Dedication to Aurora, CO

Sovereign Health of California would like to extend our condolences to the friends and families affected by the recent tragic shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado. Our treatment team acknowledges the importance of addressing related issues such as impulse control and anger management in our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program, Mental Health Treatment Program and Eating Disorder Treatment Program as a preventative measure for aggressive and violent behaviors. In this edition of the Sovereign Newsletter, we have included related articles to provide further insight into preventative treatment elements and treatment of specific trauma related issues.
Meet Our Staff Q&A

Staff Member: Deborah McCarthy
Position: Registered Dietician

Q: How did you become interested in Training and Teaching?
A: Early on in my career, I realized that although I had already earned my degree, there was a vast amount of knowledge and a wide range of skills that I had never been exposed to during my many years of schooling.  It quickly became obvious to me that a quality psychologist is created not only through formal schooling, but through the intensive supervision and training that is received while working directly with clients.  As I became licensed and developed areas of expertise through ongoing training and education, I realized that I wanted to share not only my knowledge and skill set, but also my experientially-based wisdom with those new to the field.

Q: If you could list three things you want each trainee to get out of his or her experience at Sovereign Health, what would they be?
A: There are a few key things that I want each of my trainees to experience at Sovereign Health of California. First and most importantly, would be for each trainee to develop a deep sense of respect and reverence for the difficult journey that their clients are going through. The struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction is a difficult and painful one that requires intense courage, strength, honesty, and willingness. I want each of my trainees to recognize and sincerely respect the intense nature of this struggle for each of their clients. Secondly, I want my trainees to learn how to most effectively support each of their clients on an individualized basis as they move along the pathway of recovery. This requires that the intern learn how to be flexible and dynamic from moment to moment in the therapeutic process; knowing when to push for change, when to validate and support, and when to just be quiet and listen. Effectively guiding the client down a pathway of recovery also requires that the intern accurately diagnosis each client at the start of treatment, and then apply evidenced-based treatments to address the specific problem or disorder at hand. Each client cannot be treated using the same method or approach, and it is critical for clinicians to recognize the need to use specific and evidenced-based approaches to treatment. Lastly, I want my trainees to recognize that their therapeutic interventions are only one part of the process of healing for their clients. It is important for trainees to learn that recovery is a collaborative process that requires the expertise and guidance of a qualified clinician, but that also depends upon the ongoing hard work and persistence of the client and his/her support system. A therapist cannot "cure" a client single-handedly; the client and the family both need to be ready, willing, and committed to making difficult changes in order for true healing to occur. The truly skilled clinician will know how to elicit this level motivation and commitment from clients and family members, and to equip them to maintain behavioral changes in the long-run, even after treatment is over.

Q: What aspect of working at Sovereign Health did you enjoy/appreciate the most?
A: What I enjoy most is seeing a client leave treatment with a renewed sense of hope, and a new-found recognition that their life has value, meaning and purpose. When my trainee has worked with a client who arrives at this place of hope, I am honored to help that trainee see the role that he/she had in the process of healing. In those moments, both myself and the trainee can clearly see why we entered this field and why we continue to work hard at what we do each day. Seeing someone transform from a place of utter hopelessness to a realization that their lives are worth living is profoundly rewarding. 

Q: As a trainer, what do you think is the most important advice you can give to young people starting off in the field of mental health?
A: WIt is critical for those new to the field to recognize that development as a clinician is an on-going process that spans throughout one's entire career. I recommend that all clinicians, regardless of their number of years of experience, prioritize ongoing training, and maintain an attitude of openness to learning. In many ways, psychology is a field that is still in its infancy. New developments and breakthroughs in evidenced-based treatments are ongoing, and all clinicians need to stay abreast of these changes and incorporate new strategies into their repertoire of interventions. My second piece of advise is to those new to the field is to recognize that as a clinician, you have been placed in a very powerful position. Therapists have the power to guide and inspire clients down a path of health, healing, and hope. In order to do this, however, we must be equipped with the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience, and with a profound respect for the grave nature of our clients current position. Clients are counting on us as clinicians to be their guide and it is incumbent upon each of us to maintain a commitment to ongoing education, training, and pursuit of excellence in the work that we do. I am honored to be a part of that process in my work with trainees at Sovereign Health.  

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New Treatment Location

Sovereign Health of California Introduces their Dual Diagnosis and Mental Health Treatment Programs at their new Outpatient location in Westside Los Angeles. The levels of care offered are Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment.  Sovereign Health Culver City provides Individualized treatment schedules and programming by licensed clinicians. We accept and direct bill most insurance up front. 
  • Mental Health Program
  • Dual Diagnosis Program

Program Elements include evidence and experiential based treatment modalities in individual and group settings

  • CBT
  • Stress Management
  • Medication Management
  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Cognitive Lab
  • Communication
  • Stages of Change
  • Goal Setting
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self Esteem
  • Aftercare Planning
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Music Therapy
  • Family Groups
  • Mindfulness

Ideal Treatment options for Sober/Transitional Living Residents
and Working Professionals

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Sovereign Health of California
6167 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230

Toll Free: (866) 819-2948 

Facing Tragedy and Experiencing Survivors Guilt

In the reality of today's often harsh world, we are often faced with dealing with tragedy, be it personal, communal or even national. While in the past, we commonly focused on the loss of life as a centerpiece of tragedy, only recently have we begun to understand that the underlying psychological impact of trauma can be just as great as the loss of life. As we reshape our view of tragic events, we realize that it is not simply being a victim that leaves lasting impacts, but that surviving tragedy can often leave painful scars that need healing as well.

One such tragedy in the U.S., the shooting in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, has awakened our awareness to the difficulties of living with the shooting not only as a victim, but as a survivor as well. As we grapple with understanding the events that took place in Aurora, and the complex thoughts and feelings that led up to them, the survivors themselves must grapple with those same events and their place within them. As many news agencies have reported in the days and weeks following this terrible event, the survivors have been struggling with their feelings and emotions from this tragedy just as we, as mental health professionals try to understand how to respond to these very survivors.

"Survivor's Guilt" as this phenomenon is often referred to, has been a recognized condition since at least the 1960s, and been claimed to be present in people who survived various tragedies including the Holocaust, AIDs epidemic and many other natural and man-made disasters. This "guilt" has been explored in numerous media including, book, film, music and even in video games. The condition, similar to other trauma-related psychological conditions, can often leave those affected with severe symptoms including depression, social withdrawal among a few. These "survivors" may often feel responsible in some way, for having lived through an event to have watched others suffer or die, though they had no real way to change the outcome. 

In dealing with the lingering effects of this trauma, the mental health community, including facilities like our very own at Sovereign Health, have tried to use a number of different techniques and therapies in order to help people dealing with this "guilt" and continue to try to find new and more effective techniques. Classical strategies like Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Emotion Regulation often help these survivors deal with the new emotional realities they face and help them come to an understanding of their part in a tragedy. Simultaneously, a more holistic approach, using techniques like yoga and meditation can help these survivors find their emotional and spiritual core, to help center and balance the feelings they express.

As mental health experts, we should feel especially sensitive to the troubles and difficulties faced by these survivors not only in dealing with their emotions, but even in having trouble reaching out to find the help they truly need. Often times the struggle for these individuals doesn't simply begin when they enter treatment or reach out for help, but often it is the psychological barrier that prevents these individuals from seeking out help at all. For survivors, as if often the case with those dealing generally with trauma, seeking out help may be seen as a weakness in an already weakened state. Many survivors may simply think that they can fight their feelings away, or may look on psychological assistance as a crutch that others may ridicule. As such, it is especially important for mental health professionals, and treatment centers, such as Sovereign Health, to be actively promoting mental health and reaching out to those who may be suffering from traumatic guilt.

As we reflect on the impact of tragedies, such as the Aurora Theater shooting, we can strive to develop new and effective ways to help victims and survivors cope and recover. The Colorado shooting was a tragic event and calls for a time to work collectively in the psychological community to further develop therapeutic treatments to prevent anger and violence in society, but also treatments for people who have been faced with these tragedies.

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Treat Anger and Prevent Violence

Anger is often considered as an emotion that can range from a serious nuisance to potentially catastrophic and "varies in intensity from mild irritation to intense fury and rage" according to Dr. Charles Speilberger. While anger may sometimes be a necessary emotion to display to others for discipline, it most often leads to uncomfortable if not disastrous situations in which neither party leaves feeling positive. As such, we take the view that anger is something we must all learn to deal with, refocusing it in positive ways.

Anger has many forms and can be expressed in either passive or active means, which can depend on any factors including the individuals personality, the nature of the situation in which the anger is expressed and issue causing an individual to become angry. Passive anger includes expressions such as; dispassion, or looking unconcerned, obsessive behavior and self-blame. Active anger includes expressions such as bullying, selfishness and hurtfulness, which can sometimes even escalate into serious physical violence. Not only can anger be a serious emotional and social problem but it can even affect ones physical health, as some studies have shown, linking higher levels of anger to greater risks for serious disease such as coronary risk and heart attack. Anger is often such a serious threat to one's mental health and well-being that many people will voluntarily identify anger as a problematic trait in their lives and seek out psychological resources to work around it.

Based on the popular SAMHSA manual, Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients, Sovereign Health uses a CBT-based method for helping patients deal with their anger and often focuses on helping patient with impulse control, which is intimately tied with anger. This connection is not simply an emotional connection, but even a biological one as anger, like many other emotions and desires is based in the Amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. In order to try and help patients deal with anger, its sources and effects, we at Sovereign offer a variety of groups, homework assignments and strategies that are designed to assist patients in realizing that anger is often a destructive force, and must often be directed differently.
Now On Demand: "It Happens To Boys"

Carol Teitelbaum, LMFT, and 4 Male Abuse Survivors presented "It Happens To Boys" at Sovereign Health's monthly Networking luncheon on July 11th, 2012. The presentation covered statistics, stories, preventative measures, and recovery and hope for all adult survivors of child abuse. View Carol and her survivors presentation on demand at:

Click Here To Watch:
It Happens To Boys Presentation: Click To Watch on Demand

Learn more about Carol's upcoming Creative Change conferences:
Click Here: www.creativechangeconferences.com

Sovereign Health of California is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Creative Change "Women's Conference" on October 13, 2012 and "It Happens To Boys Too" in Los Angeles, March 1-2, 2013.

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Free Monthly Networking Luncheon

Sovereign Health of California hosts reoccurring monthly Networking Luncheon Events in Los Angeles and Orange County. We would like to create an opportunity for treatment professionals in the addiction and psychological recovery communities to come together to share resources and connect.

Orange County Networking

Every Second Wednesday of The Month
(Save To Your Calendar as Reoccuring Event)

Date: September 12, 2012

Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, CA 92672
Plenty of Free Parking

Time: 11:30-12:30pm Networking & Lunch
12:30-1:30pm Presentation

Presenter: Dr. Kakaiya
Topic: BED and Impulse Dysregulation

RSVP with Marissa Katrin Maldonado
Email: M.Maldonado@sovhealth.com
(Specify Networking Location in Email)
Phone: 909-827-1516


Los Angeles Networking

Every Second Thursday of The Month
(Save To Your Calendar as Reoccuring Event)

Date: September 13, 2012

Location: 6167 Bristol Parkway
Culver City, CA
Plenty of Free Parking

Time: 11:30-1pm Networking and Lunch
Feel Free to Stick Around and For More Networking!

RSVP with Marissa Katrin Maldonado
Email: M.Maldonado@sovhealth.com
(Specify Networking Location in Email)
Phone: 909-827-1516

Patient Testimonial

Dual Diagnosis Clinics Make a Difference - Rob's Story
Dual Diagnosis Clinics Make a Difference - Rob's Story

Visit Sovereign Health's You Tube Page to See More Testimonials and other Videos on our channel.

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Using Health Insurance

Mental Health, Eating Disorder, and Addiction Treatment had been non-existent for thousands of people in the United States every year due to not having enough resources to pay for a program. Sovereign Health of California wanted to change the face of the utilization of health insurance in treatment and help more people reach the help they need and deserve. Sovereign has been diligent and motivated from the very beginning to create and continue increasing the amount of coverage that a patient receives for treatment. From the very first call, our admissions team will handle the verification of benefits and devise a plan of action to get the patient into treatment as quickly as possible. If the patient does not have the deductible or out of pocket expenses, we are willing to work with each person individually with the resources available to make it work. Patients at Sovereign are seeing an average of 30-45 covered days in treatment, with quite a few reaching 60 days, and a few even reaching 90 days. Sovereign Health is Joint Commission Accredited and continues to build an excellent system of patient documentation to prove medical necessity for treatment. Sovereign is dedicated to excellent patient care and satisfaction. We are proud to say "We Accept and Direct Bill Insurance".

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Admission Info

At Sovereign Health of California, we utilize an experienced intake staff to facilitate entry into our program. The confidential intake process usually begins with a brief conversation to help determine whether we are a suitable match for a potential patient. The next step is to determine the level of care necessary. Finally, the information is passed on to our clinical staff, who are in charge of assessment and admission. 

We invite you to call us at 866-819-2948 or email us at info@sovhealth.com

Sovereign Health of California specializes in providing holistic and evidence-based clinical treatment, focusing on the person as a whole. Conditions, including mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders, are treated simultaneously and with equal care in our specialized treatment centers. A clinical model of healing the physical, mental, and emotional is used to treat our patients. 
Company Summary

Sovereign Health Group offers treatment for Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders.  We use a foundation of evidence based treatment modalities and blend experiential therapies to create finely balanced treatment programs.  We have locations in San Clemente and Culver City.  Sovereign Health is Joint Commission Accredited and hold high standards for excellent patient care.  We have a team of licensed medical professionals that provide cutting edge and effective clinical treatments.  Sovereign has a mission to rewire the brain one step at a time and create a foundation for a long lasting recovery.

Corporate Address:
Sovereign Health of California
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, California 92672

Treatment Locations
San Clemente & Culver City

Telephone:
Toll Free: (866) 819-2948
Front Desk: (949) 369-1300
Fax: (949) 276-5183

Website: www.sovcal.com
Email: info@sovcal.com

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In This Issue
Dedication to Aurora, CO
Meet Our Staff
New Treatment Location
Survivors Guilt/Trauma
Treat Anger and Prevent Violence
On Demand: "It Happens To Boys"
Free Monthly Networking Luncheons: Orange County & Los Angeles
Patient Testimonial
Using Health Insurance
Admission Info
Company Summary


Corporate Address:
Sovereign Health Group
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente,
California 92672
Treatment Locations:
San Clemente
Culver City
Toll Free:
866-819-2948
Front Desk:
949-369-1300
Fax:
949-276-5183
Email:
info@sovcal.com
www.SovCal.com
Sovereign Health Group
Sovereign Health of California
Our Locations: San Clemente - Culver City