CODA Codependency 

CODA, or the Children of Alcoholics movement, is a 12-step program designed to help those who have grown up in homes with alcoholic parents. The program is based on the belief that children of alcoholics are codependent, meaning they develop unhealthy emotional and behavioral patterns in response to living with an alcoholic parent.

While CODA does not specifically address alcoholism, it does provide tools and support for those who have been affected by it. The 12 steps of the program are designed to help participants heal from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic home. These steps include acknowledging the problem, taking responsibility for one's own life, making amends, and moving forward.

The CODA program has helped many people come to terms with their past and build healthier relationships in their present. If you or someone you know has been affected by alcoholism, CODA may be able to help.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps individuals change their thoughts and behaviors.CBT is effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.

CBT works by helping individuals identify and change the negative thoughts and beliefs that are causing them distress.For example, someone with depression may believe that they are worthless or unlovable. By changing these thoughts to more realistic and positive ones, they can start to feel better.

CBT also teaches people new skills and strategies for dealing with difficulties in their lives. For example, someone with an anxiety disorder may learn how to relax and manage their fear.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT focuses on helping people learn how to manage their emotions and cope with stress. It is based on the idea that people are capable of change and that they can learn new skills to improve their lives.

DBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including BPD, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During DBT, you will work with a therapist to identify your goals and create a treatment plan. You will also be asked to participate in activities outside of therapy, such as homework assignments and skill-building exercises.

EA: Emotions Anonymous 

Emotions Anonymous is a 12-step program for people who want to recover from their emotional difficulties. The program is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and has been adapted to help people who are struggling with their emotions.

The program helps people to understand and manage their emotions, so that they can live healthier and happier lives. Emotions Anonymous offers support and guidance to members, so that they can learn how to cope with their emotions in a healthy way. The program is open to anyone who wants to join, and there are no requirements or fees. Emotions Anonymous offers meetings in many locations around the world, so that people can find support and understanding from others who are going through similar struggles.


EMDR is a specialized form of psychotherapy that is used to treat trauma and PTSD.  At First City Mental Health, we have certified therapists trained to perform EMDR.  Not just any licensed therapist can do this.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is based on the idea that our brains are able to heal from trauma and that the process of healing can be accelerated by using specific eye movements. EMDR therapy consists of three phases: history taking, preparation, and treatment.

In the first phase, the therapist will work with the patient to understand their history of trauma and identify any triggers that may cause distress.

The second phase focuses on preparing the patient for EMDR therapy by teaching them specific techniques to help them cope with any distress that may arise during treatment.

The third and final phase is the actual EMDR therapy itself, during which the therapist will use eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help the patient process their trauma.

EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD and other forms of trauma. It is a relatively short-term treatment, typically lasting 8-12 sessions, and has been found to be more effective than traditional talk therapy in reducing symptoms of trauma.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals to change their behavior by providing them with experiences that can help them to overcome their negative patterns. This type of therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of issues, including addiction, anxiety, and depression. Experiential therapy is often used in conjunction with other types of therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive arts therapy is a type of therapy that uses the arts to help people express themselves and explore their emotions. The arts can include anything from painting and drawing to music and dance.

Expressive arts therapy can be used to help people with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. It can also be used to help people who are dealing with physical health conditions, such as cancer. Expressive arts therapy can be beneficial for both children and adults.

Family/Support Therapy

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling that can help family members improve communication, resolve conflicts, and better understand one another. It can be an effective way to address serious familial issues before they cause irreparable damage to relationships.

Through family therapy, families can learn how to develop more functional and healthier patterns of communication and interaction. They can also learn how to work together to solve problems more effectively.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with a group of three or more people. It can be an effective treatment for a wide range of mental and emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship issues. Group therapy can help people learn how to cope with their symptoms, develop healthier relationships, and make positive changes in their lives.

Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies are a type of alternative medicine that aim to treat the whole person, rather than just their physical symptoms. This approach is based on the belief that our physical, mental, and emotional health are all interconnected, and that by addressing all aspects of our wellbeing, we can achieve optimum health.

There are a variety of holistic therapies available, each with its own unique approach. Some common types of holistic therapy include yoga and meditation which we provide at our center. While there is no scientific evidence to support the efficacy of these approaches, many people believe that they can be helpful in managing stress, improving sleep quality, and reducing pain.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychological therapy that uses art-making as a way to help people express themselves and explore their emotions. It is based on the belief that the creative process can be healing and transformative. Art therapy can be used with people of all ages and abilities, and can be helpful for treating a wide range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. It can also be beneficial for those who are dealing with physical health issues, such as chronic pain or cancer.

Research has shown that art therapy can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and can also increase self-esteem and self-awareness. It can also be a helpful tool for managing difficult emotions and life transitions. If you are interested in trying art therapy, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re not “good” at art – the process is more important than the product.

Cooking Classes

Diet and nutrition are important components to treating behavioral health and addiction.  We teach patients how to cook and learn the basics so when they go on with their lives outside of treatment, they can be more independent and take care of themselves.  They will learn about nutritious meals, easy recipes, all while having fun doing it!


Meditation has been practiced for centuries, and has a variety of benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Meditation improves focus on breath, concentration, reduces stress and anxiety levels, promotes creativity and calmness, and increases self-awareness.

Meditation can be done sitting or lying down, in silence or with music or guided meditation audio recordings. There are also active forms of meditation that involve movement, such as walking or yoga.

Mindfulness & Relaxation Training

Mindfulness and relaxation training are two approaches that can be used to help patients manage stress and improve their overall well-being. Both of these approaches have been shown to be effective in reducing stress levels and promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.

Mindfulness training involves learning to focus on the present moment and become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. This type of training can help you to become more aware of your stressors and how to cope with them in a more effective way. Relaxation training, on the other hand, often focuses on breathing exercises and other techniques that can help you to relax your body and mind. This type of training can be helpful in reducing muscle tension, improving sleep, and promoting a general sense of calmness

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the therapeutic use of music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music interventions to support patients and achieve treatment goals within a therapeutic relationship.

Music therapists are trained in both music and psychology, and use their skills to assess client needs and develop individualized treatment plans. Music interventions may include singing, songwriting, listening to or playing music, instrument instruction, and improvisation.


Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India. It is a system of physical and mental exercises that are designed to promote health and well-being. Yoga is beneficial for both physical and mental health. It can help to improve flexibility, stamina, and strength, as well as reduce stress and anxiety. There are many different types of yoga, so there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a workout or a way to relax, yoga can be a great option.

We offer yoga for everyone- male and female patients, beginner or expert.  It’s a great way to destress and improve physical activity. You don’t have to be flexible or an avid yogi—all you have to do is have an open mind and give it a try!

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a process whereby a person meets with a trained therapist in order to work through personal issues. This type of therapy can be beneficial for people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other challenges. In individual therapy, the focus is on the individual and their specific needs. The therapist will work with the patient to help them understand their thoughts and feelings, and to develop coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult situations. Individual therapy can be an effective way to improve mental health and well-being. We provide individual therapy to our patients and work closely with them.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a counseling style that is designed to help patients explore and resolve ambivalence about change. The therapist works with the patient to clarify their goals, values, and motivation for change. This process can help patients move forward in their lives by making necessary changes.

Peer Support Groups

Peer support services: Trained peer support specialists provide one-on-one support to individuals in crisis based on their own lived experiences. These groups can provide an invaluable outlet for patients to share their stories, give and receive advice, and offer emotional support.

Recreational Therapy & Physical Fitness

Patients participate in physical activities and recreational therapy to promote physical wellness and mental health. Recreational therapy and physical fitness are important for overall health and well-being. Recreational therapy can help improve physical and mental health, while physical fitness can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Both recreational therapy and physical fitness can help improve our patients’ quality of life.

Trauma Addiction Recovery

Trauma is a major factor in addiction and recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 60% of people who suffer from a substance abuse disorder also have a history of trauma. Trauma can include physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence, or living through a natural disaster.

Individuals who have experienced trauma often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the pain. Unfortunately, this can lead to addiction. However, there is hope for those struggling with both trauma and addiction. Recovery is possible with the help of our professionals who understand the unique needs of trauma survivors.

Vocational & Occupational Therapies

Patients learn skills to support their ability to work and engage in meaningful activities.

Vocational and occupational therapy are both important tools that can help patients with disabilities regain independence and improve their quality of life. Vocational therapy focuses on helping people with disabilities find and keep employment, while occupational therapy helps people with disabilities perform everyday activities. Both types of therapy can be very beneficial for people with disabilities, and many times, they are used in conjunction with each other to maximize results.

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