Unity Place of Monmouth County has a host of excellent and probing group topics that allow clients to confront a particular problem or set a specific goal. The staff who lead these groups each have certain subjects that give them greatest degree of satisfaction, and that they see as offering essential benefits to their clients.
Unity recently polled the staff about the various groups as asked them to name the one that means the most to them, or to their clients.
Critical to successful recovery is belief in oneself. For that reason, two Unity counselors, Beatrice B and Kate D., regard Motivation and Self-Esteem as crucial to her clients. Kate put it as follows: “I love seeing clients building themselves and each other.”
Clients’ health often is something clients with substance use and mental health may well have neglected before they came to Unity Place. With that in mind, Health and Nutrition is the preferred group of Chris Terry, who also happens to very much like talking about food.
Two Unity staff most enjoy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. One of those, Nikki M., said that through CBT clients alter their thinking patters, which in turn helps them to change behaviors. Samantha A. also derives a sense of reward in guiding her clients through CBT groups.
Creating a cohesive team is something Tracy Tennis, LAC, views as critical to recovery, so Team Building ranks as her favorite. Working well together is something everyone needs and it benefits clients in their personal and professional goals.
Related to this is Social Education and Relationship and Boundaries, topics that Carolyn W. enjoys working with clients on. She wants to see them become more social and create and sustain strong relationships. This can include repairing relationships that suffered before the person entered recovery.
Tia Guerin favors Psych Ed. In that it teaches clients about their symptoms and, most importantly, makes them aware of their triggers. Awareness of triggers is critical to reducing susceptibility to relapse.
Both Jamie P. and Bridget C. enjoy doing intakes, which is central to their work. During the intake process, each say they appreciate how it gives them opportunity to get to know the person entering treatment at Unity Place. This introduction to the program gives clients a sense of the excellent care Unity will provide.