Our Comprehensive Continuum of Mental Health Care
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At Christian Health, we fulfill our mission to offer supportive mental health care to our community through a continuum of diverse care options, from outpatient counseling to inpatient treatment, all conveniently located on our main campus in Bergen County. Our compassionate care professionals across our communities will be with you each step of the way on your road to recovery, providing gentle, nonjudgmental care in a welcoming setting.
You don’t have to be in a mental health crisis to benefit from treatment – even mild mental health troubles can be improved by just talking to someone. From your first appointment at at LiveWell, our therapeutic counseling center, you’ll receive personalized, compassionate care, customized to treat your individual symptoms and boost your mental wellness. Your treatment plan may include counseling to talk through emotions and develop effective coping skills, medication to help alleviate symptoms, or a combination of both. Recommended treatment may include one or more different types of therapy, such as private one-on-one counseling, family therapy, or group therapy.
Our dedicated, highly trained physicians and therapists treat clients with a variety of mental health issues, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety and panic disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Grief, bereavement, and loss
- Addictive behaviors/substance abuse
- Marital, family, and relational conflicts
- Child and adolescent mental health issues
- Trauma from abuse
- Work stress and burnout
Our trusted LiveWell team provides ongoing, thorough assessments to adjust treatment and ensure that each patient is progressing. There is no established finish line for treatment – we make sure you receive the care you need for as long as you need it.
Gracepoint Partial-Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program
Gracepoint is our voluntary program for adults over age 18 that provides structured outpatient psychiatric services as an alternative to inpatient mental health treatment. Many patients come to the partial hospital as a stepping stone after leaving inpatient treatment and before transitioning back to strictly outpatient counseling services.
Gracepoint is a six-hour daily program, five days a week, that helps those who are struggling to function at a high level and need something a bit more intensive than outpatient counseling, but may not need full inpatient care. This includes:
- 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
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. Group therapy sessions allow patients to 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 building sustainable relationships.
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.
Ramapo Ridge Behavioral Health
While checking yourself into an inpatient treatment center can seem scary, it may save your life. Your mental well-being is just as important as your physical health, and seeking the proper treatment for your symptoms is essential when you are in crisis. If you were having a medical emergency, you would not think twice about going to a medical hospital. Getting the best treatment for your symptoms should never be anything to fear.
“There is an undeserved stigma around seeking inpatient treatment,” said Alexis Totaro, MSN, RN, WHNP-c, CARN-AP, Vice President/Administrator of Mental Health Services at Christian Health. “But it offers patients the opportunity to be afforded a host of services, such as group therapy and medication management.”
Ramapo Ridge provides a safe, therapeutic environment for our patients to stabilize and learn helpful coping skills so that they continue to thrive after they leave the center. Ramapo Ridge also offers a geriatric psychiatric program, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses in older adults, including depression and behavioral problems caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. A multidisciplinary team, including psychiatrists, social workers, and activities therapists, develop individualized treatment plans designed to address each patient’s individual needs so that they can successfully reach their recovery goals.
Those with the following mental health issues may benefit from inpatient treatment:
- Issues with addiction
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Inability to sleep or sleeping excessively
- Bipolar disorders
- An acute crisis disrupting normal life and daily activities
- Prolonged and unresolved grief and grieving
Inpatient care is for anyone whose mental health symptoms become too severe to safely manage on their own. Anyone who is living with a mental health issue that is interfering with their daily life or negatively affecting their ability to function could benefit from inpatient treatment.
Inpatient mental health treatment can improve your mental health and help you get back to wellness by:
- Improving your coping skills through counseling and group therapy
- Teaching you healthier habits, such as proper nutrition, getting sufficient rest each night, and exercising
- Monitoring your symptoms response to medication and adjusting your medications or dosage to better treat you.
- Isolating you from triggers in a controlled environment that is peaceful and nurturing
- Providing you with access to support services, such as AA, bereavement groups, and partial-hospitalization programs, like Gracepoint
Learn More about Mental Health Services at Christian Health
If you think you or a loved one would benefit from mental health care, we are here to support you and help you heal. Please call one of our mental health communities or visit ChristianHealthNJ.org/Communities-Services/Mental-Health/ to learn more or schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
LiveWell Counseling: (201) 848-5800
Gracepoint: (201) 848-4435
Ramapo Ridge Behavioral Health: (201) 848-5500