Mental Health Treatments


Our Approach to Mental Health Diagnosis

If you’re facing an issue with mental health and/or substance use addiction, we’re here to help. Mercy’s behavioral health team, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, physicians and nurses, provides the tools and support necessary to diagnose a range of mental health issues. They understand the problems you’re facing and can tailor personalized treatments to your needs.

Mental Health Assessment

Mercy offers 24/7 support for mental health crises through our emergency departments. Through the use of virtual care, we also provide virtual ER assessments that allow for remote patient monitoring and consultations. Even in areas with limited in-person physician coverage, such as rural communities, we can deliver more immediate, specialized care.

We also provide confidential evaluations for anyone who has a concern about psychiatric health, behavioral health or addiction. These evaluations are available daily during normal business hours in our clinics.

Mercy offers psychological testing provided by licensed psychologists or other specialized mental health professionals. These tests may help your provider determine the best course of treatment for your mental health issue, which include:

  • Clinical Interviews
  • Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (IQ)
  • Personality Assessments
  • Behavioral Assessments

Mercy offers consultation and diagnosis for a full range of behavioral health disorders.

Types of Mental Health Treatment at Mercy

Chemical Dependency Programs

Mercy offers a variety of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) for substance use and other behavioral health disorders. Not all chemical dependency programs are available in every community, but your Mercy behavioral health professional can help connect you with the best program for your situation and location.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) IOPs can be a good option for patients who want to live at home and don’t require detoxification or round-the-clock supervision. IOPs let you continue with your daily life. IOPs typically involve 15-25 hours weekly of individual or group therapy. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs) Participants in Mercy’s PHPs live at home but commute to a treatment center up to five days a week. PHP is recommended for those who may still need some detoxification services, especially if they take medication to detoxify. Detoxification services often require staff supervision and guidance.

Therapy Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT helps you identify negative thinking and find strategies to cope with those thoughts in a healthy way. This type of therapy is centered around personal goals that you and your therapist set, and it’s usually a short-term therapy.

Interpersonal Therapy – IPT is based on the idea that relationships can strongly influence your mental health, so this therapy focuses solely on your relationships with other people. It can be used to identify unhealthy relationships or resolve conflict between yourself and the people in your life.

Family Therapy – This therapy also focuses on relationships as an important aspect of psychological health. While IPT focuses on you and your relationships, family therapy focuses on overall family problems. Often, family therapy is short-term and may be used alongside other types of treatment.

Adolescent Group Therapy – Is a useful therapy for youths with mental health issues. Groups typically consist of adolescents around the same age who share a mental health diagnosis. This therapy provides interactions between peers and their therapist in a safe, healing environment.

Electroconvulsive Therapy – ECT involves a brief electrical stimulation of the brain while you’re under anesthesia. It’s typically administered by a team of trained medical professionals including a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and a nurse or physician assistant. ECT is normally done as an outpatient procedure, and it’s highly effective for the relief of major depression. It’s also used for other severe mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Mental Health Resources & Support

Mercy offers support groups in many communities based on needs and availability. You might find it helpful to also pursue programs and resources offered through reputable mental health agencies such as:

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