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.
12 Steps Discovery
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.
Music therapy comprises a rich, flexible group of interventions that provide an enjoyable, accessible vehicle for gaining insight, addressing inner and interpersonal problems and conflicts, managing distressing moods and emotions, practicing interpersonal interaction, and reinforcing more beneficial thoughts and behaviors. Group members engage in both receptive and participatory musical experiences. Sessions frequently include music-accompanied breath and body awareness work, HeartMath® emotion regulation practice, and art-based externalization of intuitive experience in addition to the central musical activities.
Music therapy lends itself well to engaging the whole person—body, mind, heart, and spirit. Music therapy implements principles and practices from many theoretical orientations. The mutual alliance of client, therapist, group, and music itself facilitates voluntary movement toward improved functioning. Clients participate in music therapy once a week; music therapy is a core part of treatment at AwakeningsPM.
Trauma Informed Yoga
Trauma, regardless of the nature of the experience, is undoubtedly altering to our emotional and physical functioning. After experiencing trauma, the annihilating feelings, sensations, and memories overwhelm the mind and body, leaving the survivor with a feeling of dysregulation and unsettling. Trauma-informed yoga can help survivors “come home” to their bodies, establishing safety and empowerment within, in a way that feels individually manageable. Just as trauma is inherently unique to each individual and their experience, the practice of trauma-informed yoga caters to the individual needs of each student. Classes are taught from a trauma-informed perspective, where no physical adjustments are given, and cues are empowering invitations. Ultimately, allowing for students to remain in control of their own bodies and individual practices.
- Integration of experience within the body
- Re-established connection, safety, and comfort
- Physical and emotional healing through the yoga practice
- Grounding of the self and the body
- Mindful & centering breathing essential to healing
- Empowerment, regulation, and settling within
- Yoga as a form of self-care
Equine Therapy is experiential and actively engaging. Horses mirror human emotions and through metaphoric experiences help us to see the forest through the trees. The sessions take us out of our usual environments and put us into nature, providing a different lens to help shift our perspectives.
Equine Therapy Treats:
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Abuse issues
- Relationship problems