Research shows that the most important key to successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist. Malibu Hills highly value the importance of having a safe and trusting environment so that you can practice honesty and vulnerability which are necessary parts of healing and recovery. One-on-one therapy is structured to build a strong alliance with your therapist. You will be working very closely with your primary therapist by having individual therapy sessions five times a week. Regular interactions with a single therapist are designed to help you uncover the underlying issues that causes the alcohol abuse, drug dependency and maladaptive patterns. Your dedicated therapist will help you build a strong foundation for your recovery while helping you repair the relationship with yourself and others. The treatment goal is to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. This means that our highly skilled therapists and medical staff will treat any and all co-occurring disorders, such as bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The therapeutic relationship will help you move through the Stages of Change and to identify barriers to long-lasting recovery. The therapy sessions will also guide you to explore and mindfully experience variety of emotions that may be repressed, evaluate past and/or present relationships such as family, friends and significant others that may have negatively influenced one’s unhealthy and irrational view of themselves and/or others. We will be setting treatment goals collaboratively to address one’s unique experiences and concerns. However, psychotherapy requires a very active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss outside of sessions.
Acupuncture practice is based on the philosophy that healing comes from within. In Chinese medicine, the human body is considered to be a complex network of intricately related processes played upon by opposing forces (Yin and Yang). Health is viewed as the maintenance of balance and harmony between Yin and Yang, while illness is an expression of unbalance and disharmony between Yin and Yang. Acupuncture is an important treatment modality in manipulating and balancing Yin and Yang. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites – commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method is used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.
Because the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body, the benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome). Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for easing detox/withdrawal symptoms, alleviate feelings of anger and aggression, balance brain chemistry, and promote overall well-being. It has been shown to assist in the treatment of emotional pain syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can be beneficial for pain syndromes due to an injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be helpful in treating neurological problems like migraines. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma have been relieved with acupuncture.
Sometimes group therapy can be very effective when analyzing and solving the nature of problems. Group therapies typically involve one or more psychologists who lead a group of patients through discussions and exercises. Being part of a group therapy might be intimidating at first, but group members can often gain a lot more insight after the experience. These groups function as a support network allowing patients to discover more possible causes and more possible strategies to solving their problem.
Our bodies are very reflective of our current mood and mindset. If we are depressed, we often sulk by hunching down and curling up. Sometimes just by changing the position of our body, like sitting a little straighter, can help shift our mindset and begin making positive changes. Massages are great for loosening tight muscles and breaking poor posture habits. They are also great for releasing tension. Often after a session, there is a feeling of having weight lifted off our shoulders. We often carry too much stress and need to find various methods of letting go burdens.
At Malibu Hills, we have spiritual counselors who can help guide you along your path to spiritual growth. Sometimes we struggle to find answers to questions such as finding life purpose, overcoming obstacles, or understanding loss. Spiritual counseling can help someone expand their view of life and recognize the significance and connectedness of all things in life.