Residential Treatment for Relational Disorder

Residential Treatment for Relational Disorder

Relational disorder emerges from the dynamics of unproductive relationships.Those who experience its symptoms often rely on couples, family, or marital therapy to address the problem, but women who’ve been diagnosed with relational disorder can also benefit from intensive individualized therapy in a calm, peaceful environment. At Helix, we provide residential treatment for relational disorder in a gender-specific environment where women can truly focus their treatment and develop the skills they need to improve relationships and manage the symptoms of their relational disorder and any other co-occurring mental health conditions.

When a close relationship is plagued by conflict, stress, and disappointment, both individuals may contribute to the dysfunction. If the problems cannot be traced to the actions of one person, but emerge from the specific dynamics of interpersonal actions, the trouble might be caused by a condition known as relational disorder.

Since relational disorder is a mutual diagnosis, couples or family therapy is generally recommended. This gives each person a chance to express themselves, and helps put the relationship itself in the spotlight.

Nevertheless, women who find themselves in these types of relationships can gain even more insight and perspective if they seek treatment on an individual basis. The gender-specific residential treatment program for relational disorder at Helix is precisely crafted to deliver evidence-based treatment services, which can help women identify and transcend the issues that have kept them trapped in mutually unsatisfying relationships.

Treatment for Relational Disorder at Helix

In some instances, persistent problems in relationships may be caused by one person. If a woman is being physically, sexually, or emotionally abused by a partner or parent, it would not be appropriate to diagnose relational disorder. This is an emergency situation where one person is the victim and the other the victimizer.

But things are not always so clear cut. Well-intentioned people can find themselves immersed in turbulent relationships that cause damage to both parties, with neither being fully to blame nor having any idea of how to turn things around.

In these circumstances, relational disorder may be the proper diagnosis. Treatment should address the underlying patterns of thinking, reacting, and behaving that are making each person miserable and possibly causing other physical, behavioral, or emotional health difficulties.

Relational disorder can be recognized by a menu of distinctive symptoms, which may include:

  • Recurring conflicts or arguments, which cause stress for each individual
  • Breakdowns in communication, leading to anger or withdrawal
  • Frequent criticism of each person by the other, often based on unrealistic expectations
  • Isolation and avoidance, in anticipation of conflict when the two people come together
  • Frequent disagreements over apparently trivial developments or concerns
  • The persistence of specific issues that never seem to be addressed or resolved
  • Overprotective or controlling behavior, by one or both individuals
  • Chronically neglectful behavior, by one or both individuals
  • Insomnia, anxiety, depression, irritability, and other symptoms of emotional distress
  • A lack of trust in each other and in the relationship

Relational disorder puts tremendous stress on the relationship, which can cause enormous damage to those trapped in its web.

Even though relational disorder is a shared problem, women ensnared in relationships with these toxic elements do need to worry about themselves, as individuals. The treatment program for relational disorder at Helix is compassionate, nurturing, and immersive, and is designed to help women with relational disorder heal the wounds that have opened in their hearts and souls.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Relational Disorder Treatment?

Couples or family therapy, undertaken on an outpatient basis, remains important in treating relational disorder. But it may not be enough if you don’t take care of yourself, in an environment where your recovery and long-term wellness are the primary focus.

Helix offers a tranquil, cooperative atmosphere where everyone shares in the responsibility of making recovery a positive and all-encompassing experience. Your relational disorder will be specifically targeted, along with any co-occurring mental health conditions that have been diagnosed. But as you interact with compassionate, caring treatment professionals, and form mutually beneficial and supportive relationships with other women who’ve come to Helix for help, you’ll gradually find a peace of mind and clarity of purpose that may have eluded you in the past.

The relational disorder treatment plan at Helix will incorporate a range of evidence-based healing strategies. Your healing plan will be carefully customized to meet your personal and medical needs, and will likely include at least some of these time-tested treatment modalities:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

Begin Your Recovery Journey.


What to Expect the First Day

Your journey to wellness will begin on your first day at Helix. When you arrive at the facility, you’ll instantly be welcomed into the Helix family, and its warm embrace will make you feel comfortable, at home, and at peace with your decision to seek help individually for your relational disorder issues.

The admissions process will be handled rapidly and smoothly. Our team will be available to assist you with these procedures and address any uncertainties you may have. From the beginning, every effort will be made to make you feel comfortable and welcome, which is essential if recovery is to occur.

After admissions is complete, you’ll check into your room and then tour the facilities when you’re ready. You’ll explore our luxury residence inside and out, meet with staff and residents, and learn more about the Helix approach to healing. You’ll notice immediately how friendly and accommodating everyone is, and your immersion in this accepting atmosphere will help motivate and encourage you as you confront the challenges that lie ahead.

Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

After facing the turbulence brought into your life by a chronically dysfunctional relationship, a few weeks spent at Helix can be truly life-altering. Located in the serene Mt. Helix neighborhood in beautiful San Diego, Helix Treatment Centers offers an intimate, caring, and intensive recovery experience that will help replenish your depleted spirit and refresh your body and mind.

Life at Helix is comfortable, relaxing, and convenient. Some of the featured amenities include a fully stocked gym, an outdoor garden surrounded by trees and other foliage, delicious gourmet meals, and attractive, well-furnished spaces where you can study, socialize, read, or relax. Your daily therapy sessions will introduce you to the unique Helix methodology for healing, where evidence-based therapies are applied with empathy and warmth.

At Helix, you’ll learn more about yourself as a woman, even as you gain greater perspective on and enhanced control over your thinking and decision-making. Helix will engage you in a holistic approach to recovery, letting you assume responsibility for your life under the caring guidance of trained experts who can help you rise above your struggles.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

Recovery from relational disorder is an ongoing process that is unlikely to conclude quickly. Spending time in a gender-specific treatment program for relational disorder can contribute greatly to the healing process, as long as you’re prepared to listen, learn, engage, learn, and improve.

There is no magic involved in recovering from relational disorder. It takes hard work, focus, diligence, and openness to considering new insights. Under the gentle and compassionate care of authentic experts at Helix, your life may undergo a transformation that seems magical or miraculous, but in fact you’ll only be reaching the potential for wellness that you possessed all along.

Don’t let the effects of life’s transitions control your life. We’re here for you…call us today.