The experience and information I received was more than I ever expected after 15 years of trying to get proper help for my daughter. This weekend gave us the hows and whys of The PCH method of day treatment and gave our daughter the understanding that she can be treated and that her illness can be controlled. This message is what we were searching for and we found it. Most of all she is not defined by this illness. Thank you! - February 2014
I’ll never forget the day I arrived at PCH. As I deplaned, an overwhelming sense of release surrounded me. I knew my decision to seek treatment at PCH for major depression was the right choice. Summer greeted me at baggage claim. We seemed to “click” right away. My trepidation about PCH Center diminished. When I arrived at the residence I was greeted with enthusiasm and smiles. I had entered a safe place in which I lived for two months. Treatment at PCH wasn’t always easy; progress takes time. The clinical staff was excellent and supportive. PCH sets the bar high as it relates to its therapists. Three months after my arrival, I’m headed back home. Although I’ll miss the PCH staff and clients, I’m ready to rejoin my family.
- February 2014
When you come into treatment, you are surprised to see yourself here. PCH helped me to feel good about this by creating a safe nucleus that felt like the loving family I did not have growing up. They attuned to me and my needs; everyone was clearly invested in me getting better. Instead of “treatment” I felt that I was getting to do over the part of my life where I had not learned to love myself, or be loved. With the help of everyone from directors to resident assistants, I was able to feel this. For me, I needed to go into my past to heal my future and we did this safely and gently, but most importantly, effectively. I’m now ready to go back into life and live it in the most fulfilled way…something I simply did not have access to before. I know things about myself now and about who I am that I could never be so completely sure of before. Thank you to all of you; you have helped me, I will never forget you.
- November 2013
“PCH helped change my life!!!”
- October 2013
“I had a great experience at PCH. The family therapy was absolutely lifechanging! I’ve met so many great people here. You make friends on such a deep personal level. I’m very happy with my decision to come to PCH. I will miss everyone so much.”
- August 2013
“Overall, PCH had a life-changing impact on my life. I wish it was more visible because it took me a lot of work to actually find PCH. The best component of the program was the 4x per week one to one meetings. Also the diversity of the curriculum and professional backgrounds of the instructors. I felt PCH gave me a family I could rely on while I was learning how to re-build my life in a healthy, safe manner. The staff cares and ths shows excellent leadership and decision making at the top. The staff really cares and I felt that all the time. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks in some other manner than words, but cannot. Please accept my most sincere gratitude. You helped me more than I can say.”
- July 2013
“This experience saved my life. The daily groups and therapists were so well led and helpful. Having information and techniques that are relevant and easy gives me great hope. My family is getting a much better Mom and I am enjoying peace that I’ve never known. Thank you for this program.”
- May 2013
“PCH is effective because of the sense of community that allowed me to feel safe and supported throughout my treatment.”
- April, 2013
“PCH is an excellent treatment center if you are serious about getting help. The residential and office staff are excellent and the therapists are fantastic. Most of them are willing to go far beyond the call of duty in order to give patients personalized care.”
- January 2013
“As a working professional who was sidetracked by a severe bipolar episode, I found an oasis of healing here at PCH. I came to the end of my month stay wanting to stay another month. I know if I had to return here that I would be welcomed by a diligent and caring staff of mental health professionals.”
- October 2012
“Before coming to PCH, I was lost and ignorant about my anxiety. The past 2 months I have learned so much about myself, that I am so excited to go back home and live the life I want to live. I have gained so much awareness about my thoughts and feelings and how they correlate with my anxiety. PCH was a very comforting place for me and more importantly it got me back on track with life and its ups and downs.”
- October 2012
“This is a place where you are able to find yourself because for the first time you’re safe to be yourself.”
- October 2012
“This place really helped me out a lot. It saved my life and I will always be grateful for PCH.”
- September 2012
“I truly appreciated the professional nature of all of the employees. Everyone was discrete and helpful. This was in stark contrast to other treatment centers I have been to. Instead of feeling like a child, I felt like an adult given the respect I deserve.”
- July 2012
“When I stepped in to Dr. Ball’s office three months ago I was convinced I had gone down so far in my black hole nobody could lift me out. In just weeks I found I was being proved wrong with the resources of the highly qualified staff and admissions team provided me. Especially with the help of Dave Burston and Seth Kadish, who have taught me skills to work on outside of therapy, which I practice every day. As I grew “better” it was easier to put in the work, and I worked hard, and I got so much out of it! My whole entire life has changed due to all I’ve learned at PCH. I have every reason to believe that I can finally be a functioning member of society, and I owe it all to PCH.”
- October 2011
“Before I came to PCH I was completely out of hope and ready for it to end. When I found out about PCH, though, I figured I would try anything with hopes it would help me. After being here for 3 months I am confident I have the skills and tools and hope that I need to be able to live again.”
- May 2011
“Thank you so much for taking such good care of me. I felt so loved and cared for. The staff is excellent, professional, and extremely caring. I feel like PCH saved my life.”
- September 2010
“The PCH therapists were wonderful. I felt well taken care of so I could focus on my work and the reason I came here. This was the last house on the block for me. If this didn’t work I would have had a life of misery and despair, suicide was next. Techniques I learned to carry with me home are yoga, breathing, mindfulness, how to throw a frisbee better, confidence, and boundaries. Stillness is a good thing that needs to be practiced, walking, enjoying any day. I can be an artist in my own way.”
- August 2010
“PCH Treatment Center provided me with a safe environment for personal exploration and insight. Their balanced approach gave me the tools and skills that are so necessary in everyday life. There is more here than psychological and emotional basic training. I felt there was a custom effort to meet my personal needs.”
- July 2010
“A very professional and great staff. A great start for the rough road ahead. I enjoyed my stay very much and got so much from PCH. Thank you!”
- July 2010
“I think PCH is a superb center. Everything is the best quality. The Treatment team is excellent and I loved my individual therapist. I would absolutely recommend PCH to any struggling friend and I will be sending a note to the doctor and social workers that referred me to PCH to thank them. Thanks!!”
- April 2010
“The PCH Psychiatrist made me feel very relaxed, and I love the approach that medication is not the answer”
- April 2010
“Three years ago I suffered a tragically all-too-common experience among young women: I was raped. Shocked, ashamed, and confused, I was unable to tell anyone what had happened. I was constantly pushing the terrifying thoughts away– vivid memories of being helpless, overpowered, alone…I instantly lost trust in others. I had trouble sleeping and concentrating. The smallest stressor sent me into physiological panic. I became very depressed.
Suicidal thoughts were always at hand.
Keeping silent about the trauma helped me to pretend it had never happened. In trying to keep a secret from my own self, I began to feel as if I didn’t really exist. I felt vacant, empty, detached from myself, and certainly detached from others. When emotions came to me, they were in tumultuous waves that were too strong for me to handle. I reacted impulsively in dangerous self-harm to these painful feelings of being overwhelmed. My life was in shambles. I knew I needed help.
At PCH, I found patient, non-judgmental staff whose consistent helpful counsel and kindness gave me reason to begin to trust and open up to them my deep wounds I myself was terrified to see. In the safe, supportive environment at PCH, I was finally able to address my problems. Through the gentle emotion regulation training in my DBT group, I learned how to hang into the present when I was distressed and to be aware of my emotions and even to exercise control over my responses. Through my process group therapy, I grew in awareness of my own needs and others’, and I found myself making meaningful relationships with other clients and restoring my relationships with friends and family. And through my individual therapy sessions, I was for the first time able to address my trauma, at my own safe pace, and I began to see tremendous release and relief of fear, detachment, and shame.
Because of PCH, I feel alive and hopeful. Since recovery is a process, PCH helped me find long-term follow-up care; from the solid foundation I gained at PCH, I’m enthusiastic about the journey.”
- February 2010