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Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs Philosophy
Like all of our treatment centers, Sovereign Health of Texas combines traditional treatment with holistic therapies, such as yoga and equine therapy. Licensed by the State of Texas, we offer residential and intensive outpatient treatment services as well as detoxification for men and women who are dealing with addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
Nestled along Franklin Mountains State Park, patients will receive individual, couples and family therapy, as well as personalized treatment plans for the best approach possible.
In addition, Sovereign Health of Texas offers treatment for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking patients. Previous studies have suggested that the nation’s Spanish-speaking population is often unable to access mental health care services in the U.S. due to language barriers.
Areas of Specialization
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
Creative Arts Therapy
Writing, making art or engaging in theater can be deeply therapeutic for people working to recover from addiction. Many facilities offer one or several forms of creative arts therapy as a way to help patients learn to express their feelings in productive ways.
I’d say it definitely met my expectations, just because the staff is friendly, and it’s the same thing with the clients. They’re here for you, they’ll back you up. And the groups are very helpful.
My experience with the staff and therapists was beautiful – I can’t complain about anything. Because as I asked questions, staff and therapists were always willing to give me the answers I needed…I’ll put it in better words: I’ll just say they went beyond what I ever would have imagined staff and therapists would do..
Meet the Staff
Oscar Perez, M.D.
Medical Director, El Paso
Oscar Perez, M.D., is the Medical Director for the Sovereign Health facility in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Perez received his B.S. from Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Mexico and earned his M.D. from the Universidad Nacional Autonma de Mexico, School of Medicine. He also completed an intensive course in postgraduate medicine from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and a postgraduate course in Population and Public Health in Virginia. He completed his psychiatric residency at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma and at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Dr. Perez is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and with the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry. Prior to being the Medical Director at Sovereign Health’s El Paso facility, he has held past positions as President of Medical Staff, Medical Director and the Medical Co-director of various residential treatment programs. Dr. Perez utilizes his experience and educational background in treating patients at Sovereign Health.
Jessica Acker, LPC-S LMFT
Jessica Acker is a marriage and family counselor and Sovereign Health of El Paso’s Program Director. She graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Mental Health Counseling.
Previously Acker was in private practice for many years and worked as a program administrator with the US Army Services Program, where she successfully crafted a skillset in programming oversight, innovation, and development. Her counseling background allows Acker to use her breadth of education and experience in a multitude of treatment modalities to enhance Sovereign’s Texas treatment facility, with family-centered recovery.
Natalie K. Bellman-Seeskin, Ph.D.
Site Training Director
Natalie Bellman-Seeskin, Ph.D., a born and raised local and alumni of the University of Texas at El Paso, is Sovereign Health of Texas' site training director. Dr. Bellman-Seeskin obtained a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, before graduating with her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Dr. Bellman-Seeskin has previously worked with a large range of populations, specializing in serving Hispanic, monolingual/bilingual, underserved individuals, to include inpatient forensics, outpatient community mental health and geriatrics as the home-based primary care clinical psychologist at the El Paso Veteran’s Administration Health Care System.
Dr. Bellman-Seeskin uses her prior experience and Spanish fluency to implement site-wide training programs here at Sovereign Health of Texas – streamlining industry compliance, facilitating recruitment and internships at Sovereign's flagship bilingual facility.
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ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS – EL PASO
Sovereign Health operates treatment in facilities in California, Arizona, and Florida, as well as this facility in El Paso, Texas. This center, which opened in February 2016, offers a full spectrum of treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Services include medical detox, residential treatment, and outpatient care; both English- and Spanish-speaking clients can be accommodated.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
This center uses the 12-step model alongside evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), solution-focused brief therapy, and brief strategic family therapy.
Alongside these treatment modalities, clients participate in group counseling and receive education about the nature of addiction and recovery. The program also incorporates holistic options, such as mindfulness meditation, equine therapy, yoga, outdoor activities, nutrition, and lifestyle management.
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) meets for two to three hours, five days a week. Programming includes group and individual counseling, education, and relapse prevention work.
There’s an M.D. on-site, as well as a licensed professional counselor.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to its website, this center offers 70 beds. Photographs published on the website show a simple, somewhat clinical facility with shared bedrooms.
Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. On Glassdoor, however, Sovereign Health has an overall rating of 4.5 stars based on two reviews. A current house manager wrote: “Whether the staff-members are clinical, medical, management or administrative, they possess the professional acumen to work together as a team in order to provide patients with the proper care and attentiveness to their needs.”
According to its website, the facility accepts most major health insurance plans as well as private payment.
Published June 2016
Published on April 2017
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