What's Inside
NAATP 2012
Mental Health Awareness Month
Q&A with Dr. Cho
Program Element: PTSD Treatment
Monthly CEU Luncheon
Patient Testimonial
Celebrity with a Mental Health condition
Using Health Insurance
Admission Info
Company Summary
NAATP 2012
Sovereign Health was honored to become a new member of NAATP 2012. We are grateful to have received a NAATP book of approved treatment providers in the addiction treatment community and look forward to working together to help patients and families recover from the mental health and chemical dependency conditions.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month which began in the United States in 1949 to raise awareness about mental health conditions and treatment for recovery. Sovereign Health of California believes that treating the underlying mental health condition or comorbidity is the key to a long lasting recovery. We have developed three separate treatment programs based on this principle for Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, and Eating disorders. Sovereign will continue to develop innovative treatments based on our continuous research and dedication to excellent mental health treatment.
Q&A with Dr. Cho
Q: Who are you and what do you do for Sovereign Health? 
A: My name is Diana Cho (PsyD) and I am the Director of Sovereign Health's Mental Health Program. Our Mental Health Program offers Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient levels of care to service the needs of individuals based on the intensity of symptoms and level of functioning. While overseeing the Mental Health Program, I also provide individual and group therapy sessions at Sovereign Health. Currently, I facilitate the Mindfulness Group and Process Group for the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Mental Health program. I have been with Sovereign Health for nearly two years.

Q: What brought you to Sovereign Health?
A: When I was looking for a position as a Post-Doctoral Intern, I contacted Dr. Meghan Marcum, the former Clinical Director of Sovereign Health. From my personal relationship with Dr. Marcum, I was led towards Sovereign, where I continued to develop both a personal and professional connection. I joined Sovereign to be part of a program that was not just growing from success, but flourishing into a multi-track program. Presently, Sovereign Health offers a Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring disorders) track, Mental Health track, and Eating Disorders track. Sovereign Health provides young professionals the opportunity to gain experience with clients from all different tracks facing a variety of issues and challenges.

Q: What do you look for when looking to see if clients succeed?  
A: To me, everyone who enters our program and focuses on personal and treatment goals is a success story. The process starts the moment an individual identifies the need to seek treatment. Motivation and willingness to change maladaptive behaviors are good predictors of being successful in treatment. Success is measured by decreases in severity of symptoms, being able to manage symptoms effectively utilizing skills and tools, improving psychosocial functioning, and improving overall quality of life.

Q: So to finish off, what aspect(s) of Sovereign Health do you enjoy the most?
A: There are many aspects of Sovereign Health that I enjoy. First of all, program cohesiveness, the bond that each program forms as the clinicians work together to provide the best treatment possible, is a positive. Also being able to work not just as a team, but as a multi-disciplinary team, tackling a wide variety of issues is a big plus. Finally, the ability to learn, grow, and advance here at Sovereign has been a great advantage. I really appreciate the time that I've spent at Sovereign.

Program Element: PTSD Treatment
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event which results in psychological trauma. 

The National Comorbidity Survey has estimated that around 7.8% of Americans will suffer from PTSD in their lifetimes, and the condition is especially acute with those surviving combat.  

Here at Sovereign Health, we seek to help those suffering from PTSD, and other stress related disorders, with a variety of treatments, especially Time Line Therapy. Timeline therapy, practiced by our own Heidi Cottle, MS, MFT, is an offshoot of Neurolinguistic Programming and was developed by Tadd James. In Time Line Therapy, the patient identifies a painful memory or experience that they would like to have desensitized.  

The traumatic event is worked on from a safe distance unlike other techniques where the patient regresses back into the traumatic memory. Time Line Therapy can be utilized within a normal session hour and the entire time, the patient is awake and aware of everything discussed within that session. Upon completing the process, patients gather learning's and wisdom from the traumatic event. The body releases the emotional pain, leaving the details of the event intact, but with no negative feelings attached. It tends to have a Gestalt effect, meaning that all similar events in one's life are desensitized at the same moment.  

After just one session, patients often feel exhilarated and exhibit a renewed sense of peace and joy. With Time Line Therapy, as well as a vast array of therapies and sessions, Sovereign Health seeks to help end the suffering caused by PTSD and other stress disorders and return clients to stress free lives.
June CEU Event
Monthly Network & Educational Luncheon
Dr. Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, 
A Dark Wood: The Identification and Treatment of Trauma

Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Novato, CA. She has been in practice since 1980.

In addition to her psychology practice, Dr. Weedn provides continuing education and training programs for mental health professionals.

She has created and produced a wide variety of retreat programs and workshops, ranging from couples enrichment to spiritual development. Having studied with many leaders in behavioral/mental health care, as well as wisdom keepers from many traditions, Dr. Weedn applies traditional wisdom to a dynamic format.

Since 2004, Dr. Weedn has provided in-depth psychological assessments of patients at local chemical dependency treatment centers. Her reports and recommendations guide individualized treatment planning and interventions designed to maximize treatment outcomes and guard against episodes of relapse.
Patient Testimonial


Celebrity with a Mental Health condition
Richard Dreyfuss talks about living with bipolar disorder
(Courtesy - heraldtribune.com)

Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, The Goodbye Girl, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland's Opus) was in Sarasota Saturday to speak on "Living With Mental Illness" for the Mental Health Community Centers. The event was sponsored by the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and underwritten by The Isermann Family Foundation. Dreyfuss, who has bipolar disorder, sat down with Health+Fitness editor Barbara Peters Smith to describe what the world looks like through the prism of this disease.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss is seen in this 2004 file photo.

Herald-Tribune: In all the reviews and profiles about you, a word that comes up a lot is an unusual one for a successful actor: "irritating." That word also comes up a lot in the literature on bipolar disease.

Richard Dreyfuss: Society has norms, and most of us want to be in some kind of harmony or rhythm with those norms. When you're a manic-depressive, as they say about technology, the question is: Do you run it or does it run you? When it's running you, you can be - at the least - irritating.

Herald-Tribune: When did you know or suspect that you had this disease?

Richard Dreyfuss: I knew it from birth. I thought that if other people had the same inner life that I had, the world would be a different place. Maybe better, maybe worse, but certainly different if people admitted to the vivid, roller-coaster quality of things. Because they didn't, I realized that it wasn't shared by everybody.

Herald-Tribune: How did you decide to seek treatment for bipolar disease?

Richard Dreyfuss: I didn't go to find out about that. I went to find out about me. The secret of therapy is that it's the only time the culture allows you to spend time with yourself, on yourself, and it's not called egomania. Read More...
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".
Admission Information
Admissions Process
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.  We treat males and females for mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders. 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

Toll Free: (866) 819-2948
Front Desk: (949) 369-1300
Fax: (949) 276-5183
Email : info@sovcal.com
Website : www.sovcal.com

Our Locations: San Clemente | Culver City

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