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The Four Best Experiential Therapies | A Review from Our Clients

Experiential therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique that aims to place subjects into an experience that triggers a new mindset or perspective. Experiential therapy can also serve ​​to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from the past that helps clients process trauma or other concerns. At Ascend, we use experiential therapy as part of every client’s…

Mental illness in teens

What it Means for Teens to Live With Mental Illness

Teen years can be challenging for both adolescents and their parents. Hormones are raging, emotions are running high, and everyone involved seems at a loss for what to do. A teen’s poor attitude may prompt parents to inflict punishments for misbehavior when it’s actually mental illness that’s the root of the problem. Learning how to…

How Can Depression Affect the Family System

How Does Depression Affect the Family System?

Depression can be fairly common among teenagers, but the signs are often overlooked. Moodiness is viewed as a normal teen phase, and many parents just count the years until their child’s hormones level out. However, it’s important to note the differences between the usual teen rebellion and depressive disorders, as more serious mental health conditions…

negative self talk

What is Negative Self-Talk & How Can You Redirect It?

Negative self-talk is a stressful and often involuntary form of self-criticism. These are thoughts that can be self-deprecating and may even contribute to or stem from mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. If your teen often expresses negative thoughts about themselves, their inner monologue is likely destructive. In this post, we’ll discuss…

Are Seasonal Depression & Major Depressive Disorder Related?

Loading… Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a depressive disorder that impacts individuals primarily during the winter months. It’s also known as seasonal depression disorder, and it’s characterized by changes in mood and periods of depression in the colder months. For those who struggle with seasonal depression disorder, there can be a link to major depressive…

signs of progress for mental health

Signs of Progress for Mental Health | 45 Days at Ascend

For teens who struggle with substance abuse or their mental health, residential treatment can have a lasting impact. Spending time away from the triggers that created their problems in a supportive environment can help teens learn the healthy coping skills they need. The length of time in treatment for each individual varies based on a…