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An evidence-based approach to healing

Pathlight's treatment approach is an evidence-based perspective that utilizes behavioral interventions to address behavioral health symptoms while simultaneously seeking to understand the underlying meaning and function of behaviors.

Evidence-based interventions are congruent across Pathlight's programming, creating a common language from which to approach treatment. Our treatment programs are based on the following therapeutic approaches:

Our strategies are innovative because we focus on intensive skills development as opposed to just crisis stabilization. We engage patients in such a way that they leave us with skills that support their recovery going forward. They can bring these skills to the deeper work they engage in with their individual therapists. Here at Pathlight, we also address trauma and traumatic stress head-on, which many higher-level-of-care programs do not do. In addition, we hire experienced clinicians with strong expertise in DBT, CBT, and other behavioral modalities. Evidence-based principles inform all of the work we engage in with patients, and we measure the outcomes of our approaches to refine our work. Finally, we are comfortable with patients who have co-morbid diagnoses or who don’t fit neatly into a box. We focus on identifying the most pressing issues and develop innovative, collaborative, comprehensive treatment strategies to help engage patients and move them forward in their recovery.

Susan McClanahan, PhD, CEDS

Thoughtful assessment and discharge planning

We acknowledge the importance of assessment, intervention and discharge planning in successfully addressing behavioral health concerns. A fully comprehensive assessment is crucial in identifying co-occurring conditions and developing an individualized treatment plan. Evidence-based interventions, such as those listed above, help patients and families alike interrupt maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and live a values-rich life. 

We want you to know that our support for our patients and families does not end at the time of discharge — rather, the treatment team carefully develops a personalized discharge plan, and offers several aftercare services and alumni support programs for patients that do not have an established treatment team.