Often the disease of chemical dependency manifests with other psychiatric conditions and personality disorders which need to be addressed in order to bring about the best possible outcome. Each client, therefore, will have an initial psychiatric evaluation, and if further testing is indicated, will have access to a Clinical Psychologist. Proper management of these conditions reduces relapses and provides a stable foundation for ongoing health and happiness.
Often people enter treatment with their ability to trust themselves and others severely shaken. Fear, grief, shame and secrets all play a role in keeping us cut off from ourselves and life. By working with a trained therapist in individual sessions, you can uncover hidden aspects of yourself that are preventing true healing, and begin to reestablish trust and honesty in your life. At MALIBU RECOVERY we offer two individual sessions per week in addition to other group and individual activities. By providing this balance you have the greatest chance for success.
In contrast to many programs that emphasize only group or individual therapy, at MALIBU RECOVERY we offer a balance. Addictions are often characterized as “diseases of isolation,” and learning healthy ways to connect and communicate with others is critical for ongoing recovery. Being able to access a positive, life affirming sense of community is not only something we all crave but is necessary for mental health. At MALIBU RECOVERY we offer a wide range of group therapies and activities to help nurture this aspect of your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an information processing therapy shown to be very helpful in resolving past trauma. During EMDR you will address past and present experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. For more information see link: http://www.emdria.org
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine assisted therapy is a therapeutic approach which utilizes horses as a tool for emotional growth and learning. Individuals learn about themselves and others by interacting with horses, and then process the resulting feelings, behaviors, and patterns. Horses have the ability to mirror what human body language is telling them and teach humans about their interactions with others.
As children we are naturally creative, but our expressiveness is often cut off as we experience negative judgments from self and others. A vibrant creativity is at the heart of a positive experience of life; but often, one’s creativity is lost in the storm of addictive behaviors. Re-establishing an awareness of your natural creativity is an important part of your healing journey.