we believe in getting well. not just getting better.
Comprehensive assessments and tailored treatment plans
Our clients are seen as unique individuals with their own gifts and challenges, and who are more than a diagnosis. So that we can understand the whole person, our process begins with a thorough and comprehensive assessment. We will work with you to understand how your experiences, environment, and medical history have shaped you. From there, we can recommend the right level of treatment and tailor a treatment plan and programming to each individual. Our goal is to not only address areas of struggle, but to optimize our clients’ strengths.
high-frequency, individual therapy
Clients at Galen Hope have frequent, one-on-one sessions with their primary therapist. Frequent therapy sessions provide the space and time to develop trust and a spirit of collaboration between the client and the therapist. Research has also shown that frequent therapy has the greatest impact on behavioral change and recovery.
Building from that foundation, the client can explore the beliefs and perceptions they have about themselves that may be impacting their behavior or state of mind. They can recognize patterns of thought or behavior that either benefit them, or cause distress. Through the process of self-discovery, the therapist can guide the client in developing the skills, routines, and habits that support lasting healing.
Groups at Galen Hope are led by clinicians specifically trained to provide proven strategies, ideas, and methods for working through a wide range of diagnoses and presentations. There are many advantages to bringing together people who are struggling with similar conditions or situations. When group members share experiences, it can bring new perspectives, or it may hold up a mirror. Being open and vulnerable within the group forges powerful connections and a sense of being heard and accepted. At Galen Hope, we provide an unparalleled group experience in an intimate milieu, with group sizes of no more than 10. These smaller groups provide support, understanding and friendship. Within this accepting and supportive framework, groups can also constructively and gently hold each other accountable. This is incredibly impactful for people of all ages, especially so for adolescents. As a stage of development, it is normal for adolescents to be particularly receptive to acceptance and encouragement from their peers.
a sense of belonging
Healing does not occur in isolation. In fact, isolation is known to sabotage recovery. Our services are designed to create cohesion and interaction among all those who attend and work at Galen Hope. That’s one reason why belonging is at the core of our mission.
At Galen Hope, the interactions, relationships, achievements, and shared sense of purpose that occurs between our clients, their treatment peers, and our therapists and other staff members all serve to facilitate a sense of belonging and a commitment to recovery. We feel this is as fundamental to client care as the clinical services we provide. We find tremendous meaning in bringing someone into our circle and helping them realize the importance they play in it.
Our goal for all Galen Hope clients is that they also find places where they feel a sense of belonging in the wider community. Those connections provide not only a buffer for the stressors that come with life’s ups and downs, but are fundamental to overall well-being.
Community at Galen Hope does not stop at our doors, it encompasses the community-at-large. Reintegration into the community is central to the treatment process.
It is not uncommon for people with psychiatric disorders or eating disorders to improve while they actively engaged in intensive forms of treatment, but for that progress to be disrupted and symptoms to worsen when they transition home. Community integration is baked into the treatment philosophy at Galen Hope from the very beginning, not as an afterthought or just prior to discharge from our program. From the moment the client is able, our therapists, dietitians, and care partners are working with our clients to develop goals related to returning to work, school or family life, life-skills and functionality, meaningful social interactions, and more. These goals and skills are practiced in community settings and in the home on a weekly basis.
We formulated our approach to community integration based on the PACT model, aka Programs for Assertive Community Treatment. We believe, as is foundational to PACT, that those with mental health diagnoses deserve to be treated in the least restrictive environment possible. Regardless of the severity or duration of the illness, we strive to reduce repeated hospitalizations and residential stays and help our clients build a life outside of the treatment bubble and institutional settings. You can read more about PACT in our blog.
the role of a care partner
Every client at Galen Hope is matched with a care partner, who works with them throughout their time with our program. A care partner provides support, mentorship, guidance, boundaries, and affirmation to each individual in our program. Care partners are at the heart of treatment at Galen Hope.
Care partners are experienced, compassionate professionals who assist clients while they are inside our center, as well as out in the community. Care partners work with clients on activities related to therapeutic goals in a variety of settings, from inside our center to home, school or other social settings. The goal of the care partner is to provide the structure, feedback, and responsivity that will allow clients to find new tools and ways of coping with day-to-day challenges. Our care partners grow to know our clients deeply with the goal of forming a meaningful connection with each of them.
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Galen Hope treats a wide range of complex mental health conditions, including clients with primary mental health and primary eating disorders diagnoses.
multidisciplinary treatment teams
Each client is unique as is each integrated treatment plan
Galen Hope treatment teams are also committed to working closely with other members of the client’s medical team, to ensure that care is well-coordinated and takes into account all of a client’s needs.
Specialists in nutrition and counseling
PhDs, LMFTs, and other licensed providers
compassionate community integration
Families are a vital source of love and support for our clients. We invite families and loved ones to be part of the recovery process. We will communicate with you throughout your loved one’s journey, keeping you informed so that you can rest easier knowing your loved one is being well cared for. We also coach families on how to continue to support their loved one as they transition back into the community. A few of the ways we support families include regular communication with care partners and other clinical team members, Family Days, and family therapy. The goals are to make sure families have their questions answered, feel connected to their loved one during treatment, build community with other families, and feel confident in their ability to best support their loved one in treatment and beyond.
As healing as occurs, families may also need to shift their thinking about their loved one, too. Instead of relating to their loved one as being fragile and sick, families may need time and support to adjust to thinking of their loved one as capable and well. We are here to help families get comfortable with new ways of relating to or interacting with one another.
We offer a range of evidence-based treatment methods to our clients, customized to their specific needs and goals.
Mental Health and Eating Disorders Therapies:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Conscious Recovery Curriculum
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)/Skills training
- Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)
- Family psychoeducation
- Identity and sexuality
- Relapse prevention
- Self-compassion/Compassion-focused therapy
- Shame and resilience work
- Medication management
Expressive Arts and Experiential Therapies:
- Art therapy
- Cinema therapy
- Movement therapy
- Narrative therapy/autobiography series
- Nature experience therapy
Self-Care, Wellness and Nutrition:
- Nutrition therapy with registered dietitian
- Experiential work, such as cooking meals and meal support, grocery shopping and clothes shopping, visiting restaurants and choosing from the menu
- Introduction to a range of food textures, tastes and cuisines from a private chef
- Mindful and intuitive eating
- Guided return to responsibility for meal portions and choices
- Body image
Life Skills Development:
- Finding volunteer activities in the community
- Dealing with finances
- Assisting with goal setting
- Galen Hope Core Lifeskills Group
- Managing appointments, and other self-care practices
- Study hall and school support