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Adolescent Mental Health Care

Setting the standard for adolescent psychiatric care in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, Dominion Hospital offers comprehensive services to identify and treat today’s difficult issues facing teens ages 13–18 currently in school. Those 18 years and older who are not in school are referred to our adult program.

Your Best Choice for Adolescent Mental Health Care

When you need help for emotional, behavioral or mental health issues, our adolescent program is your best choice for care. We specialize in stabilizing crisis situations through effective intervention. Our multispecialty team approach leads to successful outcomes.

We work with families to help everyone understand the diagnosis and develop an individual plan tailored specifically to manage your adolescent’s care in the least restrictive environment possible. Program components include:

  • Psychoeducation – Provides information about causes and effects of the particular mental illness to expand understanding of the condition, reduce feelings of helplessness and increase opportunities for better self-care
  • Psychotherapy – Employs professional treatment methods to enhance a sense of well-being
  • Expressive therapy groups – Incorporate art, dance/movement, music and recreation activities to help address key emotional, behavioral or mental health issues that may not be accessible through words
  • Adolescent psychopharmacology – Uses medication to assist in treatment, when appropriate

Multiple Levels of Care to Meet Individual Needs

Our highly structured programs—both inpatient and partial—feature psychological and expressive therapy groups, family meetings and education services. Supportive peer group communities promote personal growth and understanding.

Our therapeutic process helps teens learn effective coping skills while teaching them to take an active role in their own recovery and recognize available support sources. Family members participate through a series of meetings that focus on discharge planning and resources to assist with—and possibly prevent—future crisis.

Inpatient Program

When round-the-clock monitoring is needed, our inpatient program offers 24-hour nursing care and full psychiatric services in a safe and structured environment. Medical supervision by highly qualified mental health professionals, many of whom are board-certified in adolescent psychiatry, means teens receive appropriate individual assessment, intervention, education, supportive therapies and discharge planning.

Partial Program

Dominion Hospital’s Partial Program combines a highly structured environment during the day with the opportunity for teens to spend their evenings at home. Suitable for adolescents who need assessment to identify and treat issues beyond the scope of outpatient services, our Partial Program offers a productive mix of personalized treatment, supportive therapies and individual development.

How You Benefit

Our experienced clinicians excel in identifying symptoms, creating comprehensive treatment plans and providing effective clinical care. We match the level of care to the individual level of need. You benefit from:

  • Physicians – Work with you and your teen to assess the need for medication and decide when your adolescent is stable enough to move to the next level of care
  • Nursing staff – Monitor inpatient adolescents for safety 24 hours a day, educating them and encouraging their progress; Partial Program adolescents also work with nursing staff and are monitored during their time at Dominion
  • Social work staff – Meet with you and your family to identify issues and stressors and set up a plan to maintain safety and continue therapy after discharge
  • Expressive therapists – Introduce a variety of complementary therapy techniques—including art, dance/movement, music and recreation activities—to help your teen find alternative forms of expression and communication
  • Educators – Teach and monitor adolescents in our dedicated classrooms and, with parental permission, coordinate efforts with local student services to implement changes that may need to happen before your teen returns to school

Learn more about school refusal as a potential symptom of deeper mental health issues in adolescents.

Explore our programs to address substance abuse and psychiatric illness (sometimes called dual diagnosis) and self-injurious behavior, as well as our Reflections Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

Review a range of mental health topics and special information about teen health issues in our online Health Library.