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Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Network, Inc (BHSAN) is an independent psychotherapy practice owned and operated by Ben Swain, LICSW, LCSW-C, CADC II and Barbara Mitchell-Swain.

BHSAN provides therapy to individuals, families, and groups, and assists them in coping with social, emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues. We specialize in substance abuse and alcohol abuse problems as well as co-dependency issues.

Our mission is to empower individuals to gain control over their lives, free from alcohol and other drugs, by providing quality mental health care, upholding confidentiality and privacy, valuing your right to be treated with dignity and respect, free from judgment and blame.

Mr. Swain is a licensed independent clinical social worker with more than ten years experience working with diverse populations in a variety of modalities and settings, both in the public and private sectors. Mr. Swain’s extensive training in child welfare, childhood and adult trauma, and cultural competency, highlights his unique eclectic approach to helping those in need. Additionally, Mr. Swain is a professional substance abuse and alcohol abuse counselor, and holds a nationally recognized Advanced Level II license, and is certified to provide treatment to those suffering with alcohol and substance abuse problems.

Psychotherapy is a process in which a trained professional enters a relationship with a patient for the purpose of helping the patient with symptoms of mental illness, behavioral problems and personal growth. The process involves the patient and therapist sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called "talk therapy".

An individual seeking psychotherapy will usually meet with his or her chosen therapist for a period of weeks, months, or years. The treatment methods used vary with each therapist. In general, most types of psychotherapy can be classified as cognitive, behavioral, eclectic, or humanistic.

In the United States, a great number of psychotherapists take an eclectic approach to treatment, combining different methods and techniques. Often, this approach allows therapists to tailor treatment methods to the needs and personalities of their clients.

Sometimes psychotherapy is used to treat more than one person at a time. In such cases, methods effective in group, family, and couple's therapy may be employed. At times, a therapist may choose to meet with group therapy patients individually, as well as in the group setting.