Treating mental health issues in teens and adolescents in northern Virginia

Dominion Hospital, located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, offers comprehensive services to identify and treat behavioral health conditions in adolescents and teens between 13 and 17 years old. We specialize in stabilizing crisis situations through effective intervention.

If your adolescent or teen needs help, please contact one of our First Step counselors 24/7 at (703) 538-2872.

Our adolescent and teen mental health statistics

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 20 percent of youth and teens 13 to 17 years old currently have or have had a mental health disorder in the past. Dominion leads northern Virginia in short-term mental health services for all ages—specifically comprehensive psychiatric care for adolescents and teens.

Our adolescent and teen mental health program has helped patients by:

  • A 73 percent decrease in anxiety symptoms
  • A 63 percent decrease in depression symptoms
  • A 69 percent decrease in concentration trouble symptoms

Inpatient Program

Our Adolescent Inpatient Program is centered on the care and treatment of patients ages 13-17 with diagnoses such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and others. Treatment is rooted in evidenced-based clinical practice including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment, and expressive therapies. Our multi-disciplinary team designs and implements an individualized plan of care to address and treat current symptomology and challenges that have led to the need for crisis stabilization. We believe meeting each patient where they are in their recovery process is essential to building resilience and making positive changes, which is why individualized treatment plans, group/individual therapy, and discharge planning sessions are at the foundation of our programs.

The inpatient program includes four main components to your individualized treatment plan.

Those program components include:

  • Psychoeducation—Provides information about the 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 and family and group therapies, to enhance your sense of well-being
  • Expressive therapy groups—Incorporates 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
  • Psychopharmacology—Uses medication to assist in treatment, when appropriate

Our clinicians work together to provide your child with the best care possible. This team of behavioral health specialists will construct an individualized treatment plan catered to your needs.  Team members include:

  • Physicians—Work with you and your child to assess the need for medication treatment and determines the appropriate level of care that is needed to help stabilize the condition
  • Nurses-Provide direct quality care 24/7. Responsibilities include medication administration, psychoeducation, group facilitation, & therapeutic communication
  • Mental Health Technicians—Support nursing staff, provide milieu management, lead group therapy sessions, and monitor for safety for the duration of your child’s stay.
  • Clinical Therapists—Meet with your child on a regular basis to conduct individualized therapy as well as to help identify issues and stressors. They also conduct family meetings and create a discharge plan to ensure safety in the community and continuity of care.
  • Expressive therapists—Introduces a variety of alternative therapy techniques to help your child find other forms of expression and communication through music, dance, and art.

Choices Outpatient Programs

Our Philosophy

At Choices, both the Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs are rooted in evidenced-based clinical practice including but not limited to cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and expressive therapies. Our multi-disciplinary team designs and implements an individualized plan of care to address and treat current symptomology and challenges that may be preventing your child from functioning successfully independently. Our goal is for both adolescents and their families to develop the practical skills needed to thrive while at home, school, and in the community by focusing on crisis stabilization, symptom management, positive coping strategies, and fostering family support. We believe that addressing the family system grants deeper insight into treatment for the individual, which is the reason family therapy sessions, parent skills groups, and multi-family night is at the foundation of our programs.

Key Components of PHP

  • Treatment held five days a week (Monday – Friday)
  • Physician led multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Group, individual, and family therapy
  • Medication stabilization
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness training
  • Healthy Emotional Actions for Life (HEAL) treatment track designed for individuals struggling with non-suicidal self-injury
  • Intersect treatment track providing a complete spectrum of care to address co-occurring mental health and addiction
  • Expressive Therapy (i.e. art, music, movement and dance)
  • Coordination and planning for transition back to school
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers

Key Components of IOP

  • Treatment held three evenings a week (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • Physician led multi-disciplinary team
  • 3 group sessions each evening
  • Weekly individual session with Clinical Therapist
  • Physician consultation available per request
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness training
  • Multi-family night every Wednesday in which one family member is required to attend
  • Expressive Therapy (hyperlink to Expressive Therapy page) (i.e. art, music, movement and dance)
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers
Two Convenient Locations in Chantilly and Falls Church!
  • Chantilly PHP and IOP, 14501 George Carter Way, Suite 109, Chantilly, VA 20152 (hyperlink to google maps).
  • Falls Church PHP, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 506, Falls Church, VA 22042 (hyperlink to google maps).
  • Falls Church IOP, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 506, Falls Church, VA 22042 (hyperlink to google maps).
Chantilly Facility Features
  • Conveniently located just off Route 28 and 50, in Chantilly, VA serving Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.
  • Therapeutic and calming space
  • Natural light creating a lower stress environment for patients
  • Outside access to the courtyard, gazebo, and water fountain during Reflection Group and Mindfulness Practice  
  • Three spacious group rooms for group therapy    
  • Smart technology (TVs and laptops) to enhance treatment
  • Ample visitor parking
  • Call box for secure access inside of the building before or after business hours.
Falls Church Facility Features
  • Conveniently located 1 mile from our main campus on Arlington Blvd, serving Falls Church, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Maryland counties.
  • Therapeutic and calming space
  • Natural light creating a lower stress environment for patients
  • Three spacious group rooms for group therapy    
  • Smart technology (TVs and laptops) to enhance treatment
  • Ample visitor parking in parking garage located next to office building
Admission Process
  • To schedule an assessment for Chantilly or Falls Church PHP, please contact First Step (hyperlink admissions page) at (703) 538-2872.
  • To schedule an assessment for Chantilly IOP, please contact (703) 227-8185.
  • To schedule an assessment for Falls Church IOP, please contact 703-720-5529

Who Can Benefit

Our Adolescent Programs would be appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Crisis and symptom management
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Substance-abuse (Intersect)
  • Self-injurious behavior (HEAL)
  • Depression, bipolar, and/or anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Medication management and adherence
  • School avoidance and socialization
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotional regulation
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Family conflict

Education services at our psychiatric hospital

Dominion understands the unique mental health needs of children. While our primary focus is on delivering effective mental health care, we also provide education services to support our inpatient and partial hospitalization school-age patients during their admission.

Educational services team

Our education services team consults directly with appropriate school personnel to address school stressors related to admission and explore available school assistance where applicable. We provide case management for all school-age patients.

The education services staff is responsible for supervising and providing support to patients in The Learning Lab. Additionally, they help communicate with schools and facilitate the patient's transition back to school.

The Learning Lab

All patients have access to The Learning Lab, except for the off-site outpatient programs. Our Learning Lab is equipped with a SMART© Board, laptops and a printer for patient use.

All school-age patients are encouraged to work on their schoolwork while they are in the hospital during the academic calendar year. During the summer, the education services staff implements a summer curriculum that includes leadership and team building activities, social skills development and other activities that promote and encourage creativity.