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A Systems-Based Approach to Holistic Healing

In the journey of overcoming mental health barriers, such as anxiety and depression, seeking professional help is a crucial step. Innerspace Counseling, through its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to mental health treatment. However, the importance of familial, community, or support systems should never be underestimated when facing these challenges alone.

The Isolation Dilemma

When individuals face mental health issues in isolation, several problems can arise. It's common for thoughts and feelings to become overwhelming, leading to a sense of hopelessness and despair. Without support, people may struggle to cope with their mental health problems, which can manifest as increased anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

Moreover, attempting to navigate the complexities of treatment options and therapy alone can be daunting. Mental health disorders require specialized care, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which can be challenging to understand and implement independently.

Why Familial Support Matters

Having a supportive community in your life can make a world of difference when dealing with mental health barriers. Here are some reasons why familial support is particularly helpful:

  • Emotional Stability: Family members and close friends can provide a safe and understanding space for individuals to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment. This emotional support is essential for managing mental health problems.
  • Practical Assistance: Dealing with daily responsibilities and tasks can be overwhelming during times of mental distress. Supportive individuals can help with chores, childcare, or other responsibilities to alleviate stress.
  • Transitional Assistance: Upon completion of the Intensive Outpatient treatment, clients will continue to work with an outpatient therapist weekly. However, it's important to recognize that the influence of family members and the household environment can play a substantial role in an individual's post-treatment transition and overall comfort.
  • Encouragement: Having people who believe in your ability to recover can boost your confidence and motivation. Their encouragement can make you feel less alone in your journey.

A Systems-Based Approach to Healing

At Innerspace Counseling, we believe in a systems-based approach to healing. This approach involves providing treatment that involves global systems such as families, community support, schools, outpatient therapists, and friends. By doing so, we create a more conducive healing environment that recognizes the interconnectedness of these systems and their impact on an individual's well-being.

Different types of people can offer unique forms of support:

  • Family: Immediate family members, such as parents, siblings, children, and chosen family members, often play a central role in providing emotional support. They are deeply invested in your well-being and can be your strongest allies.
  • Friends: Close friends who understand your struggles can offer companionship and empathy. They may not be as emotionally connected as family but can still provide crucial support.
  • Community: Support groups and communities can connect you with people who share similar experiences. These connections can offer a sense of belonging and understanding.
  • Mentors or Role Models: Seeking guidance from mentors or role models who have overcome similar mental health challenges can provide hope and direction.

Innerspace Counseling: Fostering Support for Holistic Recovery

At Innerspace Counseling, we recognize the vital role of familial and community support in the healing process. That's why we encourage individuals in our IOP and PHP programs to declare support people in their lives as part of their treatment plan.

Here's how we integrate support into our approach:

Group Therapy: In our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), clients participate in group therapy sessions. These sessions provide a supportive environment to share experiences, build connections, and learn coping skills from peers facing similar mental health challenges.

  • Individual Therapy: Our experienced therapists provide individual therapy sessions to address personal needs and concerns. This one-on-one approach allows clients to explore their thoughts and feelings in depth.
  • Medication Management: For those who may benefit from medication as part of their treatment plan, our psychiatrists offer medication management services to ensure the best possible therapeutic outcomes.
  • Family Sessions: In addition to individual and group therapy, we offer family sessions. Family sessions aim to strengthen familial bonds, improve communication, and enhance the support network surrounding the client. This holistic approach recognizes that mental health issues affect not only the individual but also their loved ones. Including family sessions is in hopes to improve the support network relationship for the client. This hopefully can aid clients to reach their mental health goals and maintain them.


Innerspace Counseling is committed to the belief that the path to healing from mental health issues is a complex and multifaceted journey that necessitates support from a variety of sources. While our evidence-based treatment options such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) serve as critical pillars of our approach, we acknowledge that they are just one part of the equation.

Familial, community, and support systems are equally indispensable components of a successful recovery journey. The power of a strong support network cannot be overstated. It acts as a safety net during challenging times, a source of motivation when motivation wanes, and a wellspring of understanding and empathy when the burden of mental health issues becomes too heavy to bear alone.

In our commitment to fostering holistic recovery, Innerspace Counseling goes beyond the standard treatment offerings. Our emphasis on connecting clients with their families through family therapy sessions is a testament to our dedication to comprehensive healing. These sessions aim to not only address the individual's mental health concerns but also to strengthen familial bonds, improve communication within the family unit, and enhance the overall support network surrounding the client.

By actively encouraging clients to declare their support people, be they family members, close friends, mentors, or others, we are taking a proactive approach to ensure that no one embarks on the path to healing in isolation. We recognize that the presence of a robust support system can significantly impact an individual's progress and recovery trajectory.

In conclusion, Innerspace Counseling is not merely a provider of mental health care; we are a facilitator of holistic well-being. We understand that healing is a journey, and we are here to walk that path with you, offering not only evidence-based treatment options but also the invaluable support and understanding of your loved ones. You are never alone in your struggle against mental health issues. Reach out to friends or family, connect with supportive communities, and seek professional help from Innerspace Counseling. Together, we can illuminate the path to healing, resilience, and a brighter future filled with well-being and hope.