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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

Like most cities in California, Fresno has issues with drugs. And running true to norm, like other cities, the drugs that tend to be popular here happens to be methamphetamine (or meth) coupled with prescription drug abuse. That is not to say that there are no other drugs used in the city, marijuana is bound to be used somewhere, it just means that these are the ones making headlines, for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps in an effort to clean up the addiction zone image, there are quite a few drug rehab centers in the city. For instance, there is the Turning Point of Central California. This medical facility also offers outpatient substance abuse services. The goal of the program is to stop abusers from relapsing. This is done through individual and group counseling, psychiatric evaluations, drug use testing, alcohol and drug evaluation, and group and family psychotherapy, to name a few services.

That is just one of the drug rehab facilities. Our website offers a comprehensive directory of all the facilities in the city and the state. So, if you or anyone you know has a problem with drug abuse, there is help. Facilities to help with your unique problems are just a click away.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN FRESNO HAVE TO SAY
Carol Brosnac
Carol Brosnac
Fresno , CA 93722

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? 

I utilize mainly CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also utilize Solution-Focused therapy for short-term work with clients. I integrate use of Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness (DBT), and Family Systems, as well. 

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for? 

While I specialize in working with adolescents and the transgender/transsexual community, I also work with treatment of mood disorders (such as depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia), anxiety-based disorders, ADHD in both adolescents and adults, PTSD/trauma-related issues, LGBT-related issues, life transitions, grief/loss, self-injury/cutting, suicide prevention, abuse victims, and relationship issues.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

In my personal opinion, therapy is very helpful for everyone in one way or another. The problem that I find when people think that therapy is not for them is that they have had a negative experience with a therapist in the past due to not having a good "fit" with that therapist. We are not "one size fits all" when it comes to treatment. Sometimes it takes shopping around and trying out a few of us in order to find the right one with whom you can build a long-lasting therapeutic alliance. We all have things we can improve or learn about ourselves and a therapist is a great place to start that process!

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

In therapy, one can gain insight from an outsider's assistance. A therapist should be non-biased and typically non-judgmental, so that he or she can help an individual, couple or family improve the quality of their lives. A therapist can help people to gain knowledge of how to use techniques and tools to manage troubling scenarios, feelings, or situations that may have felt difficult before. Therapy can help in so many ways. It is different for each individual person what they get out of therapy.  

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I don't know about "unique," but I like to make my clients feel at home when they are at my office. I've been told that my office feels like, "a home away from home," or "an escape to the beach," because I have it decorated in a beachy-oceanic theme of teals, turquoise, aqua, brown and sand colors.  It is very calming. I light candles and I don't use fluorescent lighting, just lamps, so that the mood in the room is relaxing and doesn't feel institutional. I meet my clients where they are. I use their language. I respect them for their own beliefs, even if they differ from mine. I treat others how I would like to be treated by a therapist. I respect each and every person, but I am not afraid to be confrontational in a gentle way, so that I can help people to reach their treatment goals and move forward in their lives.  

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe that mental health and substance abuse can be closely linked. One typically precedes the other (mental health can lead people to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs). It often starts very young, when people are less likely to understand the ramifications of the negative effects of substance use/abuse, and it escalates out of control sometimes, which can exacerbate the originating mental health issue(s) and create or trigger new ones. If someone is mentally healthy, they will not abuse substances, so it is important for those who are struggling with substance abuse to seek mental health support concurrently.  

In my practice, specifically with the transgender population, substance abuse can be a major factor. Many of my transgender clients struggle or have struggled in the past with substance abuse, as well as suicidal ideations and attempts, and low self-worth/self-esteem. The results can be tragic.  

 

 

Carol is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor with a private practice in Fresno, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (559) 999-8948

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Carol Brosnac
5637 N. Figarden Drive Suites #115 &116
Fresno , CA 93722
LifeStar of Central Valley
LifeStar of Central Valley
Fresno , CA 93720

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

LifeSTAR of the Central Valley, a treatment program for pornography addiction and other compulsive sexual behaviors. Serving the California counties of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Merced, Mariposa and Kings.

LifeSTAR is a 3-Phase program designed to help individuals who struggle with pornography addiction and other unwanted compulsive sexual behaviors. These phases build on each other in a respectful and confidential setting designed to promote understanding, healing and recovery success. The program also addresses the issues facing the partners of those struggling.

LifeSTAR is a nationally recognized treatment program for sexual addiction recovery) run by trained therapists. The phases are specifically designed to uncover and heal patterns that create and maintain addictive behaviors.

A major focus of each of the 3 phases is the experience of the partner or spouse. Educational information and tools are emphasized to help both in through healing process. Partners receive strong support and guidance as to how they too, can best manage their own life as they live with someone struggling with sexual addictive behaviors.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Research shows that success at recovery is most likely to occur and be maintained when an individual uses a combination of approaches- psychoeducational material (Phase 1), group work (Phases 2 and 3) and individual/couples therapy. LifeSTAR offers this comprehensive treatment program in an out-patient model.

When should one seek treatment?

If you have found that you cannot control when you start or stop a behavior, even when that behavior is causing problems for yourself or a loved one, then it's time to get help. Contact us today and begin your journey to healing.

LifeSTAR is a comprehensive program designed to assist individuals and their partners in healing from the effects of sexual addiction.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health issues are often self-medicated with pornography/sex or other “process” addictions such as compulsive eating, shopping, video gaming and gambling. LifeSTAR services assists in treatment for duality of diagnosis as applicable and treatment is designed as appropriate for the individual.

Languages Spoken:

English and American Sign Language (ASL)

LifeSTAR Central Valley is a service provided by Roubicek and Thacker, Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling, Inc. in Fresno, California. For more information regarding LifeSTAR Central Valley’s services, please call (559) 323-8484 or visit lifestarcentralvalley.com.

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LifeStar of Central Valley
1879 E Fir Ave Ste 103
Fresno , CA 93720
LifeStyle Transformation
LifeStyle Transformation
Fresno , CA 93720

What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for?

LifeStyle Transformation is a treatment program for compulsive eating serving the California counties of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Merced, Mariposa and Kings. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that during the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States with more than one-third of U.S. adults and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million). Obesity-related conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the leading causes of preventable death. The National Institute of Health (1992) studies show that 95% of diets and exercise attempts fail. Recent neuroscience research shows evidence that the reason for this may be because of an addiction to certain foods and/or overeating. LifeStyle Transformation is a 12-month treatment program designed to assist individuals who struggle with compulsive-eating behaviors as they end an unhealthy relationship with food and transform their life using an effective addiction recovery model.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

Research shows that success at recovery is most likely to occur and be maintained when an individual uses a combination of approaches- psychoeducational materials and classes, group work and individual/couples therapy. LifeStyle Transformation offers this comprehensive treatment program in an out-patient model.

When should one seek treatment?

If you have found that you cannot control when you start or stop eating, even at the risk of significant health issues, then it's time to get help. LifeStyle Transformation gives individuals a safe and confidential place to heal and transform their lives.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Mental health issues are often self-medicated with food or other “process” addictions such as pornography/sex, shopping, video gaming and gambling. LifeStyle Transformation assists in treatment for duality of diagnosis as applicable and treatment is designed as appropriate for the individual.

Languages Spoken:

English and American Sign Language (ASL)

LifeStyle Transformation is a service provided by Roubicek and Thacker, Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling, Inc. in Fresno, California. For more information regarding LifeStyle Transformation’s services, please call (559) 323-8484 or visit mypersonal-transformation.com.

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LifeStyle Transformation
1879 E Fir Ave, Ste 103
Fresno , CA 93720
Patricia Behrens
Patricia Behrens
Fresno , CA 93720

1. What types of services do you offer? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

I offer individual, marriage and family counseling. My specialities are trauma, grief, loss which encompasses other difficulties including depression, anxiety, etc.
 

2. What therapy modalities do you use in your practices?

I use techniques from a variety of modalities and rely on brain-based research, mindsight, mindfulness to incorporate techniques. CBT, DBT, solution focused, psychodynamic, holistic, brainspotting (a cutting edge treatment modality that is an offshoot of EMDR), client-focused. 
 

3. When should one seek treatment?

Someone should seek treatment when they want to get and feel better. They may feel stuck, overwhelmed, or need help getting through a life event, phase of life or relational issues. There are those that need to seek therapy to learn how to cope and manage problematic symptoms. 
 

4. Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

My focus is on the client and his/her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. I use brain-based techniques that help clients begin to feel better and get their life back. I listen to what they have gone through, their present struggles and what they need to have a better life and develop an individual plan tailored to their needs. 
 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering with either and/or both?

Many times clients will self medicate to find some release from their struggles and pain; thus substance abuse becomes a problem. I think the mental health and substance abuse need to be address simultaneously. I have worked with co-occurring disorders through inpatient and outpatient substance abuse/mental health programs. Presently, that background has given me the knowledge and experience to address substance abuse treatment during therapy and give appropriate referrals as needed. I do believe in a team approach with substance abuse and mental health issues.
 

Patricia (Patty) is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Fresno, CA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (559) 577-3994.

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Patricia Behrens
7944 N Maple #107
Fresno , CA 93720
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