Our adult psychiatry program provides diagnostic evaluation and treatment for adults for a range of acute psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, eating disorders, and trauma-related mental illness. Our team conducts thorough assessments to help psychiatrists determine which treatments are the best fit for each individual. Assessment includes medical history, a physical, psychosocial behavior evaluation and more. Some of the treatments provided include crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy and detoxification.
Our evidence-based, highly structured and comprehensive treatment program includes group and family therapy, medication management and a variety of other unit activities including recreation and cognitive behavioral therapies. Treatment services are focused on helping patients develop the necessary coping skills to deal with the issues that led to the need for hospitalization. Case Management staff provides discharge services and arrange follow-up care in the community that is individualized for the special needs of each patient.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment
We provide support and treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. We also provide ongoing support for people who are already in the recovery process. Through counseling we will work together with you to set appropriate goals and treatment strategies. Our goal is provide the education and tools to become and stay sober.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
A child or adolescent who may be experiencing disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior can benefit from visiting our behavioral hospital. Our psychiatrists use knowledge of biological, psychological and social factors to provide the best treatments possible. Therapy and treatments are held in a safe and welcoming environment to ensure that our young patients are comfortable. We treat children ages 3 to 12 and adolescents ages 13 to 17 whose acute symptoms require a safe and therapeutic environment.
Treatment plans include comprehensive psychiatric and medical assessments, group therapy, medication management, and family involvement. Therapeutic interventions include evidence-based theoretical approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Discharge planning is initiated at the time of admission and revised throughout the hospitalization. A written aftercare plan is developed with the participation of the child/adolescent and family. It includes recommendations for further treatment, and follow-up appointments are scheduled as needed.
The stresses of everyday life, the work-life balance, financial worries, a crisis, behavioral challenges, or a mental health disorder can all place a strain on the family that may require help to resolve. Our family counseling program is designed to both challenge and support families as they work toward recovery. Family therapy can be useful during any situation that causes grief, anger, conflict, or stress. Counseling supports families as they learn new ways to communicate, work through problems, resolve conflicts, and develop skills to get through stressful times.
Our geriatric psychiatry treatment program is designed with people who have lived longer years in mind. For adults age 65 and over, personalized treatment is provided utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including active participation in group therapy, individual therapy and activity therapy. We work hard to help preserve psychosocial functions, as well as provide caregiver support to aid with this goal. Patients and families receive education on specific disorders, medications and effective coping strategies. Our objective is to assure the continuation of care and facilitate reintegration into the home or community.
Discharge planning is coordinated with regard to individual needs, with follow-up services as appropriate. Many of our patients “step down” to other levels of care offered at the DHR Health Behavioral Hospital, which includes Intensive Outpatient Therapy.
Group counseling is provided to address specific concerns, such as depression, social anxiety, substance abuse, or panic disorder. Group counseling can also address general topics such as anger management, low self-esteem, or the loss of a family member or friend. Depending on the concern, the group setting typically includes up to 15 people and one or more licensed therapists. The group counseling experience can provide to be rewarding and allow you to make positive changes in your life. Group members are a valuable source of support in addition to the therapist.
Our individual counseling program provides compassionate care in a safe, confidential and comfortable environment. It is an opportunity to work with a medical professional one-on-one to address personal challenges and mental health concerns. Through counseling, you will be able to heal, grow, and move toward a more productive and healthy life.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy
Not every person who visits our behavioral hospital requires inpatient care. That is why we offer outpatient services to adults 18 and over like group, family and individual therapy sessions. Our physicians and counselors help people learn about their diagnoses and symptoms and how to manage them. Our objective is to reduce hospital readmissions and provide long-term support for individuals who have previously received inpatient treatment.
Anyone can make an inquiry call to the DHR Health Behavioral Hospital. If an individual is not appropriate for treatment, staff will direct the caller to appropriate services. We work closely with the family, the referring physician and any agencies involved in caring for the individual.
A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation may be needed to diagnose emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. An evaluation of a child, adolescent, or adult is made based on behaviors present and in relation to physical, genetic, environmental, social, cognitive (thinking), emotional, and educational parts that may be affected as a result of these behaviors.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Medication management is a level of outpatient treatment that involves the initial evaluation of the patient's need for psychotropic medications, the provision of a prescription, and ongoing medical monitoring related to the patient’s use of the psychotropic medication by a qualified physician/prescriber. Medication management includes monitoring, reconciling medications, and ensuring patients get the desired outcomes. It requires a thorough review of prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create treatment plans and monitor their safety and efficacy.
A psychosocial assessment is the evaluation of emotional, psychological, social and behavioral well-being by a medical professional. The assessment may involve face-to-face interviews and standardized tests (written and verbal) in order to get a complete understanding of the person’s behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and strengths. The psychosocial assessment aids in the appropriate diagnosis (if warranted) so the medical professional can then develop a treatment plan.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
We are the only facility south of San Antonio to provide this revolutionary treatment option for symptoms of depression. For those individuals whose symptoms of depression have not been alleviated through other means of treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be an option. This non-invasive procedure uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain involved with mood control and depression. Treatment is typically provided on an outpatient basis or as prescribed by your physician.