Therapies for Mental Health & Addiction Recovery

At VCAT Treatment Center, we provide evidence-based interventions to speed recovery from mental health disorders and addiction. We strongly believe that any mental health or substance use disorder diagnosis should be quantifiable, and the recommended treatments must be proven effective.

Our treatment programs are designed to promote healthy brain functioning as the key stepping stone to recovering from mental health and substance use disorders. We offer neuroscience/brain-based, behavioral, and alternative therapies that give our clients the tools and information they need to get better and stay better.


We understand that everyone is unique, that mental health issues are often complex, and that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. For these reasons, VCAT Treatment Center offers a wide range of evidence-based therapies to give you the best chance for long-lasting recovery.


Each client at VCATTRC receives a rigorous neuro-psychological assessment using state-of-the-art brain mapping technology and comprehensive interview question to help us create a treatment plan that best suits your individual needs and concerns.

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Psychodynamic Therapy

A client’s psychological and emotional life is an important consideration in our neuroscience/brain-based treatment programs.


The physiological manifestations of mental health issues (as seen in a qEEG brain map) are sometimes linked to unconscious content, such as denial and repression in the client’s psyche. Psychodynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology that looks to alleviate such psychic tension.


Our goal with psychodynamic therapy is to help individuals in recovery identify and analyze evasive behaviors and deep-seated feelings that may be contributing to their mental health or substance use disorder. Addressing these underlying issues helps lower your chances of relapse.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a structured and time-limited psychotherapy treatment modality that focuses on improving interpersonal functioning—including communications and relationships.


Our IPT treatment approach is based on the belief that some psychological disorders stem from role conflicts and relational deficits. IPT teaches you interpersonal skills to address current relationships and social problems—helping you alleviate psychological symptoms.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

People with substance use disorders or mental health problems can find themselves stuck in the past and ruminating on negative/distorted assumptions or beliefs linked to their present circumstances. But cognitive behavioral therapy can give patients the tools they need to cope with such faulty ways of thinking—and instead align their views with reality.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a time-tested and evidence-based treatment for various psychological disorders—including depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and dual diagnosis.


At VCAT Treatment Center, we use CBT to construct and re-construct our client’s behaviors, cognitions, and emotions. Our compassionate and highly-skilled therapists help you assess, recognize, and tackle dysfunctional or problematic thought patterns, beliefs/assumptions, and behaviors.


We aim to help you move beyond negative thoughts—and instead develop more realistic and positive perspectives that allow you to make healthier behavioral choices.

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has been shown to be an effective, evidence-based treatment for psychological issues like addiction and anxiety disorders. In addition to CBT techniques, DBT is oriented around four psychological and emotional function modules—including emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.


At VCAT Treatment Center, our therapists work closely with you to identify and change self-defeating behaviors, emotions, and thoughts via healthy coping skills.


Our brain-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment center in California provides a relaxed and safe environment to facilitate self-discovery, continual healing, and recovery as you develop practical coping skills.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, goal-oriented treatment modality that helps people resolve insecurities, ambivalent feelings, and dysfunctional attitudes/beliefs.


MI aims to help you change your undesirable behaviors by engaging and increasing your intrinsic motivation. The technique gives clients an opportunity to recognize the negative consequences of their negative behaviors, to realize they have the power to break the cycle of addiction, and to consider the positive outcomes of a healthier lifestyle.


Healthcare professionals at VCAT Treatment Center follow an empathetic and practical motivational interviewing process that takes into consideration the complexities and challenges of making behavioral changes. Our approach is non-judgmental, and we offer unconditional support to help you chart a way forward in the context of your own desired health outcomes.

Group Therapy

It’s easy to feel lost, ashamed, and alone when you are dealing with addiction or a mental health issue. But when clients are in a group setting, they’re able to build connections and receive support from peers overcoming similar challenges. They gain more clarity about their recovery journey by sharing their experiences, gaining meaningful feedback, and creating a network of supportive friends.


At VCAT Treatment Center, group therapy is integral to our brain-based mental health and substance abuse disorders treatment programs. We have a weekly schedule of group therapy sessions that leverage the profound power of human connection to give each client the support they need for long-lasting recovery.


Our group therapy sessions are provided by a compassionate and experienced team of specialists whose evidence-based approaches and expertise make them leaders in their fields. They include neurofeedback practitioners, clinical case managers, psychiatrists, psychologists, life coaches, spiritual counselors, registered dieticians, mindfulness meditation counselors, and acupuncturists.

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Individual Therapy

We understand that each person’s circumstances, underlying thought patterns, physiology, psyche, and behaviors are different. As such, people tend to respond differently to mental health and addiction treatment modalities. Individual therapy is an effective way to address these individual needs.


Our individual therapy sessions aim to uncover the root cause of your addiction or mental health problems. With the gentle guidance, compassion, and support of experienced therapists, our clients are encouraged to talk freely about their emotions, fears, thoughts, unique life circumstances, and struggles in a safe and completely confidential environment.


Through our one-on-one attention, comprehensive psychological assessment, and strong therapeutic alliance with our healthcare professionals, we’re able to create effective personalized treatment strategies that promote long-lasting recovery.

Herbal Therapy

VCAT Treatment takes a holistic approach to recovery—helping our clients unearth the root cause of their dysfunctions while strengthening their ability to cope and take care of their well-being.


A key part of long-lasting recovery is addressing the social, psychological, physical, and neural issues related to mental health or substance use disorder. And because these issues often throw your body off-balance, we may use plants, herbs, and ethnobotanicals to restore the natural balance—giving your body an opportunity to heal itself.


As an alternative therapy, herbs can empower individuals to pay more attention to how they take care of their mental and physical health. This may play an important role in long-lasting recovery.


Acupuncture is a holistic approach to mental health and addiction treatment that originated in China centuries ago. It involves carefully placing very fine, sterilized needles at specific pressure points on the body.


The traditional Chinese medicine practice is believed to work by stimulating the central nervous system. It may trigger biochemical changes in the brain and muscles—promoting the body’s natural healing abilities and improving your overall well-being.


When combined with other treatment modalities like Neurotherapy stimulation and evidence-based behavioral therapies, research suggests that acupuncture can effectively treat symptoms and underlying causes of mental illnesses and addiction.


At VCAT Treatment Center, we offer acupuncture treatment that seeks to support the healing of both the mind and body.


At VCAT Treatment Center, we strive to stay on the cutting edge of mental health and addiction research and technology by continually evolving our offerings in therapy.


From revolutionary therapies like VCAT neurostimulator therapy to time-tested forms such as CBT and group therapy—our team of experienced and compassionate healthcare professionals integrates the most effective techniques and equipment into your recovery plan.