Resilience Counseling: Is A Resilience Treatment Center Worth Your Time?

By Julia Thomas|Updated May 9, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Aaron Horn, LMFT

Some people seem equipped with great resilience, bouncing back and thriving time after time after every adversity. The good news is that you can develop resilience too and learn to go through the process faster and more easily. The question is where is the best place to develop this? One option to consider is getting care at a resilience treatment center.

What Is A Resilience Treatment Center?

A resilience treatment center is a mental health facility where you can be treated for substance use disorders and a wide variety of mental health conditions. It is typically a free-standing facility you go to either as an outpatient or an inpatient to deal with these conditions. You receive resilience counseling to help you develop greater ability to move through the resilience process more efficiently now and in the future.

Types Of Setting

The setting varies depending on the treatment facility you go to. You can choose a luxury setting with beautiful natural surroundings. Many people who are recovering from substance use disorders or mental health conditions find this type of environment calming and extremely comfortable.

Your insurance company might not cover a luxury treatment center, but you can still get resilience treatment in a pleasant and agreeable setting.

Conditions Treated

Several conditions can be treated in a resilience treatment center. Often, the focus is on dual diagnosis, which is a major mental health condition with a secondary condition such as an addiction. The following are some of the most common conditions treated.

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Substance use disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Trauma disorders such as PTSD
  • Stress-related disorders

Holistic Approach

Resilience treatment centers treat the whole person. Rather than a laser-focus on the mental health condition, the physical, spiritual, and mental health are all considered. When done successfully, this holistic approach avoids making you feel like a mental illness. Instead, you can experience your life fully and improve your overall health.

Resilience, Addictions, And Mental Health Conditions

When you have a substance use disorder, relapse is usually a concern. No matter how hard you try to keep from using, you need to be prepared for what might happen if you slip back into addictive behavior. You need to be resilient enough to get past your mistake and get back to recovery as quickly as possible.

With a mental illness, you might have limited control over relapses. Even if you take your medications properly and stay in therapy as recommended, your symptoms may still be manageable at one time and overwhelming at another. Resilience gives you the ability to deal with the symptoms positively and get back to mental health more easily.

What Happens At A Resilience Treatment Center?

A resilience treatment center is usually a busy place. Between therapy, education, and other activities, your days are full. You may need some downtime after these long days. Fortunately, most centers also have some recreational activities, TV, or movies you can enjoy as you wind down.


The first step in any treatment is an assessment. In a resilience treatment program, you will likely undergo several assessments and may take some simple tests. You might talk to a primary care doctor, a psychiatrist, a therapist, and an addictions counselor.

After the assessment, your team will develop a treatment plan to follow for the rest of your stay if you're in a residential or partial hospitalization program. If you're going as an outpatient, the treatment plan covers several months or a year.

Relaxation Techniques

Because entering a new program can be stressful, counselors often begin by teaching you relaxation techniques. You may do deep breathing, guided meditations, guided imagery, yoga, or systematic muscle relaxation.

Once you learn how to do these and other relaxation techniques, you're better prepared for the work you'll do in dealing with your issues in the treatment center and after you leave.

Client Education

An important part of resilience training is to learn what to expect. A resilience treatment center typically offers classes, groups, or individual therapy sessions focused on education about your substance use disorder and mental health condition.

You learn the symptoms of your disorder so that you can recognize problems in their early stages. You also learn important lessons about symptom recognition and management and relapse prevention and how to develop a more mentally and physically healthy lifestyle.

Coping Skills

You'll likely spend some time discussing how you can benefit from learning healthy coping skills. You might do exercises that help you identify unhealthy coping mechanisms you've relied on and healthy coping skills that have benefited you.

Medication Management

Medications are often a part of treatment at a resilience center. After the assessment, your psychiatrist can help you determine if medication would help your condition. They might start a new medication regimen or adjust current medications you're taking.

Throughout the time you're in the center, the psychiatrist will continue to meet with you to evaluate the effectiveness of your medical treatment. They might end up changing your medications. The thing to remember is that medications affect everyone differently. Finding the perfect combination might take some time, but when it works, the results are well worth the effort.

(If you’re considering medication, please consult with your doctor or primary care physician before considering any medication options.)

Life Skills Training

If you haven't been on your own very long or haven't had to take care of yourself before, you can benefit from the life skills training offered at a resilience treatment center. Even if you were once very independent, substance use disorders and mental health conditions could erode your ability to manage daily life.

Common life skills training classes include the following:

  • Financial management
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Pursuing personal goals
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal care

Resilience Counseling

Resilience counseling includes many different types of therapy. Which types you receive depends on your specific condition, life situations, and social functioning. The main goal of resilience counseling, no matter what methods your counselor uses, is to help you develop those resilience abilities.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of therapy in which you examine and evaluate the thoughts that drive your behavior.

When you realize a thought isn't helpful for you, your counselor helps you reframe the thought or replace it with a more helpful thought. From there, you make and carry out plans for choosing different thoughts and behaviors.


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps you learn to recognize both the need for acceptance of things as they are and the benefits of moving toward change.

Dialectical behavior therapy uses cognitive and mindfulness techniques in both individual and group sessions. DBT has been shown especially helpful for people with borderline personality disorder who have suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Whether you have a substance use disorder or another mental health condition or both, trauma may have triggered the disorder. That's why trauma-focused therapy is often used in resilience treatment.

It’s important to deal with the trauma, so you can move past it to recover your physical and mental health. In the process, you'll learn resilience skills that will help you both now and as you go through the rest of your life.

Group Therapy

Group therapy helps you deal with your problems while giving you the chance to learn lessons from interactions with others. It also gives you the opportunity to express your feelings and learn relaxation skills.

Types of group therapy include the following:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Behavior therapy
  • Skills development therapy
  • Support therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Process-oriented therapy

Expressive Therapies

The main purpose of expressive therapies is to teach you how to express your feelings in appropriate ways. Some of the expressive therapy types are as follows:

  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Creative writing therapy
  • Psychodrama

Goals Of Resilience Treatment

Aside from the first job of managing urgent mental health needs, resilience treatment has several broad goals.

Gaining Insight

As you go through resilience counseling, you discover how you got where you are. You realize that certain thoughts and behaviors may have helped you and others harmed you. As you explore your problems and strengths, you can gain wisdom about what works and what doesn't. You can also get greater insight into who you want to be as a person.

Developing A Growth Mindset

When you have a growth mindset, you view life's ups and downs as a learning experience. Rather than focusing on what a bad situation you're in, you concentrate on how you can use it to become a better person, by your standards.

Resilience counseling encourages a growth mindset right away, and through the course of treatment, reinforces the benefits of it.

Preventing Relapse

No one wants to believe that a mental illness or substance use issue can resurface once you have dealt with it. The reality is, though, that relapse is a possibility. Through resilience counseling, you can diminish that possibility.

Enhancing Physical Health

A resilience treatment center usually has physical activities to help you get fitter, stronger, and more resilient. This is especially true in residential programs. The center may also teach you how to eat healthfully and may provide healthy meals and snacks as a part of inpatient or partial hospitalization programs.

Is Resilience Counseling Right For You?

Resilience counseling does have many benefits for people who need it. Is it right for you? Only you can decide. Here are a few things to consider.

Does Your Condition Warrant Residential Treatment?

Going to an inpatient resilience treatment center might not be your best choice if your symptoms are mild and well-controlled through outpatient treatment.

However, if your substance use disorder or mental health condition is causing you problems with daily life functioning, a resilience treatment center can help you recover well enough to manage on your own most of the time.

Also, if you're already in treatment, but you're not responding well to outpatient services, you might want to go inpatient to get more concentrated treatment for a short time.

No matter how minor your problem is, though, you can benefit from resilience counseling to relieve your worries and gain better resilience to unexpected traumas.

What Is The Cost Of A Resilience Treatment Center?

Different resilience treatment centers have much different price tags. A part of the cost of a visit to such a center depends partly on the physical setting, accommodations, treatments available, and how long the program runs.

What matters to most people is "What is it going to cost me?" The cost to you depends on whether or not you have insurance. If you do, check what your insurance plan will pay before you commit to treatment. If you don’t have insurance, then most likely you’ll have to cover the entire cost of your stay.

Are You Committed To Treatment?

There's no point in starting resilience counseling if you aren't willing to give it a chance. You don't have to be fully onboard with the idea, but you do need to have an open enough mind to consider the possibility it will help seriously. Then, you need to stick with treatment for the duration of the program.

If you're not ready to start an expensive and time-consuming stint at an inpatient resilience treatment center, you can still get resilience counseling at a minimal cost through online therapy. A review of literature about online therapy showed that out of 16 studies, 14 indicated strong working alliances between adult clients and therapists. Some clients reported a boost in their relationship with the therapists when compared to face-to-face therapy. Clients who have PTSD felt less intimidated when meeting with their online therapists so felt freer to open up as opposed to seeing a therapist in person. Clients who sought online therapy were being treated for a variety of mental health conditions, such as addiction, anxiety, depression, and PTSD, along with relationship issues.

How BetterHelp Can Support You

Licensed counselors and therapists are available at BetterHelp for online therapy where and when you choose. Becoming more resilient can be a complex task, but you can have help all along the way with the guidance from one of our counselors or therapists. Once you're more resilient, handling adversity becomes much easier. Below are some reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people experiencing similar issues.

Counselor Reviews

“Meeting with Jacquelyn has been wonderfully helpful throughout the ups and downs of 2020 and she has been very helpful in guiding and encouraging me to better myself during this difficult time, during which I have also been recovering from substance abuse and a recent breakup. I am doing a lot better than I have in a good while and she has definitely been a big part of that! Thanks!” 

“I haven't worked with Daphne for long, but already I feel well connected to them . They listen to me and validate all my feelings without enabling bad habbits. I have been given excellent techniques and truly get the sense they care about my path of recovery. I am so happy to be paired with Daphne and look forward to working together with them in the future.” 


Daphne Hamburg - (More reviews)LCSW

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