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April 2018
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Sustainable Recovery Model of Care

Mark White, Primary Therapist

By:  Mark White, LMHC – CDC II

Jung theorized that human beings – like plants – seek to grow whole.  At the outset of our lives and through the lived experiences of childhood we send our roots out into the world and find what nourishes us and what doesn’t.  At a young age we inherently come to know the wisdom of playing more and touching the hot stove less. Our learning is largely instinctual; with knowledge found through trial and error.  As children, our brain’s Limbic system largely guides our exploration of the world and our place in it – we thus ‘fight, flee or feast’ in response to our making contact with our environment.

At Pacific Quest we utilize Horticultural Therapy  to understand the equivalent of the human process of addiction in plants – a condition commonly known as ‘root bound’. When a plant becomes root bound it has grown to the point where it exhausts the available nutrients. In an effort to thrive, the plant begins to consume itself to stay alive. At this point, if the plant is not transplanted it will inevitably suffer and is likely to meet an early demise. In our knowledge of addiction we understand that without intervention, a young person developing the behavioral patterns of addiction may unfortunately experience similar outcomes.

Learn more about our Sustainable Recovery Model of Care!

Clinical Updates

Specialized Behavioral Intervention Team

This summer, a select group of students will be led by Dr. Brian Konik and supported by a dedicated team of clinicians and staff through individualized applied behavioral interventions.  This experience will be overlaid with the existing therapeutic milieu of horticultural therapy, family therapy and neurodevelopmentally-driven programming developed by Pacific Quest over the last 15 years.

PQ therapist Brian Konik

Dr. Brian Konik

Specific Therapeutic Issues may include:

  • OCD
  • Spectrum Disorders
  • Social Skills Deficits
  • Technology Addiction
  • Phobias/Isolation
  • Depression/Anxiety

Limited Space!  For more info contact admissions@pacificquest.org

From Our Blog

Teresa Bertoncin Presents in Chicago


Teresa Bertoncin, Primary Therapist

Primary therapist, Teresa Bertoncin recently presented at the International Society For The Study Of Trauma And Dissociation Conference in Chicago. This conference provided cutting edge information about dissociation, the dissociative disorders, and all forms of complex trauma related disorders. It was comprised of the most recent developments in clinical interventions, theoretical concepts and research in the field of complex trauma, abuse and neglect.

Teresa’s presentation highlighted the trauma of Stigmatized Loss and the devastating impact of exclusion, isolation, invalidation and neglect. She discussed the benefit of therapeutic modalities specifically EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy and the wilderness setting.

Read more about her presentation here!

News and Events

PQ on the Move!

IECA – Austin, Texas

Team PQ is looking forward to seeing our friends & colleagues at IECA Austin next week!


Expressive Arts Summit – Los Angeles

Expressive Therapies Summit

Presentation: Play as Archetype & Agent of Transformational Change

Presenter: Lorraine Freedle, Ph.D., ABPdN

When: Friday, April 27 at 9:00am – 12:00pm



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