Our Methods

Founded on the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever possible to prepare our residents for life outside of Pasadena Villa, all of our treatment process are firmly rooted in our Social Integration Methodology.

Our staff observes and interacts with residents in real life situations, both inside our facilities and out in the community, helping to ensure that ongoing treatment plans are as accurate and effective as possible.

By utilizing recreational, social and life-skills activities within the community, in tandem with different therapeutic sessions, we’ve found immense success in assimilating thousands of people back into everyday life and regaining control of their lives.

Social Integration includes:

  • Frequent outings to hone social skills
  • Community Residential or Supportive Residential Homes
  • Ability to volunteer, go to school or work while continuing treatment.
  • Integrated therapy within the community.

Pasadena Villa is committed to providing the highest quality clinical services; within a physical environment that promotes health/well-being, recovery, and personal motivation. Through the Social Integration Model, residents participate in social, cultural, and recreational activities within the community, which provide real life experiences and coaching in real time. This unique, internally developed program prepares residents for life outside of treatment and for reaching the highest level of individual functioning possible.

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Group: A therapeutic group that addresses skills regarding emotional regulation. Core mindfulness skills help residents experience emotions at the moment and help residents gain a nonjudgmental perspective on the world. Interpersonal effectiveness skills are helpful to assist residents in problem-solving. Emotional regulation skills give residents the tools to identify and label their emotions and increase positive emotional events. Distress tolerance skills focus on radical acceptance, turning the mind toward acceptance, distracting oneself, self-soothing, improving the moment, and thinking of pros and cons.

Family Dynamics Group: A therapeutic group that addresses family relationships and promotes positive, healthy communication. Group discussions include family conflict and problem-solving, codependency, family roles, and healthy boundaries. Group members can identify and process feelings about family dysfunction and issues of grief and loss.

Coping Skills: This group provides an opportunity for residents to share their struggles and get feedback from the group leader and peers. Specific topics have included assertiveness, communication, conflict management, relaxation techniques, and distorted thinking.

Life Skills: Teaches powerful concepts designed to help individuals and families dramatically improve the quality of their lives as the pathway to independence.

Living on the Spectrum: Group members learn to recognize, cope with and overcome behaviors associated with traits and the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The group focuses on Appropriate Social Skills, social interactions, and daily struggles that are related to ASD. The group learns specific skills and then puts them into practice.

Mental Health Relapse Prevention Group: This group is designed to alleviate some of the fear and stigmas around having a diagnosis. Group members discuss various topics related to mental health and how to guard against a decline of mental and emotional functioning.  This group helps educate resident on their diagnosis as well as the diagnosis of others and provides information on resources, such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), which they can use during and after treatment.

Recovery Focus: An open process group that focuses on psycho education related to 12 Step recovery methodologies and relapse prevention planning. Participants explore various ways to apply traditional and nontraditional recovery methods to their – lives. Group topics include process and interpretation of recovery literature, education on the 12 Steps and traditions found in common support groups and the development of relapse prevention planning through sober support systems.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Group: A Therapeutic Group that educates residents on how to recognize ways in which their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors.  Participants also learn specific techniques and engage in role play activities to solidify their knowledge and practice of said techniques.

Cooking Group:  An educational, hands-on group in which residents help choose recipes to make in one of our licensed homes in the community.  Residents are educated on kitchen and food safety while working on team building skills to properly execute their chosen recipes.

Co-Dependency Group: A Therapeutic Group that educates participants on the diagnosis of Co-Dependency Disorder (commonly referred to as “Relationship Addiction”) while assisting residents in learning ways in which they can create healthy relationships with all the individuals in their lives.

Anger Management Group:  A psychoeducational group that provides a safe space for group members to process anger triggers, thoughts, and feelings.  Participants also learn healthy and effective ways to identify, manage and release their feelings of anger.

Mindful Budgeting: A life skills group that assists residents in developing and adhering to a budget while shopping for groceries and personal items at a local grocery store.  Participants also learn how to create realistic grocery lists, and staff members help them adhere to said lists during the shopping process.

Interpersonal Skills Group:  A life skills and psychoeducational group that engages residents – via handouts, videos, role-play and other interactive activities – in therapeutic exercises that they can implement in their day-to-day lives while interacting with others.  Participants learn effective means of interacting with others and receive support and validation that this can be intimidating especially for those with any amount of social anxiety.

Bipolar Education Group: Participants not only learn about the various traits and aspects of bipolar disorder (type I and II) but also receive normalization and validation regarding their experiences with bipolar disorder.  Residents can fellowship with others who share their diagnosis and learn ways in which to manage their symptoms positively, including medication management.

Nursing Group: Our skilled registered nurses educate residents on current medical issues, such as influenza during flu season.  Also, our nursing staff provides participants with education on a variety of health topics such as proper handwashing/sanitation, vitamins, BMI (body mass index) and basic first aid.

Medical Group: Our medical director/treating psychiatrist educates participants on specific types of medication, the importance of medication compliance and addresses their medical questions in a welcoming environment.  She makes learning fun by engaging residents in medical-themed quiz games, word searches, and B-I-N-G-O.

YMCA (Health and Wellness): All residents have a membership to the Downtown Orlando YMCA as physical health is equally important to mental and emotional health.  Participants can take classes such as yoga, Zumba and cycling or exercise on one of the many exercise machines sprinkled throughout this spacious gym.  There are two pools – an indoor and outdoor one- basketball courts, racquetball courts, a sauna and steam room for residents to enjoy as well.

Study Hall: As numerous residents strive to return to school or continue their education at one of the many Central Florida colleges or universities, we provide scheduled study time at our TLLC (Transitional Living and Learning Center) building where they have access to computers, printers, and office supplies.  Residents who do not have academic endeavors have alternate activities that further promotes their mental health, such as an educational video, handouts or individual time with a clinician.

Community Group: A life skills group that continually educates participants on the rules and regulations of the program and provides them the opportunity to gain clarification.  Residents are also reminded about the grievance procedure and the location of the suggestion box.  In addition, participants are encouraged to assertively discuss their grievances with the program and each other while staff engage them in solution-focused strategies for resolution and provide them with validation.  Residents are also asked for feedback and suggestions for the weekly activity schedule.

Current Events:  A life skills group that fosters appropriate conversation about current topics in the news.  Residents are educated on the importance of knowing what’s going on in the world around them (within reason) and are encouraged to share their opinion on the subject matter while also allowing their peers to share their opinions that may be different than theirs.

Open Art:  Facilitated by our wonderful art therapist, Open Art provides participants the opportunity to utilize various art supplies in our art studio to practice a healthy coping skill while learning about different creative techniques.

12-Steps Through Art:  In this unique take on the 12-step program, residents struggling with addiction (not just chemical) have the 12-steps reinforced through the use of art and creative expression.   Residents who typically do not enjoy participating in 12-step programs have thrived in this group, and it has helped many on the road to recovery.

Creative Crafts:  Residents are guided by our art therapist while they complete specific art projects with learned techniques.  The benefit of following step-by-step instructions is reinforced during this group as well as the importance of paying attention and managing your time to ensure that you finish the designated project by the end of the group.

*Pasadena Villa provides transportation to Alcoholics Anonymous (and other 12-step groups) meetings in the community at least once per day (for residents that would benefit) to further enhance residents’ treatment process.

Individual psychiatric sessions: Residents can meet with our medical director/treating psychiatrist once per week at minimum and more often if needed.  These meetings are not timed as our psychiatrist wants to provide each resident with as much time and support that they need as well as to educate them on their diagnosis and prescribed medication.

Individual psychotherapy sessions:  Residents are assigned a primary as well as an alternate therapist to ensure that all their therapeutic needs are met.  They are provided with individual therapy sessions once per week at minimum (more if needed/beneficial).  Each session is curtailed to meet the needs of the individual, who is actively involved in creating their master treatment plan.

Family therapy:  Family involvement in treatment is welcomed (if appropriate/beneficial), and the treatment team makes every effort to ensure that family members are provided with updates (as often as they request) as well as education on their loved one’s mental health diagnoses.  We value the opinion and input of family members and provide family therapy sessions (as often as is recommended by the treatment team with input from the resident and family members) through a variety of modalities: via telephone, in-person and video conferencing.

Recreational therapy: In conjunction with our “talk therapy” interventions, we offer recreational therapy groups and activities.  With the use of recreational and athletic activities, participants can work on their identified problems.  Residents work on team building, self-esteem, trust, patience and other attributes during activities like rock climbing, bowling, golf and team sports.

Art therapy:  Art therapy is a powerful therapeutic tool that can help resident’s process past and present traumas and stressors that they are not ready (or willing) to verbalize yet.  This healing modality is enjoyed by participants with differing diagnoses and further enhances the overall therapeutic process.

Career and Academic coaching: To help individuals reach their fullest potential, Pasadena Villa assists residents in pursuing their vocational and academic endeavors.  This includes assistance searching and applying for jobs and/or school programs as well as education on resume writing, interviewing skills, appropriate attire and available resources in the community.  If the resident permits, Pasadena Villa will gladly coordinate services with vocational rehabilitation and the offices of students with disabilities at colleges and universities. Some residents choose to volunteer prior to searching for employment and Pasadena Villa assists with this process as well to help residents learn employable skills and enhance their resume.