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Interpersonal Psychotherapy

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Persons suffering from chronic addiction often feel isolated and alone.
Burning Tree Ranch shines a light on how a client’s unhealthy behavioral patterns may promote a sense of separateness in their relationships, leading to a deterioration in mental health.
Utilizing Interpersonal Psychotherapy we help our clients re-build relationships with loved ones, and establish new relationships with a healthy support group of peers.
For the chronic relapser, relationships are generally near an all-time low by the time they reach Burning Tree Ranch. This circumstance can lend to a greater sense of hopelessness for the chronic relapser and family.
We believe that every chronic relapser can achieve a full, and life-changing recovery. We also believe that their relationships, over time, and with enough work, can be restored to maximum health.
Interpersonal psychotherapy is an important part of treatment at Burning Tree Ranch. We use it in conjunction with other therapies to help the chronic relapser achieve freedom from the cycle of relapse.
Like many therapeutic modalities, interpersonal psychotherapy can be used to treat a variety of mental health disorders, not just substance abuse problems.
Dr. Leslie H. Secrest | Medical Director/Psychiatrist
“In a long-term setting like Burning Tree Ranch, the same behaviors that bring our clients into treatment will ultimately be revealed to the community. From here, we can have an honest look.”
Dr. Leslie Secrest, Medical Director/Psychiatrist

Evidence-Based Practice

Interpersonal psychotherapy is an evidence-based approach to treating mood disorders. The main goal of interpersonal psychotherapy is to improve the quality of a client’s interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce distress, and improve quality of life.
Interpersonal psychotherapy is based on the idea that our relationships with others can affect our mood and mental health. This therapy focuses on the current relationships in the chronic relapser’s life, and how improving those relationships through changed behavior can promote a deeper sense of meaning in everyday life.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Doesn’t Focus on The Past

Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy doesn’t focus on the past. More specifically, interpersonal psychotherapy focuses on tensions and conflicts with others in the current realm of life.
It is important to note that IPT is not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment and should be tailored to the individual needs of each client.
Like other clinical modalities, IPT can be used as a standalone treatment for one specific mental health disorder, or as part of a combined approach to address multiple mental health disorders, including substance use disorder.

More About Burning Tree Ranch

Burning Tree Ranch is a highly sophisticated, long-term residential treatment center located outside of Dallas, TX, on a beautiful, 2,000-acre ranch.

The program incorporates an advanced clinical curriculum that relies on evidence-based practices, addiction medicine, and twelve step immersion.
With a special emphasis on treating the chronic relapser, our program is designed to create a life of excellence beyond sobriety.
Call our admissions team today for more information.

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LMSW, LCDC | Counselor
Kristina Robertson serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, Kristina’s greatest joy is “watching our clients learn to love themselves again.” An avid equestrian, mother to twenty-one horses, and all-around animal lover, Kristina serves as a bright shining example of long-term recovery in action. Her commitment to whole person health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual makes her an invaluable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. As a distinguished Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Zeta member, Kristina believes deeply in each client’s pursuit of becoming their best selves.

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