Adolescent Behavioral Health — (203) 573-7121
Located at 88 Grandview Avenue in Waterbury, our programs help adolescents, 12 – 18 years of age, who are struggling with a wide range of problems and disorders including:
- Self-harming behaviors
- Problems at home
- Suicidal ideation
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Substance abuse
- Problems at school
Our treatment team consists of a multidisciplinary staff including:
- Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- Psychiatric Nurses
- Activity Therapists
Goals of Treatment
Together with the patient and the parent, we develop an individualized treatment plan to address areas of concern. Our goals and philosophy of treatment are:
- Our patients learn to address issues and express themselves in a confidential and caring atmosphere.
- Families/Caregivers are important participants in treatment.
- Appropriate coping skills for managing emotions and behavior are developed.
- Patients will improve functioning at school, home and in the community.
- Evaluation and treatment are confidential.
Our team works to develop a comprehensive understanding of the adolescent and the family from the first meeting. The client and their parent/guardian meet with the adolescent psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation, the nurse for medical history and current medical concerns, and the therapist to set initial treatment goals and to assess family dynamics. Families will be asked to sign releases for regular contact with schools, physicians, and other professional providers. Generally, the patient is able to start treatment the day of their evaluation.
- Partial Hospitalization (PHP): 4 hours of intensive treatment per day, 5 days a week, consisting of individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and medication evaluation/management.
- Intensive Outpatient (IOP): 3 hours per day, 3 – 5 days per week, consisting of group therapy, family therapy and medication evaluation/management.
- Treatment Modalities in PHP and IOP
- Our professionally run groups include topics related to self-esteem, emotion regulation, coping skills, decision making skills, distress tolerance, anger management, substance abuse and relapse prevention.
- Our staff utilizes evidenced based approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills training and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- Family Therapy is an essential part of treatment. Parents/Caregivers attend weekly individual family therapy sessions which are scheduled at the convenience of the family.
- Multiple Family Therapy meetings are held every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Patients with Husky A can receive transportation to and from program via medical cab.