Psychiatric Care

Along with our varied therapists, our clinic serves patients in the Milwaukee and Waukesha County areas, offering the services of five physicians who specialize in medication management of psychiatric disorders.

Sometimes an individual may find that talk therapy is not enough to address their concerns. In these instances, our therapists may refer this client to a doctor for an evaluation for medications tailored for your mental health concerns. In this assessment appointment, which tends to last around 45 minutes, the doctor will be able to determine if your symptoms have the potential to be improved through the use of medications.

If it is determined that medication is appropriate for you, it will be prescribed at this first appointment. The doctor will then schedule you for follow up appointments to monitor your progress on the prescribed medications and make any adjustments to dose, frequency, or type of medication, as necessary. Follow up appointments with the doctor are scheduled on an as needed basis with a frequency ranging from weekly to biannually.

Some psychiatric medications take more than two weeks to be effective. Please keep this in mind when you are evaluating the results of a new medication regimen. Our doctors are here to work with you in making these decisions. We encourage you to communicate any side effects or concerns you may have about your medications.


Suboxone & Vivitrol Program

West Grove Clinic offers both Suboxone and Vivitrol services.


Individual Psychotherapy

West Grove Clinic is is proud to be the home of providers with various modality specialities including: Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), relationship counseling, trauma informed care, EMDR, art based therapy, Qigong, and addiction.


Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program

West Grove Clinic offers a holistic and team integrated approach, which allows us to provide optimal treatment for our clients. Clients will have the opportunity for medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as holistics. West Grove integrates holistics because this approach helps client regain self-care, body awareness, thought awareness, relaxation, and a different outlet to express themselves.

The primary goal of our IOP is to establish and maintain sobriety for clients to build a healthy and sober lifestyle. Topics covered in IOP to achieve this include:

  • Education about Addiction
  • Triggers/cravings
  • Coping skills
  • High risk situations
  • Relapse prevention
  • Becoming aware of warning signs
  • Relationships
  • Support systems
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Family night

West Grove Clinic offers a daytime and evening IOP, which meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30 - 4:30pm and 5:00 - 8:00pm respectively. Regular, random urine and oral drug screens are administered on site as part of the program. If you are interested in setting up an assessment for IOP, or have additional questions please contact us.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and chronically suicidal individuals; it is now used in a variety of psychological treatments including treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBI), eating disorders, and mood disorders. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury. Recent work also suggests its effectiveness with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency.

DBT combines standard cognitive behavioral techniques for emotional regulation, and reality testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating BPD. The first randomized clinical trial of DBT showed reduced rates of suicidal gestures and psychiatric hospitalizations.


Relationship Counseling

Relationship counselors work with couples in all stages to facilitate conflict resolution, improved communication, and realignment in families. Our clients find that by approaching and communicating with each other using effective tools they learned in the counseling sessions, they can resolve conflicts they have experienced for years. Our therapists use tools from a variety of resources including Gary Chapman’s Love Languages and the work of John Gottman to name just a few. Clients are seen individually and together, based upon their needs as a couple and what feels most comfortable to them. Whether you have been struggling for years or you just began to have some difficulty, relationship counseling can be a good way to determine what changes might be needed and how to proceed with each other in the future.


EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a technique used for people with a variety of concerns. It has been shown to be effective in reducing distress related to traumatic or difficult life events as well as for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Addiction, OCD, performance anxiety, sexual abuse and many other conditions. These experiences or conditions often cause side effects that are disturbing and EMDR therapy can be helpful to create a more neutral feeling. EMDR therapy is an 8 phase technique known for utilizing alternating stimulation of the left and right side of the brain, typically in the form of eye movement, to activate the adaptive information processing system in the brain. As this information processing system is activated, the emotional content of a disturbing memory washes away along with any remaining bodily disturbance, and a person is left with the facts of a situation and a deeper, more positive belief system. This allows a person to feel a great reduction in distress when thinking of particularly traumatic events in their life and to correct negative beliefs that have been built upon them. Many report that following EMDR treatment, they feel an improved sense of who they are, a reduction in stress and tension and improved relationships with others. Additionally, those who has experienced flashbacks, nightmares and hypervigilance report a neutral feeling that relieves these symptoms. EMDR therapy has been a recognized technique for trauma for 25 years and has been adopted by the Department of Defense for treating Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


QIGONG

Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung or Chee Gong) is part of an overall Chinese system of health exercises involving a concentrated process of breathing along with coordinated patterns of slow an gentle body movements. In addition, the use of a concentrated and focused mind n this process helps generate energy which, through the relaxation process, is guided throughout the body in patterned movements. The result is a grounded sense of well-being stemming from a release of tension and a balanced flow of energy through the meridian system as understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Background Chinese medical theory as it relates to the health aspects, various principles regarding Qigong practice and its history will be presented along with several sets of Qigongs for a broad practice repertoire. In addition, a very well known and sophisticated form of Qigong, better known as Tai Chai Chuan, will be demonstrated with a formal presentation of its history, philosophy, principles of practice and health benefits. Please contact us to learn about Qigong classes.


HOLISTICS

Our holistic services include: art therapy, crystal healing, energy work, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, acupuncture, and more.


Road to Recovery: Medication Assisted Treatment Aftercare Group

Road to Recovery is a support group for individuals utilizing medication assisted treatment such as suboxone, subutex, vivitrol, or other options. Road to Recovery is offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and Friday afternoons from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.