Clayton Behavioral Philosophy
Clayton Behavioral provides a comprehensive array of outpatient treatment services for chemically-dependent individuals struggling with addiction, enabling clients to experience meaningful personal growth and develop effective strategies for lifelong recovery. Medical detoxification is available on a primarily outpatient basis, allowing those suffering from withdrawal symptoms to continue to live at home while receiving evidence-based medication assisted treatment. Individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) sessions, psychoeducational classes, vocational and educational counseling, family therapy and drug screening are offered on an outpatient basis as well.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Meet the Staff
MD, PhD, Medical Director
Dr. Giuffra has been practicing as a psychiatrist and a mental health educator in St. Louis since 1998. He specializes in addiction treatment and in psychopharmacology, and has a special interest in depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Giuffra is the co-founder and medical director of Clayton Behavioral, a multidisciplinary outpatient psychiatric clinic that specializes in mental health and addiction treatment in St. Louis. He has received several awards, including fellowships from the McArthur Foundation (for research in Major Depression) and the UK Mental Health Foundation (for research in Alzheimer’s Disease). In 2011, he received the Mortimer Goodman award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
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ABOUT CLAYTON BEHAVIORAL
Just off Interstate 64 in Saint Louis, Mo., Clayton Behavioral offers outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment for adolescents and adults. Ambulatory detox services are offered on-site, including Suboxone maintenance for individuals with opiate dependency.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
All clients undergo a comprehensive assessment upon intake to determine the appropriate course of care. Staff have the ability to perform psychiatric, psychological, and neurological evaluations to draw evidence. Medications are provided by the in-house pharmacy as needed.
The facility’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers various forms of counseling and therapy as well as psychoeducational classes on topics such as the neurobiology of addiction, emotional regulation, grief and loss, lifestyle balance, and mindfulness. Regular drug and alcohol screenings are provided.
Treatment plans include weekly individual, group, family, and couples therapy, plus case management and workshops to enhance education and job skills. Both adults and adolescents can participate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is designed specifically for depression and anxiety. The main goal of the program is to teach clients key cognitive and behavioral techniques to cope with uncomfortable symptoms and reduce levels of distress. A step-down program offers the same services at a less intensive pace.
Other treatments offered at this establishment include electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Additional services include AA meetings, various support groups for family members, a 12-week family-to-family workshop on mental illness, a peer-to-peer support group for individuals with mental illness, and eight-week mindfulness programs for all ages.
For health professionals and business executives who are “difficult to work with, angry, controlling, or even suspected of having a drug problem,” according to the facility’s website, there is the Distressed Physicians and Executives Program. Both company referrals and personal admittance is accepted. Staff attempt to ease client’s stress through counseling and life coaching, though more intense treatment may be suggested.
There are also specific programs for adolescents which include psychoeducational testing, placement services, vocational counseling, and services for Aspergers. Additional testing offered by the facility can determine a child’s learning style as well as possible disabilities, giftedness, and a diagnosis for ADHD.
According to the facility’s website, the medical director is a professor of clinical psychiatry, and the treatment team includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers (LCSW), and licensed professional counselors (LPC).
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has only received one response from a former client concerning Clayton Behavioral. Z.B. expressed that the facility denied treatment due to some miscommunication errors. After canceling due to flooding in the area, the reviewer wrote, “I called to reschedule. And I was told they are not accepting me as a new patient because I didn’t call to cancel. Eventhough I technically did cancel 24 hrs in advance.”
This issue was echoed by another alum who complained about poor customer service on YellowPages.com, writing: “I have been calling the office for 1 week, leaving messages and trying to get an appointment. Finally the receptionist called me back 8 days later. She said they don't take my insurance, and was not very friendly. I would not recommend this doctor or group to anyone.”
On the other hand, the facility received 25 five-star reviews on its (vetted) Facebook page, including the following comment from Steve: “I know the doctors and therapists at Clayton Behavioral truly cares about me and helps me manage my mental illness. The best mental health group in St. Louis!” Similarly, alum Debbie praised the doctors and wrote to Google that “The Pharmacy Is also a great Pharmacy.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from this facility’s friends and family, but Laura left a one-star review on Facebook and wrote, “We tried the intensive outpatient therapy program with our teen and found the therapists to be very shallow and not able to address the complexities of our situation.” She also revealed that even though her loved one only stayed in the program for a few days, the facility charged her more than half of the total cost.
For six months of treatment, Clayton Behavioral charges $8,000 with $3,700 due at enrollment and the rest split into payments of $2,550 required by weeks six and fourteen. For those who complete at least six months and wish to pursue aftercare, prices are $800 per month for a full program, $400 per month for group therapy, and $200 for limited group therapy. Insurance is not accepted and there are no refunds.
Updated December 2016
Published on January 2017
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