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About us


What we are about… First Step is a dual diagnosis treatment center offering therapy for both mental health and substance abuse problems. We have a had significant success using “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” to aid clients toward using mindfulness and values guided decision making. Benefits of ACT therapy include changes leading to reduced mental health distress, reduced substance use, and use of skills that lead to healthier overall daily functioning.  The underlying problems that we all face are rooted in the effort we expend to avoid, suppress, remove or simply numb unwanted thoughts, feelings and experiences. The problem is further compounded when we stray from living a life guided by our values, and instead, are led by thoughts and feelings which are often conflicting and lead to painful consequences.  With our clients, we work on learning to live with these troublesome thoughts and feelings through the use of mindfulness skills along with learning your values and how to focus on those being your guide. Mindfulness is not a relaxation technique, or way of avoiding thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness in ACT is learning to notice, observe, and live with those thoughts and feelings without being guided by them.  Learning and living according to a values guided life is not always easy, but ultimately leads to a more fulfilling life.  Our therapy is provided using individual, group or family therapy depending on your specific situation and need. We do not view our clients as broken or abnormal. In fact, we see what you are experiencing as part of the human condition. We are all in this together. Our goal is to work with you to learn these life changing skills.

ACT

Starting Monday September 11, 2017 we are beginning the ACT curriculum. This evidence based curriculum addresses negative emotions resulting from trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and leads toward making values based choices. Research supports the efficacy of ACT in helping individuals live a fulfilled life not held back by painful emotions and thinking patterns.

CAST

First Step has partnered with the CAST program. This is a new organization, (Client Advocacy and Support Team), that will aid individuals in treatment at this agency toward accessing community supports they need to improve their lives. This can include various financial supports, housing guidance, medical, dental, vision, transportation, and other resources. 

Outpatient Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment and mental health

We offer evaluation, individual, group and family therapy as indicated by clinical necessity.

First Step offers a specialized treatment program for opiate abuse/dependency. Our Medical Director will evaluate and determine if this approach is medically appropriate for you.

We are an outpatient facility providing individual, family, or group therapy to address the identified concern in as effective manner as possible. 

Mental Health

First Step is unique in that we offer a broad range of group therapy options to include trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, group for those who have a loved one with a substance use disorder that have either a substance use disorder, or mental health challenge

ACT for the workplace

Thank you for considering First Step to provide a workshop at your facility. We have found the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy skills to be very useful in aiding our clients. After consulting and collaborating with the author of the book “The Mindful and Effective Employee”, by Dr. Paul Flaxman and colleagues at the University of London, we decided to expand our services and teach these skills to individuals in the broader community. We have developed a workshop specifically based on a program that has been in use for several years, and the research indicates a significantly positive effect on employee overall mental health and reduction in occupational performance due to stress, anxiety, and other mental health factors.

The workshop we have developed teaches mindfulness and values guided decision making skills. These therapeutic skills can be taught quite quickly, and with practice, yield significantly positive results and lasting change which has been verified by longitudinal studies. Here are some findings from previous research on the impact of mindfulness training on employees:

  • 300% more innovation (Harvard Business Review)
  • 125% less burnout (Harvard Business Review)
  • 66% fewer sick days (Forbes)
  • 51% less turnover (Gallup)
  • 69% clinically significant positive changes among participants in an ACT one day workshop at 3 month follow up (the British Psychological Society)

The purpose of this workshop is to aid your business in developing healthier life skills that will have an overall return through a more fulfilled and less distressed work force. Each of our trainers hold at least a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related field, and have extensive clinical experience. The workshop curriculum includes actual therapeutic skills that are highly recommended to be taught by qualified mental health professionals with experience and training in teaching these techniques.

Services

Treatment

Treatment includes a broad range of individualized services designed to meet the specific needs of the client. We provide individual, group, and family as well as both mental health and chemical dependency evaluations. We provide counseling for both mental health and substance use disorders meeting medical necessity. 

ACTStarting 

Monday September 11, 2017 we are beginning the ACT curriculum. This evidence based curriculum addresses negative emotions resulting from trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and leads toward making values based choices. Research supports the efficacy of ACT in helping individuals live a fulfilled life not held back by painful emotions and thinking patterns. 


ACT skills Training

We now take these skills into the workplace. recognizing that there is a need for these skills among the general population, as well and the clinical setting, we have developed an ACT based training.

CASTFirst 

Step has partnered with the CAST program. This is a new organization, (Client Advocacy and Support Team), that will aid individuals in treatment at this agency toward accessing community supports they need to improve their lives. This can include various financial supports, housing guidance, medical, dental, vision, transportation, and other resources. 

Meetings 

First Step provides space for a young people’s NA meeting that meets currently on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 pm. To attend this meeting, go to 112 N. Everest St.

DUII 

As of  4/9/18, First Step is State of Oregon approved as a DUII diversion education and rehabilitation program. We take OHP, which covers this service and also private insurance... Many of which cover treatment for DUII clients. Our program has an evidence based education curriculum along with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as part of our program. Teaching mindfulness and values guided decision making to aid individuals toward meeting their treatment goals. To schedule and appointment, call (503)538-7647. 

Urinalysis testing

First Step uses Fortis Labs for our testing needs. They are a local state certified lab that provides very accurate results in a timely manner. We also have available at low cost instant urine drug screening for immediate results. To inquire about our testing services, please call our main office at (503)538-7647.

Minor in Possession/Tobacco

For individuals who receive an MIP citation, to include up to age 21, we offer an educational class that meets the requirements of the court. To schedule a class, please contact our main office at (503)538-7647.

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