Tamara Herlltzka is the sole proprietor of Motivational FrameWorks, where she provides individual and group counseling services to adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and credentials that include MFT, LAC, interventionist and emotional intelligence coach, Herlltzka believes that the evidence-based treatment she provides helps her clients to achieve their highest potential. Located just west of Denver in Evergreen, Colorado, Motivational FrameWorks serves residents in Jefferson County and surrounding areas.
Treatment and Staff
The offices of Motivational FrameWorks are situated in a small medical complex in the center of Evergreen. The lobby is comfortably furnished with a sofa and cushioned chairs. Coffee, tea and water are available while clients wait for their sessions. The first step in treatment is an assessment, which typically takes about 90 minutes. Depending on the person, clients may be asked to attend at least three individual therapy sessions in order to get a better assessment. Those who are assessed as needing medication are provided with a psychiatric referral.
CBT is the basis for treatment, which also includes Motivational Interviewing (MI) and trauma-informed care. Clients learn how to set goals, change negative thinking patterns and handle peer pressure, among other skills. While the 12 steps and other outside support groups are introduced as a way to supplement treatment, the philosophy at Motivational FrameWorks is that recovery is based on the person and that 12-step groups are not for everyone.
Each client is treated on a case-by-case basis. People are placed into appropriate groups based on their assessments. Group education topics include recognizing triggers, chemicals and the brain, group communication and addiction studies. Group size is limited to six people and all sessions are 60 minutes. While the duration is not set in stone, clients are asked to participate in groups for at least 12 weeks and attend one to two groups per week. Those with co-occurring disorders are assigned to groups specific to their diagnosis, including bi polar group, dealing with depression and anxiety and anger management. Individual therapy is not required though it is strongly recommended for dual diagnosis clients. Those on medication are encouraged to see their psychiatrist monthly for medication management.
Treatment for adolescents must include family therapy sessions. Family therapy is CBT based and consists of addressing family dynamics, communication skills, role-playing and peer driven sessions. The protocol at Motivational FrameWorks in treating adolescents and families is individual therapy sessions for each family member and one group session weekly. The philosophy is that a toxic environment cannot sustain health and without treatment the entire system, counseling for the individual will ultimately fall short.
Tamara Herlltzka facilitates most sessions, along with two other Master’s-level therapists who are also licensed substance abuse counselors.
Motivational FrameWorks is a boutique outpatient clinic. The groups are small, there are only a handful of therapists and the scope of treatment is based on each client’s needs. Even without the 12 steps, there is potential here to develop a tight knit sober community.
28577 Buffalo Pk Rd
Evergreen, CO 80439
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