Intensive Outpatient Program


The Counseling Center for Sexual Health is pleased to introduce our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adult males struggling with sexually related issues. This program provides ten hours of therapy a week for each client; including both individual and group therapy. Group sessions will be offered Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm, and Saturday from 9-12pm. Individual therapy will be scheduled per client.

There are many benefits for participating in an IOP. Perhaps the largest benefit is the continued support and treatment while individuals integrate life events (work, school, socialization) into a sober lifestyle.

CCSH professionals are sex therapists certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) trained and skilled in ways to assist people in gaining a deeper understanding of their own sexuality and how it affects their lives in relationships.

If you believe you or someone you know would benefit from our Intensive Outpatient Program or Psychological services, please call the Counseling Center for Sexual Health intake department (805)308-9800 Ext. 3.

-Darilyn Shano, M.S., MFTI

Methamphetamine Recovery

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For one reason or another, you have finally decided to quit using crystal meth.  Now what?  The process might seem daunting and terrifying, and it may not even be your first attempt at quitting.  Unfortunately, there is not one universal outline as to what the process will be like for each individual.  One thing that is unquestionable and inevitable, however, is the emotional and physical changes that one will endure from experiencing withdrawal symptoms.  These symptoms can differ and for some last as short as three days and for some as long as a month.  The typical physical symptoms one experiences during this time is the body and brain’s fight to survive by sleeping, eating, drinking, and a whole lot more of sleeping.

Once you are through this initial phase, one might actually find themselves feeling “good,” in fact, even feeling “great.”  However, that feeling will not last too long.  In the range of about two months into recovery, a time will come when the feelings of depression is bound to occur.  Use of an antidepressant, such as Wellbutrin, can be extremely beneficial in getting through these feelings of despair.  While the chance of relapse is higher during this time due to the feelings of depression that may seem too difficult to manage, Wellbutrin is an option that has shown to be effective in reducing the depression-induced cravings associated with withdrawal symptoms.

You do not have to endure methamphetamine recovery alone.  The combination of an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin, in addition to working with a professional here at Counseling Center for Sexual Health (CCFSH), can help make what can seem like a daunting and terrifying experience more tolerable, manageable, and successful.  If you find yourself ready for recovery, we look forward to hearing from you.

-Lynne Tunick, M.S., MFTI

Thought Stopping Techniques

Thought Stopping Techniques


Thought Stopping

The only way to ensure that a thought won’t lead to a relapse is to stop the thought
before it leads to craving. Stopping the thought when it first begins prevents it from
building into an overpowering craving. It is important to do it as soon as you realize
you are thinking about using.

To start recovery, it is necessary to interrupt the trigger–thought–craving–use
sequence. Thought stopping provides a tool for disrupting the process.
This process is not automatic. You make a choice either to continue thinking about
using (and start on the path toward relapse) or to stop those thoughts.

Thought-Stopping Techniques
Try the techniques described below, and use those that work best for you:

Visualization. Imagine a scene in which you deny the power of
thoughts of use. For example, picture a switch or a lever in your mind.
Imagine yourself actually moving it from ON to OFF to stop the
using thoughts. Have another picture ready to think about in place
of those thoughts.

Relaxation. Feelings of hollowness, heaviness, and cramping in the stomach are
cravings. These often can be relieved by breathing in deeply (filling lungs with air)
and breathing out slowly. Do this three times. You should be able to feel the tightness
leaving your body. Repeat this whenever the feeling returns.

Call someone. Talking to another person provides an outlet for your feelings and
allows you to hear your thinking process. Have phone numbers of supportive,
available people with you always, so you can use them when you need them.

-Katie McGrath, M.S.

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