Individual therapy creates a safe space for processing emotions and past trauma. It encourages residents to form deeper connections with themselves and those around them. One of the most important relationships in treatment is between a resident and their therapist. For our residents, the connection with their primary therapist becomes one of the most powerful healing relationships they might have experienced in a long time. Many of our residents come to us wounded and hurt by past relationships. It is often the pain of these relationships that fuels their anxiety, depression, and addiction.
At Sabino Recovery we hold the connection between therapist and resident sacred.
From your therapist, you can expect:
- Experience and insight
- Empathy and unconditional acceptance
- Compassion and safety
- Honesty and constructive feedback
The foundation of the therapeutic relationship at Sabino Recovery is the nonjudgmental acceptance of each unique individual and the unwavering belief that you want something different for yourself.
Group therapy refers to a wide range of therapeutic modalities. In group settings, individuals are often able to reach conclusions that they weren’t able to on their own. A range of perspectives can lead to breakthroughs. Group therapy is more productive when the group leader is also the primary therapist of its members. Group therapy fosters deep, meaningful connections amongst its participants and creates a sense of validation and shared experiences.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a scientific approach to treating psychological disorders based on psycho-social intervention. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. CBT helps identify difficulties that develop from someone’s irrational thinking, misperceptions, and dysfunctional thoughts.
This approach usually focuses on changing patterns of thought. Patients learn to recognize their destructive and distorted thoughts and interrupt the patterns. This allows them to reevaluate their thoughts in reality and gain a better understanding of other people’s behavior.
MCBT includes simple breathing meditations and yoga stretches to help participants become more aware of the present moment, including getting in touch with moment-to-moment changes in their minds and bodies.
This approach to treatment aims to reduce relapse by fostering a sense of self. Through daily mindfulness practices, we can reconnect to our bodies while observing our non-judgmentally maladaptive thought patterns.
Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT was initially developed as an effective evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years DBT has proven its efficacy for anyone struggling with distress and emotional self-regulation. It is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment with a biosocial framework. The emphasis is on empowerment and building interpersonal skills. DBT encompasses four areas of distress management, mindfulness, interpersonal skills, and emotional regulation.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that result from disturbing life experiences. It is one of the most widely researched and validated methods to treat trauma that is used today. EMDR is based on the premise that a disturbing experience becomes locked in the brain and stored with the same perceptions that existed at the time of the event. As humans, we are all hardwired to heal. EMDR allows people to access this inherent healing ability through bilateral stimulation. EMDR is also effective in treating anxiety, addictions, stress, depression, and more.
Somatic Experiencing offers a way to assess where a person is stuck in the fight, flight, or freeze response, and provides the clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. The Somatic Experiencing approach teaches us that trauma is not caused by the event itself, but rather develops through the failure of the body, psyche, and nervous system to process these adverse events. Instead of focusing on the event itself, Somatic Experiencing heals trauma by addressing the failures of a person’s coping mechanisms and nervous system.
Somatic Experiencing was developed by Peter Levine. It is a powerful and gentle psychological approach to resolving nervous system dysregulation and trauma. This modality allows a person to feel safe enough to experience life fully. It increases resilience to stress and triggers in life by regulating the nervous system. A regulated nervous system allows us to be present and interact with others without getting trapped in unhealthy patterns of fight, flight, or freeze.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine-assisted therapy uses the connection between horses and people to illuminate thoughts and feelings that might go unsaid in other therapeutic settings. Horses are herd animals like humans and are a great mirror for us to understand and navigate our own interpersonal relationships. We use equine-assisted therapy as an effective tool to help our residents through many issues, including:
- Boundary setting
- Identifying feelings and emotions
We are all accustomed to using language as our means of communication. Working with a horse challenges us to non-verbally communicate, pay attention to, and interact. Although we may use our voice, it is our tone, cadence, and emotions that are important, not the meaning of our words. Developing a partnership with a horse is a two-way street. We have to be aware of the feedback we receive from the horse as much as the communication we give. Equine-assisted therapy is particularly powerful and effective for treating trauma and addiction because both involve detaching from other people and lack of trust. Building a connection with a horse can not only assist residents in grounding themselves but offers hope for forging new and trusting relationships in the world beyond treatment.
This therapy provides the opportunity for people to play out traumatic events in a safe environment and see themselves from an entirely different perspective. Through guided dramatic action, psycho-educational drama sessions examine problems and possible solutions with action as opposed to just talking about them. This therapy uses experiential methods, sociometry, role therapy, and group dynamics. It facilitates insight, and personal growth, and helps people integrate thoughts, feelings, and reality. It clarifies issues, improves physical and emotional well-being, and is very effective in helping people develop their interpersonal skills.
Existential psychotherapy operates on the premise that the givens of existence – death, freedom, responsibility, ultimate aloneness, and meaninglessness – are what lead to the anxiety inherent in human existence and our longing for connection with others.
Existential therapy explores how choice and freedom play roles in how we construct meaning, reconcile our morality, and take responsibility to live more fully. This modality helps us become more present at the moment as we grapple with existential givens.
Internal family systems, IFS
Internal Family Systems approaches the human mind as a collection of parts that come together to make a greater whole. These parts, or sub-personalities, include things like emotions such as anger or shame, wounded parts, and parts that try to protect the person from the wounds. This is a powerful, transformative, and evidence-based modality that brings harmony to the mind and the rest of the person. This modality can help people heal and bring compassion to themselves and others.
Adlerian Therapy is based on the premise that personal growth and change come from challenging our mistaken goals and beliefs. During Adlerian therapy, we view human behavior as having a purpose and a goal and with the belief that individuals strive to be socially connected with others.
The goal of the Adlerian therapist is to ‘see with the eyes, hear with the ears and feel with the heart’ of each client, clearly emphasizing the importance of each individual’s subjective view of the world.
When anger is unmanaged, it can have serious negative effects on our lives and the lives of those around us. No emotion is purely negative or purely destructive. Anger management involves learning when our anger is healthy and how to manage our reactions to anger. Anger can be healthy and constructive when we are speaking out to protect others or ourselves in cases of injustice or physical or emotional harm. Its primary function is protective and every human has an anger response.
Rage, on the other hand, is the kind of anger that harms others and ourselves. Rage is irrational and destructive. It shows that a person has failed to react in proportion to the significance of an event.
Anger management helps us to avoid unhealthy rage and to use our anger appropriately. Many companies urge employees to undertake anger management work when their unmanaged anger interferes with their capacity to work well.
Expressive art is an experiential therapy that combines the creative process with the theories of psychology. Creating art is a form of self-expression and healing and can be a tool to facilitate verbal communication and to help achieve therapeutic goals. The focus of therapeutic art is on the creation process and on the metaphors and symbols within the finished product.
Gestalt is an ever-evolving, experiential psychodynamic therapy with eclectic roots. In its purest form, Gestalt therapy is concerned only with what is manifesting at the moment, including subtle signs of what is unfinished from the past. The focus on the present removes the person’s dependence on the story, explanations, and intellectualization that we all use to frame and understand our lives. Gestalt restores connections to the client’s own resources for emotional regulation as a basis for great autonomy.
Our earliest attachments in childhood create the foundation upon which all our other attachments are built. We enter the world depending solely on our caregivers to keep us safe and nurture us until we are able to look after ourselves. This period of dependence and vulnerability lasts for years and is when we develop our most influential attachments. Parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, friends, and peers are all influential in who we become. Attachment difficulties in these early stages lead to attachment difficulties later on in life, friendships, work relationships, and intimate relationships.
Body-Centered psychotherapy is a method of clinical work that uses the sensations, breath, and movements of our bodies as a form of speech. By observing and listening to our bodies, we can release stored trauma and heal our bodies and minds.
Narrative therapy is a respectful and collaborative approach to therapy. It focuses on the stories of people’s lives and is based on the idea that problems are manufactured in social, cultural, and political contexts.
By the time someone comes to therapy, the stories they tell about themselves and their lives become completely dominated by problems. These narratives are sometimes called ‘problem-saturated’ stories. Problem-saturated stories can also become identities (for example, seeing someone as a sex offender rather than as a person who has sexually offended or someone who is mentally ill as opposed to suffering from a mental illness).
These kinds of stories create a powerful negative influence in the way people see their lives and capabilities (e.g. I’m hopeless). Counselors and therapists interested in narrative ideas and practices collaborate with people in stepping away from problem-saturated and oppressive stories to discovering the ‘untold’ story which includes the preferred accounts of people’s lives (their intentions, hopes, commitments, values, desires and dreams).
Meditation is a spiritual practice and emotional-intellectual discipline that is thousands of years old. Among its many benefits are its capacity to reduce physical and emotional stress, awaken a clearer sense of personal issues and priorities, and increase a positive relaxed energy flow in other parts of everyday life. It is also well established that meditation can reduce hypertension and migraines.