At Modern Recovery Services, we offer a diverse variety of mental health services for teens in Chandler, Arizona and in the surrounding areas.
Modern Recovery Services offers a variety of mental health programs for teens. We have worked with teens who struggle with all kinds of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
The benefit we provide is a full-circle program that overcomes the gaps that can occur with initial diagnosis to the aftercare process.
We are here to provide your teen services and support they need to help them recover from the struggles that are in life.
Types of Therapy Programs
Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
Inpatient mental health treatment will provide a home-like, present-day atmosphere for the teen that will provide around the clock observation.
It will include 24 hour skilled nursing observation usually overseen by a psychiatrist, 7 days a week and the duration is determined by the teen’s treatment.
When a teen stays at an inpatient mental health program, personalized treatment is given by a team of licensed clinicians, registered nurses and a psychiatrist to help teens reach their goals.
At times medications are prescribed if the health professionals see it necessary. If medication management is part of the treatment, the teen will be closely monitored because it is a process to understand if the medication is helping the teen with the mental health concerns.
Adolescents will have a full schedule during the day. The day will include structured supervised time, group and individual psychotherapy, education, and recreational therapy.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy
Intensive outpatient therapy is a type of therapy that offers teens a more intensive way to get the treatment they need without having to stay in an inpatient facility..
This type of therapy can be beneficial because it provides the structure of being in intensive therapy with the added value of being able to participate in normal life at home.
For adolescents, this type of therapy is advantageous because appointments can be scheduled after school, during the evening hours.
Teens can continue to go to school and have extracurricular activities and not feel like their world is going to be disrupted, and get the benefit of getting therapy at home.
At the therapy sessions, teens will receive group therapy, as well as guidance from a mental health professional. A medication management treatment might be advocated and a psychiatrist will manage the medication with the teen and family.
Outpatient Mental Therapy
Outpatient mental health therapy is a form of treatment for teens who do need help with psychological and emotional issues but these issues are not disruptive to the teen’s ability to function in everyday life situations.
This therapy is received in an office setting, one to two days a week and it is tailored to the teen’s needs.
The treatment will begin with an evaluation of the teen to get an understanding of the current situation. A strategy will be put in place for the teen and the health profession to work together to improve the teen’s mental health.
Online Mental Health Therapy
With the expansion of technology among teens, many prefer to attend online therapy sessions. Teens are used to forming relationships online and find this method of communicating more comfortable since they use this on a day-to-day basis with social media.
This type of therapy gives the teenager the flexibility of being at home to talk to a therapist. It also allows a more flexible schedule because teenagers are very busy with school, homework and practices.
Online mental health therapy allows the counseling to take place exactly where they are already.
Methods of Therapy
Mental health struggles are not uncommon during the teenage years and therapy can be a great resource for teens to get the help they need to address concerns.
Every teen is unique, which is why there are different types of therapy to address mental health concerns. The different types of concerns a teen is experiencing a struggle in might indicate what type of therapy is advantageous.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on making associations between thoughts, behaviors and feelings. CBT will help the teen learn how to develop new ways of thinking and learn coping skills.
CBT may also help with mental health disorders that include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Eating disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Bipolar disorders
The advantage of CBT therapy is that it can be completed in a short amount of sessions with a therapist.
CBT is a partnership that needs to be forged with the therapist and the teen to make any headway in the therapy sessions.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy for teens that help teens and adolescents deal with strong emotions and find a way to live a productive life.
It focuses on improving relationships and how to understand emotions without judgment.
DBT is most often used with teens that are dealing with depression, anxiety, and addictions.
There are four main skills that are perfected to help work and deal with issues and include:
- Mindfulness and being present in the moment and understanding the signs of runaway emotions.
- Distress tolerance, which recognizes urges to do things that do not work and helps teens learn how to control those urges.
- Emotion regulation, which helps teens learn coping tools in difficult situations.
- Interpersonal skills, which teaches teens how to interact better with others.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, also known as (EDMR) is a type of therapy treatment that is a non-drug, no-hypnosis psychotherapy that guides a teen through a troubling emotion while moving the eyes back and forth rapidly.
This rapid eye movement therapy is believed to help the teen process the event from the past. Most traumatic experiences cause struggles because the memories were improperly processed in the brain.
The benefit is that this therapy allows the teen’s brain to properly process the strong emotion and the strong emotion loses its power and frees the teen to adapt back to a mental health condition.
Substance Abuse Therapy for Teens
Teens may turn to other methods to deal with mental health issues. Sometimes teens turn to drugs to relieve themselves of feeling unhappy or to get relief from the pressure of school.
Teens can easily get addicted to drugs and alcohol with continued use. Once a teen is addicted, professional treatment is needed to help them stop and recover from both the substance abuse problem and their mental health conditions.
When this occurs, more specialized therapy for substance abuse is needed to address the mental health issue along with the substance abuse.
Experimental therapy is a therapeutic method that uses tools where the teen can express feelings. The teen learns through experiences versus sitting down in a traditional therapy session.
Some examples of experimental therapy include:
- Role-playing or acting
- Music therapy
- Animal care
- Art therapy
- Outdoor therapy
Family therapy is a method that can be an effective way to help members of the family improve communication skills to help the troubled teen.
Family therapy is usually a short-term therapy and can include the entire family and show the family how to connect to and support the teen.
The therapist will come up with a treatment plan to work with the teen and the family will learn how to change unhealthy responses that occur within the family unit and learn effective communication.
Does Health Insurance Cover Mental Health Therapy for Teens?
The question of mental health coverage for teens is one that is entertained when it becomes apparent that a teen needs help. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2014 most individual and small group health insurance plans are required to cover mental health services.
If there are questions about your insurance coverage, the best thing to do is call your plan and ask what is covered. Another way is to find the schedule of benefits that will outline the cost associated with all health services.
Find a Therapist
Finding a therapist for your teen is important because there are a variety of therapists who work with teens. Some suggestions on finding a therapist include:
- Talking to your health care provider.
- Ask a trusted family member or friend for referrals.
- Look online for teen therapists in the area.
- Reach out in your community by talking to schools or churches.
The Difference Between Child Psychiatrist and Child Psychologist
Many parents are unsure of the difference between a child psychiatrist and a child psychologist. In general, these two have different functions but they are both dedicated to the well-being of the child/teen.
A psychologist is a therapist who will look closely at the behavior of the teen/adolescent. A psychologist will require tracking mood swings, negative thoughts, sleep patterns and eating patterns that will help diagnose a mental illness.
A psychiatrist is a person who works on mental health, but also the person will incorporate medication to help make the transition easier.
A psychiatrist will have a medical background. This person will look at both the physical and mental health needs and may prescribe medication to balance the brain.
Modern Recovery Services
Modern Recovery Services is here to help you if your teen has come to ask for therapy or if you would just like a different perspective. You can contact us today for more information or to get started.