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Our group therapy program is led by two licensed clinical psychologists, Dr. Tracey Bassett and Dr. Britt Gottlich. Both Dr. Bassett and Dr. Gottlich have a comprehensive history of group therapy experience and have run successful moderation management groups at Fifth Avenue Psychiatry for several years.
While our Manhattan group therapy program has psychoeducational aspects which are rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the moderation management group is tailored to the needs and requests of group members. As a primarily member-driven program, our Manhattan group therapy program emphasizes process, support, and open dialogue. Historically, group speakers, at the request of members, have been included to speak to themes such as meditation and the impact of substances on the brain in both short-term and long-term use.
Moderation management offers a form of harm reduction for individuals struggling with the consequences of alcohol and substance use that may not be ready or may not need to take an abstinence approach. In contrast to abstinence, moderation management, which instills controlled use practices, is a tool designed to motivate individuals to reduce use. Rather than forcing an individual into a traditional treatment plan that encourages complete abstinence, moderation programs allow a person to reflect on their behavior in order to develop their own effective approach. In a moderation management program, therapists can help an individual create goals and set personal limitations that may be more specific to them.
It is critical to understand that moderation management programs are intended for those who do not have a severe alcohol or substance use disorder. Those who suffer from severe addiction may find it difficult to reduce consumption and may have greater success with an individualized alcohol addiction program.
Learn more about our Manhattan substance use group therapy program by contacting Fifth Avenue Psychiatry.