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Residential Treatment of Depression

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Is Treatment for Depression at CooperRiis Effective?

The CooperRiis’ model of recovery works.  Data collected over ten years show individual recovery progress within the CooperRiis residential program, which is based upon therapeutic community principles and a Seven Domains Enhanced Recovery Model (Young, Schactman and Snyder, 2014)

Results demonstrate recovery progress on many different domains of wellness in addition to symptom reduction, including gains in functioning, emotional well-being, sense of purpose and hopefulness.

CooperRiis’ clinical services and therapeutic community approach is supported by an extensive body of research and clinical experience. Medication, structured work routines, personal wellness, psychotherapy and a strong supportive community can dramatically improve the symptoms and the lives of those with major depressive disorder.

Michael Groat

About the Author

Michael Groat, PhD, MS is President and CEO of CooperRiis residential treatment program located in Asheville and Mill Spring, North Carolina. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from SUNY-Albany. Prior to joining CooperRiis, he was associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, where he also served as director of the division of adult services at the Menninger Clinic.

Michael is also a former candidate in adult psychoanalysis at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston, and completed a 4-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Austen Riggs Center. He has published on suicide prevention, applications of attachment research, and uses of clinical outcomes, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the same. Michael has long-standing interest in suicide prevention, therapeutic communities, organizational and systemic interventions, personality assessment, and intensive psychotherapy.

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CooperRiis Campuses:

Asheville Campus
85 Zillicoa Street,
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 285-8887

Mill Spring Campus
101 Healing Farm Lane,
Mill Spring, NC 28756
(828) 894-5557


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PO Box 600
Mill Spring, NC 28756

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