What is Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of therapy treatments used to treat mental and emotional problems. Grounded in open dialogue and a trusting relationship between a patient and their psychologist and / or therapist, psychotherapy allows people to tackle the problems in their life by changing their own troubling behavior, thoughts and emotions. At Hotel California by the Sea, we use various methods of psycho-education in individual and group therapy sessions. Psychoeducation involves sharing information about one’s condition through therapy sessions. Those who experience symptoms such as addiction, anxiety or depression can benefit from participating in the psychotherapy curriculum within our customized addiction treatment program for women.
Knowledge is Power
Psychotherapy helps women in our program understand and accept their condition on a much deeper level. Becoming more informed about the nature of their addiction helps them feel more powerful over it. As they gain empowerment over their disease, they will begin to develop their own resources for dealing with it in the future.
The psychoeducation component of our program educates our clients on the history and nature of their disease, helping them to better understand it while finding new sustainable and healthy ways to cope with their problems instead of coping with drugs, alcohol and destructive behavioral patterns. Through therapy techniques such as narrative and humanistic therapy, women will learn how their disease not only affects them, but their family and loved ones as well.
Humanistic Therapy: Humanistic therapy is a client centered therapeutic modality typically used in individual and group treatment. The aim of this treatment intervention is to help the client improve their sense of self and understand their feelings. In humanistic therapy, the focus is the individual’s positive traits and behaviors which can be used for growth, healing and fulfillment.
Narrative Therapy: Narrative theory is based on the fact that an individual’s personal life experience becomes his/her personal stories which becomes an identity. Narrative therapy is a client centered therapeutic intervention typically used in individual therapy. The aim of this treatment modality is to uncover the client’s story that she tells herself about the meaning of life experiences which directly impacts her reactions and overall behavior. The goal of narrative therapy is to improve the clients agency or choices in life and decrease feeling condemned to the past so that the client does not have to continue to repeat destructive behavioral patterns in the future.
Keys to Success
It is of utmost importance that women understand that their condition is not a moral failure, but a disease that needs to be treated as any other disease. By acknowledging addiction as a disease, barriers that hinder the recovery process are eliminated. The first step to solving a problem is recognizing there is one. This aspect of our treatment program takes that recognition and matures it into understanding. The more women understand their addiction, the more likely they are to be successful at achieving long term sobriety.