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Our Clinical Support Team

Clinical Support is an important component of our unique recovery model providing care and treatment for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychosis, Personality Disorder, including Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD), and Addiction Disorders.

The work is grounded in science, and is manifested in a variety of programs including individual psychiatry and psychotherapy sessions, and group therapy.

Upon arrival, each resident is met with a caring Integrated Recovery Team who stays with the resident throughout their exploratory period, and their entire stay supporting resident as they set goals and move through their recovery time at CooperRiis.

The Integrated Recovery Team is composed of the resident’s therapist, recovery coordinator, community work and service program leader, residential staff, psychiatrist, wellness staff, and led by the clinical director. The team communicates and collaborates with the resident and, working together, helps him/her develop and implement healing solutions and strategies. This approach integrates the best of evidence based mental health science into the resident’s CooperRiis recovery experience.

Individualized Support

Each resident is paired with a licensed therapist upon admission to CooperRiis. A resident meets with their therapist formally at least once a week, or as needed. These sessions can take place at any place on campus, whether inside an office or beneath the spreading arms of an old growth tree.

Recovery Coordination

Our Recovery Coordinators, affectionately referred to as “Dream Weavers,” help residents implement their Dream Statements and formulate an overall recovery plan. They partner with the resident to address current challenges and future lifestyle, career and educational choices. With the permission of the resident, Recovery Coordinators also serve as liaisons between the resident and their family, outside professionals, referring educational or therapeutic consultants and others.


We believe that mental health challenges cannot simply be ‘fixed’ with a permanent regime of high dosage medication. At the same time, we believe medication can be life saving. CooperRiis emphasizes the importance of shared and collaborative decision-making. We want to empower residents to be the responsible drivers of their healthcare.

Resident’s medications are reviewed upon admission and then regularly, by a CooperRiis psychiatrist. To facilitate self-monitoring and participation in treatment, residents receive written and verbal education on all medications prescribed for them in order to facilitate long-term independent medication management.

Substance Abuse Counseling

Because so many of our residents have struggled with addiction, CooperRiis offers substance abuse support and risk assessment in both individual and group therapy sessions. Residents confronting addiction have the option to attend 12-Step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Dual-Diagnosis Anonymous.

We invite you to learn more about the various aspects of recovery by contacting our Admissions Team (828) 894-7140 or




Specialized Group Therapies

In addition to general group therapy, we also have specialized group therapies at CooperRiis that speak to the unique needs of each resident. Some of these include:

Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP®

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is an evidenced-based prevention and wellness tool that helps residents get well and stay well. This action plan empowers residents to manage their own wellness and recovery in a way that is comfortable for them. Residents meet weekly to create a personalized wellness and crisis plan using the recovery concepts of hope, education, personal responsibility, support and self-advocacy.

DBT Skills Group

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that treats individuals who have difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors. The goal of DBT is to learn new adaptive ways of coping with distress. Our weekly DBT skills group teaches mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulations and interpersonal effectiveness.

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) is a self-help program based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous for individuals with both addictions and mental health challenges. This twice weekly, peer-led group focuses on relapse prevention, symptom reduction and learning ways to actively improve the quality of our lives.

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