Treatment Modalities

The Mood Disorder Inpatient Unit offers patients individualized attention to achieve the best possible outcomes. Patients are actively engaged in their treatment both in the facility and after discharge. Customized treatment plans are developed based on each patient’s unique needs.

In addition to group therapy, we offer a number of Treatment Modalities.

Cognitive behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a fundamental evidence based treatment, can be a very helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorder and severe mental illness. The goal of CBT is to change patterns of thinking or behavior which lie behind a person’s illness, and so ultimately change how they feel internally.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy designed toprovide clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. It has also been used to treat mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance use disorders.

Art Therapy

Patients who participate in art therapy explore their emotions through painting, drawing, sculpting, and other creative arts. As other forms of communication begin to become difficult in older adults, art can help them discover new ways to express themselves.

Recreational Therapy

Various forms of recreation can be used to help older adult patients. Exercise and games can promote positive emotional states and improved cognitive functions. Other activities, such as our karaoke sessions, allow patients to relax and enjoy themselves.

Canine Therapy

Therapy dogs visit our mood disorder unit each week to spend time with our patients. Many people find that the presence of a dog can be calming and reduce stress. Therapy dogs are not service animals; they are dogs with gentle temperaments that have been trained to interact with patients. They are not present to perform a particular task for the patients. Instead, they are there simply to provide companionship and comfort.

Services

We help patients achieve their treatment goals by offering the following services:

  • Psychopharmacologic treatment
  • Intensive daily treatment that include cognitive behavioral therapy, support and discussion groups, recreational and relaxation activities, and goal-directed individual time
  • Education sessions addressing stress management, medication management, work/life balance, communication skills, and planning and goal setting
  • Daily visits by the treatment team, led by a psychiatrist to assess progress
  • Discharge planning designed to help set follow up appointments and referrals to hometown resources or individualized therapy so that patients develop an appropriate transition plan