FAIR Counseling Unique Approach

FAIR strives to not only be a cutting edge treatment provider but also a community of people dedicated to healing and support of any family experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues.

How FAIR Counseling is different and why it works:

Our treatment is holistic and addresses underlying causes of mood issues or self-destructive behaviors.

Understanding the problems and needs of the adolescent or young adult must be done on an individual basis. This is the first step in developing an effective treatment plan to address the real issues that manifest in dysfunctional behaviors. For example, in some cases, past trauma or an undiagnosed learning disability can cause avoidance behaviors that manifest in school refusal. Identifying and treating the underlying problems is crucial in eliminating the negative or self-destructive behaviors.

Family participation is an imperative element of treatment, as the parents and family members need to see and participate in the recovery.

Family dynamics can either support or impede recovery of the individual, therefore understanding and addressing factors such as communication, boundaries, triangulation, enabling, and sibling relationship are important. Psychoeducation regarding mental illness and substance use permits understanding, compassion, and change. Parents experience parallel growth while their children progress in recovery.

The treatment team focuses on building up client’s strengths and removing the obstacles to recovery as a foundation for long lasting success.

Each individual has unique strengths need to be emphasized during the treatment process. Many times our young clients feel as they are worthless and have nothing to offer the world. Discovering their strengths and gifts allows them to improve their self-worth and self-image. Clients are encouraged to volunteer after they successfully complete IOP, which builds their self-esteem, social and leadership skills, and sober assertiveness.

The neuropsychological evaluation allows for diagnostic clarity and identification of underlying issues that manifest in maladaptive behaviors.

In some situations, anxiety might mask itself as ADHD or PTSD, trauma will manifest in oppositional and self-destructive behaviors. Diagnostic clarity is imperative in psychological and pharmacological treatments. Complex neuropsychological evaluation provides insight into clients cognitive, adaptive, and emotional functioning, which is used by treatment clinicians to develop interventions tailored to clients’ individual needs. FAIR has partnered with multiple organizations in order to provide clients with neuropsychological testing.

Treatment addresses main life domains (physical, emotional, intellectual, academic, spiritual, familial, social, and legal) and aids in developing balanced and healthy life style.

A balanced life style can be difficult for this age group but is necessary to ensure recovery and longevity of one’s mental health. Learning how to balance responsibilities, be a productive member of the family, and manage stress sets a foundation for life success.

The treatment clinicians serve a limited number of clients to ensure quality of care and ability to provide ongoing assistance throughout the treatment duration.

Our clinicians are available to their clients 24/7 to manage crisis or simply assists in responding to questions that arise outside of the facility.

The multilevel intensity and duration of IOP (Intensive Out Patient) and Aftercare treatment allows for lasting and sustainable change.

IOP typically lasts 2-3 months and Aftercare lasts 6-9 months. Our program is designed to invoke change and teach clients how to successfully maintain their recovery. Change takes time and practice.

The treatment team collaborates with other involved professionals to expand the support for the adolescent or young adult.

We value all the individuals invested in our clients. The collaborations with individual therapists, psychiatrists, school counselors and social workers, coaches, and court officials improves the chances of success. We believe that surrounding the client with support, as the old saying goes, ”it takes a village to raise a child” greatly enhances ones recovery.

The interventions utilized with clients are evidenced based and cutting edge treatment modalities such as neurofeedback and genetic testing are offered to improve success.

Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback which measures brain waves and then trains the brain to function “in the zone” or at an optimal level to allow for increased focus and cognitive emotional control. Research shows that neurofeedback improves symptoms related to ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance use disorders, to name a few. The system we have chosen, BrainPaint, showed the effectiveness of neurofeedback for improving abstinence rates one year following treatment and improves the odds of long term recovery.

Community support systems such as AA, NA, EA, FA, NAMI, DBSA, Celebrate Recovery, and more are integrated into individualized treatment for each client.

Development of the support system outside of treatment facility is a crucial element of recovery, allowing the client to form supportive relationships and utilize them long after treatment is over.

Peer support allows adolescents, young adults, and parents to experience the hope that recovery is possible and they do not have to walk alone in their journey.

FAIR promotes peer support in a form of social events, volunteer opportunities, and community education where adolescents and young adults can become productive members of community and share their experience, strength, and hope of recovery. Parents can experience isolation, anger, or shame and guilt of being unable to help their children who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues. At FAIR, the parents form a nonjudgmental community where they understand and support each other on the recovery journey.

FAIR has partnered with the organization Ignite Hope to promote healthy life styles.

Exercise improves mental health by enhancing the mood, improving self-efficacy, cognitive functions, and social interactions. Exercise increases release of neurotransmitters, supports growth of neurons, and increases the stress resilience. Our patients are invited to get a free health club membership in return for one hour of their volunteer time.


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