We offer a daily Intensive Trauma Focused program for those who are needing intensive outpatient treatment for resistant and debilitating trauma-related symptoms, for those who would prefer to start with a lower level of treatment vs. a higher level residential treatment program, for those who are stepping down from residential treatment and are ready to address the trauma symptoms that lead to relapse, and especially for those who have attended prior so-called "trauma-focused" treatment programs but did not receive proper trauma-focused treatment and are still suffering from trauma-related symptoms.
We believe that relapse of symptoms occurs when unresolved traumatic experiences have not been adequately processed and adaptively integrated in the memory network. Our memory network involves processing and storage of information about life events, which includes images about these events, thoughts about the self in relation to these events, emotions associated with these events, and body sensations that were experienced during these events.
Dysfunctionally stored memories affect the person from the level of mind, body, and soul.
Dysfunctionally stored memories of traumatic or confusing events often result in a person being triggered "out of the blue," or in relation to certain events and/or people. These triggers may lead to reaching for one's drug of choice to quiet the pain, noise, and/or confusion left by these unresolved traumatic experiences. However, not all who struggle with the effects of trauma use, misuse, or abuse substances to manage their symptoms. When this does happen however, we treat the trauma with the expectation, based on repeated results, that cravings for self-medication substances resolve once the trauma symptoms are resolved. Our work is backed by research and was recently documented in The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 10, 1, 2016, in the article titled, Standard EMDR Protocol for Alcohol and Substance Dependence Comorbid with PTSD: Four Cases With 12-Month Follow-up. Another famous study on treating trauma and EMDR as the first line of treatment was documented by Vince Felitti, MD, in his ACE Studies. Daniel Amen, MD, also documented changes in brain blood flow in clients both pre- and post-EMDR treatment that validate our approach to treating trauma.
At Journey's PTSD Centers, our treatment team of trauma specialists work closely together to ensure that our clients are receiving individualized and intensive treatment, specific to their individual needs, and that our clients stay on track with their growth, healing, recovery and treatment goals.
We do not put intensive outpatient clients in groups as we do not believe that group work is effective in treating trauma specific to a client until they have individually worked through the most intense part of their trauma. We often hear from those who have paid very high fees for programs that claimed to be trauma-focused, but turned out to be dual-diagnosis programs, focused mainly on substance abuse, using only an AA/12-Step Model. Clients who have spent a lot of money on these programs often report that they were extremely disappointed to find out that the specialized services promised or advertised (such as EMDR or Equine Therapy) would not be provided once they were already enrolled in the program because the "census numbers were too low." They are very frustrated about being offered only group sessions throughout their time at these programs, given that they paid for specialized treatment. While they may have received an hour or two with a therapist during their time in the program, and maybe one or two EMDR sessions, they report regularly that the focus of their treatment was to address only substance abuse issues, whether or not that was the presenting problem.
At Journey's PTSD Centers, our focus is on trauma. Our treatment model is individualized and EMDR-based. Our clients receive the services we promise. Our clients get to choose from our menu of services those services that they feel would be most beneficial to their healing process. We intentionally keep our "census numbers low" so that our clients get individual hours with every treatment team member they see while in our program, in order to provide truly intensive outpatient treatment.
Our goal is to make our treatment program our clients' last treatment program. We do not recycle clients through because we address issues with relapse the first time around. We do not cycle clients through to other programs "when ours doesn't work," as we often hear is the case with other programs, both in this area and out of state, programs that are typically known as "high-end" programs. Our program works because we engage our clients completely in their treatment. Clients who come to our program who are fully committed to doing their work see results within the first month. We don't accept the "when our program doesn't work, we will send you on to the next program" model that many have experienced in the rehab industry. We expect that our program will work and we devote all of our resources to getting our clients to RESOLUTION of symptoms the first time they enter our program.
Unlike other programs whose "treatment team" generally consists of program graduates and recovering addicts with certifications that are not licensed or held to the same standards as the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology, both of which are government regulated licensing boards, our mental health treatment team consists of Doctorate and Masters level mental health professionals with specialty training in trauma, family systems, addiction, and dual diagnosis. We provide evidence-based, experiential treatments that access all levels of healing and growth. We also have a team of Certified Life Coaches who provide one-to-one coaching that focuses on sobriety maintenance, basic life skills, career, and education when that is needed to assist clients in moving forward after treatment.
Evidence-based, trauma-focused modalities provided include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Equine-Focused EMDR.
Our IOP services include:
Individualized Treatment and Discharge Planning
Every hour is an individual hour. We do not put clients in groups.
Specialized Trauma-Based Treatment
Topics Covered, include, but are not limited to:
Trauma and How the Brain and Body Store it
Trauma and Its Relationship to Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse
Identifying Cravings, Urges, Triggers that Lead to Relapse
Anger and Stress Management
Surviving Sexual Trauma
Healthy Relationships and Boundaries
Family Dynamics in the Traumatically Wounded Person
Childhood Adverse Experiences that Lead to Trauma Symptoms
Grief and Loss
Therapy-informed Martial Arts
Expressive Art Therapy
Individual and Family Counseling
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development
Equine-Focused EMDR on Horseback or on Ground
Therapeutic Massage and Body Work
Mindfulness and Meditation
Psychiatric Care as needed
Individualized Life Coaching (Sobriety Maintenance, Basic Life Skills, Career, Education)
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