Individualized Mental Health Care
Gulf Coast Treatment Center offers an intensive residential mental health program to help girls and young women ages 12 to 17. We help them work through complex behavioral issues that cannot be treated in a typical inpatient setting. Our holistic program provides therapeutic and educational interventions to help young women break destructive cycles and work through old trauma. We teach our residents how to develop new thinking patterns and behaviors that lead to happier, healthier lifestyles. Because of the size of our facility, we’re able to offer individualized treatment that meets the needs of each resident and their history.
Our Treatment Approach
Our program uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Adolescent Behavioral / Developmental Incentive Program (ABDIP) to help our residents develop positive changes in the way they think and act. We help them look at new ways to approach and solve problems in their lives and incentivize change. We teach each resident age-appropriate coping skills and help them apply those skills individually, in group environments, and then in their communities and families. For residents dealing with past trauma, we employ trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), recognizing that treating past emotional wounds are vital to developing a brighter future. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment is also used for patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder or similar traits. Individual therapy occurs at least twice weekly, or more often if indicated, with a masters-level or licensed clinician. We also offer family therapy and other programming to involve family members.
Behavioral Analysis: We contract with a Certified Behavior Analyst (CBA) who works with the staff and residents in affecting positive behavior change for all residents. The CBA may also provide individualized services for any resident referred by our treatment team due to a lack of overall progress in the program.
Gender-Specific Care: We use programs and curriculums like Girls Matter and Girls Circle to build self-esteem and confidence, offering a unique environment for young women.
Anger Management: We use Aggressive Replacement Treatment (ART) to help residents find new methods to express disappointment and anger in ways that aren’t harmful to themselves or others.
Developmental Assistance: We use Roadmaps to Recovery to offer specialized care for residents that have developmental disabilities that may complicate treatment.
Empathy Training: We use the Thinking for a Change curriculum near the end of our patients’ treatment to add insight into how their illness and/or behaviors may have affected their victims (if applicable) and other people in their communities.
Other critical components of our program include Group Therapy, Social Enrichment & Life Skills, and Substance Abuse Counseling (for residents dually-diagnosed with co-occurring addiction issues and mental health disorders). Read more about these offerings to get a deeper sense of what our program provides to young women who are looking to make a significant change in their life and mental health.