A letter to our fellow clinicians

Dear Fellow Clinician,

As mental health care professionals, we know that there are some places we would recommend to our own family and friends, while there are others we are less sure of. Good clinicians do their due diligence in ensuring that the facilities they recommend to are high quality and in alignment with their own understanding about what is most successful for clients. Understandably, this is especially touchy in the substance and alcohol abuse treatment industry, where client lives are often on the line. 

So why would you recommend to Centered? 

As you may already know, Mindfulness lends itself to many of the common issues we see in our clients, and especially to that of addiction and substance abuse.

“The Missing Piece”

For clients experiencing problems related to substance abuse, there are several approaches they can take on the path to recovery. We fully support clients who are active in 12-Step groups such as AA and NA, and at the same time, we see a lot of clients who are looking for an alternative approach. Our unique skills building curriculum serves as a stand alone program for anyone in recovery, whether it is their first or tenth attempt, but also has been called “the missing piece” for clients who are currently working the steps from a more traditional approach.

Strong Clinical Team

Additionally, our qualified clinical team aims to help the clients discover the parts that prevent them from achieving their ultimate goals – especially sobriety. We achieve this by utilizing components from Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. We also include Mindfulness techniques in individual sessions, such as breathing exercises, grounding techniques, body scans, Tapping, and visualization to help our clients connect with their emotions, rather than avoid, suppress, or deflect. Giving our clients space to do this allows them to view their addiction from a new perspective, and being in an outpatient facility, they have the opportunity to implement these practices into their daily living.

Outcomes Tracking

Another way to summarize this is to help clients get out of their Thinking Mind and into their Observing Mind. This idea is taken from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and allows the client to watch their thoughts and emotions, rather than get too carried away with them. Practicing this approach helps to reconnect networks in the brain that can reduce anxiety, depression, anger, and ruminative thinking. As clients learn to observe their experiences, they see a realistic and accessible way to manage urges and cravings to use substances. Our clients participate in outcomes-based surveys that help us to track their progress in recovery during and after their time in treatment.

If you have any clients that are experiencing problems related to substance use, and individual counseling or mental health treatment is not meeting their needs, we hope that you will consider us as a resource! We are also happy to answer any questions you have about our program! 


The Clinical Team at Centered

For more information, call Reed or the Centered Team at 800-556-2966.