Our Philosophy

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Mental illness is relentless, and therefore needs to be attacked through 5 different “lanes” to maximize one’s chance of recovery: Clinical, Medical, Psychiatric, Spiritual and Vocational

  • Different individuals respond to different approaches and modalities. While we can make informed decisions based on history, symptoms, and a myriad of other factors – a trial-and-error approach is often necessary.
  • As a result, and because treatment lasts only a finite period, we believe in “throwing the kitchen sink” at mental illness through all 5 lanes and honing in on those methodologies demonstrating efficacy as quickly as possible while reducing or eliminating those proving relative ineffectiveness.
  • Our goal is to establish a custom-tailored ‘wellness package’ consisting of different ratios of these 5 elements:
    1. Clinical: Modalities like CBT, DBT, and EMDR provide coping mechanisms and greater insight into one’s psyche and behaviors.
    2. Medical: Ensuring the body is well-functioning and healthy through primary medicine and addressing specific issues as needed.
    3. Psychiatric: Optimizing brain chemistry through medication as needed and other mechanisms like TMS.
    4. Spiritual: Inspiring a shift in outlooks and attitudes to provide a greater sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us.
    5. Vocational: Nurturing our external life to maximize one’s potential and provide a fulfilling career or educational daily life.
Addiction falls under the umbrella of mental illness, and it requires the addition of an especially pronounced spiritual element in one’s “wellness package”
  • It is often accompanied by anxiety and depression and correlated with trauma and obsessive-compulsive thinking.
  • Addicts and alcoholics need to have a drastic shift in their outlook and attitudes by developing a spiritual connection that combats the feeling of separateness, loneliness, and victimhood inherent in any addict’s mindset.
  • Particularly in early sobriety, addicts and alcoholics still need the clinical, psychiatric, medical, and physical elements to help them get on track initially – with spirituality being the tailwind that will carry them into long-term, sustained recovery.
The family dynamic is critical, and we view it as non-negotiable that family members are heavily involved in treatment
  • The family is often fractured as a result or causing a loved one’s mental illness and needs as much support as the identified patient.
  • The family can also recover with the right support and be better than ever before.

Attacking Mental Illness in 5 “Lanes”

SBMHC has assembled an “All Star” team of thought leaders and experts to tackle mental illness in the “5 Lanes.”


Ben Brafman, MS, LHMC

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DR. Rich Seely, MD

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Sylvia Brafman’s Philosophy is unique and has been developed by thought leaders and nationally recognized experts in their respective fields.

Our experiences confirm that the appropriate combination of medical, therapeutic, spiritual, and physical approaches varies from person to person. We firmly believe mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. While a medication adjustment through consultation with our medical team may address one patient’s needs, another patient may benefit more from a therapeutic and spiritual approach to shift his or her perspective so that they can see the world differently. We will ‘throw the kitchen sink’ at the patient to start, before tailoring the treatment to the individual based on their response to these approaches.

We are laser-focused on the family dynamic and are adamant that family members should be heavily involved in treatment. Ben Brafman’s in-depth experience with family therapy solidifies our belief that while the entire family gets sick from mental illness, the family can also recover with the right support and be better than ever before.

When patients come to treatment, they are broken, and sometimes they don’t quite realize how broken they are. At their core, they yearn to be part of something bigger, feel connected to the people in their lives, have a purpose, and feel optimistic about their future. Our goal is to restore a patient’s mental condition to give them the appropriate balance to move forward in life and position them to succeed personally and professionally.

Concerning addiction, it is our position that addicts are in a place of great suffering and that they contend with a mental illness that must be treated accordingly. This illness is uniquely intertwined with mental, physical, and spiritual factors that are both genetic and the result of a self-centered worldview often impacted by trauma. Clinically speaking, the foundation of addiction is grounded in obsessive-compulsive thinking. Therefore, we believe in treating mental illness and supplementing it with the 12 steps, versus dividing up addicts and non-addicts into two distinct categories.

Actively listening to the individual and challenging his or her belief system is at the core of our clinical philosophy. Patients often cannot differentiate the truth from the false, and our approach is to confront the flawed patterns of thinking in an empathetic and caring manner. Simultaneously, we identify and address any chemical imbalances that can be best addressed through medication therapy.

We believe it is critical to be able to measure the success of treatment. This provides a benchmark for recovery and holds us accountable. We measure success not so much by how the patient does in treatment, but by how the family and patient recover progressively throughout and post-treatment. Some of the factors we emphasize include whether the family is operating as a unit (Is the marriage better? Are the siblings talking?), the patient is sticking to the post-treatment plan, the internal “chatter” starts to become more muted, there is a renewed hope and vision of a path forward in life and the patient starts to give off different energy to those around him or her.

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