Mental Health Systems PC Ask the Experts 2016
Ask the Expert: Mental Health Systems, PC
Q: Describe your mental health services at MHS.
A: We specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for people who need intensive outpatient care. Our clients struggle with emotions and sometimes urges to act on suicidal, self-harm, substance use, and other ineffective behaviors. While they are doing their best to cope, people with these behaviors are in a cycle it is hard to escape from. This is where we come in, teaching clients skills to replace ineffective behaviors. Our highest level of care meets three times weekly for people with safety concerns. We also have a one day program for people who are stable but need more than individual therapy alone.
Q: Say more about DBT.
A: DBT is a skills-based therapy. We provide support and validation for our clients, and we teach them essential life skills to balance emotions, manage distress, have better relationships, and be more mindful in life. With these skills clients can thrive, which our outcome data demonstrates. Our clients significantly reduce their mental and chemical health symptoms while improving their quality of life. Additionally, the majority of clients do not return to the hospital for mental health reasons and report above average levels of satisfaction with their therapy. It’s exciting to see people use what we teach them to change their lives.
Q: Do you see younger clients, too?
A: Absolutely. We also have an adolescent DBT program and a specialized program for early adolescents aged 12 to 14 and their parents. We’re seeing that early intervention is key to regaining academic and social functioning, as well as improving family life.
Q: What contributes to clients' success?
A: First, our therapists understand that partnering with clients is at the heart of positive change. When therapists and clients are both active and willing to work the skills, great things can happen. Also, it is about matching the amount of therapy with the needs of the client. Finally, coordination of care with all providers with everyone working together on shared goals assures excellent results.
Our clients significantly reduce their mental and chemical health symptoms while improving their quality of life. Additionally, the majority of clients do not return to the hospital for mental health reasons and report above average levels of satisfaction with their therapy.
Q: What's next for MHS?
A: We’ve branched out with a program for people with chronic pain and mental health issues. This program teaches cognitive, behavioral, social, and other skills designed to supplement medical interventions. My coowner, Dr. Carlson, authored this treatment manual which has been published internationally. In time, we anticipate bridging more gaps between medical and psychological interventions.
Q: What advice do you have for people struggling with serious problems?
A: All of our clients have had dark times, but there’s hope, and we’ve seen so many success stories. Hold on, reach out for help, and open your heart and mind to the process. It’s not easy, but change is possible one step at a time.