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We most often associate treatment centers with treating addiction, but we often don’t realize that there are treatment programs specifically designed for our depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. We often assume that we can only be treated if we also suffer from an addiction, but the good news is there is professional help for these debilitating mental illnesses as well.
Depression and other mental health issues are considered co-occurring illnesses because they often exist alongside our addictions and are caused by similar mental and emotional issues. When we suffer from both addiction and mental illness, there are treatment programs that can handle both simultaneously. We sometimes are living with just mental illness, though, and our mental health can be severely impaired without the presence of addictions. When this is the case, there are treatment programs designed specifically for us.
Some common signs of depression and anxiety include feelings of despair and hopelessness. We can feel disheartened, defeated and depleted in our daily lives. We can find that our mental health issues have become so debilitating that we can no longer function normally. We might start neglecting our duties and obligations. We might have performance issues at work or school. We might be increasingly exhausted and lethargic. We might distance ourselves from people or isolate ourselves altogether. We often will lose interest in the things and activities we once loved. We no longer feel motivated or driven. Our passions and interests no longer make us feel fulfilled. We feel down on ourselves, insecure and self-hating. We suffer from panic attacks, suicidal thoughts and other intense manifestations of our mental and emotional pain.
When we receive mental health treatment, we focus on creating new support systems for ourselves, so that we’re no longer isolated, suffering in silence. We participate in multiple forms of therapy, including traditional talk-therapy, trauma therapy and family therapy. We also can benefit from experiential or recreational therapy, where we learn new life skills from participating in different kinds of activities. As part of our treatment program, we learn new coping skills to manage our mental health issues thoroughly and holistically. We develop a new relationship with ourselves based on self-love and self-acceptance, rather than the self-hatred and self-rejection that have been fueling our unwellness for so long.
Our mental health deserves care and attention, whether or not we also suffer from addiction. It’s so important that we get professional help when we need it and stop forcing ourselves to suffer alone.
Corner Canyon Health Centers’s depression and anxiety treatment center treats mental health issues to facilitate complete recovery. Our treatment methods include therapy, medication if clinically indicated, healthy food, exercise, family communication, and recreational therapy. Call 1-866-399-3469 today for more information.
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.