Who We Treat
At PCH, we treat:
- People who are struggling with work, school, home and/or relationships.
- People who are in emotional pain and are having a difficult time feeling “okay”.
- Those who have had traumatic experiences that they are having trouble moving past.
- Those who have struggled throughout their lives and have never felt emotionally healthy.
- Those who have difficulty regulating their emotions and difficulty in trusting and attaching to others.
At PCH Treatment Center we find it much more useful to refer to how we can be helpful to our clients and their specific issues. Those issues may include (and in many cases they are combinations of these issues):
Emotional dysregulation refers to a person’s inability to control and regulate their emotions, usually resulting from persistent and/or early psychological trauma. Emotional Dysregulation can be a part of what we feel is pejoratively and incorrectly labelled as Borderline Personality Disorder. We avoid stigmatizing labels and specialize in the treatment of emotional dysregulaton.
PCH specializes in addressing psychological trauma using trauma-based and trauma-informed treatment modalities including psychodynamic and somatic therapies, trauma groups, mentalization, DBT, yoga and experiential therapies. This includes conditions that are commonly diagnosed as PTSD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
PCH Treatment Center is one of a few programs in the country with an OCD treatment program featuring therapists specializing in the cognitive therapy of OCD. We have a full exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment team and OCD specific groups.
PCH treats anxiety issues such as social anxiety and agoraphobia. Our highly experienced doctoral and masters level clinicians are well versed in psychodynamic or cognitive behavioral therapy. We also utilize neurofeedback, group therapies, skills training and yoga and exercise programs.
Depression and Mood Issues
The PCH approach to depression and mood issues are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, and aerobic exercise, along with exposure to a wide array of psychotherapeutic and holistic activities. We work to optimize sleep habits, nutrition, relationships and work and family environments.
PCH Treatment Center features a staff of experts in Bipolar. We offer a combination of psychodynamic, behavioral, and somatic therapies, groups, medication management, neurofeedback, yoga and exercise programs and an array of arts and experiential activities.
When a person has severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder they require significant psychological support. PCH Treatment Center is located in Los Angeles and has extensive experience with treating PTSD. Our clinical staff of doctoral and masters level therapists have a deep understanding of PTSD and the devastating effects it can have on a person’s well-being.
PCH Treatment Center specializes in working with clients suffering from what is commonly referred to as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, thought disorders and other more severe psychological and psychiatric problems. While we question the clinical utility and accuracy of these psychiatric labels, we offer a specialized treatment program for psychotic issues at our PCH Pasadena campus.
While PCH Treatment Center does not believe in and avoids the term ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ we are highly experienced dealing with the root cause of personality issues – psychological trauma. PCH offers psychodynamic and somatic therapies, DBT, mentalization, groups and other holistic modalities.
Dissociative Conditions & DID
Dissociative conditions result from psychological trauma, usually occurring in early childhood. PCH is a unique psychological treatment center with experienced doctoral and masters level clinicians who are qualified to treat dissociative conditions including Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Other Mood Issues
We Also Treat
At PCH we want to understand each client’s experiences and what contributed to their psychological issues. We address feelings, thoughts, emotions and behaviors instead of focusing on labels and diagnoses. We want to help clients who feel “stuck” so they can move forward in life and work through their problems. We avoid pathologizing our clients so we don’t use terms such as “disordered behavior,” “mental illness,” or shaming diagnoses. In other words, we want to know what happened to you, not what’s wrong with you.
At PCH Treatment Center, we believe many psychiatric and psychological labels are not clinically useful and are often inaccurate. Some psychiatric terms such as “Borderline Personality Disorder,” “Depression,” “OCD” or “Narcissist”, have become everyday common language. Many of these labels have taken on negative connotations and have become pejorative, especially when used to describe personality traits and psychological issues that are not clearly defined in medical literature. These labels may also include a judgment about the client in which they are seen as difficult or complicit in their problems and suffering from a “lifelong illness.”