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.
What does The Light Program offer?
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Instensive Outpatient programs are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.
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.
Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.
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).
Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.
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.
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 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 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.
Whether a marriage or other committed relationship, an intimate partnership is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol addiction affects both members of a couple in deep and meaningful ways, as does rehab and recovery. Couples therapy and other couples-focused treatment programs are significant parts of exploring triggers of addiction, as well as learning how to build healthy patterns to support ongoing sobriety.
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.
Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.
Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.
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.
The Light Program Highlights:
The Light Program is a mental health Intensive Outpatient Program that treats individuals in crisis or struggling to function on a regular basis. Our mental health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) consists of an initial individual session establishing person-centered treatment goals followed by regularly scheduled group counseling sessions that meet four times a week for a minimum of two hours and fifteen minutes. A qualified therapist leads the group counseling sessions and is trained to assist each client in meeting their personally pre-defined treatment goals.
As a premier provider of mental health care, The Light Program offers an extensive range of cutting-edge services including outpatient treatment and therapy, intensive outpatient program, psychiatric therapy, specialty programs, and eating disorders treatment.
Clinicians providing trauma therapy help clients recognize and identify how emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as flashbacks, guilt, shame, substance abuse, and a feeling of being overwhelmed, may be connected to a traumatic experience in their life. Subsequently, the clinicians helps the client identify positive coping skills, intentionally change thoughts and actions, develop strategies to reduce reactivity to the traumatic stressor(s).
Clinicians providing counseling to individuals going through divorce help clients process feelings such as grief, loss, shame, anger, confusion, and frustration as they try to rebuild their lives. Counseling can also touch on issues like co-parenting, conflict resolution, and how to support children during the divorce process. Clinicians may provide recommendations for support groups and relevant readings.
If you feel overwhelmed or disabled by grief, our clinicians can help. Clients learn how to resolve their natural reactions to loss and healthily express their emotions and thoughts while grieving. Additionally, clients learn positive coping skills as part of this process. Clinicians can provide recommendations for support groups, books about specific types of loss, and online resources.
Couples therapy helps clients recognize negative thoughts and behavioral patterns that contribute to the struggles they are experiencing. Clinicians will encourage the couple to focus on strengths in the marriage, while helping them improve both communication skills and listening skills.
The eating disorders treatment is called Seeds of Hope; an Intensive Outpatient Program specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and offering support and direction for individuals in crisis or struggling to function on a regular basis. It is often an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or can be a transition for individuals being discharged from an inpatient stay. We treat clients in the least restrictive environment which allows many to maintain their daily lives and routines.
Eating disorders disrupt the natural course of emotional health and development. They interfere with work, school, physical health, and relationships, and they cause people to focus only on issues related to food.
There are three types of eating disorders: Anorexia, characterized by an abnormally low weight due to inadequate food consumption. Bulimia, characterized by extreme binge eating followed by purging, or trying to get rid of the calories in an unhealthy way. Binge eating disorder, characterized by an inability to stop eating and a tendency to eat excessive amounts of food.
Clients are supported in group settings by using a multi-modal approach consisting of Process Group Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy and Educational Nutrition Therapy. Participation in these groups reduces isolation and secrecy, helps clients to identify and learn to express feelings, and introduces more effective ways of coping. In order to best assist clients in all stages of recovery, we offer a day treatment program, intensive outpatient program, and individual counseling.
Psychiatric services are provided to evaluate the benefits or need for medication management. Clients who already have a psychiatrist may continue with that provider and are also welcome to seek a second opinion with a psychiatrist affiliated with The Light Program, if desired.
Family groups and individual meetings are also offered on an as needed basis. Clients typically attend four sessions per week over the course of six to ten weeks. Upon discharge, clients are referred back to their individual therapist. If clients do not have an individual therapist, they will be provided a referral prior to leaving the program.
A Day in the Life at Seeds of Hope Day Program: Each day clients prepare breakfast together as a community. Our goal is to provide a variety of experiences that will enable clients to practice and move through fears around food. On some days we cook together as a group or have a specific food challenge, and on other days we encourage clients to cook or put together their own meal with the therapist or community support. After breakfast, clients have the opportunity to process how they felt about the experience. During Mid-morning a variety of groups are offered, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) groups, nutrition groups, art therapy groups, and family group support therapy. At mid day, clients prepare their lunches with the dietitian in a shared kitchen and eat together. One day per week, the group goes out to a local restaurant for a meal or to the grocery store to shop for the meal. A variety of holistic activities are offered throughout the week. Clients regularly practice Forrest Yoga and participate in relaxation and meditation groups, life coaching and spirituality guided groups. Clients also have the opportunity to engage in Biofeedback and BioSound Healing Therapy during the afternoon. Finally, clients have the benefit of returning to the comfort of their own homes at the end of each day. Evening planning is reviewed throughout the week, and weekend planning is reviewed on Fridays.
Our Exton location provides mental health outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs, a rotating list of specialty groups, and our eating disorders program, Seeds of Hope.
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