How We Treat

Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessment

Every patient participates in an initial comprehensive evaluation with a master’s level clinician which typically lasts 1 ½-2 hours to determine their areas of strength and the areas in which they may need improvement and support. After the assessment, each patient is assigned to a therapist whose expertise matches the unique needs revealed during the assessment, and groups and other interventions are added to the treatment plan to address the issues identified in the assessment. For example, a patient who has PTSD may be provided EMDR or CPT to address symptoms of trauma.

Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation and Addiction Medication Assessment

Every patient participates in an initial psychiatric evaluation which typically lasts 45 minutes to one hour to review physical and psychiatric health and to provide psychoeducation and information about possible addiction and psychiatric medications that might support recovery. If the medical staff member and the patient agree to incorporate medication into the treatment plan, follow-up medication monitoring visits will be scheduled to monitor medication response and to adjust medications as needed.

Ongoing Assessment

At intake, and periodically during treatment, patients are asked to complete standardized questionnaires that enable us to track their progress in multiple important areas including mood, anxiety, and trauma, in addition to the use of alcohol and drugs. The outcome of these assessments helps us to tailor treatment to each patient’s individual needs to ensure the best outcomes over time.

Individual Psychotherapy

At Wholeview Direct all patients participate in individual sessions provided by clinicians who have expertise in treating both substance use disorders and the psychological issues that frequently occur along with alcohol and drug use, some of which include anxiety, low mood, trauma, chronic pain and compulsive behaviors. Our therapists use multiple proven therapies including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and will supplement with other therapies as appropriate based on the needs of the individual patient.

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Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is a powerful therapeutic tool that can help people develop the skills needed to change negative thought patterns and cognitions. Through group, people can benefit both from active participation and through observing other group members and learning from their experiences. Working through issues by participating in a group setting can reduce feelings of isolation, increase optimism, and is particularly useful in helping people learn new ways of coping with interpersonal and relationship challenges.

Wholeview Direct offers many different therapy groups, some are skills based, some utilize cognitive behavioral techniques and other skills and strategies to help identify and challenge problematic thought patterns, and some provide support and structure for living a balanced life. Groups occur weekly, are from 60-90 minutes, and include up to 10 members. Each group is led by a masters level clinician who guides the discussion and ensures that all members are respectful and supportive of one another. Group members are actively encouraged to provide support and feedback to one another.

Family therapy: Services for Family Members

Treatment for family members is an important part of a patient’s recovery. At Wholeview Direct we utilize CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training to support the families of the patients we serve. CRAFT Treatment focuses on three areas 1) positive communication strategies, 2) teaching how to set up contingencies to reward the identified patient when they are doing well and to ignore negative behaviors and to allow natural consequences of their use to occur as much as safely possible and 3) self care techniques for the family member. Together these skills and strategies can help someone struggling to enter and remain in care and can also bring down the temperature for a family in crisis and reduce stress and anxiety for the entire family.