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Psychiatric Mental Health Program Treatment Services

The Psychiatric Mental Health Program serves children and young adults up to age 18 and their families. Additionally, we serve those young adults who are still in high school in a special education program and are not prepared for referral to adult services. 

The Psychiatric Mental Health Program provides a full spectrum of mental health services, including:

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Parent/caregiver support
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management
  • Group therapy programs
  • Problem-specific groups

During the initial appointment, patients and their caregivers will meet with a licensed clinician to discuss their concerns. The evaluator will ask questions about the patient’s development and medical, psychological, and family history, including past evaluations and treatment. Emotional, behavioral, social, and educational functioning will be reviewed through an interview and by questionnaires and checklists. At the conclusion of the visit, the clinician will provide recommendations for next steps in care and treatment.

Examples of some of the issues we focus on are:

  • Anxiety (examples: specific fears, nervousness, avoiding situations that are overwhelming, panic attacks)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (examples: persistent thoughts and urges that lead to repetitive and ritual behaviors)
  • Depression and bipolar disorder (examples: withdrawal, changing moods, sadness/tearfulness, irritability, change in eating or sleeping habits, loss of interest in favorite activities)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • ADHD (with emotional or behavioral concerns)
  • Unusual behaviors (examples: disruptive behaviors, out-of place behaviors that cause feelings of distress in a person and those around them)
  • Self-esteem/image (examples: negative self-image, lack of confidence, feelings of guilt or shame, excessive worry about what others are thinking, feelings of worthlessness)
  • Adjustment/coping (examples: coping with disability or illness, divorce, or change in caregivers; adjustment to life transitions; distress about school)
  • Relationship problems with family or peers
  • Social problems (examples: difficulty with social skills, social boundaries, or making and keeping friends; shyness; impulsive in interactions)

Sub-Specialties

The program hosts sub-specialty clinics by experts in their field, including:

Interventions that We Offer

In addition to medication management, we offer:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Exposure & Response Prevention (for OCD)
    • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Comprehensive Behavior Therapy for Tics (CBIT)
  • Parent Management Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Grief/Loss Counseling
  • Social Thinking & Skills
  • Attachment, Regulation, & Competency (ARC Model)
  • Crisis-Intervention Counseling
  • Mindfulness and creative therapies may be incorporated in interventions

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