Behavioral Health

PRMC’s Behavioral Health program offers help and recovery for adult and geriatric patients.

Behavioral Health Clinic at PRMC

Highlights for the BHU

PRMC Behavioral Health Unit strives to create an environment that promotes recovery and resilience. We emphasize the importance of mental health and general medical care as the key to overall wellness. Our inpatient treatment services are designed to help adults 55 years of age and up and their families successfully cope with challenges and promote healthy recovery. Our objective is to evaluate, diagnose and develop an individualized treatment plan for seniors ensuring care meets each patient’s needs.

We provide treatment for individuals that suffer from the following:

  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Dementia
  • Thoughts of Harming Others
  • Paranoia
  • Thought Disturbances
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Thoughts of Self Harm

PRMC Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic helps to identify and treat the signs of mental distress in adults to include anxiety, grief and loss, anger, depression, changes in sleep patterns, social isolation and trauma. Group therapies are used to promote coping skills, stress management, goal achievement and treatment compliance. (Individual therapy, family therapy, and medication management are provided, when indicated.) Patients have opportunities to work on life, relationships and work on problems with other people who have similar issues. They learn about their illness, how to manage their medications and how to prevent relapse. They will participate in their treatment and after-care planning. Through facilitated groups they will learn wellness and coping skills, on such topics as anger management, nutrition, communication and relaxation techniques.

What are the clinical treatments that you serve in outpatient?

Anger Management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Therapy, Psycho-Educational Group, Wellness Therapy, Reminiscence Therapy, Process- Oriented Therapy, Individual Therapy and those listed below with a definition of how they help.

What are the clinical techniques you use, and how do they help?

Anger Management is an educational group focusing on building positive skills to help manage feelings of anger and increase positive communications skills. It additionally addresses the connection between anger and depression and negative behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on cognitive behavioral techniques which work towards changing behavior patterns through interrupting the cycle of thought, feeling and action. Themes focus on dealing with resiliency, cognitive distortions, automatic thoughts and overcoming fears and phobias.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) builds skills to focus on mindfulness based practices, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.

Art/Expressive Therapy Group integrates the use of art, music, movement, writing and psychodrama. The group supports experiential learning and the integration of alternatives for coping with stress, self-care strategies and developing insight based on creative exploration and self-expression.

Family Systems Therapy educates group members about the roles they may play in their families and the ways these roles affect them and their feelings about themselves. It addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the different family roles and characteristics of healthy family systems.

Individual Assignments uses a structured set of handouts that focus on different tools for coping and self-development. Handouts are chosen to focus on individual recovery work.

Medication Education focuses on medication through addressing the major drug classifications: their effects, side effects, drug interactions, necessity of compliance and follow-up care. The focus of these groups is on compliance with prescribed medication; the intent is to educate clients about their medication, ensure compliance with the doctor's instruction, and decreasing their sense of isolation.

Nutrition Group Therapy provides patients with a comprehensive outlook on the biological responses to nutrients and over all patient well-being. It may also include education regarding specific diets ordered by the physician.

Psycho-Educational Group Therapy is aimed at dispelling myths and providing accurate and up-to-date information about a theme or diagnosis. Topics include medication management and education, stress management and healthy living.

Wellness Group Therapy is an educational and skills-based group focused on various themes addressing the concept of wellness. Themes include self-esteem, identity, symptom management, goal setting and coping skills. This group may also incorporate educating patients on the importance of a daily schedule to include eating 3-6 times a day, sleeping 7-8 hours a day, daily hygiene etc.

Reminiscence Therapy consists of recalling events from the past using the senses-objects to touch and hold, smell, sound, taste. This group would can also include using memories from holidays and seasons.

Process- Oriented Therapy focuses on experience, sharing with one another, and making connections.

Individual Therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist-in a safe, caring, and confidential environment-to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.