Therapies and Treatment
The treatment program on our inpatient unit is intensive. Experience shows us that the patient's active collaboration and involvement in the recovery process is essential for healing and growth.
Patients see their inpatient therapist for individual therapy three times per week. This gives patients the opportunity to further explore issues that arise during the course of treatment and practice symptom management skills. Individual therapy is central to the recovery of patients with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. Therapy on the unit is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Therapy is psychodynamically and DBT-informed, using trauma-focused cognitive therapy strategies, and helps patients with skill building, insight into posttraumatic reactivity, and development of specific techniques for management of PTSD and dissociative symptoms.
Psychopharmacological Evaluation and Treatment
The attending psychiatrists on the unit are experts in the psychopharmacological treatment of posttraumatic disorders as well as co-morbid disorders that commonly accompany complex trauma, e.g. mood disorders. They educate patients about medications for trauma-related disorders, evaluate the patient's current medication regimen, and make adjustments as needed. The attending psychiatrists also coordinate pharmacological management with the pharmacy director, an expert in clinical psychopharmacology, who is the unit's clinical pharmacology consultant, and leads a weekly group on medications on the inpatient unit.
As part of our program, our experts provide patients with:
- Intensive group therapy that focuses on safety and symptom management seven days a week
- Psychoeducation groups centered on developing containment skills and techniques to manage symptoms
- Expressive/experiential groups that provide an alternative to verbal communication, such as art therapy, journal, and creative writing groups
- Process groups that focus on discussion and exploration of trauma-related issues
- Family issues group that emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships
- Transitions group that focuses on discharge planning and unavoidable changes
- Milieu therapy, which promotes a healing safe and therapeutic community and encourages opportunities for peer support and new ways of engaging with the world