Our clinical team provides an intensive treatment plan that allows each client to explore and use new ways to enjoy life. In a supportive and healing environment, we use the whole-person approach to assist in the recovery process using evidence-based modalities that facilitate progress from clinical care towards independent self-care.
Our program provides tailored psychotherapy groups each week that offer practical ways to handle life’s challenges, ensuring they address each client’s needs. Group-based therapy is also combined with individual psychotherapy, family sessions, and medication management as indicated by the treatment plan to ensure optimal progress in treatment and improve the quality of life.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) addresses skills regarding emotional regulation. Core mindfulness skills help our clients to experience emotions at the moment and help them gain a nonjudgmental perspective on the world.
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills are helpful to assist in problem-solving.
- Emotional regulation skills provide the tools needed to identify and label emotions and increase positive emotional events.
- Distress tolerance skills focus on radical acceptance, turning the mind toward acceptance, distracting oneself, self-soothing, improving the moment, and thinking of pros and cons.
DBT is recognized as the gold standard of treatment for clients struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and frequent suicidal thoughts. Additionally, research has shown that it is effective in treating other disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a solution focused, evidence-based treatment approach that educates clients on recognizing ways in which their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors. Clients learn and practice specific techniques and engage in role play activities. As they discover and correct deeply held but false beliefs that contribute to their disorder, they see lasting improvements in mood and an overall positive outlook on life.
Expressive Art Therapy
Expressive Art Therapy allows individuals to gain insight and awareness through the use of visual arts, creative writing, movement and sound. The focus is on the process not the final work of art itself. This modality can be helpful for those who tend to intellectualize or otherwise inadvertently block connections when participating in modalities that rely on primarily a verbal exchange. In addition, our registered art therapist is able to recognize and assess for other conditions that may be contributing to the behavioral issues such as traumatic brain injury.
Narradrama is a form of Expressive Arts Therapy that is active and experiential. Narradrama is particularly powerful in building group connections while fostering playfulness and spontaneity. Clients are able to step outside of themselves and try on new roles or characters to give voice to their internal self often leading to treatment breakthroughs.
Therapeutic Yoga uses breathing, meditation and physical postures to address an individual’s mental health. The yoga therapist teaches clients techniques to calm their mind, foster relaxation and reduce anxiety and depression. Clients learn to focus on their bodily cues and apply what they have learned to feel better and improve their functioning. Therapeutic Yoga results in increased self-efficacy and a sense of empowerment over one’s thoughts, feelings and behavior.
At Pasadena Villa Outpatient Centers, we encourage all clients to permit significant others to participate in family sessions. “Family” may be the client’s parents, siblings, partner and/or close friends who serve as a support for the client. The primary focus is on how to best support their loved one upon discharge from the program. Our therapists facilitate psychoeducation, address communication barriers and/or problem solve to enhance the recovery process after discharge.