both a mental and physical level. Regular exercise increases motivation to maintain a consistent schedule and unlocks a healthy perspective on the balance between mental self-care and physical self-care.

EMDR

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR is based on several theories of psychotherapy and utilizes sensory input such as eye movements to help people recover from trauma. EMDR techniques are used to unblock emotional processes that have been held back by distress. When you unblock your emotions, you are able to reprogram your brain and begin to heal from the fear and pain associated with trauma and emotional distress.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound and visual signals to reorganize or retrain brain signals. It is a therapeutic intervention that provides immediate feedback from a computer-based program and assesses a client’s brainwave activity. This approach to treatment is a specific form of biofeedback that uses electronic monitoring of normal body functions to train a person to acquire control of that function. Neurofeedback is designed to observe, qualify, and train someone’s brain waves to help regulate their brain function. By using an electroencephalograph (EEG), the brain is measured, and the electrical activity is documented so that doctors and therapists can use the information to address any areas of the brain that may be experiencing any emotional dysregulation. This noninvasive procedure can give patients and providers a better indicator of what needs to be addressed with the ailments that are in question.

Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is used to facilitate resolution of both trauma and PTSD responses.It engages body awareness as an intervention in psychotherapy. Somatic interventions address the connections between the brain, the mind, and behavior.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common practice in the health care system in China and has been used for over 2,500 years. It involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which can be activated through gentle movements by the practitioner’s hands or by electric stimulation. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that there are pathways which create an energy flow through the body (Qi). These pathways are responsible for overall health. Any disruption of the patterns can cause disease, but acupuncture works to improve the flow of Qi, thus improving health.

Treatment Methods

Mental disorders are the leading cause of poor health/wellness and disability worldwide, affecting a person’s overall mood, thinking, and behavior. They range in levels from mild, moderate, and severe. Conclusive evidence from various research studies, including Mental Health America (MHA) and SAMHSA, has statistically verified that 450 million people worldwide suffer from some type of mental health or behavioral illness in their lifetime.

More than half of American adults ages 18 and older currently live with a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year. Today, over 47 million Americans (19%) are experiencing some type of mental illness, 4.55% being severe.

It is important to note that there is no single cause for mental illness, as many biological, psychological, physical, social, and environmental factors can contribute to being at risk for, or have developed a mental disorder.

Many people can suffer from more than one mental disorder simultaneously, which is known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. The most common forms of mental illness that we treat at Montare Behavioral Health include:

Often individuals with addictions may not have access or the means to obtain effective mental health treatment resources. Most don’t for various reasons. These include:

  • Lack of finances
  • Denial
  • Stigma/discrimination
  • Wanted help, tried to find it but failed
  • Wanted help, but didn’t make an effort to find it
  • Biological (genetics): family history of mental health issues, chemical imbalance
  • Psychological: Stress and trauma
  • Physical: Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. Having poor health, as well as, people living with a condition or pre-existing mental illness, are at higher risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic physical conditions.
  • Environmental: Triggers of grief, abuse, losing a job, death of a loved one, etc.

As there are various risk factors associated with the predisposition or onset of mental health issues, it is of utmost importance to find a mental health treatment program that specializes in dual diagnosis, where specialists can find the root of the issue, and discover whether there are any underlying pre-existing conditions that could be contributing to one’s problems.

Therefore, being able to recognize the signs that there may be an issue, is the best chance at gaining access to proper mental health resources and professional help. At Montare Behavioral Health, our team of qualified mental health specialists can help you or a loved one seek the professional care necessary to properly live and cope healthily with mental illness.

The Reality and Prevalence of Mental Health

Awareness of mental illness and the need for treatment has continued to grow in recent years. This is in large part due to education and continuing an ongoing discussion about the struggles that people with mental health go through.
Mental health statistics alone, show not only the harsh realities and prevalence of these disorders but also the biases it places in people’s heads. This is often the main reason why an individual’s accessibility to health care becomes more difficult, as well as, hindering their ability to receive the treatment they need to recover and achieve long-term wellness. It is important to always remember, that mental illness is a disease, one that is more prevalent today than ever before.
However, sadly, despite the progress that has been made, many people who need help for a mental health issue don’t seek it. 30 and 80 percent or nearly two-thirds that is. You may be wondering, but, if the subject of mental health is so prevalent, and the access to care is more accessible, then why do relatively few people seek help?
Truth is, oftentimes, individuals struggling don’t see the signs or in denial that there is something wrong with them. Therefore, a mental illness commonly is undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and worse, left untreated. This causes extreme complications mentally, physically, and socially.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with a confirmed mental illness never seek treatment or believe they are unable to receive the proper treatment that they need to manage their condition, due to various circumstances, such as the ones below.

Denial (Anosognosia)

One of the top reasons why people don’t end up seeking help for their mental illness is because they are in denial. Some people have what is called anosognosia. This is where people have a lack of insight into their health. In other words, individuals are unable to grasp the reality that they have a mental illness, or simply can’t accept their diagnosis.
Simply, a person with a mental health issue may not believe anything is wrong with them, they don’t see or recognize the signs in front of them, or they don’t think they need help. There are ways someone who needs mental health care might not even know they are exhibiting signs. After all, symptoms for conditions are oftentimes very similar, so it can be hard to notice.
Also, admitting that one has a problem is the first step, but it is not an easy thing to do. Therefore, some people who may recognize that they have a problem will try to come up with every solution as to why they don’t need help.

Denial is the main reason why people specifically with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder refuse to take their medications or do not seek treatment. Whatever the case may be, everyone is different, therefore, no one can compare their situation to another person.

Finances

Finances are one of the top reasons why people don’t seek treatment for their mental health issues. A study found that individuals with depression and anxiety were three times more likely to be in debt and also attempt suicide. People who are struggling financially tend to sadly skip out on receiving the treatment they need because of medical expenses. This is especially true for lower-income populations.

Although most insurance companies cover the cost of treatment for mental illness to some degree, not everyone has the means or the best insurance policy. Mental Health America’s statistics for mental illness show that  5.3 million adults in the United States with mental illness are uninsured. This stops 24.6 million (56%) people from receiving any mental health care.

As young adults are at a higher risk of developing mental health issues, untreated or undiagnosed conditions, often result in difficulties making money decisions, let alone, the life-saving decision to get help.

Stigma

Despite there finally being more of an open discussion surrounding mental health care and treatment, shedding the light on the importance of the subject, people are still afraid of being stigmatized (discriminated against) if they admit they need help.

Mental illness is not a weakness, but those who have it, see themselves as weak or less than. Low self-esteem makes a person struggling even more unsure, which makes it even more difficult to admit to anyone including family, friends, a doctor, and even yourself that professional help is necessary.

Having a condition such as depression makes doing any kind of task difficult. This includes talking to anyone, let alone making an appointment at a mental health facility or with a therapist. The last thing someone who is depressed or anxious wants to do is talk about it, but the truth is, it is a cathartic release. It can be difficult taking that initiative to seek treatment on your own. That is why a support system in a program is the best form of care for someone with mental illness. It is an excellent resource of knowledge, self-reflection, understanding, and to know you are not alone, as people are suffering too.

Expectations of Treatment

There are a lot of things seen in the media (movies and TV) regarding the portrayal of mental illness and what a facility is like. But, as they say, don’t always believe what you see. A reason why people don’t seek treatment for mental illness is that they are either scared, don’t know what to expect, or a little bit of both.

Thankfully, there are resources and support available to help educate yourself and others about mental health, including professional support groups, and others who are suffering from mental illness as well.

There is already a wealth of information out there to help guide those suffering, including friends and family who need to find effective mental health treatment. While there are misinformation and myths regarding mental health, it is important to try your best to dispel it, as it can be detrimental to one’s health, whether you are the caregiver or the one with the illness.

A professional will always be the best source, as they are trained to know how to deal with various types of people and disorders. As a result, they know what treatments will suit someone best long-term. So, always consult your doctor for information, as it will produce the best outcome.

The Demand for Mental Health Treatment

Especially this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual mental health care services (telehealth) are keeping the demand for mental health treatment in full effect! The need for mental health support appears to be growing as patients are confronting stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

Regardless of treatment is done at a facility or virtually, individuals who haven’t been able to or who may have not thought of seeking care for their mental health issues, are now getting the opportunity to put themselves on the right path to bettering their overall health.

How are Mental Disorders Diagnosed?

At Montare Behavioral Health, we have a comprehensive process to help us to reach an accurate mental health diagnosis. Our team starts by giving people a psychological evaluation, where they will answer a series of questions about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The medical history will also be evaluated to discover the details behind a person’s prognosis if they have any health conditions, or genetic predispositions, or family history of mental illness that could be a contributing factor. A physical exam and possible lab tests may also be performed if your provider thinks that other underlying conditions could be relating to symptoms of mental illness.

Mental Health Treatment At Montare Behavioral Health

It is important to note, that our treatment methods are NOT available at all locations

Review our locations to see what treatments are offered here.

It is well documented that mental illness can negatively affect all aspects of one’s life, the brain, and body, health, relationships, etc. It is a cycle that won’t end without professional intervention and treatment.

Although, as mentioned above, a very small percentage receives some type of treatment for their condition. The reason being, many of these programs try to solely treat the mental illness itself, but fail to use proven methods to deal with the factors that may be underlying or contributing to the main root of one’s condition. Chronic conditions or a genetic predisposition (family history of mental illness) just to name a few.

At Montare Behavioral Health, our various mental health treatment programs and services continue to help people from all walks of life suffering from mental illness. We aim to continue to change this and make healthcare for mental illness as accessible as possible.

How Are Mental Disorders Treated?

Treatment for mental health conditions depends on which type a person has, how severe it is, and if there may be any other underlying causes, such as a chronic condition. If you or a loved one is suffering from one of the common mental disorders, and also have failed to find accessible and effective mental health treatment, know that you’re not alone!

At Montare BH, we create customized treatment plans to help the needs of individuals suffering from mental illness. Our specialists will work with you on creating a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Everyone is different, responds to treatments uniquely, so, treatment methods chosen will vary greatly.

Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment for Mental Health

People’s regimen can include around-the-clock care in an inpatient mental health facility for more severe cases of illness, which entails, therapy/counseling, medication management, group discussions, and activities with mental health professionals and other patients.

Or for those who transition out of a residential facility and can live more independently, outpatient treatment for mental health can help those with more mild cases of mental illness learn tools on how to keep managing and coping with their conditions. In other words, some people may need social support and education on managing their condition, while others need to be more isolated and monitored more frequently to achieve optimal wellness.

Our team’s main goal is to help get individuals on the road to recovery, by teaching them the tools and providing resources on how to properly manage and cope with their conditions, resulting in a healthy and optimal lifestyle. We are devoted to treating mental illness with state of the art treatment methods.

A Path to Improved Health at Montare BH

At Montare BH, it is our job to help find the root of an individual’s mental health issues, treat them, and get their lives back on track through methods of care through various programs and counseling sessions.

Check out our locations to see what treatments are offered. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and/or mental illness, contact us today to learn more about our mental health services, admissions process, and see what is right for you.

References

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