HOW TO FIX A BROKEN BRAIN

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Treatment 101 | brain injury brain research enhanced environment neurological disorders treatment 0 Comments

So called “enhanced environment” therapies may enable us to aggressively prevent, mitigate, and even heal neurological disorders once considered untreatable.

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Depressed? Anxious? Suffering from PTSD? There’s an App for that!

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Anxiety, Depression, Electronics, Therapeutic/Clinical, Trauma & PTSD | app mobile therapist therapy 0 Comments

Regardless of the fact that great progress is being made in the area of tech-based therapies, my own policy regarding psycho-therapeutic technology is to proceed with curiosity…and caution.

For now, the only therapist I’ll stick in my own pocket or recommend to others is one who promises little things. Like a little help going to sleep, or some organizational assistance to help manage ADHD.

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SLEEP AND MENTAL HEALTH: CHICKEN, EGG, OR BOTH?

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Sleep Issues | insomnia mental health sleep sleep disorder 0 Comments

Understanding sleep disturbance as a cause of mental health concerns instead of just a symptom should compel us to put it at the top of the list of treatment priorities.

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Personal Growth: Eating an Elephant

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Tips for Families | change family personal growth 0 Comments

Neuropsychologists believe that an incremental approach to change tricks our brains into accepting giant, ambitious goals. When faced with the enormity of certain tasks, our primitive brain wants to fight or flee.

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Healing your Family: A Little Every Day

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Therapeutic/Clinical, Tips for Families, Treatment 101 | family family systems hope therapy 0 Comments

Many of the families I’ve worked with feel that they have lost everything. They are financially tapped out. Their basic assumptions about family, love, success, and life have been turned upside down. They feel betrayed and embarrassed and sad and angry. How does a family rebuild in the wake of trauma, or addiction, or mental illness, or betrayal, or loss? A little bit every day. If you can do that, you can find your way forward a step at a time. You can heal. You can hope.

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Therapy as Funny Business

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Therapeutic/Clinical, Tips for Families, Treatment 101 | family family systems humor therapy 0 Comments

Humor during individual and group therapy—whether from the therapist or the client—can lighten a mood, break a pattern, improve sharing, create a sense of perspective, generate a feeling of well-bring and hope, and provide an effective delivery system for difficult feedback. Family systems therapists will sometimes encourage family members to consciously employ a form of humor to interrupt entrenched relational patterns.

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