At Paradigm San Francisco, we believe one of the key reasons to our continued success in providing adolescent treatment lies in our unwavering commitment to creating treatment plans that are as precise and individualized as the teens themselves. This belief is the foundation of our holistic approach, which is designed to address each and every aspect of teens’ lives and well-being, in addition to their diagnoses. Just a few of the things we consider when designing treatment include teens’ interests, strengths, relationships, extracurricular activities, personality traits, and nutrition. Over the years, what we’ve found over the years is by designing treatment in this way, we can create many more opportunities for teens to do meaningful therapeutic work, during their time in treatment. It’s along these lines that we’ve designed our Extroverted Teen Treatment program.
In our experience working with young people, we’ve seen that teens can vary greatly in what works or doesn’t work for them, in the treatment context. Whereas one teen might thrive in groups, others might be triggered to shut down, and this difference speaks to the need of our individualized care. Technically speaking, an “extrovert” is defined as a person who gains energy from being with other people. Therefore, in designing treatment for extroverted teens, we can mindfully create opportunities and processes, based on this knowledge, in order to give the teens the best possible opportunity to succeed.
For example, extroverted teens often need independence and the ability to make their own choices; therefore, as much as is possible, we want to help extroverted teens to feel that they are making positive choices in their own treatment, rather than being forced to participate. Extroverted teens also tend to shine in front of peers and benefit from being able to process out-loud, so these things can especially benefit their time in peer and family group therapy sessions. Even though these intentional efforts may seem subtle, they can make a tremendous difference to the ease and depth with which teens engage in their treatment process.
At Paradigm San Francisco, our treatment plans are designed from a combination of individual and group therapy time. Within these categories, we have an extensive array of therapeutic offerings, ranging from things such as more traditional family and peer group therapy sessions to Art Therapy, Equine Therapy, Yoga Therapy and Meditation Therapy. All of these different options provide opportunities for therapists to help extroverted teens shine in front of peers, while also getting to express themselves in new, creative ways. These more dynamic approaches, coupled with the individual sessions, create a treatment experience that support teens to stay interested, engaged, and motivated, throughout the entirety of their time here with us.
It’s worth noting that one of the key reasons that makes it possible to design our treatment plans in this way is because of our commitment of keeping a high staff-to-client ratio, with affords us with the ability to get to know each adolescent well. It also allows us to provide intensive, attentive, precise care available, including individual therapy sessions, every day while teens are in treatment. By creating and providing treatment in this way, we are not just addressing teens’ symptoms and struggles, but supporting them to heal and set the groundwork to live their happiest, truest lives.