Child & Teens
DBT Coping Skills Group
Who: The Group will be open to adults 17 and older who would like help in improving relationships and managing emotions in a more productive manner.
What : DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) provides an evidence – based treatment for issues related to mood regulation and interpersonal relationship repair and maintenance.
The Goal : Learn and practice coping skills in a structured and supportive environment.
When : This Group will begin on July 14, 2023
It will run every Friday from 3pm to 4:30 pm
Phil Scozzaro, Ph.D. @ 330-390-4170 or
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
We offer a therapeutic modality called Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in partnership with an organization called Journey Clinical.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is a holistic modality in which ketamine is used as a complement to psychotherapy to help eligible patients experience more frequent breakthroughs and sustained improvement in symptoms. We take on the psychotherapy portion of the experience, while Journey Clinical’s medical team supports you on all medical aspects. This includes determining eligibility, developing
a custom treatment plan, prescribing the medicine and monitoring outcomes.
Below is more information about KAP to help you navigate if it may be a good fit for you.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a legal, safe and effective medicine used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine has rapidly- acting antidepressant and mood-enhancing effects, which can begin to take effect within 1-2 hrs. after treatment. It works by blocking the brain’s NMDA receptors as well as by stimulating AMPA receptors, which are thought to help form new synaptic connections and boost neural circuits that regulate stress and mood. Ketamine has also been shown to enhance overall neuroplasticity for lasting symptom improvement.
Ketamine can be administered in a variety of ways, including IV infusion, intramuscular injection, via nasal spray and using sublingual lozenges. In our collaboration with Journey Clinical we only use the sublingual lozenge form.
How Does Ketamine Feel?
The effects of ketamine, which most patients find pleasant, last for approximately 45 minutes. These effects can make you feel “far from” your body, and facilitate shifts in perception that can often feel expansive in nature. Your motor and verbal abilities will be reduced, so you’ll be lying down in a comfortable position during the experience. Once these effects subside, we’ll spend the remainder of our appointment giving you space to process and discuss your experience. While it may feel hard to articulate what happens during the experience, patients feel like the insights gained are clear.
What is Neurofeedback/Biofeedback?
The National Library of Medicine describes neurofeedback as, "Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to subjects by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides the audio and or video feedback. Positive or negative feedback is produced for desirable or undesirable brain activities, respectively." According to the Mayo Clinic "biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body's functions, such as your heart rate. With biofeedback, you're connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio)." This type of feedback can help you develop an understanding and become aware of your ability to alter your physical state with just your thoughts, breathing, and muscle relaxation.
The Journal of Neurotherapy describes neurofeedback as "physical therapy for the brain, a daily session of neurofeedback can produce positive brain wave changes that can improve mental and physical functioning. Both meditation and neurofeedback-through decreasing beta wave activity-increasing cognitive functioning in areas such as concentration and problem solving."
Serenity uses Muse S (Gen 2) headbands with a Premium Prescription to detect a full range of brainwave activity via EEG. Muse detects the full spectrum of the five typical brainwave types: Gamma (> 35 Hz), Beta (13-35 Hz), Alpha (8-13 Hz), Theta (4-8 Hz), and Delta (< 4 Hz).
What Does the Muse Band Feel Like?
The Muse S (Gen 2) band will feel like a you're wearing a headband. You will experience audio feedback that will sound like a rainstorm when you are in the Beta -Alpha range. The rain will slow down or stop when you enter the Theta range and you will begin to hear birds chirping. There are over 500 guided meditations you can experience along with the opportunity to learn how your favorite music, audiobooks, and apps impact your brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body movement.