Therapy matters.

Client-focused integrative care demonstrates the best treatment outcomes and is the only model endorsed by both NIDA and ASAM.

NIDA released the following statement in 2008: “No single treatment is appropriate for everyone.” In other words, group therapy isn’t the answer for everything. Yet, it’s still the standard in most rehab facilities. That’s not the case here and our name (1 Method) reflects our clinical philosophy. If addiction is your only problem, a group-based program may be sufficient. But over 45% of those with a substance use disorder (SUD) also have a co-occurring mental illness. Therefore, individual therapies and services are critical if emotional, psychological, or mental health problems are present. These issues tend to be deep-seated and difficult to heal with group therapy alone. In fact, some conditions require a targeted 1-on-1 focus, e.g.: anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, trauma, and many others.

The 1MC Difference: Group vs. Individual

In a good rehab, there will always be a clinical prescription for both group and individual therapy. There isn’t a conflict between the two. However, 1 Method does tilt the scale of your experience with us towards 1-on-1 treatment. We find that individual therapy yields faster results, makes better use of your time, and offers greater long-term benefits.

Learn more about why people choose 1MC.

Group Therapy

In traditional rehabs, many people discover their “individual treatment plan” is anything but individualized. That’s because in so many of those centers the majority of treatment takes place in groups, and often those groups are large. Group therapy is an important clinical tool, but when it’s used as the primary option, it’s been proven to be ineffective for treating addiction, dual diagnosis and mental health disorders. In fact, upward of 60% of people relapse after completing treatment at a traditional group-based program. This high failure rate is attributed to the impersonal and indirect nature of group-centric care. In other words, when a traditional rehab fills your day with low-cost groups, hours of your time may be occupied, but there is very little (if any) focused 1-on-1 treatment taking place. Group therapy does offer benefits, especially when it is comprised of fewer people, but it’s not the primary clinical resource at 1 Method. We treat you as an individual and not a number and that means more 1-on-1 time to get to your issues. In turn, this helps you heal faster and makes your time with us count.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is an important part of recovery, particularly if there are other issues present like dual diagnosis. It allows you to speak candidly 1-on-1 with your therapist in a private setting where you can discuss things that might otherwise go undisclosed in a larger group setting. It also gives the therapist the opportunity to look deeper and determine if there are undetected, unresolved or underlying issues that require further understanding in order to properly address and treat them.

Individual treatment is personalized and effective because there are few distractions. It contributes to a higher success rate in the quest for recovery. As often is the case with addiction, there may be additional issues that require attention and treatment. It is critical to identify and treat both dual diagnosis and mental illness. If a 60% relapse rate after addiction treatment is good enough for you, a group-based program is fine. Otherwise, those with substance use disorders will benefit greatly from individual attention.

One-on-one therapeutic techniques allow you to address your unique issues in a truly individualized way to yield productive change and positive outcomes. Each individual modality is carefully monitored with ongoing evaluations in order to determine the efficacy of that particular treatment. To ensure this is taking place and that the individual treatment methods are working to maximum potential, the entire process must be guided by a customized treatment plan. Individual therapy is a key ingredient.

What to Expect from Therapy

The main goal of treatment is to provide the support you need – which 1 Method offers through an integrated model of care– so you can achieve freedom from addiction, dual diagnosis, and mental health issues. One of the most important tools in that endeavor is 1-on-1 therapy. Here’s what you can expect from the therapy process:

At the start, you’re going to be assigned a personal therapist. After introductions, you will be invited to share what’s been going on in your life, what’s on your mind, what’s bothering you, and asked to identify goals you’d like to achieve during your time with us. You will be asked to speak frankly and openly. Your therapist will carefully listen and sometimes may take notes as you speak; some therapists complete their notes after session. Don’t expect to be criticized, interrupted or judged – because you won’t be. This is a unique type of conversation where you can express exactly what you feel—with total honesty—without worrying that you’re going to hurt someone’s feelings, damage a relationship, or be penalized in any way. Anything you want—or need—to say is OK. Though these conversations are confidential, aspects of them may be discussed with members of the treatment team for your benefit.

Sometimes your therapist may give you some homework to complete after a session. That homework may include spending some time each day meditating, reading, exercising to release pent-up emotions, making a nightly journal entry, or participating in any number of activities relevant to your goals. During your next and subsequent sessions, you might share your progress and address any areas where you got frustrated, stuck, or went off-track. No judgments are made – ever. Your therapist wants to help you move forward as much as you would like to advance.

Every therapist at 1 Method Center is as different and unique as you are and this makes the therapist-client relationship distinct as well – which means that there is no universal description of a single therapy session. Some of our therapists employ dream interpretation in their work. Others bring music or art therapy into their process. Others incorporate hypnotherapy, EMDR, life coaching, meditation, visualization, or role-playing exercises to “rehearse” challenging conversations that may be in your future. There are numerous avenues and myriad of tools for achieving successful results. Regardless of approach, your therapist will listen without judgment and help you try to find solutions to the challenges you face. And they will be with you every step of the way.

What type of therapy is right for me?

There are many different therapy approaches and this can make it confusing to know which style is best for your situation. Don’t be overwhelmed. We will conduct a series of assessments to design a tailor-made program with an approach that works for you. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship is a more important factor leading to a positive outcome than the particular theories your therapist favors. When your therapist treats you respectfully, helps you feel safe and accepted, but also challenges you in a constructive manner, you’re heading in the right direction.

Having a basic understanding of the different therapy approaches and their related styles is useful. You may find one approach more appealing than another and this is good information for us to have. It helps us to help you better.

Approaches to therapy center on different ideas about and theories of psychology, human development, and the origins of mental and behavioral health issues. Here is a partial list of some of the kinds of therapies we offer with a brief description – please click a type below to learn more information. This isn’t an exhaustive list of the therapeutic approaches available at 1 Method. If you have questions about different modalities, call 1-800-270-1389 or send us a message.

Types of Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors, such as social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming, domestic capabilities, punctuality, and job competence. ABA is effective for children and adults with psychological disorders in a variety of settings, including schools, workplaces, homes, and clinics. It has also been shown that consistent ABA can significantly improve behaviors and skills and decrease the need for special services.

Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, clients can “decode” the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.

Attachment-based therapy is a brief, process-oriented form of psychological counseling. The client-therapist relationship is based on developing or rebuilding trust and centers on expressing emotions. An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between an infant’s early attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and the infant’s ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. Attachment-based therapy aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help prevent or treat anxiety or depression.

Psychological coaching focuses on the positive aspects of the human condition, much like positive counseling; it does not focus on the negative, irrational, and pathological aspects of life. Coaching is specific and goal-oriented. Like sports coaching, psychological coaching concentrates on individual or group strengths and abilities that can be used in new and different ways to enhance performance, feel better about the self, ensure smooth life transitions, deal with challenges, achieve goals, become more successful, and improve the overall quality of one’s personal and professional life.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of psychotherapy directed at present-time issues and based on the idea that the way an individual thinks and feels affects the way he or she behaves. The focus is on problem-solving, and the goal is to change clients’ thought patterns in order to change their responses to difficult situations. A CBT approach can be applied to a wide range of mental health issues and conditions.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term form of therapy that focuses on adult relationships and attachment/bonding. The therapist and clients look at patterns in the relationship and take steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction.

Existential therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning—often centering on you rather than on the symptom. The approach emphasizes your capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential. The existential approach stresses that: (1) All people have the capacity for self-awareness. (2) Each person has a unique identity that can be known only through relationships with others. (3) People must continually re-create themselves because life’s meaning constantly changes. (4) Anxiety is part of the human condition.

Experiential therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, animal care, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships. The client focuses on the activities and, through the experience, begins to identify emotions associated with success, disappointment, responsibility, and self-esteem. Under the guidance of a trained experiential therapist, the client can begin to release and explore negative feelings of anger, hurt, or shame as they relate to past experiences that may have been blocked or still linger.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a unique, nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. Treatment includes a hand motion technique used by the therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. EMDR is a controversial intervention, because it is unclear exactly how it works, with some psychologists claiming it does not work. Some studies have shown, however, that EMDR is effective for treating certain mental health conditions.

Family systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues are likely to begin. Each family member works together to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of family systems therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.

Also known as humanism, humanistic therapy is a positive approach to psychotherapy that focuses on a person’s individual nature, rather than categorizing groups of people with similar characteristics as having the same problems. Humanistic therapy looks at the whole person, not only from the therapist’s view but from the viewpoint of individuals observing their own behavior. The emphasis is on a person’s positive traits and behaviors, and the ability to use their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves.

Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. With an understanding of normal human development, an integrative therapist modifies standard treatments to fill in developmental gaps that affect each client in different ways. By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.

Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a time-limited, focused, evidence-based approach that treats mood disorders. The main goal of IPT is to improve the quality of a client’s interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce their distress. IPT provides strategies to resolve problems within four key areas. First, it addresses interpersonal deficits, including social isolation or involvement in unfulfilling relationships. Second, it can help patients manage unresolved grief—if the onset of distress is linked to the death of a loved one, either recent or past. Third, IPT can help with difficult life transitions like retirement, divorce, or moving to another city. Fourth, IPT is recommended for dealing with interpersonal disputes that emerge from conflicting expectations between partners, family members, close friends, or coworkers.

Jungian therapy, sometimes known as Jungian analysis, is an in-depth, analytical form of talk therapy designed to bring together the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind to help a person feel balanced and whole. Jungian therapy calls for clients to delve into the deeper and often darker elements of their minds and look at the “real” self rather than the self they present to the outside world.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is a form of psychotherapy that addresses the behaviors of all family members and the way these behaviors affect not only individual family members but also relationships between family members and the family unit as a whole. Treatment is usually divided between time spent on individual therapy and time spent on couple therapy, family therapy, or both, if necessary. MFT may also be referred to as couple and family therapy, couple counseling, marriage counseling, or family counseling.

Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT) is an evidence-based treatment for people with borderline personality disorder and other mental health issues that draws from several different psychotherapeutic approaches. Mentalizing, or the ability to focus on and differentiate between your own emotional state of mind and that of others, and understand how one’s mental state influences behavior, is a normal cognitive function that is limited in those with borderline personality disorder. Enhancement of mentalization and improved emotional regulation are at the core of MBT treatment.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. Using these tools, MBCT therapists teach clients how to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so they will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold.

Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping or protecting them more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life stories for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapy incorporates NLP, a set of language- and sensory-based interventions and behavior-modification techniques designed to help improve the client’s self-awareness, confidence, communication skills, and social actions. The goals of NLP are to help the client understand that the way one views the world affects how one operates in it and that it is necessary to change the thoughts and behavior patterns that have not proven beneficial in the past and that only serve to block one’s healing and success.

Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction. The therapist is there to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.

Unlike traditional psychology that focuses more on the causes and symptoms of mental illnesses and emotional disturbances, positive psychology emphasizes traits, thinking patterns, behaviors, and experiences that are forward-thinking and can help improve the quality of a person’s day-to-day life. These may include optimism, spirituality, hopefulness, happiness, creativity, perseverance, justice, and the practice of free will. It is an exploration of one’s strengths, rather than one’s weaknesses. The goal of positive psychology is not to replace those traditional forms of therapy that center on negative experiences, but instead to expand and give more balance to the therapeutic process.

Psychodynamic therapy is similar to psychoanalytic therapy in that it is an in-depth form of talk therapy based on the theories and principles of psychoanalysis.  But psychodynamic therapy is less focused on the patient-therapist relationship because it is equally focused on the patient’s relationship with his or her external world. Often, psychodynamic therapy is shorter than psychoanalytic therapy with respect to the frequency and number of sessions, but this is not always the case.

Often the symptoms of a psychological disorder are obvious, such as when a child experiences academic and social problems at school or an adult struggles to maintain personal and professional relationships due to anger issues, but the cause of the problem is not always clear. Psychological testing and evaluation consist of a series of tests that help determine the cause of psychological symptoms and disorders, to determine the correct diagnosis and follow up with the appropriate course of treatment.

Reality therapy is a client-centered form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances while avoiding discussion of past events. This approach is based on the idea that our most important need is to be loved, to feel that we belong and that all other basic needs can be satisfied only by building strong connections with others. Reality therapy teaches that while we cannot control how we feel, we can control how we think and behave. The goal of reality therapy is to help people take control of improving their own lives by learning to make better choices.

Relational therapy, sometimes referred to as relational-cultural therapy, is a therapeutic approach based on the idea that mutually satisfying relationships with others are necessary for one’s emotional well-being. This type of psychotherapy takes into account social factors, such as race, class, culture, and gender, and examines the power struggles and other issues that develop as a result of these factors, as well as how they relate to the relationships in a person’s life.

Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology, and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find a quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.

Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection between mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners use mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Unlike most forms of psychotherapy that concentrate on improving mental health, transpersonal therapy takes a more holistic approach, addressing mental, physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs, with an emphasis on the role of a healthy spirit in healing. To facilitate healing and growth, transpersonal therapy places great emphasis on honesty, open-mindedness, and self-awareness on the part of the therapist as well as the client.

As its name implies, this is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is especially sensitive to the unique problems of youth with post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from abuse, violence, or grief. Because the client is usually a child, TF-CBT often brings non-offending parents or other caregivers into treatment and incorporates principles of family therapy.

Complete a Pre-Admission Assessment

The treatment process at 1 Method Center begins prior to admission. When you initially call us we will conduct a pre-admission assessment to learn more about your unique situation, identify your clinical/medical needs, and learn more about your preferences for treatment. From this assessment we carefully design your personal treatment plan. In this way, once you arrive, we’re already prepared to employ a customized program that includes advanced medical treatments, 1-on-1 therapies, holistic measures and a specialized Health and Fitness program.

To learn more about what your treatment at 1 Method Center will include, call 1-800-270-1389 to start a consultation and begin your pre-admission assessment.