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Santa Rosa Individual Therapist: Individual Counseling in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

Why do teens start using drugs and alcohol? Unfortunately, the answer to this question ranges from peer pressure, managing their own anxiety or depression, trauma, and everything in between. However, if long-term change in the form of stopping drug or alcohol use is going to occur, your teen will need to get to the bottom of that question for themselves. This is the reason we provide individual therapy. Teens need their own space and place to share about their motivations for substance use. Additionally, they need a place where they can begin to consider what steps it will take to change, as well as support and accountability for implementing those changes.

At Next Step, we have the benefit of a group of clinicians who all have common beliefs on how to work with teens and families. Our initial assessment of your teen’s clinical issues that are co-occurring with the substance use will help us to determine who the best match is from our treatment team to support your teen in their recovery. For example, anxiety, depression, trauma, difficult peer relationships, or family conflict all serve as triggers for discomfort in teens, which can quickly lead to them searching for something to help them manage this discomfort. Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol create the illusion of “feeling better”, which quickly leads to negative patterns that can turn into addiction. Due to the diversity of the Next Step clinicians, we are able to match your teen with someone we believe will be the best fit; thereby helping us to create an individualized treatment team and plan.

Individual therapy is an important part of Next Step outpatient treatment continuum, and is conducted by experienced therapists with expertise in adolescent psychology as well adolescent substance abuse. Individual therapy provides a safe place for teens to explore peer and family relationships, learn emotion identification and management strategies as well as methods to work most effectively with their parents. A variety of treatment modalities are used including cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, when appropriate), motivational interviewing, yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

For the best intensive outpatient program for substance abuse in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, you can easily rely upon NEXT STEP. Get the help and support your teen need as you get on the road to recovery. Call us today at 707-525-9300 to schedule an evaluation by an individual therapist in Santa Rosa.