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Outpatient Treatment for Mental Health & Addiction 2018-04-17T06:54:30+00:00

Mental Health & Addiction Outpatient Treatment

Good Heart takes a humanistic, client-centered clinical approach to outpatient care. Through the use of compassionate individual therapy, Good Heart staff seeks to help clients create a vulnerable and safe space to explore their pain and suffering, which is the precursor of addiction and / or behavioral health problems. Through the observant exploration of pain, clients begin to discover who they truly are and begin to access their basic goodness: their Good Heart. In addition to individual therapy, Good Heart utilizes group therapy teaching techniques such as mindfulness meditation, psychoeducation around cognitive-behavioral processes, and life skills strategies to develop authentic vulnerability. These techniques are then used to strengthen the love of Self and love of other human beings. As a staff, we are cohesive in our beliefs about the true nature of healing, which allows us to be cohesive in our techniques to facilitate growth.

Good Heart Recovery provides outpatient treatment for substance abuse and mental health within the following levels of care for our clients. Finding the level of care that will be most suitable for you or your loved one is part of Good Heart Recovery’s admissions process. One of Good Heart Recovery’s counselors will talk with you or your loved one to do an assessment on which of the following outpatient rehabilitation levels of care would be most beneficial at this time.

Outpatient Program Rehabilitation Levels of Care

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

Initial Stabilization and Grounding
Outpatient Program Schedule: Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm — 6 Hours per Day (With 1 hour lunch)

  • Up to Five Individual Sessions per Week:

Focus on engagement, learning, and growth of safety. Clients meet with their individual therapist at least once a week, are assessed by a contracted psychiatrist and medical doctor upon admission and as needed for follow-ups, and are in contact with our clinical staff on a daily basis through one-on-one communications and in group settings. Psychological, psychiatric, and medical treatment plans are updated and reviewed weekly by all of Good Heart Recovery’s staff and are adjusted based on the client’s progress.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Continued Expansion and Transition
Outpatient Program Schedule: Monday through Friday from either 9:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm — 3 Hours per Day

  • Up to Five Individual Sessions per Week:

More of a focus on integration of what has been taught to prepare for transition into a new found freedom. Within our program, our clients will learn basic life skills needed to accomplish their desire to live independently. We teach them time and stress management techniques, financial budgeting, non-fearful ways to ask for help, and more. Psychological, psychiatric, and medical treatment plans are updated and reviewed weekly by all of Good Heart Recovery’s staff and are adjusted based on the client’s progress. When an individual is coming out of the depths of addiction, finding their place in the world and in today’s society can be a daunting task. Good Heart supports and leads clients through experiential group activities including interpersonal communication and becoming one with a community. The sense of accomplishment and grown knowledge a client feels when they are able to see themselves as a healthy member of society with basic abilities, their views of themselves vastly change and their self-esteem increases.

Outpatient Program FAQ

What Therapeutic Modalities Do The Clinicians At Good Heart Recovery Use With Clients? 2018-04-17T06:04:52+00:00

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy
Acceptance and commitment therapy

These four modalities are rooted in focusing a person’s attention on the present in a non-judgmental mindfulness-based way proven to reduce anxiety, depression, impulsivity, and to increase one’s internal locus of control.


Art therapy
Experiential therapy
Nature therapy

These three modalities explore unresolved emotional conflicts indirectly and improve personal well-being through recognition of self rights in this world and non-verbal expression of one’s needs/wants.

How Long Are Each Of Good Heart’s Programs? 2018-04-16T22:45:31+00:00

Most of our clients start on the Partial Hospitalization level of care which is all day programming Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm with an hour break for lunch. This level of care is our highest level of care where clients receive up to five individual sessions a week and twice as much clinical support than our next lower level of care. PHP is intended for stabilization and much needed clinical assessment when a client first begins outpatient treatment. This is six hours a day, five days a week.

PHP typically lasts the length of a month, but can be shorter or longer depending upon the individuals specific needs.

Next, clients begin IOP. Intensive Outpatient programming is meant for individuals who are beginning to integrate what they’ve learned in PHP into the real world. They are working or attending school or are actively pursuing one of these avenues or another. They could also be contributing to their community through volunteership if they are retired or do not need to work for other reasons. This is three hours a day, five days a week.

IOP typically lasts six weeks to two months, but can be shorter or longer depending on the individual’s specific needs.

Overall, our program lasts about three months (90 days), but we have had individuals who have completed one month of treatment and others who have stayed for up to nine months and longer as their preference.

Learn More About Our Program
Is There An Assessment Before I Begin Treatment? 2018-04-15T21:28:23+00:00

Yes, after you submit your information someone from Good Heart’s team will reach out to you via video chat or telephonic communication to assess your appropriateness for the levels of care Good Heart Recovery currently offers. Examples of being inappropriate for Good Heart’s levels of care include recent substance use needing a medically directed detox, severe psychotic or mood dysregulation needing 24-hour supervision, etc. If services are needed prior to the admission of Good Heart, our team will provide you with excellent referrals for any and all resources needed.

How Do I Know That Good Heart Recovery Is The Right Program For Me And/Or My Loved One? 2018-04-15T21:20:54+00:00

Good Heart Recovery’s staff has served and supported various types of individuals suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Our approach encompasses a variety of interventions and perspectives that have been shown to provide extended abstinence and humble happiness in many of our client cases. Good Heart Recovery will typically not be considered the ‘wrong’ program for you or your loved one, but it could be considered the ‘wrong time’ for the client to admit if a higher level of care is needed.

What Is The Difference Between Partial Hospitalization And Intensive Outpatient? And Is Partial Hospitalization In A Hospital? 2018-04-15T21:21:05+00:00

Partial hospitalization is considered a higher level of care than intensive outpatient. Partial hospitalization is not held in a hospital setting. The name is expressive of the need for a client at this level of care to be surrounded by clinical staff for a full part of each day. Partial hospitalization offers clients two times as much clinical daily interaction than intensive outpatient. Typically, Good Heart finds that completion of our partial hospitalization program prior to our intensive outpatient program is indicative of the most sustainable, positive client treatment outcomes.

Will It Be A Problem If My Work Or School Schedule Conflicts With The Group Times? 2018-04-15T21:31:20+00:00

Yes, we currently do not offer an evening or weekend program. It is very important for clients to be able to attend regularly, on time, and stay for the entire day’s programming. Based on the willingness and flexibility of a client seeking full recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, we at Good Heart Recovery would be able to provide a non-specific medical excuse slip seeking approval from your employer or education administration for a temporary schedule change.

Will My Loved One And/Or I Be Able To Meet With A Psychiatrist And/Or Medical Doctor? 2018-04-16T23:00:02+00:00

All Good Heart Recovery clients will be seen by our medical director and licensed board-certified Psychiatrist with a Ph.D. in Psychology as well, Dr. Marjorie Gies, within 72 hours of admission into our program. Clients will have access to any and all medically recommended subsequent follow-up appointments for medication management, continued psychiatric evaluation, and symptom tracking. Dr. Gies is a doctor who seeks to have individuals on as little medications as possible and truly listens to our clients instead of just handing them a prescription. She is dedicated to helping the individual suffering and spends the needed time to get to know them.

Part of Good Heart’s admission process is for all clients to complete a state certified health questionnaire meant to evaluate and self-assess the client’s various medical concerns. Good Heart has relationships with local nurses, physicians, physical therapists, dentists, and specialty doctors to allow for full multi-disciplinary action in all impaired areas of a client’s health.

What Medications Are Approved At Good Heart Recovery? 2018-04-15T21:34:28+00:00

Good Heart Recovery assesses and creates an individualized treatment plan for each client dependent upon their specific situation. The general philosophy of Good Heart on narcotic, and most non-narcotic medications, is that the least amount of medications one can be on to live a happy and fulfilling life provides the best results.

Associated Structured Sober Living House

Good Heart Recovery has reserved beds at a local and affiliated co-ed sober living facility, Recovery Santa Barbara. Recovery Santa Barbara’s Sunrise House is a structured sober living home, which provides a unique opportunity for full wrap-around services for Good Heart Recovery’s outpatient clients. Good Heart Recovery and Recovery Santa Barbara align in the ideals of utilizing spirituality, each client’s individual strengths, and a community bonding experience to teach clients how to “live sober” versus simply living in a sober living.

Recovery Santa Barbara’s Sunrise House is located in the beautiful Mesa, less than one mile from the beach, and provides all-inclusive services not available at any of Santa Barbara’s other sober livings.

Visit Recovery Santa Barbara’s Website

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