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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It’s all Anxiety

It’s not uncommon for me to be in a meeting with a new family and hear the phrase: “our daughter doesn’t have an Anxiety Disorder, she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”  What a lot of people don’t understand is that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered an Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as Obsessions (persistent, frequent,…

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is an uncomfortable and scary topic, but one that we cannot afford to avoid or ignore. The most significant things you can do when you believe someone is contemplating suicide is to have the conversation, ask appropriate questions, and take prompt action. Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide, a number that continues to…

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A Brief History of New Haven

  During its first year, New Haven emerged through countless hours of thought, planning, and collaboration on the part of the four Founders (Mark & Kathy McGregor, Craig & Diane LaMont) and four additional Directors who joined the team early on. None of us will ever forget the experiences we shared as New Haven’s program…

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Holiday Stress Relief Tips

  Enjoy Your Holiday Amid the Difficulties The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with friends and loved ones, but it can also be a stressful and difficult time.  Our therapists have put together some advice to help you navigate through the difficulties. 1 – Make a Gratitude list.  Recognizing your blessings is…

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The New Haven Alumni Association

The New Haven Alumni Association exists to provide connection, support, and advocacy on behalf of New Haven Families.   The Association seeks to mentor families in transition; create engaging local and regional alumni events; write and share interesting publications; and support New Haven’s mission.   Alumni parents help design and support two annual, Alumni weekends. …

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Measuring Outcomes in Residential Treatment

  Measuring Healing Effect in Residential Treatment Nevin G. Alderman, MA, CMHC – Executive Clinical Director, New Haven RTC Collecting outcomes is a best-practice for any treatment program or institution. Measuring treatment outcomes is vital in determining the level of effectiveness, and improving quality of care. At New Haven, practice-based research is a top priority.…

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Looking at ADHD Differently

  Looking at ADHD differently  By, Megan Slater       As a parent of children with AD/HD, I found comfort in researching what the diagnosis really meant for our family.  I felt validated as I read the classic symptoms described by my children’s doctor and on informational websites.  Yes!  My children struggle with these things, and…

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What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?

What Are the Symptoms of ADHD? By, Laurie Laird  Reference: mentalhealth.about.com/cs/familyresources/l/bladd.htm ADHD is not like a broken arm, or strep throat, it does not have clear physical signs that can be seen in an x-ray or a lab test. ADHD can only be identified by looking for certain characteristic behaviors and these behaviors vary from person…

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30 Days of Recovery

To somone struggling with recovery: Whenever I struggle with recovery I remember how miserable I was in active addiction & even when I was a dry drunk. I was completely self centered. I was hurting others by my actions. I never thought of others, ever. At the end of the day of active addiction was…

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Research Outcomes

In order for therapists to provide clients with the most effective services possible, they must thoroughly understand the systematic research that contributes to successful therapy. Outcomes research seeks to answer the following questions: Which interventions work best for which types of clients, and under what circumstances? The results of outcomes research are used to inform…

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Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy?

Why Do We Do Experiential Therapy? Experience is one of the greatest ways to facilitate therapeutic change. Experiential therapy revolves around the client being an active participant in the therapeutic process. Rather than the traditional “talk therapy,” the client is involved in actions, movements, and activities. These activities can include things such as equine therapy,…

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How to Motivate a Teenager

Working with adolescents and their families has brought to the forefront that affecting change relies heavily on understanding motivation.  This is not to say that this is the primary factor to consider when working to discover how to help create change, but it definitely is a significant factor in the overall treatment model that is…

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