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 13–17. Those 18 years and older are referred to our Adult Mental Health Care program.

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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 evidence-based treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused, family and group therapies, to enhance your sense of well-being
  • Expressive therapy groups – Incorporate art, dance/movement, music, yoga and recreation therapies 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 Programs

Choices Adolescent PHP is a short-term, intensive program serving adolescents ages 13-17. The program provides a flexible treatment option for those that may need a more gradual transition from an inpatient stay. The Partial Hospitalization Program can also be utilized as a preventative to an inpatient admission for individuals experiencing an increase in symptoms and require a more intensive treatment structure than traditional outpatient therapy can provide.

Two convenient locations:

  • 6565 Arlington Blvd. Suite 101
    Falls Church, VA 22042
  • 14501 George Carter Way, Suite 109
    Chantilly, VA 20151

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Choices Adolescent IOP provides an intermediate level of care for adolescents. The program specializes in treating adolescents ages 13-17 that are able to function at school and in the community, but need more structured support than traditional outpatient therapy can provide.

Two convenient locations:

  • 6565 Arlington Blvd. Suite 101
    Falls Church, VA 22042
  • 14501 George Carter Way, Suite 109
    Chantilly, VA 20151

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

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