A multidisciplinary, outpatient mental health practice, providing personalized, effective services to individuals and families, and specialized assessment/treatment services for the courts. Our whole-person approach addresses your unique mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs.
A diagnostic assessment consists of an interview with the client and culminates in a report documenting the client’s mental health functioning and needs. The report includes the client’s current mental health status, history, the nature and severity of mental illness/behavioral difficulties, functional impairment, strengths, and resources. A diagnostic assessment is necessary to determine a client’s need and eligibility for mental health services.
Intervention Program for
Men Who Buy Sex (John School)
Our Intervention program for men who buy sex (commonly known as John School) is an innovative and nationally recognized program that focuses on the reasons behind men’s decisions to pay for sex. Our aim is not to fixate on guilt and shame, but instead bring men on a journey regarding their relationship to prostitution—through assessment, education, self-awareness, and attitude and behavior change. This day-long educational and interactive program includes intake and assessment, small group sessions, self-assessment exercises, pre/post attitudes questionnaire, and an anonymous program evaluation.
Sexual Offender Treatment (SOTP)
Our SOTP is an out patient program that provides holistic, effective treatment to adults at risk to commit a harmful sexual act or who have committed an illegal sexual offense. Our whole-person treatment model empowers clients to improve their lives, manage risk for future harmful behaviors, and increases the safety of the community. The program—comprised of education and therapy using a group process—covers a number of topics related to personal and sexual history, patterns of abusive behaviors, relationships, communication, impact of harmful behavior, management of emotions, healthy sexuality, and developing a relapse prevention plan. Treatment begins with an intake, where available records are reviewed and personal interviews are completed. Using a unique battery of assessment instruments sets the stage for customized, focused treatment, as well as optimized time and effort. After intake, we develop a personalized care plan and assign clients to a treatment group (if appropriate). Treatment typically consists of weekly group therapy and monthly individual and or family therapy. Whenever possible, we include families in the treatment process to optimize recovery. Length of treatment depends on each client’s needs and level of motivation.
These evaluations, also known as risk evaluations, consist of one or more interviews with the client. Questionnaires, indexes, and assessments are completed during evaluation, including sexual inventories specifically designed for the evaluation of sex offenders. Contacts may be made with the client’s family, attorney, investigating office, community service officer, other therapists, and/or others who may be involved and can verify a client’s personal and offense history. These evaluations can be completed at our office or while the offender is in custody
This therapy takes place in an individual setting, and is designed to provide education, guidance, and personalized therapy for clients who exhibit problematic sexual behaviors but have not been charged with an offense.
Chaperone/ Supervision Training
This class is designed to educate friends or family members about proper supervision techniques, roles, responsibilities and expectations of an approved supervisor. Once this training is completed, the supervisor receives a letter stating they participated and completed the training. Approval of the individual to be a supervisor for the client is ultimately up to probation, child protective services and the treatment provider.
Juvenile Sexual Offender
Treatment Program (JSOTP)
JSOTP is an outpatient treatment program designed to treat juveniles between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are at risk to commit a harmful sexual act or have committed an illegal sexual offense. The treatment model is non-shaming and designed to empower the juvenile to improve their lives, manage risk for future harmful behaviors, and increase the safety of the community. The program is comprised of education and therapy using group process. Treatment begins with intake sessions, where available records are reviewed and personal interviews are completed. Once intake is complete, the juvenile is assigned to a treatment group that meet weekly for one hour. Juveniles also meet with their therapist once monthly for individual or family sessions. Family plays an integral role in recovery, and are included in the treatment process whenever possible. We also work closely with probation agents to ensure requirements of probation and the courts are met. The goal is for the client to emerge as an individual with improved self-image, able to identify abuse and appropriate boundaries, take responsibility for their behavior, maintain healthy, supportive family and peer relationships, and manage or reject abusive thoughts/fantasies, seeking support when needed. Treatment is highly individualized, and the length depends on each client’s needs and level of motivation. Most juveniles are able to complete the program in 12-18 months.
Transitional Aftercare Program (TAP)
TAP is a maintenance and continuum of care program for clients released from prison who participated in treatment while in prison. The program is designed to aid in the preparation of a well-organized and healthy transition into the community. TAP is an extension of treatment—our goal is to help clients strengthen and apply the cognitive, behavioral, social, and vocational skills they’ve learned as they transition into society. Participants have already developed a detailed release plan addressing all aspects of a sober and crime free lifestyle after release and a reoffense prevention plan. The purpose of TAP is to reinforce these plans and address any difficulties after release. Emphasis is placed on enhancing and expanding opportunities for positive future life choices that would support a healthy lifestyle, as well as reaffirming coping skills and relapse prevention strategies. This program is provided for as long as the individual needs of the participant indicate it is beneficial to their goals of sobriety and a prosocial lifestyle. Expected attendance is 12 months, or at the discretion of the treatment provider and parole agent. Groups meet every other week for 1.5 hours. Eligibility: -Clients must have completed a sex offender treatment program while incarcerated, or made substantial progress but were released and unable to complete treatment. -Clients must be appropriate for group treatment per discharge summary and intake with Emergence.
Pornography addiction is a real health issue experienced by more than 200,000 Americans. Although the topic may make some people uncomfortable, it is an important issue to address. Pornography is often used as a distraction to avoid dealing with difficult emotions and to escape into fantasies. Our therapists explore these underlying issues with the client and help them re-engage in reality in a healthy manner. Therapy for porn addiction targets the issues of denial, shame, loneliness, intimacy problems, and anxiety that can accompany and contribute to an addiction to porn. We believe that providing our clients with unconditional positive regard is especially important in the recovery process. Treatment utilizes research-based practices to increase clients’ awareness of their maladaptive thoughts and understand how their behaviors prevent them from living a full life with healthy relationships, intimacy, and sex. The ultimate goal of porn addiction therapy is decided by the client with the help of their therapist. For some, it may be a reduction in their porn consumption and minimizing the negative impact it has on their lives, and for others it may be to stop watching pornography entirely. Treatment may also be supplemented by joining additional support groups and increasing healthy lifestyle activities to enhance the effectiveness of therapy and decrease the chances of relapse.