Psychiatric hospital for adults in northern Virginia

Dominion Hospital is the only freestanding mental health care facility in northern Virginia specializing in interventions, crisis stabilization and co-occurring substance abuse. Our approach is effective because we rely on multidisciplinary teams and offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. This enables us to identify and treat our patients' mental illnesses and their symptoms.

For a free, confidential and immediate mental health assessment, call our First Step counselors 24/7 at (703) 538-2872.

Benefits of mental health care for adults

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 20 percent of adults in the U.S. have a mental health illness, yet only 43 percent of them get treated each year.

We know firsthand the ways treatment can help. In fact, patients in our program experience:

  • Decreased anxiety symptoms by 36 percent
  • Decreased depression symptoms by 52 percent
  • Decreased fatigue and/or loss of energy by 63 percent

(Data is based on April through June 2019 adult unit admission and discharge scores on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale-Expanded and Patient Health Questionnaire.)

Adult mental health treatments

We work with you to help stabilize your symptoms, understand your diagnosis and develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. This helps you manage your illness in the least restrictive environment possible and includes four, evidence-based components:

  • Psychoeducation—to understand mental illness causes and effects
  • Psychotherapy—to enhance your sense of well-being
  • Expressive therapy groups—to allow you to better communicate
  • Psychopharmacology—to aid in treatment with medication, when needed

With these components, our highly structured adult mental health care programs feature a range of treatment options. This includes psychological and educational groups, electroconvulsive therapy and alternative (expressive) therapies, such as music and art therapy. Our process focuses on support from recovery through goal-setting, gender-specific issues, medication education, planning for life after discharge and other topics relevant to your individual circumstances.

Adult inpatient mental health treatment

Our inpatient mental health treatment is provided for adults 18 years old and older. Patients will have ongoing medication monitoring, medication administration and 24/7 access to psychiatrists and nursing staff.

We will also put an aftercare plan in place to avoid rehospitalization. This plan may include participation in our partial hospitalization and outpatient mental health services to ease the transition back into the community.

Trauma disorder treatment

Our TraumaSci Complex Trauma Disorders Program consists of a 10-bed adult inpatient unit that provides a nurturing environment for patients in a crisis. This program specifically targets issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex trauma and dissociation or sleep disorders stemming from physical, emotional or sexual trauma.

Choices outpatient programs

At Choices, both our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) are rooted in evidenced-based clinical practice. Our goal is to build practical skills needed to thrive while at home, work and in the community by focusing on crisis stabilization, symptom management, positive coping strategies and fostering social support.

Additionally, adults in our outpatient programs will benefit from NAMI's In Our Own Voice monthly presentations.

Both of our adult outpatient programs are held at:

6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 101
Falls Church, VA 22042

Adult partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our PHP combines a highly structured environment during the day with the opportunity to spend evenings at home. Adults benefit from care plans that integrate elements of three evidence-based treatment models:

  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Seeking safety

PHP peer-group meetings

Our educational and therapeutic peer-group meetings are provided three days a week. We also offer special events and opportunities to practice self-sufficiency behaviors.

Our group meetings include:

  • Alternative therapy—Using the creative arts (art, music and movement), this group focuses on self-expression and self-awareness to support recovery.
  • Community meeting—Nursing staff and individuals meet at the beginning and end of the day to complete worksheets that highlight treatment goals, obstacles, accomplishments and concerns.
  • Dual diagnosis (DD) group—This group explores substance abuse and offers support using a 12-step approach. Participation in this group is ordered by a physician after consultation with the treatment team.
  • Health education and wellness—This nursing education group provides individuals tools to manage and recover from their illnesses, plans for transitioning outside of hospital care, developing coping skills and teaching skills to have a healthier lifestyle.
  • Mood management—This group is an emotion-processing group combined with psychoeducational components to help patients who have stabilized.
  • Nutrition group—This group focuses on healthy living and making the best diet choices to maintain overall health.
  • Pharmacy group—This group includes education on psychiatric medications and lets participants ask the pharmacist questions relating to medication.
  • Safe Actions for Everyone (SAFE)—Individuals will attend this group during their first five days in the program. This group focuses on learning crisis management skills to support and increase stabilization.
  • Success Life Skills (SLS)—This is a psychoeducation group focuses on broad-based skill-building to help patients manage self-identified problem areas.
  • Weekend planning—This group meets every Friday to address and create a plan for any anxieties or concerns about the upcoming weekend.

PHP components

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 work/home
  • Expressive therapy
  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • Healthy emotional actions for life (HEAL) treatment track designed for individuals struggling with non-suicidal self-injury
  • Treatment track providing a complete spectrum of care to address co-occurring mental illness and addiction
  • Medication stabilization
  • Physician-led multi-disciplinary treatment team
  • Referrals for new outpatient providers
  • Treatment held five days a week (Monday through Friday)

Adult PHP schedule

Our adult PHP operates Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

(Outpatient programs are closed for all major holidays.)

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Adult IOP allows program participants to work or attend to daily demands, and engage in programming three evenings per week.

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
  • 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

Adult IOP schedule

Adult IOP operates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

(Outpatient programs are closed for all major holidays.)

Eating disorder treatment

We offer a special outpatient program and facility for patients with eating disorders at our Reflections Eating Disorder Treatment Center. Here, we provide individualized treatment plans for eating disorders as well as co-occurring issues, such as substance abuse, anxiety and depression.

Intersect program (dual diagnosis treatment)

When substance abuse occurs with psychiatric illness, the combination is known as dual diagnosis. Our dual diagnosis treatment program, Intersect, serves adults and adolescents and is rooted in a recovery model of individualized, clinically driven and evidenced-based care. Our goal is to treat the individual as a whole, addressing symptoms of both substance use and mental illness.