Group Therapy is key to the program at Gulf Coast Treatment Center. Licensed or masters-level clinicians facilitate process groups five days a week. We utilize different formats to provide a mechanism for feedback, support, guidance, insight, and the development of socially-appropriate behavior among our young residents. Clinicians focus on assisting the residents in sharing issues and feelings that relate to their individualized treatment plans, such as self-esteem, stress management, anger management, coping skills and conflict resolution. In addition to process groups, each resident is provided with additional groups specific to their primary presenting problems such as anger management group, trauma group, personality disorders group (which uses dialectical behavior therapy) and boundaries group (for teens expressing sexually reactive behavior).
Trauma-Informed Group Therapy
Patients who are victims of sexual abuse or other forms of trauma participate in sexual abuse and or trauma groups such as our voices and pathways program. The trauma groups provide an opportunity to discuss feelings and find a resolution for hurtful pasts. The objectives of the groups are to improve psychological and social functioning, expand beliefs and values, and find relief from the effects of traumatic experiences. For patients who have PTSD, Gulf Coast Treatment Center provides Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), as well as Seeking Safety, a treatment modality for PTSD and substance abuse.