Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals, their families and those in their communities.
The first goal we have when working with someone with a personality disorder is to utilize the therapeutic relationship and develop a trusting alliance with the client. Many clients with personality disorders struggle with this step and have been engaging in dysfunctional behaviors for long periods of time. After following these dysfunctional patterns of relating to others, the
When treating Bipolar Disorder, Balance has a two-pronged approach. Our first goal is to stabilize the mood. We have experience in stabilizing mood with the least amount of medication. Ronald Sager, M.D. has over 50 years of specialization in the successful treatment of Bipolar Disorder. Dr. Sager has successfully treated hundreds of patients with Bipolar Disorder in levels of care ranging from
When treating Major Depression, our intensive approach is to attempt to identify all the unconscious contributions to the origin of the depression. We believe that these premises have broken down and no longer work for the client. Without identifying these early, flawed, negative beliefs about themselves, people are likely to continue the same cycles throughout their lives.
Most people treating psychosis are afraid to approach the unconscious in a person experiencing psychotic symptoms. We initially work on stabilizing the psychosis in terms of the active positive symptoms with the least amount of medication. Once that is established, we work to trace the origin of these positive symptoms (i.e. hallucinations, delusions, intrusive thoughts) and
The symptoms of PTSD and the symptoms of trauma can have devastating effects on people’s lives. People with trauma often also suffer from extreme anxiety. While this anxiety can be treated with medication, we further seek to address the pre-trauma conflict that becomes fixated by the trauma. Other treatment approaches focus on the trauma alone. At Balance, we work at a deeper
Anxiety is a symptom. More often it is anticipatory anxiety and is a reflection of some unconscious problem that the person is experiencing. Their unconscious is attempting to warn them that they are getting into trouble. We try to identify why they believe that they are getting into trouble. Anxiety is difficult to treat because people often get anxious about their anxiety. Part of the
At Balance, we understand that ADHD and learning difficulties are very complicated conditions. Often ADHD and learning difficulties are early symptoms that lead people to develop negative views of themselves. Many studies have concluded that children with ADHD later develop depression, anxiety or a variety of other mental disorders. This development can begin in
Gender identity issues and sexual identity issues influence how people relate to themselves and to others. People in the process of understanding their sexual or gender identity need a very supportive environment as they may have formed wrongful negative beliefs about themselves. Our approach is aimed at uncovering and restructuring these beliefs to help them create a positive
Most programs for the treatment of dual diagnoses are geared toward helping people cope. That approach leaves people with the feeling that they are still flawed or broken, and their way out is to accept that and find ways to endure. We are attempting to go beyond that and actually make a change. People don’t have to feel that they have failed and can only seek to find a means of dealing
All the programs at Balance involve strong family and relationship work as these are important components to providing treatment with lasting success. Building supportive relationships and learning to communicate are key. We work to reduce the amount of blaming, and we work with each family member in owning their contribution to the dynamic. We work with family members
Attachment is an essential component to mental health and wellbeing and can be the deepest unconscious problem. People hate the idea that they are dependent upon someone else. It may make them feel week and insecure or that someone has control over their life. People often have misperceived beliefs about attachment. They are afraid they will be used, abused, taken
We have a structured group setting that allows clients to act out their oppositional behavior within the group, allowing them to identify how that behavior interferes with their capacity to form friendships. We emphasize the social aspect. The cycle is that by being oppositional people may be ostracized leading them to internalize the negative belief about themselves and become even more