Magazine article Psychology Today

Compassionate Care

Magazine article Psychology Today

Compassionate Care

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Capo by the Sea infuses evidence-based medicine with kindness and support.

KIM GLOSSBRENNER, LCSW, MA, is the clinical director at Capo by the Sea, based in Southern California. She has worked with addiction and psychiatric disorders for more than 20 years. Glossbrenner leads a team of clinicians who leverage strong therapeutic practices; in addition to therapists and counselors, Capo has experienced physicians on hand to give each client a well-rounded approach to treatment. Their program includes counseling through cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma therapy, for example-even therapy through golfing can be part of one's schedule. Yet the most important element for clients may be the compassion each expert brings to the Capo community.

What is Capo's overall approach to treatment, and what role does dual diagnosis play?

Our overall approach is to target the client's triggers and core issues. Capo by the Sea, like most treatment centers now, has a dualdiagnosis approach. We treat the mental health component, the addiction component, and, in many cases, the medical component. I don't fixate on the substance-use diagnosis but really work on the full spectrum of biological, psychological, and social aspects of what is causing patients' conflict. Trauma, for instance, is often the cause of addiction. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, or EMDR, is a form of trauma therapy that helps people pinpoint the trauma underlying the addiction. EMDR is really helpful for gaining clarity and paving the way for recovery.

What happens in a typical day at Capo?

At 7 a.m., clients attend a 12-step meeting, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. They have breakfast and then get ready for the first group psychotherapy session led by a licensed clinician. The clients have lunch and then attend a second group session. After that, activities can differ by day, so clients could have acupuncture or golf, or they could write in their journal or go for a walk. Then they attend one-on-one sessions where they do cognitive behavioral therapy or EMDR. Clients have dinner and then participate in another 12-step meeting.

What is unique about Capo's clinical team?

We're an excellent clinical team, and each one of us has a different approach. For example, Jack approaches treatment from a more scientific point of view, providing knowledge about the brain chemistry changes that occur with substance use. Bill takes a more educational approach, highlighting codependency, anxiety and relaxation training, guided imagery, and daily goal setting. …

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