Family Crisis = Opportunity to Grow

Following a family crisis–while your still open, flexible and a little messy inside—is the best time to break the old habits that festered into dysfunction in the first place and create some new ones. The good news is that a lot of personal growth work can be awfully nice! Following are several areas to explore that can complement the intervention, treatment, therapy and medication your family has just experienced, leading to longer-term healing instead of just emotional triage.

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Treating Enmeshed Teens and Parents

Most of us want to connect and most of us want to be accepted by others. We just need to channel our efforts to meet these needs in a healthy direction. That’s what we aim for with enmeshed relationships at Innerchange, to redirect relational energy in a direction that will bring out the most peace, connection, and growth possible.

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Understanding Enmeshment

Enmeshment is a description of a relationship between two or more people in which personal boundaries are permeable and unclear. This often happens on an emotional level in which two people “feel” each other’s emotions, or when one person becomes emotionally escalated and the other family member does as well. A good example of this is when a teenage daughter gets anxious and depressed and her mom, in turn, gets anxious and depressed. When they are enmeshed the mom is not able to separate her emotional experience from that of her daughter even though they both may state that they have clear personal boundaries with each other. Enmeshment between a parent and child will often result in over involvement in each other’s lives so that it makes it hard for the child to become developmentally independent and responsible for her choices.

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Doing Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Therapeutic/Clinical, Treatment 101 | adolescent treatment mental health professionals psychologist therapist therapy 0 Comments

Unlike a visit to the dentist—“open, rinse, say ahhh, spit”—the rules for a psychotherapy session are not so simple or clear. Most therapists are unlikely to give you step by step instructions for engaging the session—“talk about your mother, cry, tell me a story from your childhood.”

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Asperger’s Syndrome: Treatment Options

While more severe forms of autistic-spectrum disorder require specialized care, many children and teens with Asperger’s disorder find themselves in mainstream settings and/or more broad-based treatment programs.  This approach can increase the young person’s access to normalized social situations in which they can learn better social skills experientially through contact with a more diverse peer […]

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THE CHOKING GAME: A DANGEROUS EPIDEMIC

Posted by New Haven Residential Treatment Center | Impulsivity & Risky Behavior | adolescent adolescent treatment mental health professionals 0 Comments

In 1995, the CDC began collecting data on a dangerous adolescent phenomenon called “the choking game” in which teens – typically in a group setting but sometimes alone – self-strangulate or have another person strangulate them to induce cerebral hypoxia.

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Who’s on the Team: Adolescent Treatment Professionals

This is a partial overview of the types of mental health professionals typically found in a private adolescent-treatment setting. There are other professionals -such as social workers, specially trained teachers, life coaches, and etcetera – who may also provide services in a treatment setting, but this is a description of those professionals most commonly participating directly in the adolescent treatment process.

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