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Sub-Acute Crisis Stabilization

Short-Term Crisis Stabilization in Orange County, CA

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    At D’Amore Mental Health, we understand the importance of providing immediate, short-term assistance for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Our crisis stabilization program offers a safe, supportive environment for those facing severe anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, or other acute symptoms that require urgent intervention. Our experienced team of professionals is committed to helping individuals regain stability and prevent further escalation of their symptoms.

    At D’Amore Mental Health, our dedicated focus is on short-term crisis stabilization, tailored to address the immediate mental health requirements of individuals needing round-the-clock care temporarily necessitated by functional impairment arising from mental health disorders or associated conditions. Our treatment program is specifically designed for those who may require a higher level of assistance than typically offered by conventional residential or outpatient programs.

    While D’Amore Mental Health is not as restrictive as a locked-down hospital unit, we do maintain a rigorous schedule and routine. Our primary goal is to facilitate the establishment of healthier habits and behaviors for our clients, making their journey toward recovery a smoother process.

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    D'Amore's for Crisis Stabilization Program

    D’Amore Mental Health stands out as a premier choice for crisis stabilization due to our:

    Our Crisis Stabilization Process and Techniques

    At D’Amore Mental Health, we utilize a range of evidence-based techniques and interventions to support individuals in crisis. Our comprehensive approach includes:

    Crisis Assessment

    Our team conducts thorough assessments to determine the severity of the crisis and identify the most appropriate interventions. Assessments include evaluating the individual’s mental health history, current symptoms, and potential risk factors.

    De-escalation Techniques

    Our trained professionals employ de-escalation techniques to help clients regain control of their emotions and behavior. These techniques involve active listening, empathy, and reassurance.

    Medication Management

    When necessary, our psychiatrists and medical professionals carefully evaluate and monitor medication needs to stabilize clients’ symptoms quickly and effectively.

    Therapeutic Interventions

    We offer individual and group therapy sessions, allowing clients to process their emotions and learn essential coping skills. Our evidence-based therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and other proven approaches.

    Holistic & Experiential Interventions

    Experiential and holistic treatment methods play a crucial role in D’Amore Mental Health’s short-term crisis stabilization program. Here are a few examples: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Music Therapy, Yoga and Meditation, and Animal-Assisted Therapies like Equine Therapy.

    Benefits of Crisis Stabilization

    Clients who choose D’Amore Mental Health for crisis stabilization can expect:

    Supporting Families During Crisis Stabilization

    At D’Amore Mental Health, we understand the crucial role that families and loved ones play in the recovery process. We are committed to providing support and resources for those who are helping their loved ones navigate a psychiatric crisis. Our approach includes:

    Family Education

    We offer educational resources to help families understand the nature of psychiatric crises, the crisis stabilization process, and the importance of ongoing support.

    Communication and Collaboration

    Our team maintains open communication with families, providing updates on their loved one’s progress and involving them in the treatment planning process when appropriate.

    Family Therapy

    Incorporating family therapy sessions can help address relationship dynamics and provide a supportive environment for clients and their families to work through challenges together.

    Aftercare Planning

    As clients transition from our crisis stabilization program, we collaborate with families to develop an aftercare plan, ensuring that ongoing support and resources are in place for continued recovery.

    Connecting with Community Resources at D'Amore

    At D’Amore Mental Health, we recognize the importance of connecting our clients with community resources to support their ongoing recovery. Our team works closely with local mental health providers, support groups, and other organizations to ensure a smooth transition to long-term care and continued support. Examples of community resources we collaborate with include:

    By establishing strong connections with community resources, D’Amore Mental Health helps clients build a solid foundation for lasting wellness and recovery.

    However, even the most severe cases of depression are treatable.  D’Amore offers a combination of evidence-based psychotherapy with medication management and holistic treatments to help a person suffering from depression make healthy changes to live a life free from the shackles of depression.  At D’Amore, we are committed to finding the right treatment for each individual.  We provide a full spectrum of therapeutic modalities so that we can design a treatment plan to fit each of our patient’s unique needs.

    Our Therapeutic Treatment Program

    We offer the following treatment modalities to treat those suffering from a mental health crises:

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

    Motivational Interviewing

    Strategic Therapy

    Gestalt Therapy

    Humanistic Therapy

    Our Signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program

    Experiential Therapy

    Play Therapy

    Integrative Functional Medicine

    Reality Therapy

    Motivational Interviewing

    Strategic Therapy

    Gestalt Therapy

    Humanistic Therapy

    Positive Psychology

    Our Signature “Build Me Up” Positive Reinforcement Program

    Experiential Therapy

    Play Therapy

    Integrative Functional Medicine

    Reality Therapy

    Crisis Stabilization at D'Amore Mental Health

    Choosing D’Amore Mental Health for crisis stabilization means choosing a compassionate, experienced team dedicated to providing immediate, short-term support for individuals in crisis. With our personalized, evidence-based treatment approaches and commitment to promoting long-term wellness, our clients and their families can trust that they are in capable hands. If you or a loved one is experiencing a psychiatric crisis, reach out to D’Amore Mental Health today and take the first step toward recovery and stability.

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    Crisis Stabilization FAQs

    Short-term crisis stabilization is a type of treatment approach intended for people who are experiencing acute distress or dysfunction due to mental health disorders. This approach is designed to stabilize individuals in crisis, provide immediate therapeutic interventions, and prevent hospitalization when possible.

    Anyone experiencing severe symptoms of mental health disorders, like suicidal thoughts, extreme mood swings, intense anxiety, or psychosis, could potentially benefit from short-term crisis stabilization. It is best suited for those in immediate need of professional help to regain stability.

    The length of the crisis stabilization process can vary depending on the individual’s unique situation and needs, but it typically lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

    Services can include psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation and management, individual and group counseling, safety planning, case management, and referral to follow-up care. These are typically provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and therapists.

    While both provide treatment for individuals in crisis, crisis stabilization units are typically designed for short-term stays and focus on stabilizing individuals and connecting them to longer-term resources. Psychiatric hospitals provide more intensive, long-term care and are equipped to handle more severe psychiatric conditions.

    If someone is in immediate crisis, they or a loved one should reach out to a local crisis hotline, 911, or present to the nearest emergency department. From there, professionals can assess the situation and determine if crisis stabilization services are needed. In some regions, individuals can also directly access crisis stabilization units or walk-in mental health clinics.

    After the crisis has been stabilized, individuals will usually be connected with outpatient mental health services for ongoing care. This might include therapy, psychiatric care, support groups, or other community resources. The goal is to provide the person with the tools and supports they need to manage their mental health condition in the long term.

    Yes, short-term crisis stabilization can be very effective in managing acute mental health crises. The immediate goal is to reduce acute symptoms and prevent harm. In the longer term, crisis stabilization can help individuals to connect with ongoing care, which can greatly improve their overall mental health outcomes.

    The role of family and support systems can be significant in crisis stabilization. They can provide valuable information to the treatment team, offer emotional support to the individual in crisis, and play a crucial role in follow-up care and ongoing management of the mental health disorder.

    Yes, there are various treatment options depending on the severity of the situation. These can include outpatient mental health services, inpatient psychiatric treatment, and residential treatment programs. The best approach depends on the individual’s unique situation and needs.

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    Jamie Mantell, PsyD, LMFT

    Jamie Mantell, PsyD, LMFT

    Jamie Mantel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Psy.D. in psychology. Jamie has worked for non-profits for over 20 years working with agencies, as well as her private practice in Huntington Beach, California.