Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sweetwater: A Chance To Heal For Hope

When the fallout affects everyone...


There are times when a family member's trauma affects everyone in the family. This is how Dr. Phil described what he saw as he met with and interviewed 17 year old Hope and her mother Desiree. On April 10, 2015, Dr. Phil's audience was invited to be part of the conversation (by watching the painful exchange between Hope and Desiree).

Their story dates back at least three years when Hope, at 14, was abducted into a sex trafficking ring. The abduction was initiated by a social media post created by Hope and in turn was quickly noted by her soon to be abductor. Within in minutes Hope was gone and her nightmare began. And as Dr. Phil offers "her development stopped."

Hope created a coping mechanism whom she named Sophia


In an attempt to overcome her trauma and deal with her social anxiety Hope created another persona - Sophia. Even after being rescued Hope still relies on Sophia to get through each day. Here you can watch some outtakes of the full episode of Dr. Phil working to find the starting point for healing.




If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Dr. Phil offers Hope a chance to heal at Cottonwood Tucson's Sweetwater Program

Kathleen Parrish

Cottonwood Tucson is honored to be selected by Dr. Phil to provide treatment for Hope by attending our Sweetwater Adolescent Girls Program. During the taping Dr. Phil introduced Hope and her mother to Cottonwood's Clinical Director Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC.

The Sweetwater Treatment Program for teen girls utilizes a unique and engaging approach to treat girls seeking treatment of co-occurring disorders. Our approach leverages various treatment modalities that offer opportunities for introspection, insight, skill development, and social integration.

Treatment is enhanced by a week-long, intensive family program, designed to enrich family relationships. Family members are offered classes in effective parenting and communication skills. The Sweetwater Program also includes comprehensive aftercare planning that targets the patient’s ongoing treatment needs. Aftercare recommendations may support a return home to engage in outpatient therapy and individual counseling, or admission to a therapeutic boarding school.

Overcoming trauma can be a long journey...


We've often written about trauma and specifically post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We hope you are able to watch Dr. Phil as he tries to refocus both a teenage girl and her mother. They each have a story to tell, hopefully the conversation is started.

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