All of our treatment approaches are backed by research. As a learning community of therapists, psychiatrists, and other program staff, we meet together to review the latest evidence and make sure we are providing you the highest level of care – the same we’d want for anyone in our own family.
Our Treatment Approaches
We have a variety of treatment options available.
Types of Counseling and Therapy:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family and couples counseling
- Medication management
- Psychological testing
Specialized Services For:
- People with major depression
- People who experience intense, seemingly unmanageable emotions
- People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or related disorders
- People struggling with substance use and addiction
- People with developmental disability or autism, and their families
- Complete psychiatric assessment
- Ongoing medication management
Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, with symptoms ranging from fatigue and insomnia or excessive sleeping, to feelings of worthlessness or guilt, lack of pleasure in most activities, or recurring thoughts of death or suicide. Though medication is often helpful in managing these symptoms, TMS treatment may be an option for people who experience problematic side effects, who have not found a medication that is effective for them, or who need additional therapeutic support.
ServiceNet offers NeuroStar Advanced Therapy® (a form of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS) at our outpatient Behavioral Health Center in Northampton. This non-drug, non-invasive depression therapy has been proven safe and effective in treating major depression.
TMS therapy uses focused magnetic pulses to awaken areas of the brain that are underactive in depression. By stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and increasing cerebral blood flow, this treatment can result in improved mood. It is usually prescribed for 4-6 weeks, 5 days a week. Following the initial evaluation, each treatment lasts between 19 and 37 minutes. Patients are awake and alert during treatment, and are able to resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
Patients who are taking medications to treat their depression may continue to use them while undergoing TMS therapy.
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy® is available only by prescription, and many insurances cover it. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, contact our intake line today to schedule a consultation and to find out if TMS treatment may be an option for you: 413.584.6855 ext. 6
For more information, see: www.neurostar.com
DBT is intensive outpatient treatment for individuals with high risk behaviors, including suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts; or self-harm by cutting or burning, eating disorders, or alcohol and drug problems. People with these behaviors often feel overwhelmed by emotional pain, and have difficulty in their relationships with others.
DBT teaches participants how to identify and cope with their emotions, and to create and maintain healthy relationships – helping reduce high risk behaviors and the need for future psychiatric hospitalizations.
ServiceNet offers separate, comprehensive DBT programs for adults and adolescents, which include:
- Weekly individual therapy (plus weekly family therapy in the adolescent program)
- Weekly skills group
- Telephone coaching in between appointments
We also offer DBT classes called Wise Mind Groups for people with less severe symptoms (see our Group Therapy section for more information).
ServiceNet has been providing DBT since 1993, and has been nationally recognized for the quality and effectiveness of our program.
Individuals and/or their families may self-refer to the DBT program. Adult DBT is available at our Behavioral Health Centers in Northampton and Greenfield. Adolescent DBT is offered in Northampton.
For more information, please contact our intake line: 413.584.6855
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes intrusive, unwelcome thoughts that can create a lot of anxiety. People often feel that they must engage in certain regular behaviors or rituals to relive that anxiety—such as excessive hand-washing, counting or rearranging items, checking and re-checking to make sure doors are locked or appliances are turned off.
Symptoms of related disorders may include:
- Pulling at your hair or picking at your skin to reduce tension
- Seeing your body—or parts of your body—differently than others do
- Avoiding certain activities because they cause you distress
- Collecting more than you need, to the point where stuff is taking over your home—but you just can’t part with it
To address these challenging, often painful thoughts and behaviors, ServiceNet’s OCD & Related Disorders Program offers Exposure and Response Prevention therapy. This is the therapy with the strongest base of clinical evidence for success in treating OCD and related disorders.
Each person’s treatment approach is individually developed. Participants in the program then commit to an action plan that will help them make real change in their lives. They learn how to test their beliefs and to tolerate intrusive thoughts without needing to use compulsive behaviors for relief.
Our services include:
- Individual therapy for adolescents and adults
- Family and/or couples therapy when helpful
- Medication management
- Community-based and in-home support
- Group therapy options, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the 16-week Buried in Treasures group
Locations: Northampton, Greenfield, and Holyoke
For more information, call our intake line: 413.584.6855