Family Recovery Specialists is committed to treating the “whole person” and helping people improve their overall health and well-being. We have expanded our offerings to include mental health services. If you start treatment with us, you will receive the most effective and up-to-date methods available.
Mental health disorders affect one in five U.S. residents every year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports, and one in 25 U.S. adults experiences a serious mental illness (SMI) every year. Thousands of people go without the treatment they need to learn to live with mental illness, ranging from mild to severe.
In Florida, 61.7% of adults with any mental illness (AMI) went without treatment in 2018, according to a report from the Florida Behavioral Health Association. That’s higher than the national average, which was 55.8% that year.
We encourage you to seek treatment now. Family Recovery Specialists has the people, the training, and the resources to help you or a loved one.
We Will Meet With You and Conduct a Psychiatric Evaluation
When you come to us, we will start with a psychiatric evaluation that allows us to get to know you and assess your needs. We will talk with you and ask you questions so we can determine how we can help you. We want to know about the symptoms you are experiencing. This information can help us as we work to determine if you need treatment, and if so, find the right treatment. You will follow a personalized plan that addresses your unique needs.
We will ask you to fill out a questionnaire so that we can learn more about your physical and mental health history, your family history, and your everyday life. We may ask you to take tests that allow us to determine what is causing your symptoms.
Common symptoms that you may be experiencing include any of the following:
- Mood swings
- Low energy or tiredness
- Feelings of anger or frustration
- Increased social isolation
- Extreme high or low moods
- Excessive worrying, fear
- Lingering feelings of sadness, depression, irritability, guilt, or hopelessness
- Confused thoughts, delusions, hallucinations
- Inability to concentrate or complete tasks
- Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
- Weight gain, weight loss
- Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
Keep track of your symptoms and observations. It may help to take notes as you notice changes in how you think, feel or behave. You can bring your notes with you to help us gain insight into your condition. We will address any of these and other symptoms you may have and find the best treatment for you.
Biopsychosocial and Treatment Planning
We use the biopsychosocial model to understand our clients’ biological, psychological, and social needs and how they work together in affecting a person’s overall physical, mental, and emotional health. We also use our evaluations to guide our treatment planning for our clients. We use evidence-based methods that address the complexities of mental health disorders and help people get the care they need.
Other Services We Offer
If your treatment plan requires it, we offer case management sessions for short-term disability, legal issues, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), HR/Employee Assistance Program (EAP) correspondence, insurance-related issues, or any other case management-related concerns.
We Use Psychotherapy to Help Our Clients
Your treatment will include weekly individual psychotherapy sessions where a therapist will help you learn more about your mental health disorder and how to work through the challenges you face. We offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
CBT helps clients evaluate their thinking patterns and understand the connection between their thoughts and their behaviors. They are also encouraged to find more effective ways of thinking and behaving, which can lead them to the positive outcomes they want.
DBT, which is a form of CBT, focuses more on a person’s emotional and social view of themselves and their illness. It also encourages them to accept themselves as they are and validate their emotions and thoughts. They also learn how to improve their mindfulness in order to accept their situation as it is, manage their relationships with others, and improve their tolerance for stress and disturbing thoughts.
Both therapies help clients improve their coping skills, develop life skills they can use daily, improve their family relationships and learn to interact with others through process groups.
We Offer Group Therapy Sessions
Family Recovery Specialists also offers group therapy for up to nine hours a week. This form of psychotherapy can involve five to 15 people who help each other work through issues they have in common, such as:
- Co-Occurring Disorders: Clients can share their experiences with living with a co-existing mental health disorder and a substance use disorder (SUD). Co-occurring disorders can also involve other combinations of other conditions. Many people with mental illness self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms.
- Self-Care: Caring for oneself is a daily practice, and it involves the body, mind, and spirit. Group therapy members share how they take care of themselves while living with mental illness. They also learn ways to ensure they eat healthy meals, keep their stress in check, and take a timeout when they need it.
- Addiction and Relapse Prevention Education: Group therapy members learn more about substance abuse and addiction and gain the tools, strategies, and resources they need to prevent a return to substance use, which is known as a relapse. Addiction is a lifelong recovery process for many people, so we ensure they have what they need to understand it and address it from an informed perspective.
- Conflict Resolution: We cover how to resolve our disagreements with others the right way. No two people are going to agree all the time, but there are ways to settle personal differences and misunderstandings peacefully.
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET): This short-term counseling approach aims to help people who are “on the fence” about getting treatment for substance use and motivate them to take the steps they need to change. MET also helps participants with coping strategies for their present situation and develop a plan for change.
Group therapy allows people to feel less alone as they work through the issues they have. It encourages them to open up and express how they feel or what they are experiencing. It also connects them to others, encouraging them to give to others while receiving from them, too.
Mental Health Disorders We Treat at Family Recovery Specialists
Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders make it difficult for people to go about their daily lives without excessive stress, worry, and other conditions. We treat disorders involving this heightened stress response with psychotherapy and medication. This category of disorders includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and various phobias.
Depressive Disorders: A person with a low mood that affects their thoughts, emotions, and behavior for a period of two weeks or more could have depression. Symptoms include losing interest in one’s daily activities, having lingering feelings of sadness, cloudy thinking, irritability, and low energy, among other symptoms. Depressive disorders include clinical depression (major depressive disorder), manic depression, perinatal depression (depressive episodes while pregnant), postpartum depression (depressive episodes after having a baby), seasonal depression, and situational depression are among the types of depressive disorders we treat.
Mood Disorders – Bipolar Disorder (Type I and Type II): Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that brings on extreme mood swings and depressive episodes. We help people with bipolar I disorder, which involves periods of high moods and energy. Bipolar II disorder is marked by periods of a milder form of mania, which is called hypomania, and at least one period of depressive episodes.
Personality Disorders: Personality disorders are a group of mental disorders that involve odd or eccentric behaviors that deviate from the norm. Borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder
Self-Harm/Self-Injurious: People who engage in self-injury purposely hurt themselves to cope with difficult or challenging thoughts and emotions. People who purposely harm themselves may cut, scratch, burn, pinch, rip or rub objects into their skin. They can injure themselves anywhere on their bodies, but arms, hands, wrists, and the thighs or stomach are areas that are commonly harmed.
PTSD/Trauma-Related Disorders: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders develop after a person experiences a disturbing event. PTSD makes it hard for a person to move on from the distressing situation despite their attempt. Trauma-related disorders can happen after a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, or violence. It can also happen after other life events, such as divorce, job loss, a loved one’s death, or a medical emergency. A person with PTSD can experience flashbacks, sleeplessness, nightmares, anger, restlessness, and intrusive thoughts, among many other symptoms.