Intensive Programs

Intensive Programs (IPs) are used to address mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, addictions, and the impact of trauma that does not require detoxification or round-the-clock supervision.

At PPG we provide IPs for individuals and couples as well

IP work enables clients to continue with their normal, day-to-day lives in a way that residential treatment programs do not. Whereas residential treatment requires that people reside on site, people attending Intensive Programs live at home or go back to a hotel or Airbnb at night and are not in a closed environment. IP work is designed to create a longer period of assessment, to establish understanding and support mechanisms, help with stress and symptom management, and teach skills.

Intensive Program at Pacific Premier Group

PPG providers deliver a unique and entirely customized experience for each of our clients. No two Intensives look the same at PPG – we do not follow a book or manual, we work with individuals (and at times with couples and families) to assess need, solve complex problems, and accelerate healing. By utilizing the expertise of several providers in each customized Intensive, we can evaluate complex issues and deploy different therapy modalities to help with healing in the realms of thought patterns, emotions, behaviors, and symptoms. In addition to excellent providers and several modalities, we believe that healing takes spacious time and presence; the intensive programs provide this quality of spacious support and a trusting presence. A usual course of Intensive work is two weeks, Monday Through Friday, but each program duration is determined based upon the patient’s needs.

Each day is filled with individualized 4-6 hours of therapy. In some programs we can add optional activities such as trauma focused yoga, Reiki, and therapeutic massage.

There are eight dimensions that we bring to our IP experiences, based on patient’s needs:
  1. Assessment and diagnostic formulation
  2. Medical and whole person management towards central nervous system regulation
  3. Creating trust, safety, and grounding in the mind and the body
  4. Therapy aimed at integration, symptom reduction and skill acquisition including elements of Narrative Integration, Psychodynamic Inquiry, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral informed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness Training, and Emotional Regulation Skills, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Family Systems work, Family Constellation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  5. Somatic (body) healing work, Hakomi Mindfulness Centered Somatic Therapy
  6. Family of origin
  7. Exploring values, personal vision, purpose, and best self – creating a new sense of self and forward movement towards wellness and fulfillment
  8. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

Intensive Program for Couples at Pacific Premier Group

The Couples IP is designed to help individual partners understand themselves and their own needs and traumas so they can restore communication, respect, and a partnership with each other. Through alignment of shared goals and values the couple learns important aspects of being in a relationship, managing emotions and creating a healthy sense of “us”. Facilitated learning and communicating allows for partners to better understand each other and reconnect towards a fulfilling relationship or final resolution. Couples receive individual therapy, couples therapy, educational interactive activities, and classes during the Intensive Program.

Sample of the psycho-educational interactive activities and classes:
  1. Gottman’s four horses of the apocalypse.
  2. Gottman’s “bid for connections” and other antidotes to the four horses of the apocalypse.
  3. Attachment styles assessment and discussion on impact.
  4. Basic principles of emotionally focused couples therapy – attachment insecurities playing out in the negative interaction patterns.
  5. Parts work explained. How parts show up in couples and their interactions.
  6. Trauma bonding explained.
  7. Neurophysiology of trauma. Trauma and memory.
  8. Emotional regulation (some basic DBT skills)
  9. Interpersonal effectiveness (some basic DBT skills)
  10. DBT specific couples’ skills (The High Conflict Couple)
  11. Nonviolent communication basic steps
  12. Family constellation work
  13. Sexuality, intimacy, touch

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