At Plum, we focus on meeting clients where they are and helping them to overcome behavioral obstacles and emotional challenges. While we strive to help clients meet goals that will make their life one in which they want to live and participate; we also want our therapists to live life lives they want to be in and participate fully.
Community mental health organizations often works really well in the service of clients, but often prioritizes clients over clinicians. The organizational structure tends to focus more on the bottom line which frequently burns out clinicians, due to a sort of work overload, in an already stressful field. For therapists, who are just out of their graduate programs and who are very new to the field, community mental health organizations provide a diverse experience, but often overwhelms clinicians with the productivity demands of the agency.
Private practice agencies are often able to offer considerably more support, flexibility, and independence for clinicians; but the agencies are often more geared toward the clinicians than clients, in that there, are not as many checks and balances for clinician accountability and they often do not offer the variety of services or accommodations that are accessible with community mental health agencies. It is Plum’s goal to establish an organization that will meet clients’ needs and also support clinicians, while offering both clients and clinicians freedom and flexibility at the same time.
Depending on your geographical location, we offer individual, family, and couples counseling in-person, but we are also really excited to offer sessions on-line as well!
We use a Dialectical Behavioral therapy informed approach in our services; so, we also offer group skills training both online and in-person.
In addition to using this DBT approach to therapy, we are also looking forward to offering Radically Open-Dialectical Behavioral therapy in the near future. While DBT offers clients help to better regulate their emotions and manage high risk behaviors, RO-DBT offers clients with fairly ridged boundaries help to decrease emotional and behavioral over regulating.