Mental Health Assessments
Often the most frustrating and confusing part of effectively managing mental illness for clients and families is finding an accurate diagnosis. FFWC offers full psychiatric assessments to best understand each patient diagnosis and designs an individualized treatment plan based on the assessments. Psychological testing is also available, if deemed necessary.
Our staff has expertise in accurately diagnosing a variety of mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and trauma and stress disorders. Along with determining a primary diagnosis, our comprehensive assessment protocol can help identify co-occurring disorders, such as substance use or sleep disorders, which may have been previously undiagnosed and thus untreated, and which may have contributed to a client’s inability to be successful at work, in school and in relationships.
FFWC has the capacity to perform comprehensive psychological testing to further assist in the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. Psychological testing are performed by a licensed psychologist, and is initiated by recommendations from our psychiatrists and/or the patient’s treatment team. Testing can include a comprehensive evaluation of clinical, personality, intelligence, trauma, executive function and attention, as well as screenings for neuropsychological factors.
Individual and Group Therapy
Patient receive weekly individual therapy with their primary therapist and weekly psychiatric follow up with their attending psychiatrist. Patients in our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) program will continue with their individual providers in the community or FFWC.
Our daily schedule includes multiple group therapy sessions that focus on clients’ specific needs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) groups are held in each level of care. Based on clinical need, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) service is offered via individual therapy, in a group setting, or both. Other groups include those focused on building healthy relationships, mindfulness, illness management and recovery, health promotion, relapse prevention, trauma and recovery, process groups, and in both the residential and PHP programs a daily wrap-up group.
What is CBT?
During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group sessions, therapists help clients understand the connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Many times, problems such as anxiety and depression involve unhealthy thoughts that CBT can help alleviate and/or reduce the emotional impact these negative thoughts have on the person.
Patients work in groups and in individual sessions with their primary therapist to develop processing skills and coping mechanisms that will reduce the symptoms and impact of their mental illness. The process often looks like this...
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of CBT that emphasizes finding balance, especially within interactions with others.
Some people are prone to react in a more intense manner toward certain emotional situations (whether responding more quickly, experiencing a higher level of emotional stimulation, and/or taking a longer time to return to baseline levels). DBT is an approach to teach skills that help people cope with sudden, intense surges of emotion.
The DBT skills & training areas are:
The practice of being fully aware and present in the moment
How to tolerate painful emotions in difficult situations and not act in self-destructive ways
How to change emotions that you want to change
How to ask for what you want or say “no” while maintaining self-respect and positive relationships with others
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.
In its simplest form, it is bringing a conscious awareness to the present moment. It's about connecting with ourselves and our surroundings in the here and now.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. Patients learn how to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgement. Mindfulness is an important practice that our therapists bring to many groups and activities.
Why mindfulness? Being present can allow us to reconcile traumatic factors, such as feeling safe within an environment. Being present can deconstruct time, reducing the gap between then and now, quieting the intrusive thoughts or allowing them to pass by. Being present is healthy focus. Being present is being aware of here, now, and being. Mindfulness is a tool to regulate our breathing and our heart rates and to bring ourselves to a state of thriving….
According to the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative, "it is estimated that 68% of adults with mental illness have one or more chronic physical conditions and that 29% of adults with medical conditions have mental disorders. People with serious mental illnesses are more likely to have multiple physical disorders and to die 25 years earlier than the rest of the population."
Because mental health is directly affected by physical health, RHTWC integrates medical care into our treatment model.
The onsite wellness clinic is staffed by a medical team with expertise in addressing the physical health needs of clients with mental illness. All patient receives an initial physical exam and will continue to receive wellness services throughout their treatment as needed.
Patients learn how to manage existing health issues, understand their medications and potential side effects, and monitor for the onset of new conditions related to long-term use of medications. Education about healthy living and counseling are also key components of each patient’s overall treatment plan. Through our program patients will learn life strategies that can dramatically improve their overall mental wellness.