Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic

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Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic is located in Bronx, New York. Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic helps children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems as well as those who are the victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, trauma, and domestic violence.

Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic offer?

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. Astor’s Day Treatment Program gives children, ages 5-14, the chance to thrive in a traditional school environment with the intensive support they need to overcome behavioral challenges. This program combines clinic treatment with educational services. When children and adolescents graduate from day treatment, they re-enter public school and transition into appropriate school placement.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

Parents are provided with one-on-one or group counseling, home visits, and referrals to special services that support parental-skills development. Family counseling is aimed toward meeting the child’s development needs and strengthening the affection between all family members.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and dysfunctional eating patterns. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals consider eating disorders to be food addictions, meaning food is being used in an addictive way (similar to drug or alcohol addiction). Certain substance abuse treatment programs will have treatment for eating disorders as one of the services offered. An eating disorder may also present as a co-occuring disorder or dual diagnosis alongside drug and alcohol addiction.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Astor Services for Children and Families - Highbridge Clinic Highlights:

The Day Treatment program serves children who are unable to attend classes in a regular school setting. They might have frequent and uncontrollable emotional outbursts, cannot cooperate with others, or withdraw socially, and they need the special attention we can provide. Their curriculum is approved by the NYS Education Department and they are licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health.
The School-Based Initiative at Shakespeare School supports elementary school-age children who are experiencing problems adjusting to the daily routine of a traditional school environment. Services include classroom crisis intervention, assessment, consultation and advocacy. There are also supervised lunch groups for children who are unable to cope with daily structure.
Children and families are referred to Astor’s Prevention Services Program after finding a child has been abused, neglected, or if they are identified as “at-risk” for child abuse and neglect. The goal of the program is to heal the child and to assist the family in creating a nurturing environment. All children need a place to grow safely, feel secure and overcome fears. They work to help keep the family together in order to prevent children from entering the foster care system.
Day School Available for patients

Intake:

  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Children And Teenagers
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children

Payment:

  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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