Balance House Therapists Attend Integrative Approach Training
Balance House Primary Therapists Eric Johansen, Rusti Stalliviere Hardy, James Silvestri, and Lolly-Delli Gatti traveled to Idaho to train in Attachment Theory with Integrative Approach. This training was hosted by Amanda Thomas and featured Jim Thomas as presenter with Ricky Becker assisting throughout the training.
Attachment theory focuses on the need for human beings to heal relationship bonds. It is the fundamental belief that addiction, trauma, and mental health issues all stem from human beings wanting connection and needing to feel seen and understood. This training focuses on surfacing the unseen and unexpressed emotions that people hold within in order for them to have a corrective emotional experience with their attending therapist. In addition, attachment theory focuses on the most healing ways to form relationships with clients while working toward understanding their behaviors and emotions as different expressions of their attachment systems.
Balance House strives to help clients heal their addictions and mental health struggles through normalizing their behaviors, emotions, and relationships. The Integrative Approach Training further illuminates the importance of viewing clients as human beings rather than focusing exclusively on their diagnosis’. Primary Therapist Eric Johansen notes that, “human beings have deeply embedded emotions, feelings, and actions that stem from their unhealed relationships, and this training really outlined the best ways to approach, interact with, and understand clients through the lens of attachment theory.”
Balance House is a year-long continuum of care for young men ages 18-32 years old. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Balance House offers four, distinct levels of care from residential treatment to independent, sober living. Residents of the program are offered a chance to explore the outdoors and beauty that Utah has to offer as well as to participate in group and evidenced-based treatment modalities. Our treatment program is different by design. We offer a space in which young men can help make decisions about their treatment plans and goals as well as feel supported as they begin to realize what is important to them outside of the treatment setting.