Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that is characterized by the presence of chronic, unwanted feelings of distress and fear that follow a person’s exposure to a traumatic event or a series of traumatic events. When left untreated, this illness can cause significant disruption in an individual’s daily life. The presence of symptoms like severe anxiety, heightened startle response, constant feelings of fear and apprehension, and vivid flashbacks can greatly impair a person’s functioning, leaving them feeling helpless to change and hopeless about the future. But life does not have to be a constant battle against these debilitating symptoms. There is treatment available that can help you regain control of your life and put an end to your distress.
Shaker Clinic is a premier provider of psychiatric care for adults and seniors who are in need of assistance while facing emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral concerns. Located in Shaker Heights, an eastern suburb of Ohio, Shaker Clinic has been successfully providing outpatient and community-based services for the past 12 years. With a strong emphasis placed on cultural sensitivity, our caring and compassionate staff is multilingual, allowing us to meet the needs of a vast population. With the goal of helping our clients maintain independence, avoid hospitalization, find relief from their symptoms, and maximize their overall quality of life, the staff at Shaker Clinic currently serves over 1,000 clients and provides approximately 120 in-home visits each day. Although we can serve younger adult clients at the discretion of our medical director, the typical patient population treated at Shaker Clinic consists of senior adults, aged 65 and over. By providing comprehensive diagnoses, treatments, and follow-up care, we will help you or your loved one return to daily life with improved coping skills, conflict resolution skills, and a heightened sense of self-worth. At Shaker Clinic, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is struggling with the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder can be heart-breaking. Not only is it devastating to know that your loved one suffered through a traumatic experience, but watching his or her life become tainted by the after-effects of that event can leaving you feeling helpless as to what you can do to ease the turmoil he or she experiences on a daily basis. While you cannot erase the memories that your loved one is plagued by, there are some things that you can do to help.
- Educate yourself about PTSD so that you can gain a full understanding of its symptoms and how those symptoms can affect a person. Having this knowledge can help you be empathetic towards what your loved one is experiencing.
- Do not pressure your loved one to talk about the event, unless he or she specifically asks to. While it may seem like talking about it can help reduce the stress associated with his or her symptoms, it may actually only work to elicit feelings of anxiety or increase his or her feelings of stress.
- Research treatment options and explore your findings with your loved one in order to determine what options will best work to meet his or her individual needs.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled. Showing your support in this way can help motivate your loved one to receive the treatment he or she needs.
- Remain patient and supportive. Even once treatment has begun, the road to recovery can take time.
Why Consider Treatment at Shaker Clinic
If you or a loved one is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, addressing your symptoms with a mental health professional is the best way to begin the process of healing. Participating in individual therapy can help you confront your inner turmoil while also gaining the support and guidance you need as you work towards overcoming your symptoms. By partaking in counseling sessions in an outpatient setting, or even in the comfort of your own home, you can come to accept the reality of what you experienced, learn coping skills that can assist you in fighting against reoccurring flashbacks, and develop the tools you need to return to living the happy, healthy life you deserve to be living, free from the grips of those devastating memories.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to being an ever-improving care facility, consistently redefining the way that mental health care is delivered and received. Our mission is to set ourselves apart from our competitors by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients, while also providing a reliable resource for the community. We will continue to be a leader in developing and maintaining distinct, effective mental health disease management through partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals, as well as through the application of technology and, most importantly, through the extension of our services from our treatment center to the home. At Shaker Clinic, we are devoted to improving the lives of each and every person who entrusts us with his or her care.
Types of Treatment Offered at Shaker Clinic
The staff at Shaker Clinic strives to provide top-of-the-line, quality outpatient and in-home mental health services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual that we treat. We recognize that each patient that we see has unique needs that must be explored and will be addressed throughout the development of one’s individualized service plan (ISP). The ISP is a written agreement between Shaker Clinic and the patient that describes, in detail, all of the services that will be provided. The implementation of the ISP allows for a collaborative process to occur between the patient and provider through the involvement of monitoring and evaluating goals, objectives, and interventions, while also showing the progress of treatment as issues are identified and treated. Additionally, the ISP assures continual communication between the patient and provider, while also encouraging each patient to take personal responsibility for obtaining his or her own treatment goals.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care available, Shaker Clinic offers the following services:
Mental health evaluation: In order to ensure that each and every need is addressed and met, a thorough clinical evaluation is provided for each patient in order to assess the individual’s needs, concerns, and present level of functioning. Based on the results of this evaluation, the appropriate services and treatment recommendations will be determined and presented to the patient. The recommendations will be based on the identification of the presenting problem, the evaluation of one’s mental status, and the formulation of a diagnostic impression.
Medication management: As part of our goal to guarantee the improved functioning of our patients, as well as to ensure the successful, consistent management and reduction of symptoms, we provide ongoing medication management to all patients who need it. This service provides psychiatric and medical interventions that are implemented in order to reduce, stabilize, and/or eliminate the symptoms that patients are plagued by as a result of their psychiatric struggles.
Behavioral health counseling and therapy: This component of treatment focuses on directly addressing the patient’s mental illness or emotional disturbance. These sessions primarily occur one-on-one between a patient and therapist, however, family members or guardians may be included when specified as part of the patient’s individualized service plan. These counseling services consist of a series of time-limited, structured sessions that work towards the attainment of mutually defined goals.
Community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST): The intent of CPST is to provide specific, measurable, and individualized services to each patient. In order to do so, we focus specifically on our patients’ abilities to succeed in the community by assisting individuals in identifying and accessing needed services, guiding them as they show improvement in work functioning and family relationships, and aiding them as they integrate back into the community and become contributing members of society.
At Shaker Clinic, we take great strides to ensure that each and every patient is provided with thorough, intensive case management so as to guarantee that all needs are consistently and properly being met throughout the course of treatment. Our staff will work with you until your needs have been addressed, your concerns have subsided, your symptoms are managed, and your treatment goals have been met. We will collaborate with other agencies when your time with us is complete if a different type or level of care is needed. Additionally, we will make sure that, in cases where it is necessary, appropriate placement is set up following treatment completion (e.g. nursing home or group home placement). Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Shaker Clinic will do everything in our power to make sure that you are comfortable with the next step in your journey.