Mental health hospital for teens in northern Virginia

Dominion Hospital — in Falls Church and Chantilly, Virginia — offers comprehensive mental health and wellness care for adolescents who are 13 to 17 years old. Here, we offer short-term inpatient and outpatient programs staffed by specialized, compassionate experts. They work together to effectively diagnose and treat behavioral health conditions in teens, offering interventions as well as stabilizing care in crisis situations.

If your adolescent needs help, you can contact one of our First Step counselors 24/7 at (703) 538-2872.

What is mental health care for teens?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in six U.S. youth between 6 and 17 years old experience a mental health disorder each year. These young adults are experiencing very unique issues and require dedicated teams and care plans structured around their needs—which is exactly what we offer.

In fact, our comprehensive psychiatric programs and education for adolescents and teens helps our patients realize:

  • A 54 percent decrease in symptoms of anxiety
  • A 29 percent decrease in symptoms of depression
  • A 43 percent decrease in symptoms of trouble concentrating

(Data is based on April through June 2019 adolescent unit admission and discharge scores on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale for Children and Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents.)

Ongoing education for teens in mental health programs

The mental health needs of children include both healthcare and education. So, while our primary focus is on delivering effective mental health care, we also provide education services and an outpatient learning environment. We use this approach to support our inpatient and partial hospitalization school-age patients during their time with us.

Why does a teen need mental health care?

Our adolescent programs are appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Crisis and symptom management
  • Depression, bipolar disorder and/or anxiety
  • Distress tolerance
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional regulation
  • Family conflict
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Medication management and adherence
  • Psychosis
  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Self-injurious behavior (via the HEAL program)
  • School avoidance and socialization
  • Substance abuse (via the Intersect program)
  • Suicidal ideation

What is an inpatient program for teens?

Inpatient programs are centered on the care and treatment of patients with diagnoses such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Treatment is rooted in evidenced-based clinical practices.

Our inpatient program for adolescents

Meeting each patient where they are in their recovery process is essential to building resilience and making positive changes. That is why individualized treatment plans, group/individual therapy and discharge planning sessions are at the foundation of our inpatient programs.

Key components of our inpatient programs include:

  • Psychoeducation — provides information about the causes and effects of the particular mental illness to expand understanding of the condition, reduce feelings of helplessness and increase opportunities for better self-care
  • Psychotherapy — employs evidence-based treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused and family and group therapies, to enhance a sense of well-being
  • Expressive therapy groups — incorporates alternative therapies, such as art, dance/movement, music, yoga and recreation therapies to help address key emotional, behavioral or mental health issues that may not be accessible through words
  • Psychopharmacology — uses medication to assist in treatment, when appropriate

What is an outpatient program for teens?

Outpatient programs are rooted in evidenced-based clinical practices, such as cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, acceptance and commitment and expressive therapies. Outpatient care helps patients focus on crisis stabilization, symptom management and positive coping strategies, offering them the option to receive care on a more flexible schedule.

Our outpatient programs for adolescents

Our goal is for both adolescents and their families to develop the practical skills needed to thrive at home, school and in the community. We accomplish this by fostering family support to address the family system, granting deeper insight into the patient's treatment. We offer family therapy sessions, parent skills groups and multi-family nights as the foundation of our programs.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Key components of the PHP include:

  • Behavioral and logic skills, psychoeducation and mindfulness training
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Coordination and planning for transition back to school
  • Expressive therapy
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • Intersect treatment track providing a complete spectrum of care to address co-occurring mental health and addiction (Falls Church location)
  • Medication stabilization
  • Physician-led multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers
  • Treatment held five days a week (Monday through Friday)

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Key components of the IOP:

  • Behavioral and logic skills, psychoeducation and mindfulness training
  • Coordination and planning with established outpatient providers
  • Expressive therapy
  • Group sessions each evening
  • Multi-family night every Wednesday in which one family member is required to attend (virtual)
  • Physician-led multi-disciplinary team
  • Physician consultation available per request
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers
  • Treatment held three evenings a week (Tuesday through Thursday)
  • Weekly individual session with a clinical therapist

What is adolescent mental health education?

All school-age patients are encouraged to work on their schoolwork while they are in the hospital during the academic calendar year. During the summer, the education services staff implements a summer curriculum that includes leadership and team building activities, social skills development and other activities that promote and encourage creativity.

Education services

Our education services team consults directly with appropriate school personnel to address school stressors related to admission. They will also explore available school assistance, when applicable, and provide case management for all adolescent patients. When the time comes, they will help communicate with schools to facilitate the patient's transition back to school.

The Learning Lab

The education services staff is also responsible for supervising and providing support to patients in The Learning Lab. Here, patients (other than those who are in our off-site outpatient programs) have access to an interactive digital whiteboard, laptops and a printer.

Where can I find mental health services for my teen?

Our multi-disciplinary teams design and implement individualized plans of care to address and treat current symptomology. They work to solve the challenges that have led to the need for crisis stabilization or that may be preventing your child from successfully functioning independently. We offer these services at two locations in Virginia:

Chantilly facility

Our facility in Chantilly, Virginia, is just off Route 28 and Route 50. It is convenient to Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, located at:

14501 George Carter Way, Suite 109
Chantilly, VA 20152

Falls Church facility

Our Falls Church, Virginia, facility is located on Arlington Boulevard—only one mile from our main hospital campus. It is nearest to Falls Church, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and Maryland counties, located at:

6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 506
Falls Church, VA 22042

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