Mental Health

Harmony Grove Recovery provides mental health services to people of all ages. We provide a variety of tailored treatments to reach specific goals and promote overall health.

Mental health can be affected by various factors, such as environmental or biological. Our mental health can be gauged on a continuum or spectrum. Another way people can describe their level of mental health would be to identify moods, emotions, or states of being. When something is affecting a person’s mental health for a significant amount of time, one might start to look for a medical or clinical diagnosis. Some of the more widely known mental health diagnoses would be those such as anxiety, depression, or trauma-related diagnosis such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Some environmental factors that can impact a person’s mental health might include issues such as, imbalances in sleep, exercise, or nutrition. Other factors can be negative sociological or economical situations. Whether a person’s environment is safe might play a significant role as well. Stress, both in the workplace, or even personally can significantly impact the well-being of a person and their need for self-care.

Factors Affecting Mental Health

Many seek to obtain physical health, however, that can not be fully achieved without mental health. For example, eating disorders or poor diet can negatively impact a person’s physical help. This can lead to complications that might increase medical risks such as malnutrition, obesity, Type II diabetes, hypertension, heart issues, high blood pressure, and more. Unfortunately, dealing with poor physical health can also exacerbate mental health in various ways. This can include poor self-esteem, feelings of insecurity, depression and cause people to decrease activities or social situations leading them to isolate themselves. Once someone is isolated, more feelings of being disconnected can add to the already negative feelings and emotions.

Lack of sleep is also a very big factor in a person’s mental health. After just one night of poor sleep, a person will feel the negative impact of that change, such as feeling tired, exhausted, irritable, or even lead to a headache or trouble focusing both with their eyes and minds. If a person is experiencing significant sleep deprivation or some type of sleep disorder, that will also cause issues with a person’s mental health. Many things can impact a person’s ability to have a good night’s rest. This can include poor evening routine, poor diet, caffeine in the system at bedtime, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and substances such as drugs and alcohol.



Biological factors that can affect a person’s mental health include genetic predispositions to certain diagnoses, for example, depression, Bipolar disorders, chemical dependencies, other mood disorders, and personality disorders. However, having a family history of some of these disorders does not mean a person will absolutely develop the disorder. There are many environmental factors that can play a role in whether a person develops a diagnosis they are already predisposed to. For example, a person with a family history of schizophrenia or Bipolar disorders might not develop the full-blown diagnosis without experiencing significant trauma early on in life that sort of ignites or sparks the process.

Due to the vast array of variables that can impact a person’s mental health, it is a good idea to take the steps necessary for you especially to achieve overall health. Making sure to get the basic three, Sleep, Exercise, and Nutrition will give you a great start and a solid cushion to deal with whatever else life brings to you. Practicing healthy and safe self-nurturing and self-care regularly can also increase good mental health. Having a stable community that might consist of family, friends, co-workers, spiritual connections, and sharing common interests can positively impact mental health.

Also, make sure to take care of all physical and medical issues is essential to good mental health. During this time it is important to make sure to practice healthy behaviors that will boost physical and mental health. That includes keeping up with regular doctor appointments and seeking help when symptoms of any kind. If any medications are prescribed it is also best to follow the doctor’s prescription and recommendations.

Being proactive to achieve good mental health is possible and a healthy way to go about life. These can include making time to do fun and interesting activities that produce positive moments, utilizing self-care and self-healing methods such as meditations and living a healthier lifestyle, as well as utilizing the mental and behavioral health care system for support. Professionals such as counselors and therapist might be able to help support your path to recovery with psychoeducation, assessing for any indicators of a significant mental health diagnosis, providing coping skills and techniques, and provide supportive observation of the effects and impact of any medication that might be prescribed and essential to your mental health.


Mental Health Services at Harmony Grove Recovery

Harmony Grove recovery offers a variety of mental health services in order to support people with varying diagnoses, from substance abuse and addiction, to chronic mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders. The services include techniques and coping skills based on evidence-based theoretical models and treatment modalities. These include, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Conscious Parenting, psychoeducation on mental health, and the importance of practicing mindfulness. Harmony Grove Recovery therapists utilize an integrative approach in order to serve people with varying diagnoses and provide a wide range of coping skills and therapeutic support. Mental health assessments can also be utilized for the purpose of developing an individualized treatment plan for each client and ensuring support for the specific areas of concern that may lead to high risk triggers and behaviors.


CBT

CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. This process also includes identifying core beliefs, both negative and positive. Clients will be able to identify character defects, cognitive distortions or thinking errors and tactics, And be able to identify their high-risk areas and struggles. Through this process clients will be able to begin developing intervention plans, such as implementing coping skills, self soothing techniques and a self care plan in order to decrease maladaptive behavior.

DBT

Dialectical behavioral therapy is utilized to help people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states. Which in turn help to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired thoughts, emotions and behaviors. DBT includes therapeutic approaches such as distress tolerance, assertive communication, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. Through these processes clients will be able to identify how to achieve Waze mind thinking, by identifying the significance between the emotional mind and rational mind. Clients will be able to utilize mindfulness in order to identify how thoughts, emotions and behaviors trigger the body and how to use these clues when implementing intervention strategies.

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution focused therapy Utilizes future and goal oriented techniques And approaches in order to empower the client in identifying workable intangible solutions to current struggles. Through these techniques clients will learn to implement strength-based behaviors and mindset in order to achieve desired outcomes. Clients are encouraged to believe that positive changes are always possible, and are encouraged to increase the frequency of current useful behaviors.


Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Approaches

Psychotherapy includes one-to-one sessions, between the client and therapist, group therapy, and at times is including the families. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate undesirable or troubling behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills.

Psychoanalysis aims to support the client in connecting the unconscious to the conscious mind. This is done through different processes such as meditation, hypnosis, Dream Analysis, free association and psychoeducation in order to help the client understand certain impulses, traits such as anxiety, repressed memories and familial patterns. Clients will also be guided in learning about and understanding the significance of attachment, relationship styles and boundaries.

The psychodynamic approaches are utilized in identifying some maladaptive functioning throughout activities such as play or group positioning. This maladaptation may be emotional or anxiety driven, and can be unconscious in many cases. Psychodynamic therapies focus on revealing and resolving these unconscious conflicts that are driving their symptoms. Major techniques used by psychodynamic therapists include free association, dream interpretation, recognizing resistance, transference, working through painful memories and difficult issues, and building a strong therapeutic alliance.


EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Has been highly effective for clients who have experienced a significant amount of trauma using varying techniques like bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye rapid movement or hand tapping. During this process the client will identify a specific moment or situation that has caused distress and through the process learn to reformulate these areas of the memory with new associations.

Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation is utilized to provide information, and enlighten the client with evidence-based and tangible information regarding any mental health diagnoses, techniques, etiology, developmental psychopathology, treatment processes, medication knowledge and adverse effects, as well as learning about the biological, emotional, and behavioral symptoms connected to Ani struggles, patterns, or diagnoses.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is utilized both as a therapeutic approach, and state of being. Clients are able to increase awareness, decrease impulsivity and reactive behaviors. Through mindfulness clients are able to increase their connection to the mind body and spirit in order to increase prosocial behaviors, and decrease antisocial behavior such as isolating, and failing to reach out for help. Some mindfulness activities, and approaches include meditation, self-care practices, self soothing behaviors, connecting to a higher power, learning to be in the moment, increasing responsive behaviors such as increasing empathy, respect for others and themselves, and gratitude. Through this process clients are also able to begin implementing an increased awareness of consciousness that may help to bring them to a more present state of mind.

Conscious Parenting

The conscious parenting program includes an integration of the above mentioned therapeutic modalities, coping skills and techniques in order to increase consciousness of the self. This program is useful for all whether they have children or not because it is a process of understanding the individual at a higher level of awareness. Through this process the client will be able to understand things like attachment styles, familial patterns, defense mechanisms, labeling, behavioral traits, and even epigenetics that may impact the individual and their ability to develop healthy relationship styles. For the parent going through this higher level of consciousness, they will be able to understand how their own development has led to a disconnect with their true self. This awareness will help The adult achieve a greater sense of self in order to be that much more for their own child. For those without children, this program is helpful in the same way, And that you will help to reach your true self, establish healthy boundaries, and achieve the desired relationship style tools and techniques that were not provided to you by those who came before you.

Assessments

Behavioral assessments are utilized daily With techniques such as the clinical interview, A behavioral health assessment, asking a series of questions, and daily observation. The purpose is to develop the groundwork necessary to ensure that the therapeutic team is addressing the client’s needs and meeting treatment goals.

Other Assessments include either tools or questionnaires to help identify clients motivation for change, The severity of dependence for substance abuse and addiction, Stages of change, as well as the Beck Scales and Inventory That assist the clinician in identifying the most urgent areas in need of support. All assessments utilized or for the purpose of identifying which areas of life, or struggles the client may need support in, and will be used to develop a collaborative treatment plan.

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