A lot of these kinds of pages start with a lengthy analogy, describing the hardships of life, and how mental disorders are akin to the pressures that mold and shape stronger people, or something of the sort. Turning coal into diamonds, mush into muscle, and pain into gain. That kind of stuff.
We’re not going to sit here and tell you none of that is valid, or that it doesn’t help to put things into perspective at times – but it’s not our style to go off and get all poetic on you, or weave a romantic tale about mental disorders.
In our eyes, our job is pretty simple: we’re here to help you. That’s a pretty vague statement because help is what you need it to be. We can be your friend, your advisor, your trusted medical partner, or just an ear to talk off. But ultimately, everything we do is to get you from where you are with your issues and problems, to where you want to be – for the rest of your life. We offer compassionate care, and do our best to understand your situation no matter what it may be – and we help everyone who comes through our door looking for a way out of their diagnosis.
From the simplest of treatments, to more complex and cutting edge tools, every approach we take is a studied and calculated stab at your problem. We never poke around in the dark.
Our approach is always thought-out and molded to your circumstances, your problems, your preferences. There are more than enough snake oil salesmen out there with “amazing, guaranteed solutions” or proffered panaceas, hidden away behind DVD sets and eBooks – we’re not about that. Instead, we’re a professional institution that takes the work we do seriously, and we never risk our integrity for profit.
We can tell you right now that, if you’ve come here – if you’ve come to this website, looking for answers or solutions for yourself or your loved one – then get ready for a tough journey. Just like you, we’re just human: we don’t have all the answers you may be looking for right now, but if you stick with us, we won’t stop until you’ve come to the point where you can legitimately say that your condition isn’t controlling your life.
Struggle, change, thrive. These three simple words encapsulate our entire philosophy. Things are going to be hard. Then you change. And then you thrive.
The process of struggle is different for everybody. Some people, with the right help, can overcome their disorder within a short period. In other cases, the problems you feel could even go away on their own, a byproduct of some environmental factor or unconsidered cause. For others, the struggle with depression, OCD, schizophrenia or a host of other issues is a lifelong burden. That doesn’t mean a life spent in misery. It’s a life that appreciates joy, love, and company just as much as the next person.
Just like how your DNA is unique, and distinguishable from any other person on the planet, so is your process different and unique. It’s useless to compare how well you’re coping with how well someone else managed to fight their disorder – because you’re you, not them.
That’s why we don’t try and measure our patients, and we advise against trying to measure up to other people’s standards and expectations when it comes to getting better. Remember – it’s your process. Your life. Your issues, and ultimately, it’s on you to deal with it all at your pace.
That doesn’t mean the previous experience isn’t applicable – we’ve been in this line of work long enough to know where to look, how to help, what would work best and more. We won’t dawdle around with ineffective treatment options, and neither do we treat every case as an absolute first. But we’ve also been in this line of work long enough to know that there are always surprises and mysteries. Our job is not to get caught off-guard and continue finding better ways to treat you despite the uniqueness of your situation.
We put an emphasis on change as a form of treatment, because the only way to truly overcome your disorder is by shaping your life around that task. We offer relief and release through medication and therapy. However, no one wants to take pills every single day or go to the therapist for the rest of their life if they don’t have to, which is why our treatment plans are built to help you tackle and cope with your disorder long after our ways have parted.
Which brings us to the final step in your journey – your ability to thrive.
We understand that it could be tough to think back to all the ways your disorder has affected and disrupted your life and imagine a life where that’s no longer the case. A life where your struggle turns to change, and actual thriving. But believe us – so long as you’re alive and willing to live a better life, there’s hope. And hope is all we need to do our jobs, and help you see your journey through to its conclusion.