Professional Counseling and Mental Health IOP in Scottsdale AZ

At Healing Foundations Center, our focus is to help individuals reach self-introspection to heal from past traumas and find systematic healing in their interpersonal and family relationships.

We provide a range of services based on practical and dynamic modalities conducted in a neutral safe space.

With an emphasis on treating trauma-related disorders, we specialize in addressing the dysregulated nervous system, the fragmented psyche, and other life-changing symptoms that arise from chronic stress and trauma. Through the healing process, we teach the body how to regulate in the present moment so that clients can explore their past traumatic experiences.

What Our Mental Health IOP Program Specializes In

Trauma Treatment

If you’ve experienced a deeply distressing or disturbing event or series of events that are now impacting your life, we can help. While there are no objective criteria to evaluate which events cause post-traumatic stress symptoms, they may arise from situations involving a loss of control, betrayal, abuse of power, helplessness, pain, confusion, or loss. We can provide healing, insight, and guidance to helping those who have suffered acute, chronic, complex, or secondary trauma.

Some of the events and experiences that may cause trauma-related symptoms include:

  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Childhood abandonment or neglect
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Severe accidents and natural disasters
  • Secondhand trauma from witnessing a traumatic event
  • Chronic distress in the home or community
  • Medical conditions and procedures
  • Spiritual and religious abuse

The symptoms that follow these types of experiences can be painful and disruptive. People who experience trauma may have nightmares, intrusive thoughts and memories, flashbacks, and other physical and emotional symptoms. Traumatic events can lead to changes in the brain and nervous system. Due to the brain’s resilience and effective modalities for treating trauma-related disorders, the brain can be rewired to heal those wounds.

Trauma-Related Dissociation

Dissociation is a mental process of disconnecting from one’s thoughts, feelings, memories, or sense of identity. Trauma-related experiences can cause people to dissociate. In severe cases, dissociation may be in the form of dissociative identity disorder, which is characterized by two or more distinct personality states.

The presentation of dissociation can vary greatly, but it’s described as a critical psychological “escape” from the emotional and physical distress of a traumatic experience or chronic trauma. Stabilizing dissociative symptoms is foundational in treating trauma to bring awareness and integration back to the mind and body and reduce the need to detach from experiences.

Families and Couples

Families and couples often function within a system that its members only understand. Unfortunately, these systems can experience dysfunction and overwhelm, resulting in relationship challenges. Families and couples may also feel the strain of a mental health disorder in one of its members. Therapy can guide and support positive change within the system and address disruptive issues like secrecy, betrayal, conflict, fear, and emotional chaos.

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Conditions We Treat at Our Mental Health IOP Scottsdale

Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders, also known as mental illnesses, impact thinking, feeling, mood, and behavior. They can be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and may affect a person’s ability to relate to others or function in their day-to-day lives.

Depression, bipolar disorder, other mood disorders, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders are all classified as mental health disorders. Anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, and panic disorders, are also mental health disorders.

Mental health disorders are treated based on the type and severity, but it typically involves therapy. Depending on the nature of the mental health disorder, it may be treated in an inpatient (hospital) setting or with outpatient treatment in Scottsdale.

Trauma-Related Disorders

When people experience a stressful event and have trouble returning to a normal state of mind afterward, they can develop a mental health disorder tied to the experience – a trauma-related condition.

There are several types of trauma-related disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, complex trauma, chronic trauma, acute trauma, and other unspecified trauma and stress-related disorders. In children, trauma can manifest as reactive attachment disorder or disinhibited social engagement disorder.

Trauma-related disorders can be successfully treated using various therapy methods, including somatic experiencing and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). These methods can help relieve the psychological stress associated with traumatic memories.

Personality and Dissociative Disorders

Personality disorders are mental disorders characterized by unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving. Without treatment, personality disorders can be long-lasting and impact a person’s ability to connect with others and control their actions.

Several personality disorders range in symptoms and severity, including borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.

Dissociative disorders are characterized by problems with memory, identity, emotion, perception, behavior, and sense of self. People with dissociative symptoms may feel detached from their bodies or experience memory loss and amnesia. Dissociative disorders are often associated with trauma.

The recognized dissociative disorders include dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, and depersonalization/derealization disorder.

With appropriate treatment, both personality disorders and dissociative disorders can be treated. The treatment may involve psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and group therapy, either in an inpatient or outpatient setting. The therapy methods vary by the nature and severity of the disorder.

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Our Services

At Healing Foundations Center, we offer mental health services and outpatient therapy in the form of individual therapy and intensive outpatient programming. Treatments are tailored to the patient’s needs, and we work closely with you to determine the best healing path.

Our intensive outpatient program is intended for people who may be struggling with their mental health symptoms and need ongoing support. The program includes 3- or 5-day options with small group therapy sessions and weekly individual sessions. The program lasts eight or more weeks and takes place between 3 to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, allowing people to carry on with their day-to-day responsibilities while caring for their mental health.

Modalities We Use for Mental Health IOP in Scottsdale

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is psychotherapy to help individuals heal from emotional distress and disturbing life experiences. EMDR can help remove the blocks that keep a person from mental health and healing.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that builds skills like mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness to modify negative behavioral patterns.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that identifies inaccurate or negative thought patterns to help people better understand themselves and develop coping skills to handle challenging situations in practical ways.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and anxiety disorders by addressing the overwhelm that occurs in the nervous system.

Structural Dissociation “Parts Work” helps people address and reclaim the different parts of their dissociative state to learn how to approach healing and recovery as an integrated personality.

Attachment-Based Theories address the attachment style and use it to overcome obstacles in healing and learn to form meaningful relationships.

If you or a loved one seek help for mental health disorders, trauma-related disorders, or personality and dissociative disorders, Healing Foundations Center can help. Contact us to learn more about our outpatient therapy in Scottsdale and get on the path to healing today.

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