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Revolutionizing Mental Health Treatment in Pennsylvania: The Promise of TMS at High Focus Centers

January 6, 2024|Treatment and Therapy|

Exploring a Cutting-Edge Approach to Mental Health Wellness    Innovative new advancements in mental health treatment offer a beacon of hope for many individuals who are struggling. High Focus Centers in Pennsylvania is excited to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) — a groundbreaking alternative treatment for depression.  Understanding TMS  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Primarily used to treat depression, TMS may be particularly useful in cases where traditional treatments like medication and psychotherapy have not been effective. TMS helps to alleviate symptoms of depression by targeting [...]

Can I Still Receive Telehealth Counseling?

March 27, 2023|Telehealth, Treatment and Therapy|

Just a few years ago the world experienced one of the biggest shut-downs in modern times. As the coronavirus swept the globe, numerous businesses that revolved around any kind of in-person interactions closed their doors and moved solely into the online sphere.  One such industry to make the switch was mental health and addiction counseling. Instead of visiting their counselor’s office, individuals would meet with their counselors online via phone calls or video chats.  This provided benefits during the pandemic but had greater advantages than just continuing mental health treatment for pre-existing clients. It offered services to those who hadn’t [...]

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How to Find the Right Therapist for You

February 16, 2023|Treatment and Therapy|

Therapy has never been more accessible.  You can search online, ask a friend or download an app, and you’ll be on your way to finding a therapist. But taking the time to find a therapist who is the right fit is crucial. At best, a mismatched therapist will simply be ineffective; at worst, a mismatched therapist can exacerbate your challenges. It may not sound like the funniest task in the world, but taking the time to research therapists and find the right one for you is vital for your healing journey. In this article, we’re going to walk you through [...]

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression

January 8, 2023|Clinician’s Corner, Education Center, Treatment and Therapy|

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a technology that was established in the 1980s and FDA-approved for the treatment of Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD) in 2008. There have been many randomized controlled studies that have found TMS to be beneficial to help resolve TRD following its FDA approval. TRD, in general, is depression that does not respond to traditional pharmacotherapy. With TRD, symptoms of depression do not completely resolve or change at all, despite adequate medication management. Transcranial magnetic stimulation utilizes a magnet similar to an MRI machine, but on a much smaller scale. This magnet is placed on your scalp to [...]

The Top Benefits of Interventional Psychiatry

September 15, 2022|Mental Health, Treatment and Therapy|

Traditionally in Western medicine, patients struggling with psychological conditions or disorders have been simply prescribed medication and then sent home. If that medication didn’t work, they would return for a new prescription, and the cycle would continue until one finally “worked.” Medication is indeed sometimes necessary and can be effective at managing psychiatric conditions. But, it isn’t a cure-all, and shouldn’t be considered the only option for individuals struggling with mental health or psychiatric challenges. Interventional psychiatry can effectively manage, relieve and sometimes even resolve altogether psychological conditions, especially when paired with traditional treatments. In this article, we’re going to [...]

Should I Consider Interventional Psychiatry?

September 8, 2022|Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Treatment and Therapy|

In the fields of clinical mental health and psychology, treatments and techniques are constantly being evaluated and reevaluated for the sake of the patients. When dealing with mental health conditions that can be as unique and complex as the patient, it can be challenging to find a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.  Obviously, no such treatment formula exists; and even tried and true methods of psychiatry have seen resistance from certain mental health disorders. For this reason, alternative methods of care are constantly being explored in order to provide better care to all.  Complications of traditional treatments  Traditionally, the way [...]

How to Get the Absolute Most Out of Therapy

April 11, 2022|Treatment and Therapy|

Therapy has become increasingly popular in recent decades as the stigma around it lessens and recognition of the importance of mental and emotional health and overall well-being heightens. Individual therapy, notably, has quickly risen through the ranks as more and more people of all ages choose to take advantage of this practice. Still many people are unsure about what exactly individual therapy is, what the actual benefits of it are, and if it will even work for them personally. Those are the things we’re going to cover here in this article to help you figure what kind of therapy is [...]

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Six Steps to Freedom: Breaking Away from Marijuana Use

September 7, 2021|Treatment and Therapy|

Even with all the right support, marijuana addiction can be tough to break. Recreational marijuana use is now legal in 19 states, and triggers are bound to pop up anywhere. If you’re struggling with an addiction to marijuana, there is hope for getting free and taking back control of your life. Here are six steps to breaking a marijuana addiction. 1. Acknowledge the problem While some individuals choose to use marijuana occasionally without it causing dysfunction in their day-to-day life, marijuana use can easily spiral out of control. Peer pressure, cravings and life stressors can drive you to use a [...]

What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga & How Does it Help?

August 13, 2021|Treatment and Therapy|

Yoga is an ancient form of meditation that is made up of many different physicals, mental and spiritual practices. It is a popular form of exercise and revered for its facilitation of clear-mindedness, body awareness and relaxation. Yoga is strongly rooted in the philosophy that, in part, recognizes the importance of connecting, honoring and nurturing oneself. Trauma is the psychological byproduct of experiencing stressful, harmful or distressing events. Psychological trauma can have physiological effects, such as aches and pains, tense muscles, headaches, dysregulation of emotions and anxiety. These side effects can be triggered when the individual is in an unrelated [...]

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What to Expect During Psychiatric Therapy

June 11, 2021|Treatment and Therapy|

What is psychiatric therapy? Psychiatric therapy, or psychiatry, is the field of medicine that diagnoses treats, and manages mental disorders. Psychiatry lies at the intersection of neurology and psychology, in that psychiatrists engage their medical training to understand and treat mental illnesses while employing psychological principles and techniques in their practice. Psychiatric therapy is practiced by a psychiatrist - a physician who went to medical school with residency training in psychiatry. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are able to prescribe and manage medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, hypnotics, sedatives and mood stabilizers. Psychiatrists most commonly prescribe these medications to manage and treat [...]

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Breaking Down What a Partial Hospitalization Program is

May 28, 2021|Education Center, Treatment and Therapy|

An alternative to full-time inpatient care, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are typically Monday through Friday for approximately six hours per day, for a set number of weeks. Rather than going to work or attending school, a partial hospitalization program allows the patient to focus almost entirely on their recovery while still living at home in a familiar setting. This type of program emphasizes therapeutic treatments - both psychological and holistic - including: Yoga, meditation and mindfulness Cognitive-behavioral therapy Psychotherapy Art therapy Group and individual therapy sessions Psychoeducation Exercise Medication management Family workshops All treatments are led by therapists, holistic experts [...]

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How Does Medication-Assisted Treatment Benefit Residential Treatment Patients?

May 24, 2021|Treatment and Therapy|

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a substance addiction treatment modality that utilizes both medication and counseling. Most notably, MAT is a common and effective approach to treating opioid addiction. It may seem counterintuitive, but the medications used in MAT for opioid addiction are often substances themselves - but they work in different ways. In fact, MAT has been found to decrease opioid use, even when opioids like methadone are used in the treatment program. There are only a handful of opioids approved by the FDA for MAT in cases of opioid addiction treatment, including: Methadone: Methadone is an opioid agonist that [...]