Now Offering: Telehealth Services
Telehealth is the delivery of telehealth services using interactive audio and/or visual electronic systems where the clinician and the patient are not in the same physical location. The interactive electronic systems used in Telehealth incorporate network and software security protocols to protect the confidentiality of patient information and audio and visual data. These protocols include measures to safeguard the data and to aid in protecting against intentional or unintentional corruption. We only allow for use of video telehealth services through the use of Zoom.
Telehealth services are used when you cannot be physically present with your clinician in order to provide therapy for your mental health needs. The clinician would be present at another location, to serve you through newly available technology. Telehealth services use video and/or audio technology to send both voice and/or visual images between you and your clinician. The combination of visual and audio makes it possible for your clinician to better provide counseling services when in-person therapy is not possible. During the current state of emergency related to COVID-19, the delivery of Telehealth Services can include audio only services.
Behavioral Health Services
Our services are customized to meet each person’s unique needs. We provide both outpatient and outreach services, as well as a full range of clinical services in the greater Boston area. Our clinicians frequently travel to Homes, schools, Foster Homes, Residential Programs, Churches, Child Care Programs, Adult Health Settings and Shelter Programs.
Home-Based Counseling Services
Community-Based Mental Health Outreach Services
Couples and Family Therapy
Intensive Family Services
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Discharge and Aftercare Planning
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
Our Outpatient Mental Health Clinics provide an opportunity for children and families to process their challenges, heal and move forward. Our strength-based treatment model is designed to address each individual’s unique areas of need and ability. The dedication and skills of Lighthouse Behavioral health’s clinicians reflect this approach.
We have a diverse team of highly trained professionals and clinicians that consist of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, behavioral health counselors, and other Master’s level behavioral health professionals. Trained in a variety of specialty areas including substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and dual diagnosis, you can rely on our Outpatient Counseling Services team to fully devote their time, and care to the individual’s specific needs.
Treatment begins with our comprehensive initial assessment, incorporating both a psycho-social and psychiatric evaluation, which together forms the foundation for each client’s highly individualized treatment plan.
Community Based Mental Health Outreach Services
At Lighthouse Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, we know it can be hard for some of our consumers to get to our office for an appointment. Illness, disability, personal crisis, lack of funds, transportation issues, or childcare are all reasons a person might not be able to get to therapy. Community Outreach/Home-based outpatient therapy can address many of these obstacles.
When treatment is provided at home, the therapeutic relationship may develop more quickly. This is because people in therapy can be more relaxed in their own homes than in an office. Instead of relying on self-reporting, therapists may get deeper insights from seeing how and where our consumers live. As a result, effective treatment can progress, and healing may happen more easily.
People who are homebound can benefit from different forms of distance therapy. However, they may also prefer face-to-face interaction. Home-based/outreach therapy makes mental health services more accessible to a wider range of people. Our clinicians travel to homes, schools, shelters, temporary housing, and other community settings where clients have the best opportunities to succeed. Offering individual, couples, family, and group therapy, our master’s level outreach clinicians work with children, teens, adults, and seniors experiencing chronic depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, grief, and other mental health issues.
Outreach services include comprehensive assessment, development of goal-oriented treatment plans, and individualized counseling designed to facilitate recovery, health, and overall well-being. In addition, clients are eligible for psychiatric evaluation to determine if medication is recommended–with medication management services available for clients who continue with Outreach treatment.
We provide short- or long-term therapy, for a variety of life situations, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma and abuse and others. If, as part of your therapy program, we determine that medication will support you or your child’s treatment, we can refer you to our psych pharm prescriber.
Marriage and Family Therapy
Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development.
A family's patterns of behavior influence the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.
LBHWC’s Marriage and Family Therapy practice is:
specific, with attainable therapeutic goals
designed with the "end in mind."
Our marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.
Research indicates that marriage and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems such as: adult schizophrenia, affective (mood) disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children's conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, anorexia in young adult women, childhood autism, chronic physical illness in adults and children, and marital distress and conflict.
School Based Counseling
Lighthouse Behavioral Health and Wellness Center School-Based Counseling Program provides on-site counseling, case management, and skills training services to at-risk students attending Schools in the Greater Boston Area. The goal of LBHWC School Based Counseling Program is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our programs are designed to help students develop and enhance their academic, behavioral, and personal/social strengths by supporting and empowering students as they identify and learn healthy coping skills so they can succeed academically as well as at home and in the community. Families within our communities are also dealing with economic difficulties, lack of transportation, parents dealing with their own mental health issuers has increased the rate of noncompliance to appointments in the office setting. To this end, mental health agencies are finding that meeting the client in the comfort of his or her environment — home or school — leads to greater success in maintaining consistent clinical contact and achieving greater outcomes.
LBHWC’s school-based counseling program goal is to address the unmet mental health needs of young people in our communities. We plan to include programs, policies and practices that will encompass a series of interventions including mental health education, mental health promotion, assessment, problem prevention, early intervention and treatment. We believe that by providing students access to mental health supports that it will promote academic success. We hope to minimize some of these barriers with our school-based program.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling Services
LBHWC’s Chemical Dependence Program (CD) is a comprehensive outpatient treatment program designed to support individuals’ ability to stop or reduce the use of substances. Our experienced multidisciplinary team uniquely allows us to provide effective and convenient treatment for individuals with dual diagnoses at a single location
For quality care and exceptional services, our Mental Health and Substance Abuse department treats each individual with specific programs tailored to their needs. At Lighthouse Behavioral Health & Wellness Center, we strive to provide the proper programs, certified staff members, and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. In order to assist individuals with a variety of needs, we implement a number of diverse programs and therapies to fully contribute to all counseling services.
Trauma Focused Therapy
Our Trauma-Focused Therapy approach is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a child’s mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Trauma-focused therapy provides a space for children and their families to learn about normal responses to trauma and specifically how a traumatic event has impacted the child and family. This type of discovery and learning helps you and your child to digest why certain thoughts, feelings, and behaviors might occur, gives names and explanations to his/her experiences, and reminds your child that he/she is not alone in his/her experience. This type of therapy is rooted in understanding the connection between the trauma experience and the child’s emotional and behavioral responses.
The purpose of trauma-focused therapy is to offer skills and strategies to assist your child in better understanding, coping with, processing emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences, with the end goal of enabling your child to create a healthier and more adaptive meaning of the experience that took place in his/her life.
Mental health outreach service specifically geared towards working with individuals or families with a history of domestic abuse. Battered women in shelters benefit from psychotherapy in addition to the case management they traditionally receive. Domestic violence counseling and domestic violence therapy represent powerful tools for helping victims of domestic violence get to safety and heal. Abused adults and children both need domestic violence counseling in order to move past their traumatic experiences. Left untreated, physically and emotionally abused children carry the emotional and physical scars of the abuse into adulthood. When this type of trauma is left to itself, it may manifest in adulthood in the form of lost jobs, broken relationships, substance abuse, and other unhealthy behavior.
LBHWC Domestic Violence Therapy
Support groups, legal counseling, and various advocacy services for victims of domestic abuse. The services we offer can mean the difference between despair and hope and even life or death in some cases. They are in place to provide emergency help and advocacy counseling in crisis situations, not as long-term solutions. While some community centers may have licensed therapists on-hand to provide therapy for adults and children, most do not.
Benefits of Domestic Violence Therapy
Both the victim and the perpetrator of domestic violence can benefit from domestic violence therapy. Victims of domestic abuse can visit a licensed therapist to learn how to cope with the emotional trauma that's often left behind even after they've left an abusive relationship. Abuse victims, still in the abusive environment, can get help with building up their self-esteem and recognizing abuse in their relationship through therapy.
The idea is to help them become strong enough to leave the situation. Victim domestic abuse therapy addresses familial history and early childhood relationships that may have made them more likely to enter into and stay in an abusive intimate relationship. For example, abused children may grow up to become abusers themselves or become victims of abuse.
Abusers may benefit from domestic abuse therapy by learning how to recognize triggers, manage anger, and stop blaming others for their failures and shortcomings. Certain types of therapy can help abusers investigate childhood events and situations that contributed to their violent behavior as adults.
Abused children, or children who have witnessed abuse, will benefit greatly from domestic abuse counseling and therapy. A therapist who specializes in treating child victims of domestic violence will use play therapy, games, and trust building activities to help children rebuild their self-perceptions and their trust of adults.
Resources and Referral Information
In addition, we provide intervention services that include phone contact, consultation, and 24/7 phone support for crisis services. Our staff is devoted to maintaining a high quality of standards, so you can find the support and assistance you need no matter the time of day. Lighthouse Behavioral Health truly understands the importance of reliable support for mental health and substance abuse services, and always ensures a dependable source of help from our devoted staff.
To make a referral to Lighthouse Behavioral Health, please call our Intake Department at (617) 910-9605. A knowledgeable and caring Intake Specialist will provide you with information about services at Lighthouse Behavioral Health. Intake Specialists will also help to identify insurance benefits and assist with any necessary approvals for services.