Dr. Richard Crabbe joined our team in 2019 as our psychiatrist. He attended the University of Ghana Medical School where he became a Medical Doctor in 1977. From 1978 through 1984, he was a medical officer in the Ghana Navy and provided a variety of services from general medicine to surgeries. Dr. Crabbe’s vast education includes studies in England, New York, and Nebraska. He received his Certificate in General Psychology from the American Board of Psychology and Neurology in 2002. Dr. Crabbe is married with two children and enjoys music, reading and chi gong ( an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique).
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Success is not measured in a “one size fits all” manner. Instead, it is measured differently for everyone. At Free by the Sea, we encourage people to take a good look at themselves and learn how they can become who they truly want to be. When you’re trapped in the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse, asking for help can be a frightening, humbling, and necessary experience. Our dedicated staff understands the difficult struggle people suffering from drug and alcohol abuse face and work tirelessly to help each individual who enters our program receive the best possible treatment. Free by the Sea can give you more than just freedom from your addiction. We provide hope and support to anyone who wants to turn their life around and begin their future with a fresh start.
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
Free by the Sea offers eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence based therapy for trauma victims. EMDR therapy is empirically supported through 30+ studies, providing evidence for the decrease of intense negative feelings that occur due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Free by the Sea offers EMDR therapy in individual sessions with a licensed mental health counselor trained specifically in this therapy method. The client will be evaluated to determine if EMDR therapy is the appropriate treatment method for your healing process.
Free by the Sea offers dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for addiction recovery; a treatment modality that has proven to be effective for the treatment of addiction. DBT provides copings skills through four main pillars: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Free by the Sea offers DBT skills training in individual and group therapy settings and provides ongoing support in skills application.
- Residential Treatment
Residential treatment is generally considered the highest standard of care. Patients live at the facility and participate in many different evidence-based therapies and activities that help them recover. Residential treatment aims to remove someone from their addiction routine and rebuild their day-to-day life with structured, sober life skills. The typical length of stay in residential treatment is between 21-28 days before making a transition to a lower level of care.
- Partial Hospitalization
Partial Hospitalization (PHP) serves as a bridge between residential treatment and intensive outpatient (IOP). PHP offers a minimum of 20 hours of evidence-based therapies and activities to support a transition back into your new life of recovery. Free by the Sea provides sober living accommodations along with PHP programming 5 days per week. This program structure facilitates ongoing support and accountability, preparing for a further step down in level of care. The duration of PHP is based on your individual needs, but often ranges from 3-5 weeks.
- Intensive Outpatient
Intensive outpatient (IOP) provides clients with an opportunity to continue to integrate back into their lives while also maintaining the support and structure needed in early recovery. IOP consists of a minimum of 9 hours of evidence-based treatment per week along with providing sober living accommodations. This structure allows for the balance of a recovery program while working, attending school, spending time with family, or other activities of this nature. The time spent in IOP will be dependent on your individual needs, but often ranges from one to six months of treatment.
Free by the Sea recognizes the importance of self-help support, while also realizing a “one size fits all” method is not effective. We believe it is important to offer a variety of options for self-help support including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Celebrate Recovery, Refuge Recovery, The Red Road to Wellbriety, SMART Recovery, Alanon, among others. Continuing with self-help support groups is vital for many when creating a plan for long term recovery, so we strive to provide resources that will meet your individual needs.
- Psychiatric Services
Free by the Sea offers psychiatric services, as we understand the importance of treating mental health in addiction recovery. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment and prevention of mental and behavioral disorders. What makes psychiatry unique is that a psychiatrist is qualified to treat both the physical and mental problems a person may have. This becomes extremely beneficial and useful in an addiction setting. Addiction affects both the body and the mind, so having a professional who can help with both facets is very important.
- Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring
Often individuals find themselves suffering from substance abuse in addition to mental illness. Treating both the addiction and the mental health disorder at the same time increases the chance for a healthy and productive life that is substance-free. Treating both illnesses is a vital part of the path of recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment is available for anyone seeking assistance in managing addiction along with a mental health disorder. Free by the Sea has licensed mental health counselors on site, providing therapy in both individual and group settings.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach the seeks to change the way recovering individuals thinks. CBT works to address harmful thoughts and behaviors and replacing them with effective thoughts and behaviors. CBT has been proven to be effective at treating addiction, by addressing the root causes of the substance use behaviors. Free by the Sea offers CBT in both group therapy and individual therapy.
Free by the Sea was able to address things in my life that I have struggled with for over 16 years! I have been through several other programs trying to address these issues, but have been unsuccessful. Free by the Sea simultaneously addressed my addiction issues as well as 3 mental health disorders in which I have been seeing Psychiatrist and other doctors most of my life trying to get them under control. The physician immediately understood me and my issues, and put me on the right kind of medications for my disorders that I have been suffering from and self medicating the symptoms, and in turn caused my addiction issues for the past 16 years.Jennifer
This place believed in me, gave me a chance when I had nowhere else to turn, gave me my life back, treated me with respect and taught me that I was worth it. Thanks to the inpatient program, I was able to find myself again and learn how to live clean and sober. Thanks to the IOP and sober living program, I was able to obtain life skills and focus on my recovery until I was able to secure a job and move out on my own. All because they believed in me. I cannot say enough about the place that helped save my life, and gave me a chance to enjoy life again.Jesten
Dr. Richard Crabbe - Medical Director
Kayla Hernandez - Clinical Director
Kayla has served at Free by the Sea since 2017. She has served in a variety of roles including starting out as a residential substance use disorder counselor, supervising the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, and currently holds the position of the substance use clinical director and oversees the FBTS program across all levels of care. Kayla obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology and received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Kayla loves working in the addiction recovery field and is honored to be part of the healing and recovery process.
Jan Kaschmitter - Mental Health Director
Jan Kaschmitter has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2001. She has been an Approved Clinical Supervisor and clinical department manager in previous positions prior to coming to Free by the Sea where she is currently the Mental Health Clinical Supervisor. Jan has experience with individual, family, and couples counseling with specialized training in addictions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, and anger management. She is currently working on credentialing as a gambling counselor. Jan has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University and prefers to work in a co-occurring setting.
Robyn Marty - Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Robyn is a SUDP in addiction in the state of Washington, and a CADC II in addiction in Oregon. She has thirty plus years in drug counseling, and case management. Robyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and will obtain her Master of Science in Professional Counseling this fall.
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