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Brentwood Therapist

Brentwood Therapist Options at Launch Centers in Los Angeles

Attempting to navigate the many rip currents that pop up in life without the help of a skilled therapist would be like river rafting without a paddle.  The often-tumultuous young adult years can be helped immensely with someone in your corner offering much needed direction and support. This stage of life is often met with obstacles that can lead the young adult off course and into troubled waters.  What better way to return to a safe, healthy path than with the help of an effective Brentwood therapist?

What Therapy for Young Adults Entails

Young adults just getting started in life as an autonomous adult may find themselves feeling overwhelmed and rudderless.  Some may experience academic challenges in college; others may struggle with substance abuse or a mood disorder that has begun to negatively impact their lives.  Others may simply feel lost, having no real sense of purpose or direction.

By gaining the compassionate support of a therapist who will guide them toward creating a life plan, while also treating their behavioral health issues, the young adult will gain a sense of control and ownership over their life and future.  The Brentwood therapist will help them identify certain emotional struggles and assist them in forming new ways of responding to the triggers that may lead to self-destructive behaviors. In addition, the therapist can offer the guidance needed to help the young adult establish a sense of hope as well as direction by helping them identify strengths and set life goals.

Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health Conditions

There are a variety of therapy formats that are utilized when treating young adults for substance abuse and mental health disorders.  By accessing several formats, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy, the Brentwood therapist can examine the many layers involved in the situations or issues that shape mental health, and help the young adult form new, healthy thought patterns and behavioral responses.

Individual Therapy

One-on-one talk therapy, also referred to as psychotherapy, is extremely useful in the early phase of treatment.  These intimate discussions between the client and therapist often yield important causal factors that have contributed to the difficulties faced by the young adult.  By delving into emotional pain and/or past traumas, such as abuse, neglect, death of a loved one, divorce in the family, a family member’s serious illness, or any other deeply painful event, the therapist can help the client process the sense of loss or fear that has been suppressed.

Group Therapy

In group therapy format, the therapist facilitates the discussion around certain topics that are pertinent to this age group.  The peer-based discussion can help provide a sense of social support, and, because a therapist leads it, it is a safe space for openness and even correction.  Group therapy is useful as a platform where ideas and solutions can be shared and practiced among the participants.

Family Therapy

The family dynamic has an outsized impact on the emotional health of all of us.  Dysfunction within the family unit can lead to different outcomes, depending on the personality of the individual.  Where some children are strong enough to overcome a dysfunctional family life and rise above it in life, others may be more emotionally sensitive to it.  Helping families learn how to better communicate, and giving them useful techniques and tools to access interpersonally, can lead to overall emotional wellbeing for all members.

Launch Centers Brentwood Therapists for Young Adults

Launch Centers is an outpatient life skills program for young adults, serving Brentwood and the surrounding communities in Los Angeles.  Launch Centers utilizes master’s level clinical therapists to assist young adults with the challenges that may be related to a mental health or substance use disorder.  By wrapping individual, group, and family therapy into a goal-oriented, life skills model, Launch Centers provides a practical, constructive approach to treatment. For more information about our Brentwood therapists, please contact Launch Centers today at (310) 779-4476.

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How Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Family Involvement in Addiction Treatment

One of the most common arguments that an addict can give when asked why they keep using or drinking is, “I’m not hurting anyone.” They have this sense that if others would simply leave them to their own devices, they could get high in peace and nobody else would need to be bothered. Not only is this idea extremely selfish, it’s also just plain incorrect. As painful as it is to realize, nobody lives their lives in a vacuum. Whatever our intentions, our actions always have effects on others. In the case of addiction, drinking and getting high are only a piece of the problem. Most of the issues have to do with trust, communication, empathy, and many of the other interpersonal skills and emotions that we use everyday.

This is why addiction is so damaging to the entire family; it erodes away at the foundation when ever children lie to their parents. In treatment, we can’t simply treat the addict, we have to treat the entire family as an integrative unit. And those bonds of trust, once broken, can be hard to repair. One of the first steps in this process is for an addict in treatment to set up boundaries between their families. In most cases, the addict has been behaving destructively for months or even years. And the family member has had to fill a role as a protector and savior. If the family members are ever to trust the addicts again, they need to realize that they can’t always be there to save them and that they can handle their own problems.

Although the goal is to build greater trust between family members, setting up boundaries also helps addicts feel more independent and confident. Just as their addiction affected their family, in most cases the family also affected the addiction. Recovery isn’t just about abstinence; it is about finding the person that you want to be and striking out on your own.

Family therapy and support is an imperative key to the bigger picture of recovery.  While your loved one is in treatment you can attend the treatment centers Family Program and it is also highly recommended to attend Al-Anon meetings. Al-Anon is a support group specifically for family members of a loved one with an addiction. There are many chapters and locations throughout the United States.

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