Experiential Process Groups
Who we are in the world is who we are in group. In a safe, supported and confidential environment, clients reveal their innermost thoughts with respect to themselves and each other. These conversations can often be difficult. This is an incredible opportunity for self-awareness, tolerance and reflection for all group members.
Our group techniques integrate the effective treatment process in a way that is not information based. Information and self-knowledge alone do not create change, but having a new experience can and does. Group therapy provides opportunities for transcending our life struggles through experiencing our common humanness with others.
AwakeningsPM clients participate in four experiential process groups a week.
Interactive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a therapy designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not effective, such as self-harm, suicidal thinking, binge eating disorder and substance abuse. This approach helps people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and/or relapse. DBT assumes people are functioning as best they can, but they are lacking the skills and tools needed to break the habitual cycle.
DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating BiPolar Disorder(BPD). The first randomized clinical trial of DBT showed reduced rates of suicidal gestures, psychiatric hospitalizations and treatment drop-out when compared to typical treatment.
attends weekly meetings while in treatment.
AwakeningsPM understands that each client has had a different experience with Twelve Step Fellowships depending on their past. We are sensitive to this and provide each client space to develop a positive relationship with their program.
Each client completes steps 1, 2, & 3 while in treatment, which further prepares them to interact with the fellowship appropriate for their treatment. Also, we discuss the importance of a sponsor and encourage each individual to find one they communicate with on a regular basis. Our approach builds a Twelve Step foundation for clients to continue their healing and growth long after their treatment at AwakeningsPM.
Within our Twelve Step Discovery, clients are also introduced to relapse prevention and denial management concepts. During their treatment time, clients collect a wide variety of tools that they practice using with their peers, friends and family members.
Art therapy is an expressive group process that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy. Art therapy is a core part of treatment at AwakeningsPM.