As mentioned, we teach mindfulness, which is a contemplative practice that helps people stay focused in the present and avoid the suffering that comes with focusing on the past or worrying about the future, both causes of distress and relapse. Meditation is a core feature of our IOP counseling program, which is another reflective practice helping people become comfortable with being themselves.
Our education curriculum is influenced by The Stages of Change (Dr. Prochaska and Dr. DiClemente), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Dr. Aaron Beck) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Dr. Marsha Linehan). The curriculum teaches practical skills for improving one’s ability to tolerate painful feelings and respond to others skillfully while developing ways to improve accurate thinking, identify cognitive distortions and increase empathy, all of which improve communication and relating skills.
Our recommended readings include Eight Step Recovery (Valerie Mason-John), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom (Rick Hanson), The Miracle of Mindfulness (Thich Nhat Hanh), and as counseling progresses recommendations are made that support ongoing long-term recovery.