Our mental health outpatient program offers the following treatment services to Santa Barbara County:
Post-traumatic stress disorder is caused by the direct or indirect experience of a traumatic event. The stigmatization surrounding PTSD and the lack of knowledge around what PTSD is can cause a lot of people to not seek treatment for the pain they are experiencing. PTSD is treatable and trauma is very common. At least 50% of all people have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime. Treatment for PTSD can vary, however, all treatment focuses on helping the individual process the traumatic event, gain skills to understanding life following a traumatic event, and find meaning, purpose, and value in continuing to grow towards happiness. Good Heart Recovery provides many PTSD treatment services including: Group trauma therapy processes, one on one mental health PTSD counseling, psychiatric assessments and medication to help with acute and chronic symptoms of PTSD, and a thriving therapeutic community that serves to normalize the struggle that comes along with PTSD.
Not all trauma develops into PTSD, there are underlying traumas that root back to our childhood and forward that cause many of us to suffer from a lack of identity, avoidance of success or failure or an inability to maintain stable relationships. Some of these traumas include being bullied, losing a loved one, seeing a tragic event unfold, suffering from homelessness or drug and alcohol use, being involved in the legal system, living in an impoverished community or household and more. There are many trauma therapy services that Good Heart Recovery provides that help to bring people back to a normal state of mind and release themselves from the trauma of their past including: Mindfulness-based stress reduction group therapy and individual therapy, psychiatric medication management, psychospiritual counseling, and deep processing of traumatic events using existential processes.
Depression is extremely common. It doesn’t have to look like staying in bed all day, not feeling interested in what you normally do, feeling angry and/or worthless, although it certainly can. Depression can also develop as a monotonic underlying silent yet powerful pain that lies underneath everything someone does, says, thinks, and desires or avoids. From a clinical perspective, we understand what depression is. Professionally, we know how to treat it. Humanly, we have experienced it, understand it deeply, and work extremely well at combating it in others through various interventions. Many of the depression treatment interventions we provide at Good Heart Recovery include individual depression counseling, psychospiritual sessions to address the existential questions of purpose and meaning in one’s life, antidepressant medication along with psychiatric evaluations, and group therapy to normalize the feelings of depression and learn skills to not allow depression to take over your life again.
Anxiety is related to fear, mistrust, and physical and psychological uncomfortability. Anxiety is among one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in our country and there are so many of us who suffer from it. Anxiety is rooted within us as a result of these fears, mistrusts, and discomforts that lead us to believe that something is wrong, will be wrong, and/or will not change for the better. At Good Heart Recovery, we understand that anxiety can be extremely debilitating and can alter the true nature of yourself and everything around you. It can mask the goodness, the greatness, the desired. Some of the anxiety treatment interventions that we provide at Good Heart Recovery include the following: anxiety therapy in groups, anxiety therapy one-on-one sessions, psychiatric medication assessments, anti-anxiety medications, community support groups, healthy coping skill learning, and more.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Bipolar disorder treatment is necessary when the symptoms of the disorder have become unmanageable. Good Heart Recovery understands bipolar disorder and provides the type of treatment that can sustain long-term healing. Bipolar disorder behaviors consist of times when the person feels very good at one period and can quickly shift to feeling very low and depressed. At times, the “high” can not be associated with extreme behavior, but it may be more subtle and seem like a short euphoria. Bipolar disorder treatment addresses that the dysregulation of one’s mood can cause one’s life to become difficult to balance and can alter relationships and responsibilities significantly. Our facility provides bipolar disorder treatment including bipolar disorder group therapy sessions, bipolar disorder individual mental health counseling, bipolar medication management, bipolar psychiatrist appointments, and more.
Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral health services address all of the above mentioned mental health disorders and so much more. It is Good Heart Recovery’s mission to provide high-quality behavioral health services to the community at large. Behavioral health services that we provide include the following: Clinical case management services, one on one behavioral health therapy, behavioral health group therapy, and behavioral health psychiatric support including assessments and medication management. Our goal is to provide all of our clients with healthy coping skills, and long-term solutions to their behavioral health issues so that they do not have to keep living a life full of pain and discomfort. To learn more about our behavioral health services, please visit our behavioral health page found here.