Life Springs Counseling Services utilizes an integrative approach, which is specifically tailored to meet each individual’s needs and goals. The following therapies are applied for various mental health and substance abuse needs.
Twelve-Step Facilitation Approach
This therapy is grounded in the concept of alcoholism as a spiritual and medical disease. The content of this intervention is consistent with the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In addition to abstinence from alcohol and drugs, a major goal of the treatment is to foster the patient’s commitment to participation in AA. Patients are actively encouraged to attend AA meetings and to maintain journals of their AA attendance and participation. Therapy sessions are highly structured, following a similar format each week that includes symptoms inquiry, review and reinforcement for AA participation, introduction, and explication of the week’s theme, and setting goals for AA participation for the next week. Material introduced during treatment sessions is complemented by reading assignments from AA literature.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
MET is based on principles of motivational psychology and is designed to produce rapid, internally motivated change. This treatment strategy does not attempt to guide and train the client, step by step, through recovery, but instead employs motivational strategies to mobilize the client’s own resources. The therapist will reinforce progress, encourage reassessment, and provides an objective perspective on the process of change.
This therapy is based on the principles of social learning theory and views addiction and mental health issues as functionally related to major problems in the person’s life. It posits that addressing this broad spectrum of problems will prove more effective than focusing on drinking alone. Emphasis is placed on overcoming skill deficits and increasing the person’s ability to cope with high-risk situations that commonly precipitate relapse, including both interpersonal difficulties and intrapersonal discomfort, such as anger or depression. The skills also provide a means of obtaining social support critical to the maintenance of sobriety.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing post traumatic stress disorder as shown by extensive scientific research studies. The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This assists the neuro-physiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself. As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye movement patterns of EMDR, resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.