All Kinds of News for December 07, 2016
Mountain Valley Treatment Center is currently transforming a former maintenance barn into a community center, and like everything at Mountain Valley, it is being built with Exposure Therapy in mind. Set to be finished in mid-2017, the retrofitted exposure barn will include balance beams, tire swings, and other recreational space to help our therapists and exposure specialists facilitate these types of exposures in a safe and fun atmosphere.
Unhelpful beliefs about body sensations are common issues amongst residents at Mountain Valley. Often the residents feel their normal body sensations are warning them of danger - danger they might be getting sick, something bad might happen, or that they might draw negative attention to themselves. These unhelpful and often inaccurate beliefs about body sensations play a monumental role in maintaining anxiety. Biased beliefs often result is biased behavior, with the most typical biased behavior being avoidance. The residents are very good at avoiding the things that make them uncomfortable. This avoidance makes sense - nobody wants to purposefully do something they think will be uncomfortable or embarrassing. However, even though avoidance works in the short term, the biased thinking that drives the avoidance tends to grow and spread into all aspects of life. Eventually, life becomes more about avoiding than particpation and life gets very limited.
At Mountain Valley, helping the residents systematically re-engage with these threatening body sensations and test out their biased beliefs. This is a therapeutic pracess known as Interoceptive Exposure. Interoceptive exposures target typical body sensations such as shortness of breath, increased heart rate, dizziness, lightheadedness, etc. In order to stimulate these sensations, the residents engage in activities such as breathing through cocktail straws, sprinting for short distances, spinning around in chairs, and holding their breath. It is with this type of exposure in mind that we have designed the "new" building on the Mountain Valley campus.
About Mountain Valley Treatment Center
Mountain Valley Treatment Center, a not for profit program, was founded in 2011 to provide intensive residential treatment to adolescent boys and girls and emerging adults struggling with severe anxiety, OCD and other related disorders. Located in Pike, NH at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest, Mountain Valley stands apart from like providers because of its specialization, its uniques setting, and its comprehensive approach to care. Residents typically spend 60-90 days at MVTC taking advantage of the most effective evidence-based treatments through individual, group, and family therapy, conducted in a caring, supportive and ethical fashion that meet the unique needs of the individuals, and the expectations of the professional practice of social work, psychology, and psychiatry.