If you or a loved one is living with a mental illness, you don’t have to do it alone. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), we offer a wide range of outpatient psychotherapy and other treatments for children, adolescents, and adults seeking behavioral healthcare.
Adult outpatient mental and behavioral health services
We specialize in treating adults who experience difficult emotions while they are dealing with a troubling diagnosis or another health problem. With locations across western Pennsylvania, we make it easier for you to meet with a behavioral health counselor in the neighborhoods where you live and work.
Our psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed behavioral health counselors offer assessments and treatments for:
- Panic disorders and phobias
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Our providers also have deep experience treating patients who have experienced:
- Addiction during pregnancy
- Family and marital problems
We also work with older patients and their families to help them cope with the effects of dementia. And our women’s behavioral health services address the specific mental and emotional issues women face, including before, during, and after pregnancy.
Our approach to outpatient treatment
We understand every patient is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. We offer personalized treatment plans that may use the following evaluations and assessments, treatments, and therapies:
- Comprehensive assessment: We ask questions to determine the state of your behavioral health and how to treat any mental illness or behavioral health problem that might be present.
- Counseling and psychotherapy: We help you resolve life issues and challenges, such as stress in the home, losing a loved one, or family problems.
- Stress management: Your behavioral health counselor can provide techniques to reduce anxiety, tension, and stress, and develop effective stress management strategies.
- Medication therapy: A psychiatrist can prescribe and monitor medications.
Our treatment teams include:
- Social workers
- Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs)
Our Intensive Outpatient Program for Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
If you’re having a tough time during or following your pregnancy, your behavioral health provider might recommend intensive outpatient therapy to provide you with an extra layer of support. Our mother-baby intensive outpatient program provides more than nine hours of therapy each week, including:
- Psychological assessment
- Individual and group therapy
- Psychiatric consultation and care
- Family counseling
Our skilled treatment teams consider each patient’s physical, mental, and social needs for a whole-person approach to care. This approach means we consider every aspect of your health, allowing us to offer highly personalized care.
We also apply the latest advances in medication and therapeutic research to provide superior treatment for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders in patients of all ages.
The adult intensive day treatment program at Four Allegheny Center
You deserve behavioral health care that will help you find renewal and recovery in a relaxed, peaceful setting. Our intensive day treatment program, or partial hospitalization program (PHP), provides intensive psychiatric care in a comfortable environment for 12 to 29 hours each week.
Our program, one of the first-of-its-kind, provides personalized treatment to help prevent hospitalization or reduce the length of your hospital stay, allowing patients to remain at home.
What is the definition of a partial hospitalization program?
An intensive day treatment program provides people experiencing a mental illness a structured, intensive outpatient therapy in a group setting. Intensive day treatment programs are either considered a full-day partial hospitalization program or half-day intensive outpatient program. In both programs, patients receive treatment during the day, but they return home to sleep at night.
This is a great alternative for patients who need intensive psychiatric care, but have a support system in place that allows them to return home every evening. A group therapy setting gives patients different perspectives on problems they may have with emotions or relationships. Therapy groups also provide needed support and encouragement.
What to expect from our Intensive Day Treatment Program
Our collaborative PHP care teams include:
- Psychiatric nurses
- Psychiatric residents
- Psychology interns
We provide comprehensive behavioral health evaluations, structured group treatments, and behavioral health disease education for patients and their families. Our patients stay in the program for an average of one month with three to six hours per day of structured group treatment.
Contact the Intensive Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization Program
The program is located at:
4 Allegheny Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Most patients are referred to the Intensive Day Treatment Program through their own provider. We promote a close relationship between patients and their referrers by involving referring providers during treatment as often as possible.
Learn more about our other intensive day treatment programs:
- Perinatal and Postpartum Intensive Outpatient Program at West Penn Hospital
- Child and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program at Jefferson Hospital
Our licensed psychologists have a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties. This diversity in experience help us offer high-quality, personalized care to adults and children with a range of behavioral and mental health needs.
Our behavioral health professionals provide tailored care to individuals struggling with:
- Grief, loss, and adjustment to life stressors
- Anger and self-esteem difficulties
- Relational concerns
We also treat patients living with bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and other mental illnesses.
Sometimes the chemicals or cells in your brain cause mental health conditions, such as severe depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. We offer neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults.
These evaluations explore how your behaviors could be related to your brain or cognitive function.
Our neuropsychological providers include:
- Other specialists
Many patients come to us for help with:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Learning differences
- Other medical difficulties
Our neuropsychologists provide detailed evaluations and therapies to people who seek support in coping with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. Neuropsychology professionals also provide psychological assessment to explore psychological functioning, learn more about your diagnosis, and get insight into the best treatments and therapies for your health.
The Neuropsychology department at AHN is involved in the training of graduates, including practicum, internship, and postdoctoral trainees in psychology and neuropsychology.
Child and adolescent psychiatric services
We specialize in treating children and adolescents who live with a range of mental health-related problems, including:
- Attention deficit disorders
- Asperger’s disorders
- Developmental delays
- Conduct disorders
Our Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents (CTCSA) is a world-renowned facility for treating trauma in youths. The CTCSA program has leading behavioral health providers in the field of childhood grief and trauma. Our various modes of treatment allow children and adolescents to function in their own environment and foster increased confidence and independence.
The Chill Project
The Chill Project, offered through Jefferson Hospital Behavioral Health, is designed to transform school culture by teaching mindfulness techniques to help students, educators, and caregivers handle the everyday stress of school, promoting wellness and focus.
The goal of the CHILL Project ultimately is to invest in the emotional health of local school communities and improve overall outcomes by:
- Reducing the number of behavioral health incidents for students: chronic absence, disruptive behavior, dropping out, and feelings of hopelessness.
- Increasing access to resources and sense of professional quality of life for educators/administrator and increased well-being for parents/caregivers.
- Providing a preventative system that enhances mindful awareness and resiliency across the school community.
These on-site services include:
- One-to-one counseling
- Support groups
- Medication management
- School-based outpatient services
- School-wide preventative services
- Professional development opportunities
- Social-emotional learning curriculum enhancement and classroom consultations
For more information, call:
William C. Davies, Ed.D.
Advanced outpatient therapies
We know there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to behavioral health treatment. We use some advanced treatments to address severe mental illness, including treatment-resistant depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We provide:
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
Patients experiencing severe depression, bipolar disorder (manic or depressive episodes as well as maintenance), and psychosis may benefit from ECT. ECT involves stimulation of the brain by a small, carefully prescribed amount of electrical current. The stimulation works to restore the brain's normal activity and lifts depression. These treatments are provided at a same day surgical suite setting under careful monitoring by a psychiatrist and anesthesiologist.
ECT requires a committed, intensive treatment schedule. Services provided include:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- ECT treatments followed by a two-phase recovery process
- Outpatient continuation and maintenance therapy
Not all patients need continuation therapy. Continuation therapy could take the form of ECT or medications that prevent relapse and help ensure the primary ECT treatment is effective. Follow-up treatment is conducted on an outpatient basis, usually for at least six months.
If you or a loved one might benefit from ECT, please contact us at (412) 858-2707.
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
DBS is the practice of implanting electrodes in the brain to affect certain cells and brain chemicals. A device is also implanted into the upper chest, similar to a pacemaker, to control the amount of stimulation in your brain.
DBS can treat some neurological behavioral health conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Our center specializes in the outpatient DBS programming for treatment of OCD.
A breakthrough treatment for chronic depression
Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (Deep TMS) is a breakthrough treatment for adults with depression. When other therapies and medications have not been effective, Deep TMS may help. It uses brief magnetic pulses that stimulate regions of your brain affected by depression.
- Deep TMS is safe, non-invasive, and FDA-approved.
- You may experience headaches or minor pain at the site of treatment which will stop after the first few sessions.
- Treatments last 20 minutes over 6 to 8 weeks.
- You will continue to work with your own psychiatrist during treatment.
In clinical settings, Deep TMS has been effective for 3 out of 4 patients with a 51 percent remission rate and 75 percent response rate.*
If you haven’t been helped with other therapies, ask your doctor if Deep TMS could help you, or call us at (412) 330-4000.
Learn more about our outpatient behavioral health services
If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental illness, our staff can help you find relief. We also offer neuropsychology evaluation services. Please contact us at (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to learn more.
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*Remission Response Rates: In the multi-center trial that led to BrainsWay's FDA clearance for MDD, 1 in 3 medication-resistant patients achieved full remission, and 38.4% achieved a positive response. Real-life settings have shown significantly better results. Data on file with BrainsWay.