The Art Of Caring
Many years ago, Dr. Silver decided that wearing his shoes in the THRIVE offices was optional (his excuse was that he could think better with just socks on). Some of the other practitioners and patients have taken up the practice, so it's not unusual to see people wandering about THRIVE shoeless but happy, relaxed and comfortable.
In addition to your confidence in our clinical expertise, we hope that coming to THRIVE will help you feel this same sense of comfort, safety and respect for you as a unique individual.
When we are struggling with emotional and behavioral problems, in ourselves or our family members, two aspects of the care are most important:
First, that our investment of time and money is worthwhile –we want to feel better and function better.
Second, that the care we receive leaves us feeling acknowledged, understood and respected. No one wants answers that come without some “tender loving care.”
This Art of Caring is a critical component to effective healing – we get better not just because of WHAT is done, but because of HOW it is done. Below are the factors that contribute to the Art of Caring – and the reasons that we believe THRIVE will best meet your needs for emotional health services.
Healing is rooted in relationship – in the partnership between the practitioner and the patient that thrives with love, respect and kindness. To be most effective, it must involve both the head and the heart, draw on the wisdom of many healing traditions and touch the mind, body and spirit
Our therapists, eclectic in their approaches, draw from a wide range of therapeutic techniques honed by decades of personal and professional experience.
Although young at heart and equally comfortable working with kids, adolescents or adults, we are “mature” individuals and have struggled – as each of our patients have -- through the wide range of events that life has invited us to wrestle with, including intimate relationships, parenting, academic and career decision-making, physical illness, financial issues, death and loss, and “brain conditions”, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD.
We are older and wiser for the journey and are passionate about helping others with their emotional and spiritual transformation.
Effective care for emotional conditions often involves the input from multiple practitioners, both within and outside of THRIVE. People often express that coordinating care for themselves or for their child feels like a daunting task.
Once we have completed your Comprehensive Clinical Diagnostic Workup, we will work with you to identify which services are most appropriate for you at this time, direct you to those practitioners either within or outside of THRIVE and maintain communication among your key treatment providers.
Since all the treatments appropriate for a particular patient are closely tied together, the quality of care improves and the patient feels "held" by a community of healers who share a concern for their growth and success. We have found that this approach leads to more rapid and effective resolution of your life challenges.
Every person we see at THRIVE is a unique, fascinating mix of strengths and struggles. Because of this rich complexity, we explore a wide array of factors in order to determine the best course of care. In addition to biological, developmental, emotional and lifestyle issues, we look at issues of life purpose and meaning – the dreams, gifts, passions, strengths and goals that give substance to a person’s life.
Our goal is to provide an integrated treatment program that allows people to live more fully and joyfully
One of our goals is to create opportunities for success, mastery and personal transformation. To this end, we try to achieve the following in our care:
- Validating and applauding the unique ways each person experiences and processes the world
- Discovering the gifts and passions of each individual
- Co-creating opportunities for success, mastery and personal transformation
- Seeking possibilities for growth both in and outside the office setting
As a corollary to “healing is rooted in relationship”, we also believe that healing occurs best in the context of the community. To this end, we view THRIVE not just as a group of practitioners working from their offices, but as a community of healers/ guides/ teachers and people seeking healing who can come together in a variety of ways to further personal growth and transformation.
Go to the links below to see some of the ways we bring people into a healing community:
- Voyages Art Gallery at THRIVE
- THRIVE Coffeehouse
- Social Issue Discussion Groups
- Attending (core approach of Heron’s Gate)
- Outdoor Education