Our Service Listings

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APPROACH

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.

Behavioral Health

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.

 

  • Individual Therapy

  • Home-Based Counseling Services

  • Outpatient Services

  • Community-Based Mental Health Outreach Services

  • Couples and Family Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • School-Based Services

  • Medication Management

  • Diagnostic Assessments

  • Trauma-Focused Therapy

  • Project Aspiration 

  • Intensive Family Services

  • Substance Abuse

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  • Discharge and Aftercare Planning

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Support Groups 

Lighthouse offers a variety of support groups to meet the needs of the communities we serve. By collecting feedback from our providers, clients, and community workers, we created the following groups for our upcoming Summer Group Series:

 

•Adult Grief Support

•COVID Peer Support

•Divorce Peer Support

•Teen Pregnancy

•Youth Grief Support

•Parenting Support

•Life Over Matter/Life Workshop

•Domestic Violence Offenders

•Domestic Violence Support

•Parents of Autistic Children

•Parents of Addicted Teens

•Perinatal Outpatient Mental Health

 

Community Support Program

Community Support Programs (CSPs) provide an array of services delivered by community-based, mobile, paraprofessional staff, supported by a clinical supervisor, to Members with psychiatric or substance use disorder diagnoses, and/or to Members for whom their psychiatric or substance use disorder diagnoses interfere with their ability to access essential medical services. These programs provide support services that are necessary to ensure Members access and utilize behavioral health services. CSPs do not provide clinical treatment services, but rather provide outreach and support services to enable Members to utilize clinical treatment services and other supports. The CSP service plan assists the Member with attaining his/her goals in his/her clinical treatment plan in outpatient services and/or other levels of care and works to mitigate barriers to doing so.

 

These services are designed to be maximally flexible in supporting individuals to implement their clinical treatment plans in outpatient and/or other levels of care and attain the skills and resources needed to maintain community tenure. Such services may include:

 

  • Assisting Members in improving their daily living skills so they are able to perform them independently or access services to support them in doing so

  • Providing service coordination and linkages

  • Providing temporary assistance with transportation to essential medical and behavioral health appointments while transitioning to community-based transportation resources (e.g., public transportation resources, PT-1 forms, etc.)

  • Assisting with obtaining benefits, housing, and health care

  • Collaborating with Emergency Services Programs/Mobile Crisis Intervention (ESP/MCIs) and/or outpatient providers; including working with ESP/MCIs to develop, revise and/or utilize Member crisis prevention plans and/or safety plans as part of the Crisis Planning Tools for youths

  • Fostering empowerment, recovery, and wellness, including linkages to recovery-oriented, peer support and/or self-help supports and services.

 

 

These outreach and supportive services are directed primarily toward adults and vary according to duration, type, and intensity of services, depending on the changing needs of each individual. Children and adolescents are eligible for CSP services; however, their needs may be better served by services within the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). Community Support Program services are expected to complement other clinical services that are being utilized by the individual and support the Member’s attainment of his/her clinical treatment plan goals.

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In-Home Therapy (IHT)

In-Home Therapy Services are structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship between a licensed clinician and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, including improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family. Interventions are designed to enhance the family’s capacity to improve the youth’s functioning in the home and community and may prevent the need for the youth’s admission to an inpatient hospital, psychiatric residential treatment facility or other treatment settings.

 

Specific supports through In-Home Therapy include:
  • Enhanced problem-solving, limit-setting, risk management/safety planning, communication to build skills to strengthen the family, advance therapeutic goals, or improve ineffective patterns of interaction

  • Identifying and utilizing community resources

  • Developing and maintaining natural supports for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability for treatment gains Phone contact and consultation are provided as part of the intervention

  • 24/7 telephonic support

Who can make referrals:

Primary care offices, mental health clinicians, schools, caseworkers, community organizations, faith leaders, parents/caregivers and families, and local Community Support Agencies (CSA) can make a referral

 

Marriage & Family Counseling

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:

  • solution-focused

  • 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. 

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Mental Health Outreach

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.

 
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Mental Health & Substance Abuse

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.

 

Perinatal Mental Health 

Select clinicians at Lighthouse can provide modified services to women who are pregnant, recently given birth, experiencing loss, or infertility. The need for this type of service has become more and more apparent over the past three decades.

 

The time in a woman’s life where she deals with reproductive topics can be marked with increased risk for developing mental health issues, experience new difficulties, or have other concerns where therapeutic services can be effective in treating issues or provide the necessary support. Research has shown that this period of a woman’s life comes with increased risks for not only the mother but the child as well. Through a client-oriented approach, issues like antenatal and postnatal mental health illnesses, adjusting to the new identity as a mother, and others can be effectively treated.

 

Approaches used depend on the client's needs and vary from CBT modified for the perinatal population to attachment theory-based techniques.

 

 

Additional Perinatal Counseling Services

 

  • Individual Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • New Mothers Group

  • Pregnancy After Trauma Group

  • Mother-infant relationship psychotherapy

  • Maternal depression, anxiety, and stress during pregnancy and child outcome;

  • Teenage Pre/postnatal Group

  • Sleep disorders in perinatal women

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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.

 
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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.

 
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Therapeutic Mentoring 

Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a Therapeutic Mentor and a youth (up to the age of 21) to support a specific goal on the child’s behavioral treatment plan such as developing social skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving strategies, or daily living skills. 

 

Therapeutic Mentoring is designed to give children and teens the opportunity for skill-building through experiences that would naturally occur in their everyday life, at their home, foster home, childcare center, or other settings. To help the child develop a specified skill, their Therapeutic Mentor works to model, educate, motivate, and coach them on how to use and practice overcoming obstacles related to these skills.

 

Services are provided in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), and in community settings, such as schools, child care centers, respite settings, as well as other culturally and linguistically appropriate community settings.

 

Therapeutic Mentoring services include:

 

  • Coaching, supporting, and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors

  • Interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving

  • Relating appropriately to other children, adolescents, and adults, in recreational and social activities pursuant to a behavioral-health treatment plan developed by an outpatient, or In-Home Therapy provider in concert with the family, and youth whenever possible, or pursuant to an Individual Care Plan (ICP) for youth with Intensive Care Coordination (ICC).

 

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Is a division of Lighthouse Behavioral Health’s outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic that is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of adults,  children and caregivers by addressing the psychological impact of trauma exposure, re-establishing safety for the family, improving the quality of parent-child attachment, providing age-appropriate developmental guidance, and improving both parent and child capacity for positive self-regulation and conflict resolution.  All in an effort to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma.

 

Our multi-disciplinary LBHFTC team provides trauma-informed treatments and services to children and families, builds professional knowledge through clinical research, and advances the field of child trauma treatment through collaboration, training and dissemination. We provide case management services to families in need of advocacy and support around navigating community resources

Services include: Groups for adult victims; and individual and family counseling for children,  adolescents, and adults

 

Types of Trauma:

  • Witnessing Domestic Violence

  • Witnessing Community Violence

  • Physical abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Neglect

  • Medical Instrumentation

  • Natural Disasters

  • Immigration

  • Separation or loss

  • Provide mental health and related services to child and adult crime victims, and their significant others 

  • Services include

  • Groups for adult victims

  • Individual and family counseling for child/adolescent victims

 

International and National Trauma Resources

https://www.nctsn.org
https://www.istss.org
https://www.acesconnection.com
https://www.zerotothree.org
https://www.childtrauma.org
https://ifs-institute.com/
https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/
https://www.isst-d.org
https://www.nesttd-online.org
https://smartmovespartners.com/
http://www.emdr.com/

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