Therapeutic Offerings

Experiential Therapy“
Therapeutic and Educational Integration


Individual therapy is offered during the morning sessions and vary based on individual needs. Launch therapists draw from an eclectic combination of humanistic, existential, Dialectical, evidenced based, trauma informed, Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Group therapy is offered during the last hour of each therapeutic morning session. Group focus is determined by weekly topics and group composition needs including personal relationships, health, sexuality, addiction, trauma and positive psychology.

Family therapy is an important part of each stage of recovery and family systems therapy informs work in individual sessions as well as by-appointment family therapy sessions. Launch therapists work with families as needed to identify and improve maladaptive patterns of behavior, improve dynamics, and increase harmony within the system.

Saltwater Sessions™  Launch is proud to be in partnership with Saltwater Sessions™ a unique program designed to help people recover from addiction. With a surfboard. Details

Art Therapy: Art has been described as a form of symbolic speech that can aid in the verbalization of feelings and emotional experience. Through drawing, painting, collaging and arts and crafts, clients explore feelings, identify emotional conflicts and enhance self-awareness.

Cultivating Your Passions: Young adults don’t often see that they are living in an exciting time in their lives – they have the luxury, and often the support and encouragement to explore healthy interests and talents but have not learned to cultivate discipline, or feel inspired enough to overcome the challenges involved in becoming skilled at something. This group helps the patient focus on learning about their particular talents. Inspirational guest speakers/performers periodically will be invited to talk to patients about their own struggle and how they overcame them.

DBT-Informed Skills: DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) is designed to help clients help curb destructive, compulsive behaviors such as self harm, suicidal thinking, substance abuse. Through four modules, Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness, clients learn to skills to better manage emotional upheavals, impulse control and poor communication styles.
Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and be attuned to the emotions of others. It is generally said to include four skills: Emotional awareness, Emotional self-management, Emotional Reasoning and Emotional Expression.
Mindfulness/Yoga: Full yoga class with a DBT orientation around Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance helps the patient identify aspects of their body, life and situation about which they feel frustrated with and cannot change. Yoga encourages mindfulness, a compassionate connection to the body and provides a structure through ritual and movement.

Grief & Loss: The capacity to suffer and survive loss is a developmental skill. Many patients postpone this process by acting out through destructive behavior (drinking, cutting, sexting, shopping) that momentarily helps them cope by allowing them to check out of their emotional experience. Loss can include a separation from loved one, pet, family going through divorce, or even an addiction or negative coping behavior. Each group will focus on 1 or 2 patients’ individual loss and process.

Healthy Sexuality and Romance: This group focuses on struggles with sexuality, orientation, healthy sexual boundaries, intimacy, and romantic relationships. By opening a safe forum for sensitive topics and offer psychoeducation on the components of a healthy relationship.

Life Skills (Time Mgmt, GTD): This group will help individuals with time management, planning, budgeting, basic software, resume building, interviewing skills and follow-through.

Salsa/Ballroom dancing: With technological advancements young adults have become increasingly socially awkward, sexually precocious and confused about healthy and appropriate physical contact. Movement therapy (aka ballroom dancing) teaches us how we show up and communicate in partnerships. Are you a girl who leads, a boy who follows? Can you pick up somatic cues? Can you synch to the music and to your partner? Are you dancing alone with your partner or stepping on toes? Individuals learn and/or become cognizant of their ability to pace, synchronize, lead and follow.
Mindfulness: The goal of mindfulness is create a quality of mind that can be calm and clear on demand. Need we say more?

Multi-family Group: Using Systems Theory, clients and families examine the different personalties, roles and communication styles that each person plays in the family system. This group helps families identify dysfunctional ways of relating and provide useful strategies and tools to improve family dynamics.

Process: The power of process groups lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from peers in a safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to and impact others. Process groups are typically unstructured. Members are welcome to bring any issues to the group that they feel are important. The primary focus of therapy in the group is on the interactions among group members.

Psychodrama: This powerful group dramatizes internal and external conflict by utilizing group members to play a role in the patient’s internal and external world. When patients feel trapped in a problem what they struggle to find is a new perspective. For example, if a patient is struggling with her ambivalence around sobriety, one group member will play the side of her that wants to use while another group member will play the side that wants to get healthy. By bringing internal conflicts to a live stage, patients can experience an alternative and often freeing perspective.

Self-esteem/Values: Values are the foundation to self-esteem and function as the rudder that steers behavior. When we are indecisive, compulsive or in conflict, we can refer to our values to make constructive decisions. The foundation of self-esteem is contingent upon the individual’s ability to uphold (consciously or unconsciously identified) values. Clients will be asked to identify 3-5 of their most important values and what current behaviors contradict their values and what behaviors will need to be cultivated to help them align with their values.

Sensory Awareness/Mindfulness – Similar to a guided meditation with special emphasis on the senses (smell, touch, hearing, taste), Sensory Awareness cultivates the individual’s relationship to sensory experience which is the gateway to one’s emotional experience. Clients are expected to feel uncomfortable, “bored”, anxious etc due to the slow pace of this group. The group is designed to help individuals Connect with the present (anxiety lives in the past and the future), feel more grounded in his/her body, and cultivate a compassionate relationship with the body. (particularly helpful for patients struggling with ED, cutting, smoking and other self-harm behaviors by encouraging them to be more present when engaging in these activities as opposed to using these activities to check out.)
Team Building: Debunking the myth that leadership can’t be taught, this group focuses on exercises that require collaboration, communication as well as personal agency. This group is designed to enhance skills in decision making, increase resourcefulness, encourage collaboration and cultivate a sense of responsibility to self and the group

Timeline: All incoming clients will be asked to create a timeline of his/her life – using notecards, ppt, from mother’s pregnancy and birth up to the events leading to being admitted for treatment. They will have a week to prepare and present to group during process Encourage clients to examine important life events that have impacted them and the choices they have made.
Twelve-Step: Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism, is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems.

Weekly Goal Setting: Individuals set long and short term goals in specific areas: Relational, Educational, Vocational, Finance, and Physical Health. Goals are set with timelines or “by when” feature. Clients will be expected to find at least 3 mentors in the community who can aid them in specific goals. This group will aid individuals in setting and completing intentions (cultivating self- trust, integrity) and cultivate trajectory and complexity in time management and multi-tasking

Experiential Therapy“

SALTWATER SESSIONS™ is offered during the morning sessions and vary based on individual needs. Launch therapists draw from an eclectic combination of humanistic, existential, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Launch is proud to be in partnership with Saltwater Sessions™ a unique program designed to help people recover from addiction. With a surfboard.

Surfing isn’t easy. Neither is sobriety. Life, like the ocean, can be unpredictable. Saltwater Sessions gives participants the skills they need to stay on board. In the water and in life. Saltwater sessions combines the meditative practice of mindfulness with the invigorating challenge of surfing in a way that empowers clients with tools to sustain long-term recovery.

The program meets once a week for eight weeks. Each of the eight sessions is organized around a theme that frames the challenges and rewards of surfing as metaphors for life on dry land. Participants learn how to shift their perception from feelings of frustration and difficulty to an in-the-moment awareness of the ocean environment, their own bodies, and the content of their minds. These experiential acts of mindfulness reduce frustration and reactivity. Attention becomes rooted in the moment, and experience becomes something to cherish rather than escape. Most importantly with regards to the treatment of addiction, participants are empowered to transform their own emotional response to reality.

Additionally, activity in the presence of nature has been shown to improve both mental and physical health, reducing stress, improving attention capacity, mood, and general well being. Surfing produces a powerful rush of neurochemicals associated with happiness and well-being, including oxytocin, endorphins, and dopamine. This rush of chemicals has positive effects in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression, which are strongly associated with substance abuse and addiction.

For many, surfing goes beyond sport and is often described as spiritual, sacred, and transcendent. Surfing’s potential to become an essential part of a participant’s life makes it an ideal practice for supporting long-term recovery. Surfing removes the participant from habitual environments that can provoke substance use and provides a pathway into communities based around physical activity and nature.

Through mindfulness, participants form alternative responses to situations that lead to addictive behavior, dismantling the neurological cycle of addiction. After only eight weeks of mindfulness practice, participants show growth in regions of the brain associated with awareness, introspection, improved memory, emotional regulation, and compassion. Mindfulness decreases gray matter density in regions of the brain associated with anxiety and stress. It changes how our minds work, shifting us away from processing reality in relation to past memories and experiences, and towards a mode of awareness rooted in the present moment.

Saltwater Sessions was developed by Lena Dicken, Psy.D. and was adapted from her doctoral dissertation entitled, Surfing as a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for the Treatment of Addiction. For more information visit

Therapeutic and Educational Integration

The Launch clinical and educational directors work together during intake, personalized plan development, and monitoring of progress toward achievement of individualized measurable outcomes. Supporting clients in their “launch” into life requires development of metacognition in cognitive behavioral therapy, and in professional and/or academic work. Additionally, the integration of existential therapy and exploration of purpose is a central area of focus across the therapeutic and educational domains. Launch integrates therapeutic and educational programs to create a cohesive system of support, guidance, and structured curriculum designed to transition clients into an inspired and productive life.

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