Who We Treat
“We want to know what happened to you, not what’s wrong with you.”
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.
In the psychiatric, medical and psychological fields there are many different diagnostic terms used to describe and label the issues above. Many terms have come into common usage such as “Borderline Personality Disorder”, “BPD”, “Depressive Disorder”, “Histrionic Personality Disorder” or “Dependent Personality Disorder”. These pejorative labels are used to describe certain personality traits and psychological issues that are not clearly defined in the psychiatric literature. Thus, aside from being negative terms, they are often incorrectly applied. Furthermore, these labels can become derogatory names for people in common usage, such as “that person is Bipolar” or “my OCD is flaring up today.”
At PCH Treatment Center, we believe that these labels are not clinically useful and not particularly accurate. They tend to be based upon a medical model in which there is a dual distinction between “normality” and “disorder”. The labels tend to include a judgment about the client in which they are seen as difficult and complicit in their problems, or suffering from a mental illness. At PCH we are much more concerned about understanding each client’s experience and what has contributed to it, as opposed to pathologizing and labeling it as disordered behavior.
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
- Psychological Trauma
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Depression & Mood Issues
- Psychotic States
- Borderline States
- Dissociative Conditions & DID
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.
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.
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 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.