The Many Modalities of Hemet

Acronyms are common in the field of counseling.

Acronyms are popular in the field of counseling and substance abuse. 

Most professionals treat industry-related jargon like a second language. That is definitely the case in the field of counseling, where the names of methodologies, training and certifications come packaged in complex acronyms and four-syllable words. A term most insiders use at MFI (which is an acronym for My Family Incorporated, by the way) is “modality.”

The dictionary defines modality as: “The way or mode in which something exists or is done. You might often see it used with reference to diagnostic modality, which is the way in which a disease or illness is diagnosed by a doctor.”MFI Recovery Hemet Outside

MFI staff, across all 10 facilities, rely on several proven modalities to help clients who struggle with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. At the Hemet Outpatient Facility, for example, Program Coordinator Yarely Torres encourages staff to pursue certification in several modalities such as Seeking Safety (SS), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Matrix Model (MM), Positive Parenting Program (PPP, aka as Triple P), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Living in Balance (LIB)…to name a few.

MFI Hemet Staff“We rely on these modalities because research proves that they work. At intake, we evaluate whether clients need outpatient assistance with substance abuse or mental health issues such as depression, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), or personality disorders (and virtually anything else).” Holding up a thick notebook used to for diagnosis, Yarely says, “We use this to help create a customized treatment plan and then we get to work.”

At the Hemet facility, clients see counselors and therapists once or twice a week and attend group sessions. They may also be referred to a psychiatrist, if medication is necessary. Although each client’s case and associated care are unique, modalities are standardized.MFI Logo on Door Hemet

Modality-Program Descriptions

  • Seeking Safety (SS)
    Focused counseling model used to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It can be conducted in any size group and/or individual modality. It is an extremely safe model because it directly addresses both trauma and addiction, without requiring clients to relive the trauma narrative.


  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
    An eight-phase treatment in which eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during part of each session. After the clinician determines which memory to target, she asks the client to consider different aspects of that event or thought and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, clients experience internal associations and begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings.


    Siblings Family MDFT

  • Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
    An integrated, comprehensive, family-centered treatment for youth problems and disorders, often eliminating the need for out-of-home placement. MDFT focuses on key areas of the adolescent’s life and provides an effective and cost-efficient treatment. Addresses a wide range of youth problem behaviors, such as substance abuse, delinquency, antisocial and aggressive behaviors, school and family problems, and emotional difficulties.


  • Matrix Model (MM)
    An effective protocol that has been used to treat thousands of methamphetamine, alcohol, and other substance abusing patients. The Matrix Modelintegrates cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational interviewing, 12-step facilitation, family involvement, and other elements to give patients the skills and understanding they need to overcome addiction.


  • Positive Parenting Program (PPP)Parenting Classes
    One of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, Triple P is backed by 35+ years of ongoing research. It gives parents simple and practical strategies to help build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems from developing. Triple P is currently used in more than 25 countries and works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Although not commonly known, this helps relieve client depression, especially when combined with prescription medication. CBT is used for a shorter duration than most other types of psychotherapy. But it is just as effective. CBT often helps patients deal with emotions and thoughts they are currently experiencing instead of the emotions and thoughts from their past. The main focus is to change thought patterns, and associated behaviors.


    Living in Balance

  • Living in Balance (LIB)
    Provides clients the space to explore emotional patterns and develop new skills to regain and maintain emotional balance. Also allows for the non-judgmental exploration of behavioral habits and the cultivation of new adaptive ways to respond to create behavioral balance. A supportive therapeutic environment allows for identifying and changing relational patterns that are no longer helpful.

Shortly after leaving the Murrieta Outpatient Treatment Center one year ago, Torres spearheaded the effort to relocate the MFI Hemet Facility from its previous location, known as Valley Wide, to its current digs. She and her team are proud to offer services in Spanish as well as English. They also provide adolescent outpatient care, which was not previously available at the Hemet site. To use one final acronym, Torres and the rest of the MFI family treat every client like a VIP.

About MFI Recovery CenterFamily Addiction Treatment

Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model for each individual client, creating a personalized treatment program. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step recovery program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.

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