Here at Vantage Point, we’ve mentioned how personal empowerment is the focal point of our treatment philosophy. Basically, we think that the best way for you to get better is by actively seeking ways to improve who you are as a person, and what you can contribute to the world around you.
If you think that’s kind of vague, then don’t worry – you’re not alone. That’s why we have a concrete list of core competencies – areas of improvement that we focus on in our treatment programs, so by working with us, you come out of treatment not only empowered by a better sense of how to cope with your disorder but empowered as a person.
We define emotional self-awareness as your ability to understand your emotions, rationalize them, and understand what impact they have on those around – and how they’re impacted by what’s around you. The goal isn’t just to understand how your emotions function, but to use that knowledge to better control them.
A big issue with many patients suffering from mental disorders is a warped perspective and way of thinking, especially when considering oneself. Accurate self-awareness is a competency skill built around helping you have an accurate, objective view of your relationships to others, and your surroundings, as well as what you are and aren’t capable of – without being overly negative or exaggerating.
Low self-esteem is a symptom for many mental illnesses – partially because of the nature of the disease, and at other times because of the undue burden, you may be placing on yourself because of the illnesses’ consequences. This core competency is built around the ability to be assertive and secure in your own two shoes.
Behavioral self-control describes your ability to keep your emotions and behavior in check, not relying on impulse but remaining calm and making rational decisions.
Sometimes, being vague about things helps you justify your behavior, or fill in the blanks with whatever you choose to believe. Our treatment will help you treasure and seek out clarity instead, so you don’t have to rely on vagueness as a crutch to deal with a potentially painful truth.
Personal responsibility is a key asset everybody should have, and it’s especially important for people with personality disorders. Dodging responsibility is easy, but ultimately leads to destructive behavior for yourself, and those around you. Our treatment will help you take charge and credit for your thoughts and actions.
Honesty is the best policy – not just in general, but especially when regarding yourself. A lot of people have trouble being honest with each other or the people they love. And we understand that – it’s easier to lie, and be comforted by lies. But the truth can indeed lift a huge burden off your shoulder – and by staying true to yourself, and acting consistently, you can cement confidence in who you are.
Mental and emotional fragility is a common symptom of long-term mental illness and something we work hard to help you tackle. Building your emotional resilience to stress and adversity, and cultivating a calm and collected response to setbacks can help give you a brighter outlook for the future.
Innovation & Creativity
Many people are scared of straying from what they know – scared of leaving the nest, and trying out new things. We help you pursue innovation instead – actively seeking out new ideas, and complex thinking, so you can expand your horizon and find new ways to live.
Empathy is a core human feeling – but in some people, empathy is something that’s gone dull, or has taken a back seat. We help our patients get in touch with their empathy and feel compassionate towards others again – putting the needs of those they love and care for before themselves.
Being aloof is another quality that can seriously harm you – and reveals an underlying symptom of haziness, avoidance, and disconnection. By building situational awareness, you can live in the moment, and react more appropriately to an unexpected situation.
Just like empathy, service orientation is about being service-oriented – for the service of others, that is. Not just as a system of emotional tokens and traded favors, but out of genuine compassion and concern for others. By bringing you back in touch with your emotions, you can begin doing good things for other people without expecting so much as a thank you in return.
Communication is a huge and incredibly important part of a strong relationship. We’re sadly not telepathic creatures – so we have to take the time to articulate our concerns and desires, and listen to the concerns and desires of others. Our treatment process will help you not only be more honest with yourself but those around you as well.
Impulsiveness is the bane of any conflict, as rash decisions will only lead to worse conditions. Sadly, being impulse is a common way of dealing with stress, making rash decisions to avoid lingering on an uncomfortable moment. We help you learn to temper your impulses and tackle conflicts with clarity and other’s needs in consideration.
After our treatment, the best way to keep improving is by surrounding yourself with people. But it takes some practice getting used to living and operating in a group. One of our core competencies is giving you the ability to create a healthy, safe and inclusive environment in a group, by being understanding rather than rash.
Starting a relationship is one thing, but keeping it going for years and decades is quite another. From friendships to marriages, cultivating a long-term relationship requires communication and trust – two things we help you restore within yourself.