Establishing a Continuum of Care
The cornerstone of Cliffside Malibu’s treatment process is individual, intensive psychotherapy. After a complete initial assessment is conducted you will be assigned a top notch therapist with whom you will have individual sessions. We provide you with this level of psychological care to help you work through the underlying issues that caused and propelled your alcohol abuse, drug dependency and maladaptive patterns.
One-on-one therapy at Cliffside Malibu is always conducted with your personal, dedicated therapist. We do not use “counseling teams.” Rather, we allow you to work with one of our top notch therapists to allow you to form a trusting bond with someone who cares deeply about your recovery. This personal therapeutic relationship is important for two reasons. First, regular interaction with a single therapist will help you move through the Stages of Change, aiding you in creating a foundation for lasting recovery. It is difficult to move through the Stages of Change if you are being bounced from one therapist to another. Second, your therapist will provide the basis for a continuum of care – the ongoing development and delivery of the services that are most appropriate for your care and recovery.
At Cliffside Malibu, we treat not only addiction, but the whole person. This means that our highly skilled therapists and your personal medical staff also treat any and all co-occurring disorders, such as bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
One-on-one therapy can take many forms, depending on what you most need. It may consist of a blend of intensive, short term therapy models including but not limited to: cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, gestalt therapy, drama therapy, family systems therapy, family counseling, EMDR, or expressive art therapy. The type of therapy will depend on your individual needs, personal history, and stage of emotional and physical readiness to participate in the demands of a particular program.