Co-occurring Treatment

Adjunct programming for co-occurring disorders is a cornerstone of our successful treatment model. We understand the damaging impact of these disorders and choose the most effective treatments and therapies for each patient based on her personal history and needs.

Substance Abuse

MANY PATIENTS come to Oliver-Pyatt Centers struggling with substance use and abuse. These addictions can serve as maladaptive coping mechanisms for depression, mood and anxiety disorders and trauma.

  • Clinician-facilitated evaluations to determine history and severity of use; consideration of family substance use, history of eating disorders and psychiatric issues to determine treatment recommendations
  • Co-occurring disorder groups with master's or doctoral level primary therapist (twice weekly)
  • Utilization of stages of change model and motivational interviewing to address triggers, post-acute withdrawal syndrome and the relevance of family / relationship dynamics to the patient's substance use and risky behaviors
  • Off-site, 12-step meetings (as indicated)


SENSITIVELY TREATING the full trauma spectrum requires great clinical skill and an environment of enhanced trust, warmth and safety.

  • Specialized therapies such as:
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy | DBT informed treatment | Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) | Attachment-based therapy | Schema therapy | Family systems theory | Expressive therapy | Art therapy | Dance and movement therapy

  • Psychoeducation, grounding techniques, narrative work and skills training integrated into individual and group therapies
  • Specially designed exposure therapy and challenges in a supportive environment, including exposures to trauma-related foods