Group and Individual Therapy

Individual counseling is a process whereby the relationship and communication provided allows development of an understanding of one’s self, to explore possibilities, and initiate change. It is motivated by care and concern for the well-being of the recipient and aims to bring about behavioral change, problem-solving, personal growth and development when properly implemented. The advantages of an individual counseling as opposed to group counseling are multiple: First, it allows the counselor to focus on isolated issues. Second, the counselor caters only to one client. Third, the information gathered is easier for the counselor to ascertain and to apply the treatment approach most useful to the client and target behavior that needs improvement. The client’s thoughts and behaviors may not be distorted compared with group counseling as several patterns of thoughts and behaviors from other group members in making choices and decision making. The client has the power to change his life for the better based on the choices he makes. In addition, the better able to control his behavior. The level of commitment and how hard he is willing to work will dictate how successful he will be in developing new behaviors that clearly communicate his needs.

Group counseling states that a person’s behavior is inspired by what that person wants or needs at that particular time, not on an outside stimulus. That all living creatures control their behavior to fulfill their need for satisfaction in one or more of these five areas: survival, to belong and be loved by others, to have power and importance, freedom and independence, and to have fun. The most important need among the five is love and belonging. Group counseling promotes this kind of feeling. Being connected to others is encouraged in group counseling.

Advantages of group counseling include: Group counseling is better than individual counseling when it comes to developing new behaviors that clearly communicate their needs and help in attaining fulfillment in the reality. Group therapy considers the key elements of what the group is looking for and what will make their life better, what the group will do to bring about what they want and how they are able to make alternative options and come up with a common plan. Group counseling also provides members with the opportunities to learn with and from other people and to be able to understand their own patterns of thoughts and behaviors, as well as those of others. Other people may see attitudes and behavior patterns that are limiting and difficult to see in self.

A group is an opportunity to receive genuine support, honest feedback and useful alternatives from peers. It also enables members to experiment and work toward improved attitudes and ways of coping with stress. A group may also help individuals with relationship concerns and general difficulties in dealing with other people. Humans are social creatures by nature and whose primary need is to love and belong. It is therefore essential that we have the capacity to develop and maintain relationships because it is through people that our other needs can be met. Presenting problems are a result of poor, unfulfilled or conflict-ridden relationships or the absence of relationships.

To see an example of our current therapy sessions, see our treatment schedules.

Family Therapy
Family therapy also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. The different schools of family therapy have a common belief that regardless of the origin of the problem and regardless of whether the client considers it an “individual” or “family” issue, involving families in solutions often benefits the client. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom and support of the wider system.

12 Step/Concept Meetings
12 Step/concept meetings are not only for alcoholics, drug addicts and other kinds of addictions. They can also benefit everyone because they allow people to come into a safe, confidential environment that allows them to express their feelings without the fear of being attacked or judged.

Relapse Prevention Planning
Relapse prevention planning requires that we develop a plan tailored to maintaining new behavior. The plan involves integrating diversion activities, coping skills and emotional support into our behavior. Our decision to cope with cravings is aided by knowing: (1) there is a difference between a lapse and a relapse, and (2) continued coping with the craving while maintaining the new behavior will eventually reduce the craving.

Relationship Counseling
Relationships, when it comes to health, are very important; both the quality and quantity of relationships matter. Social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can harm the heart’s arteries, insulin regulation, and the immune system.

Many studies show that regardless of what religion you ascribe to, spirituality, in general, is linked with greater mental health. In addition, a growing number of studies reveal that spirituality may play a bigger role in the healing process than the medical community previously thought.

Education promotes new coping mechanisms for stress and relapse prevention. Education at Ridgeview Ranch includes assistance with new life skills, job interviewing techniques and how to reintegrate with family and society. In addition, we offer individualized education pursuits depending on the client’s needs.

Stress Reduction
Stress reduction and developing healthy stress-relieving habits really does pay off in the long run. Not only does a regular stress management practice stave off the negative effects of stress, but it can also bring positive outcomes like increased productivity, better health and more happiness in general.

Group Outings
At Ridgeview Ranch, group outings include walks around the world famous Rose Bowl, horseback riding, movie nights, trips to the beach, trips to museums and aquariums and much more!

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently close to 11 million Americans are enjoying yoga’s health benefits. Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include breathing techniques and meditation techniques as well. Yoga offers great health benefits by enabling the development of flexibility, strength, and balance. Yoga is part of the holistic treatment approach at Ridgeview Ranch.

Disease Concepts
Disease concepts is a theory of addiction and is a way of showing that addiction is like all the other things we generally accept as diseases. If the behavior of drinking or using drugs is a sign of addiction, then it is no surprise that measuring drinking or using behavior brings no uniform picture of the disorder. In virtually all illnesses, especially early in their course, signs, and symptoms are remarkably variable. Just as fevers may be high or low; pain severe or mild; alcoholic drinking or addictive drug use may be heavy or light, intermittent or continuous, boisterous or quiet-all depending on biological, social and psychological factors influencing the individual with the disorder.

Sexuality and Gender
Sexuality and gender-specific issues are addressed on an individual basis and help our clients come to terms with past misconceptions regarding their sexuality and gender roles. Identifying these misconceptions assists our clients in developing a healthy self-awareness and improves their ability to relate with those around them.

Fitness Center
To enhance and encourage continuing commitment to physical fitness and health, our fitness center offers a variety of exercise equipment including treadmill, weight and resistant training equipment and exercise bikes. Physical fitness activities, along with our individualized rehab treatment program, optimizes sustained recovery.

Spa & Pool
Our pool and spa are heated and available to our clients all year long for relaxation and rehabilitation. Pool hours vary due to treatment schedules.

Meditation offers many benefits. Researchers report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

Psychodrama is an action method, often used as a psychotherapy, in which clients use spontaneous dramatization, role-playing and dramatic, self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives.

Transitional Living Programs
Continuing the work of primary residential treatment, Ridgeview Ranch offers extended rehabilitation treatment and Sober Living Services that provide supportive housing for up to a year or more. We also offer Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) by our certified addiction counselors that provide individual, intensive counseling, and support following residential treatment. For more information on these programs, please call 800.296.1868.

Equine Therapy
The disease of chemical dependency impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Effective rehabilitation treatment must also take into consideration the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the person’s life. Equine therapy is a therapeutic measure provided as part of the holistic approach at Ridgeview Ranch. Equine therapy involves using horses to facilitate growth and therapy. It helps patients to achieve goals in their rehab treatment and recovery program. It also enhances patient’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive behaviors.

Art Therapy
Art therapy is used to help people manage physical and emotional problems by using creative art activities to express emotions. Art therapy is a creative process to improve mental health and well being. Ridgeview Ranch finds this therapy beneficial for client’s treatment and recovery.

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create unconscious change in the patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. It is a group of techniques that allow practitioners and patients to take advantage of the mind-body connection to foster healing.

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