Psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dominion Hospital is the only freestanding mental health care facility in Northern Virginia, specializing in effective intervention to stabilize crisis situations and co-occurring substance abuse. Our multidisciplinary team approach allows us to treat mental illnesses and identify symptoms associated with any mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse.

For a free, confidential and immediate mental health assessment, call (703) 538-2872 at any time to talk to one of our First Step counselors.

Our adult mental health program outcomes

Dominion has a track record for helping adults with common mental health disorders and co-occurring substance abuse. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43 million people 18 years old and older in the U.S. have had a mental health illness.

With our multispecialty approach to mental health treatment, we have helped decrease mental health symptoms in our adult patients. Our program has:

  • Decreased anxiety symptoms by 36 percent
  • Decreased depression symptoms by 52 percent
  • Decreased fatigue and/or loss of energy by 63 percent

*Based on April- June 2019 Adult Unit admission and discharge scores on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale – Expanded (BPRS-E) and PHQ-9

Adult mental health treatment components

We work with you to help stabilize your symptoms, understand your diagnosis and develop a plan tailored specifically to help you manage your illness in the least restrictive environment possible. Our adult mental health program includes four 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

Multiple levels of mental health care

Our highly structured programs—both inpatient mental health and partial hospitalization—feature psychological and educational groups, electroconvulsive therapy and alternative therapies, such as music therapy and art therapy. Our therapeutic process focuses on recovery through goal setting, gender-specific issues, medication education, planning for your life after discharge and other topics relevant to your individual circumstances.

Adult inpatient mental health treatment

Our inpatient mental health treatment is provided for adults 18 years old and older. Patients will have ongoing medication monitoring, medication administration and 24/7 access to psychiatrists and nursing staff.

Our mental health specialists also put an aftercare plan into place to avoid rehospitalization. To avoid another hospitalization, we offer partial hospitalization and outpatient mental health services to ease the transition back into the community.

Trauma disorder treatment

Our TraumaSci Complex Trauma Disorders Program consists of a 10-bed adult inpatient unit that provides a nurturing environment for patients in a crisis. This program specifically targets issues such as PTSD, complex trauma and dissociation or sleep disorders stemming from physical, emotional or sexual trauma.

This inpatient unit is located at our Falls Church campus, which is one mile from our main campus: 6565 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

Adult partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Dominion's partial hospitalization program combines a highly structured environment during the day with the opportunity to spend evenings at home. Adults benefit from care plans that integrate elements of three evidence-based treatment models:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Seeking safety

Our educational and therapeutic peer-group meetings are provided three days a week, and we also offer special events and opportunities to practice self-sufficiency behaviors.

Our group meetings include:

  • Community meeting—Nursing staff and individuals meet at the beginning and end of the day to complete worksheets that highlight treatment goals, obstacles, accomplishments and concerns.
  • Health education and wellness—This nursing education group provides individuals tools to manage and recover from their illnesses, plans for transitioning outside of hospital care, developing coping skills and teaching skills to have a healthier lifestyle.
  • Weekend planning—This group meets every Friday to address any anxieties or concerns about the upcoming weekend. Individuals will receive assistance to create a structured plan for Saturday and Sunday.
  • Success Life Skills (SLS)—This is a psychoeducation group focused on broad-based skill-building to help patients manage self-identified problem areas.
  • Safe Actions for Everyone (SAFE)—Individuals will attend this group during their first five days of programming. This group focuses on crisis management skill-building to support and increase stabilization.
  • Mood management—This group is an emotional processing group combined with psychoeducational components to help patients who have stabilized.
  • Nutrition group—This group focuses on healthy living and making the necessary diet choices to maintain overall health. It is led by a registered dietitian.
  • Alternative therapy—Using the creative arts (art, music and movement), this group focuses on self-expression and self-awareness to support recovery. These groups are led by our expressive therapy team.
  • Pharmacy group—Education is provided on psychiatric medications, and participants also have an opportunity to ask the pharmacist any questions relating to medication.
  • Dual diagnosis (DD) group—This group, called INTERSECT, explores substance abuse and offers support using the Twelve Steps. Participation in this group is ordered by a physician after consultation with the treatment team.

Additionally, adults will benefit from In Our Own Voice monthly presentations by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Adult PHP location

Our adult partial hospitalization program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm and has relocated to a facility just a few blocks from Dominion Hospital. Features include:

  • Private entrance with easy access to a large free parking area
  • Up to five group therapy rooms
  • Five physician consultation suites
  • Onsite dining room
  • Welcoming reception area
  • Private restrooms

We are closed for all major holidays.

Choices outpatient programs

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. Choices Adult PHP combines a highly structured environment during the day with the opportunity to spend evenings at home. Adult IOP allows program participants to work or attend to daily demands, and engage in programming three evenings per week.

Our multi-disciplinary team designs and implements an individualized plans of care to address and treat current symptomology and challenges underlying admission. Our goal is to build practical skills needed to thrive while at home, work, and in the community by focusing on crisis stabilization, symptom management, positive coping strategies, and fostering social support.

Key components of PHP

  • Treatment held five days a week (Monday - Friday) 
  • Physician-led multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Medication stabilization
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Psychoeducation, and Mindfulness training
  • 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 work/home
  • 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
  • Expressive Therapy (i.e. art, music, movement and dance)
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers

Additionally, adults will benefit from In Our Own Voice monthly presentations by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Adult outpatient location

Our Adult PHP program operates Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Adult IOP operates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Both programs share Suite 101 at 6565 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042, which is located just a few blocks from the main Dominion Hospital campus. Features include:

  • Private entrance with easy access to a large free parking area
  • Up to five group therapy rooms
  • Five physician consultation suites
  • Welcoming reception area
  • Patient accessible computers/internet

Choices Outpatient Programs are closed for all major holidays.

Eating disorder (ED) treatment

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

Reflections Eating Disorder Treatment Center provides individualized treatment plans for ED as well as co-occurring issues, such as substance abuse, anxiety and depression. Our eating disorders program is the first and only program in Northern Virginia to provide inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment and is the only Joint Commission-certified eating disorder treatment program on the East Coast.

INTERSECT program (dual diagnosis treatment)

When substance abuse occurs with psychiatric illness, the combination is known as dual diagnosis. Our program, INTERSECT, serves adults and adolescents and is rooted in a recovery model of individualized, clinically driven and evidenced-based care. Our goal is to treat the individual as a whole, addressing both symptoms of substance use and behavioral health.