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Psychological Services

At Caron, psychology is an integrated part of our behavioral health programs.

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Why We Include Psychological Treatment

Approximately 75% to 80% of the people we treat at Caron have a co-occurring disorder: a mental health or behavioral health issue simultaneous with their addiction. Around 25% of our patients have an Addiction Interaction Disorder (AID): a secondary or corollary addiction alongside their primary chemical dependency. We believe that all issues, including one’s addiction, must be addressed simultaneously. This is why we have full-time, on-site licensed psychologists and psychiatrists, including addiction medicine specialists who are certified through the American Board of Addiction Medicine, as part of our extensive medical team. We treat a very broad spectrum of mental and behavioral health issues as part of our holistic approach to treating each person.

Our Approach to Psychological Services

At Caron, we believe that psychological care is a key element of chemical dependency treatment and should take place alongside addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare. We provide immediate and ongoing care with licensed psychologists and psychiatrists at our facilities, and who are a part of each person’s individualized treatment team.

We use evidence-based approaches to assess, diagnose, and treat patients, helping them stabilize and then work through mental and behavioral health issues. Our psychology staff works collaboratively, as a team, constantly consulting with one another and with the entire patient’s treatment team.

Types of Psychological Services

Psychological evaluations are done to assess patients in terms of diagnosis and treatment needs, using a wide variety of tools for this process. Likewise, we have a number of different treatment services in practice.

Testing, Evaluation, and Diagnosis

Within the first few days of your (or your loved one’s) arrival at Caron, a psychologist will do a psychological evaluation, which may include:

  • Psychological testing, such as assessment of memory function or reasoning function in the event that a patient is struggling with these cognitive difficulties. The reason for such an assessment is to determine a patient’s capacity to engage in treatment.
  • A personality assessment, if necessary, can be used to assist with clarification of personality and mood function in order to enhance the treatment team’s understanding of a patient’s psychological issues. Such assessments also contribute to a patient’s self-understanding to enhance their own participation in treatment.

A recommendation for a psychiatric evaluation will be made in the event that the treatment team believes that a patient has significant medication issues and/or psychiatric difficulties. Through a collaborative process, our staff will use the results of these and/or other evaluations to develop a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Therapies and Treatments

No one’s addiction, mental, or behavioral health issues are the same and no two treatment plans are alike. Each member of the treatment team does an assessment of the patient in order to develop an individualized treatment plan. Some elements of treatment can include:

  • Treating psychopharmacological needs . Although we are cautious with medication, our onsite psychiatric staff can prescribe it if necessary.
  • Group psychological therapy . Sometimes a community environment is the most supportive and helpful for an individual. We also offer specialty treatment groups that focus on specific issues, such as anger, trauma, body image, anxiety and depression.
  • Biofeedback measures the relationship between physiological activity, such as heart rate, emotions, thoughts, and behavior. Using a computer, a patient can see the effects of changes in their behavior (such as breathing and heart rate) and can learn to control those responses on their own.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) lays a foundation for people to develop coping skills and work on emotional regulation. DBT is an evidence-based treatment that uses meditation and other treatment modalities within four modules: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Caron uses an integrated approach to treating the whole person. Psychological services are integrated within a patient’s spirituality and overall behavioral health.


Meet Our Staff

Joe Garbely
Dr. Joseph Garbely
Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Services
Lourdes Chahin
Dr. Lourdes Jeannette Chahin
Psychiatrist
Dr. Yianoula Alexakis
Clinical Neuropsychologist