The Mental Health Treatment Program
Creative Care’s Mental Health Residential Treatment Program is grateful to call Calabasas home. Creative Care Calabasas is set on a beautifully- wooded, one-acre property in Malibu Canyon. Beneath the treetop canopy of centuries-old oak trees, the intimate setting is ideal for clients struggling with mental health issues. Cast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica mountains, Creative Care Calabasas’ advanced campus provides the comforts of nature and the reassurance of serenity. Hiking trails through the winding hills and sporting facilities allow clients to slow the mind and reinvigorate the body all at once.
Upon entrance to Creative Care Calabasas, clients are welcomed by a well-trained and empathetic team of treatment professionals. Within the first 48 hours of admission, medical staff and clinicians assess each client. Clients will also meet with Program Director, Dr. Alexandra Edwards. Dr. Edwards, who has been a dedicated member of the Creative Care team since 1997, will not only offer vigilant support, but artful advisement to the full Clinical Treatment Team.
During earliest of treatment hours, each new client will be engaged with the clinical team via a thorough clinical assessment. Additionally, clients will promptly meet with the Creative Care Medical Team that entails a consulting psychiatrist, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, therapists, counselors, and other conciliatory staff members.
Under the direction of Dr. Edwards, the Creative Care Clinical Treatment Team meets weekly to take a deep-dive into the portrait and patterns of each client. With regular and frequent whole-team communication, treatment plans are developed under the tutelage of clinical advice.
Staff observation and client involvement create a dynamic clinical scheme with frequent feedback loop encouraged. While in treatment, each client will participate in a ladder of therapeutic programming punctuated by energetic activities number to ensure a comprehensive experience.
We at Creative Care understand that no two clients are alike. Each and every person has their own set of challenges and journey to recovery. The clinical team at Creative Care takes careful consideration in creating personalized treatment plans for each client and incorporating groups in which each client participates. Each client will have three individual sessions with his/her therapist every week, as well as one meeting with our psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioner. We cater to each client’s individual needs and additional sessions are incorporated into client’s treatment based upon clinical review. Each client will also receive individual counseling and case management. When appropriate, family members will be invited to participate in the treatment process in weekly phone calls with the primary therapist and in family therapy sessions. Much like the individualized treatment plans, Creative Care’s family therapy program is tailored to each client and family. Through open dialogue and communication, Creative Care’s clinicians work closely with family members to determine the most effective and appropriate time to integrate family members into the treatment process.
Many of the clinicians at Creative Care have years of experience in working with clients suffering from mental health issues. Our therapists are highly experienced and trained in a wide variety of therapeutic modalities and approaches employing them all to best suit the needs of each individual client. Creative Care therapists are intimately involved in every aspect of the client treatment experience, ensuring a feeling of safety and security for each client through every facet of the process, from crisis management, family therapy, individual therapy sessions, legal issues, case management and more.
Mental Health Therapies
Clients at Creative Care will learn how to process their psychological disorders through novel, adaptive coping mechanisms. These new strategies will allow clients to metabolize triggering situations so as to be able to participate in the world healthfully. Creative Care believes in the synergistic power generated when the mind and body are working harmoniously. To create this harmony, therapeutic modalities may include, but are not limited to:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Activities Group
- Expressive Arts & Groups utilizing Music and Art
- Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness Interventions and Meditation
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psychological Testing and Diagnostic Testing
- Trauma Therapy