Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Internal Family Systems
Individual Treatment Led by Experienced Licensed Clinicians
Juniper Canyon employees the most engaged team of clinician in the field. Our therapists and counselors have years of experience in wilderness therapy, addiction treatment, and mental health counseling. Each therapist has unique areas of specialization. In addition to individual sessions, therapist also conduct group therapy daily at the treatment center. This allows each therapist to get to work with each client and exposes them to a variety of expertise. This also allows each therapist to have direct insight during consultation as the clinical team meets to help make the best plan for each client.
Trauma Informed Therapy
In the book The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk says:
"One does not have to be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or in the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families, and our neighbors. Research in the Center For Disease Control and Prevention has shown that one in five Americans was sexually molested as a child; one in four was beaten by a parent to the point of a mark being left on their body, one in three couples engages in physical violence, 1/4 of us grew up with alcoholic relatives, and 1/8 witnessed her mother being beaten or hit.
As human beings we belong to an extremely resilient species. Since time immemorial we have rebounded from our relentless wars, countless disasters both natural and man-made, and the violence of betrayal in our own lives. But traumatic experiences do leave traces, whether on a large scale (on our histories and cultures) or close to home, on our families, with dark secrets being imperceptibly passed down through generations. They leave traces on our minds and emotions, on our capacity for joy and intimacy, and even on our biology and immune systems."
The clients who come to us at Juniper Canyon have typically experienced some form of trauma and some of them have experienced extreme trauma. In this level of care, which is considered primary care, virtually 100% of the women are the victims of trauma as well as a high percentage of the men. So any therapy at this level of treatment needs to be trauma-informed and allow for more specific trauma work in order to be effective. Unfortunately, we often focus on the presenting diagnoses, such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and overall behavioral issues. But as we drill down into the causes of these behavioral and emotional difficulties there is, more often than not, traumatic events that have translated into negative messages in our lives. This is true for the women at Juniper Canyon. They often feel worthless, rejected, and “not enough.” Helping them to discover who they really are and to begin to let go of the negative messages that have been internalized because of trauma is an essential work we do at Juniper Canyon. All of our work is trauma informed and we also do some specific trauma modalities such as EMDR, Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), guided imageries and specialized meditation, DBT, mindfulness practices, yoga, and other methods to treat trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used as a time efficient, comprehensive methodology for the treatment of the disturbing experiences that underlie many pathologies that are usually referred to as traumatic experiences. It is an integrated model that incorporates aspects of psychodynamic, experiential, behavioral, cognitive, body based, and systems therapies. It comprises an eight phase treatment that includes the use of eye movements or other left-right stimulation. EMDR helps trauma survivors reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories, providing profound and stable treatment effects in a short period of time. There may be a relationship between EMDR and REM sleep which allows for dual attention and or by hemispheric involvement. It is now one of the most widely investigated treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other applications are also being explored. It Is now recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as an effective treatment for ameliorating symptoms of both acute and chronic PTSD.
At Juniper Canyon we incorporate EMDR into our individual sessions with our women who have both chronic and acute symptoms regarding past trauma. We begin the process by laying a foundation of resources for the clients to help with emotional self-regulation to ensure that they have enough skills and tools in place as we move through the process so that the client doesn't move outside the window of tolerance. It's extremely important in doing trauma work to not re-traumatize the client and so creating a foundation of resources is essential. The wilderness itself provides a lot of these foundational resources because it provides mindfulness opportunities continually due to the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences of being outdoors, experiencing wild nature in a 360°, 24 hours a day setting. Then as we move into deeper trauma work we follow the protocol for EMDR and find amazing progress in our clients. This often leads to a recommendation that they continue EMDR work in their step-down or aftercare, because often trauma requires longer-term individual therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method of logically looking at how behavior, thought, and emotions are connected. We often find ourselves experiencing emotions that are triggered by thoughts and lead to behaviors that are dysfunctional and actually get in the way of our operating in a balanced and maximized way. Stepping back and looking at these processes fosters increased self-awareness and helps us see how we may continue to cycle through negative ways of operating and develop patterns of behavior that are not just ineffective, but are, at times, dangerous. One of the major goals of Juniper Canyon is to help our clients increase self-awareness, step outside of themselves so to speak, and make a determination about how their choices are affecting their lives. Being able to notice and take accountability for our behavior, then making a judgment about whether or not that behavior is beneficial to us and to those around us, especially those we care about, allows us to choose to change and to be actively be involved in our own hero’s journey. We often combine some of the techniques and modalities with CBT, for example, Motivational Interviewing, which is a model of therapy that helps clients to examine their choices and their way of operating and make clear connections with the outcomes that they have produced by those choices. By this process, we can see more clearly how our choices are connected to our results and we can actively choose to do something different. We can then maintain those behaviors that are beneficial and helpful in our lives, and to let go of those things that are getting in our way.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that was originally designed, and found to be effective for treating borderline personality disorder. Over time, it has additionally been proven to be an effective form of treatment for depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and for mental health problems characterized by overwhelming emotions. DBT specifically focuses on providing people with therapeutic skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This modality can be used both in individual and group therapy settings. At Juniper Canyon, we have a weekly DBT group where the clients are taught and practice a variety of skills from all four key areas that they can then implement in their daily lives.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to be able to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes, and has been found to be effective when working with people struggling with addiction. The approach attempts to increase a person’s awareness of the potential problems caused, consequences experienced, and risks faced as a result of their behaviors. The therapist works with the client to help them envision a better future, and become increasingly motivated to achieve it. This is a skill that our therapists use in their sessions, and a skill that we teach our guides to use when they are working with clients.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a modality of therapy that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities or parts within each person. For some people, their different parts can come in conflict with each other and with one’s core authentic self. This conflict is often the result of trauma. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among the sub-personalities and the self. It is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions and their symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, panic, and trauma. Therapists at Juniper Canyon use IFS to help their clients identify the different parts of themselves, and help quiet those parts that are pulling them towards their addictive and other destructive behaviors.