Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation
Espenshade Counseling will conduct a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and evaluation of individuals and families struggling with mental health, substance abuse issues, and/or behavioral addictions. We will obtain a a thorough clincial history from the individual, family and collateral contacts, formulate a diagnosis, identify problematic behaviors, provide recommendations, develop a treatment plan and/or initiate referrals when deemed appropriate.
Espenshade Counseling will assist families and loved ones with formal and informal interventions to engage individuals struggling with substance abuse, behavioral addictions, or mental health in treatment at the appropriate level of care utilizing a non-confrontational, compassionate, structured family approach. We will meet with families and loved ones to obtain a history of the problematic behavior(s), provide education, identify barriers, develop a plan, discuss treatment options, coordinate referrals , initiate intervention and provide ongoing support throughout the treatment process.
Espenshade Counseling will provide consultation services to individuals, families, and/or professionals regarding treatment options for individuals exhibiting problematic behaviors.
After completing a comprehensive assessment and evaluation, if a higher level of care seems appropriate due to the severity of the problematic behavior and/or in the event the client may be medically or psychiatrically compromised we will initiate a referral to a suitable residential treatment facility. We will continue to support the client and the family throughout the treatment process and will collaborate with inpatient treatment providers to ensure continuity of care.
Weekly or bi-weekly individual counseling sessions are available to individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders, addictive behaviors and/or other co-occurring disorders. Our clinicians use evidence-based practices including CBT, motivational interviewing, DBT, solution focused therapy, EMDR, ACT and experiential therapy in conjunction with concepts from the 12 step model and SMART recovery.
In recognition of the importance of peer support as part of the recovery process we offer structured group counseling sessions to adolescents, young adults and parents to provide additional support and education to individuals and families struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues.
Considering that substance abuse and mental health issues can be extremely detrimental to family dynamics, family counseling is highly recommended to help the family cope and heal. Our clinicians are trained in Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) which has demonstrated results in improving overall well-being of family members, and promoting engagement of addicted individuals in treatment. We are committed to providing support to families in all stages of the recovery process. Family engagement promotes better outcomes for individuals struggling with substance abuse issues, addictive behaviors, and/or chronic mental health issues.
Maintaining recovery is a long-term process which requires tremendous commitment and on-going, non-clinical, support. With that in mind, our practice offers individual and family coaching services to our clients. Independent studies of coaching/management services have shown that clients/families experience enhanced engagement, superior access to support, longer utilization of treatment, fewer episodes of relapse, and increased likelihood of maintaining recovery. A personal recovery coach is available to individuals/families inside and outside of the formal office setting via phone, text, email, and face-to-face meetings. A recovery coach, along with our clinicians, will collaborate with physicians, school counselors, and treatment providers to ensure continuity of care and to promote the recovery process.
Eating Disorder Coaching
Recovering from an eating disorder can be very complex and challenging for individuals and families. ED coaching in conjunction with specialized clinical support can increase the likelihood of recovery from an eating disorder astronomically. An ED coach can provide the client with meal support, meal planning and preperation, grocery shopping, clothing shopping and additional accountability to promote compliance. This additional support significantly reduces the stress of family members by relieving them of the responsibility of policing their loved one allowing the family to establish or re-establish healthy relationships and heal.
In some circumstances, individuals and families may feel that additional support is necessary in the community during high risk times. A recovery coach provides additional support to the individual and families in the community and can be a sober companion when deemed appropriate.
Recovery specialists are on call to provide sober transport to and from treatment facilities throughout the country in the event that someone is in need of safe, escorted transportation.
Recovery Management and Case Management Services
Given the fact that the mental health system is extremely fragmented and very difficult to navigate, we we offer case management services to help coordinate all levels of care, improve compliance and outcomes. These services include: Care Planning, clinical oversight of the case, coordination of care, aftercare planning, developing a daily schedule, routine urine drug screens, GPS monitoring, devising a home contract, initiating referrals, family updates, scheduling appointments, arranging transportation, identifying employment opportunities, resume building, career counseling, and mock interviewing. We also have a legal professional on site to provide legal consultation.