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Rites of Passage LLC Philosophy
Rites of Passage LLC is a residential extended care facility that works with trauma, mental health issues, dual diagnosis, substance issues, and eating disorder issues located in Delta County Colorado.
Rites of Passage creates customizable programs utilizing transpersonal, mind- fulness, trauma, DBT, CBT, somatic, art, wilderness, ecotherapy, wellness therapies as well as our signature equine assisted psychotherapy programs (The Phoenix Rising Programs.)
Rites of Passage is unique because of our holistic approach to everything that we do. Clients who choose Rites of Passage will spend their time here being treated with a whole-person approach to therapy. No one is 'just a case'; each person is a unique individual and utilizing our interactive program, each client co-creates their own form of treatment using the many tools that we have available.
Rites of Passage is committed to creating holistic and unique programs for each client. This is what makes the difference between success and failure and creates long-term, lifelong success for each client who chooses our program.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
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.
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.
Animal therapy (also called animal-assisted therapy and pet therapy) supports recovery and emotional wellbeing by helping people develop relationships with animals. Animal therapy can be a one-time or ongoing experience.
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.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
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.
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.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
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.
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Owner, B.S., MS, LPC, TP, EAP/EAL
Executive Director and Owner of Rites of Passage LLC and The Phoenix Rising Programs Women’s Residential Extended Care Program and the Intensive Outpatient Programs for both co-ed adults and Teens. I am a transpersonal counselor/psychotherapist, life coach, healer and artist. I have done extensive transpersonal (mind/body/spirit) work as well as trauma/PTSD work and I also have extensive experience as a dual-diagnosis counselor working with substance and eating disorder issues that stem from trauma. I have a masters in counseling psychology, a certification in transpersonal counseling, a certification in equine assisted psychotherapy and life coaching, LPC licensure in the state of Colorado and am a first level Reiki practitioner and certified in the healing modality Jin Shin TARA. I have spent many years working with shamanistic and energy healing modalities. I engage clients in all types of transpersonal work including art therapy, dream therapy, ceremony and self-growth. All of the types of therapy and coaching that I engage in are experiential therapy modalities because I have found that when a person engages their body/mind and spirit together in a session, more is synthesized and integrated allowing breakthroughs to occur quickly and learning or relearning that they engage in allows clients to begin to use this new knowledge immediately as opposed to strictly cognitive based counseling, which can take weeks, months or years without any significant results being made. My work is very diverse because I utilize all of my experience as well as everyone else on the staffs to find what works for each client who comes into our program to excel and focus upon what she needs to achieve her goals.
Life Coach / Group Leader / Equine Specialist
Jenn has an extensive background with horses, as she was raised on an Arabian horse breeding farm. She was involved in all aspects of running the farm from a young age. She was active in her local 4-H group teaching non-owners about horses and participating in horse judging competitions. Although she competed in horse shows at all levels, she discovered her love of training horses as well as rescuing and rehabilitating abused animals in her early youth. She uses this inherent knowledge in her work as an Equine Specialist, teaching others not only horse safety, but the ability to understand, learn from, and communicate with the horses. Jenn also provides riding lessons to clients of all levels of experience, from those who have never been on a horse to those who are advanced riders. As a graduate of the Rites of Passage program, Jenn offers a unique perspective to clients in her work as both a psych tech and life coach. Her deep understanding of program materials, discernment of psychology, and life experience allow Jenn to co-facilitate group sessions with significant impact. Jenn has passed the required State exam to register as a therapist. Jenn is currently working toward her goal of getting a Masters in Counseling so she may continue helping people transform their lives in a healthy way, as she has. Jenn has also been certified by the State of Colorado as a QMAP, allowing her to administer medications to clients, when necessary.
LPC, LAC, MAC, DVAP
I work with individuals, couples, children and adolescents. My specialities include trauma and abuse, domestic violence, communication issues, addictions, grief and loss, and wellness.
I have been trained in EMDR. I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Addictions Counseling. Additionally, I have an undergraduate degree in Health & Human Performance and work towards emotional, spiritual and physical balance. I am approved by DVOMB as a full Offender Provider for the State of Colorado.
Dr. Chanel Heermann
Chanel Heermann, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist who personally understands the importance living of a balanced, authentic life. She founded SynerGenius to empower individuals to create health and happiness by developing harmony in their lives. Her interest in these powerful techniques was inspired by her own efforts to create more peace and presence in her daily life.
Dr. Heermann received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and went on to complete her psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Heermann was one of the first 121 physicians in the world certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. Graduate of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine's fellowship program, Dr. Heermann is board certified in both Psychiatry and Integrative-Holistic Medicine. She serves on the faculty of Saybrook University's College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences and as guest faculty at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Heermann is an expert in women's mental health, with extensive training in a variety of natural approaches, including the advanced nutrient therapies taught by the Walsh Research Institute, and the effective use of multi-nutrient formulas, such as those offered by Truehope and others. She is certified in Mind-Body Medicine and has also completed substantial training in the cutting-edge fields of positive psychology and collaborative communication.
Dr. Heermann is the author of The 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness: Building a Bridge to Balance, several published, peer-reviewed articles, including "Selected integrative medicine treatments for depression: Considerations in women" and "Perinatal Depression: An Evidence-Based Review of Integrative Treatment".
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ABOUT RITES OF PASSAGE
Located in Crawford, Colo., Rites of Passage treatment center that offers treatment for dual diagnosis, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality, substance abuse, and eating disorder.
The facility's services include long-term residential, intensive outpatient (IOP), and sober living. This is a women's only treatment facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility's website, Rites of Passage's programs treat the whole body and include nutritional support, holistic guidance, horse-riding therapy, and whole body and life treatment.
Clients stay in the residential extended care program between three and six months, and it is a co-creative treatment program. The center's website calls the environment a "college-like atmosphere," because there is a core set of group sessions five days a week along with study time during the weekends.
During the program, women participate in process groups, assignment groups, peer resourcing groups, recovery education groups, and individual counseling. Family counseling is available at an extra charge.
The website highlights that individuals slow down in this program, because it's set on a farm. Clients work with animals such as horses, goats, ducks, geese, therapy dogs, and cats.
Exercise and nutrition is an important part of treatment at Rites of Passage. Residents exercise every day, which could includes riding horses, dancing, yoga, or helping with the community garden.
There are multiple different program options such as Trauma Core Program, Communication 101 Core Program, Eating Disorder Program, and Adjunct Companion Dog Training Program.
In the women's last month in the program, it's a transition phase and they begin looking for volunteer work or to find a job.
Rites of Passage operates an apartment used as a transitional living home. It's designed for clients who finished residential treatment but still want continued help.
The intensive outpatient program is similar to the residential program. Women in this program meet for five hours per day for four days a week. This program typically runs three to six months as well.
The teen outpatient program was created for teens seeking help for substance abuse, eating disorders, and/or trauma. The program is 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays along with 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
The center's website notes the treatment team includes counselors and an equine specialist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the center's website, the facility is on a 40 acre Farm, and has 10 private bedrooms.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the three alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two provided positive feedback, while one alum left a negative review.
Two former clients gave five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. Both also mentioned the center helped with trauma.
"They were amazing and helped me with my eating disorder and addiction problems when no one else could," an alum wrote. "I learned how to work through a lot of trauma and handle life much better."
The other alum, however, gave one star for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. "Ridiculous program, ineffective, inappropriate diagnosis, waste of time and money," they wrote. "Staff are ill equipped to handle anyone professionally. DON\'T USE THEM."
Residential treatment is $13,000 a month, however the center does accept insurance.
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