Gracepoint: Get Better One Step at a Time
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Maintaining mental wellness is a lifelong process. When seeking treatment for a mental health issue, there are various modalities to choose from based on your needs. At Christian Health, we fulfill our mission to offer compassionate mental health care to our community through a continuum of diverse care options, including our partial-hospitalization program, Gracepoint.
What is Gracepoint?
Gracepoint Partial-Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program is a voluntary program for adults over age 18 that provides structured outpatient psychiatric services as an alternative to inpatient mental health treatment. Patients come for six hours each day, five days a week. The program is most beneficial for patients who are not in major crisis but are suffering from mental health symptoms that are negatively affecting their daily life. Some patients come to the partial hospital as a stepping stone from inpatient treatment before transitioning back to strictly outpatient counseling services.
After a diagnostic interview and assessment, a treatment and recovery plan is developed based on individual needs and goals. The treatment plan includes a structured schedule of daily group therapy sessions and other therapeutic activities to support recovery, as well medication management and discharge planning.
Who Benefits from Partial-Hospitalization?
Most patients that are suffering from a mental health issue could benefit from a partial-hospitalization program. The program helps those who are struggling to function at a high level and need something a bit more intensive than outpatient treatment.
- Those who are struggling at work
- Those with depression and anxiety
- Those suffering from erratic behavior or undesirable side effects due to medication
- Those coping with personal crisis, grief, or loss
How Does Gracepoint Help?
Gracepoint’s expert care team works together to help each patient get back to mental wellness in a calming group environment that prioritizes routine, away from stressors and mental health triggers. “Our skilled staff provides structured, organized group sessions to support our patients’ recovery,” said Bart Mongiello, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services. “The process helps them get better.”
The clinicians at Gracepoint lead therapy sessions where patients can relate to others with similar struggles and have serious discourse about a variety of topics related to their mental health. They participate in different types of cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps them learn healthier coping mechanisms to better manage their symptoms and emotions, and dialectical behavioral therapy, which teaches emotional regulation and how to build sustainable relationships.
“Mental health challenges can feel very lonely, and group therapy is about helping patients understand that they’re not alone,” said Katherine Rella, Clinician at Gracepoint. “There are other people out there who struggle as well. It validates their emotions and helps them open up and learn from each other, which enhances their ability to cope.”
Other aspects of the treatment schedule include sessions on medication management, nutrition, and overall wellness; expressive therapy, which uses art and music to improve mental health; one-on-one counseling sessions; and planning outpatient treatment at our LiveWell Counseling center so that patients can successfully continue their recovery after they complete the program. Patients’ family members and loved ones can also be involved in patient care.
“We not only have that therapeutic relationship – we ensure our patients receive well-rounded patient-and family-centered care,” said Katherine.
Is Gracepoint Right for You?
If you believe that you or someone you love could benefit from a partial-hospitalization program, we can help. For more information about Gracepoint Partial-Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program, please call our Admissions Office at (201) 848-4435.