Augusta University Behavioral Health & Psychiatry staff and physicians have designed
the practice to best meet the needs of their patients and families. We are committed
to taking a Patient Family Centered Care approach that removes the barriers between health care providers, patients and families.
In support of its mission, outpatient services are divided into clinical programs.
- Health Behavior
This program focuses on delivering evidence-based psychotherapy interventions in either
an individual or group format. Available therapies include a variety of cognitive
and behavioral therapies. Conditions that are the focus of psychotherapy intervention
include depression, eating disorders, chronic pain, medical illnesses, post-traumatic
stress disorder, and anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, and panic disorders..
- Child and Adolescent Program
The Child and Adolescent Program treats children and adolescents with emotional and
behavioral problems and developmental disorders. Specialists accept referrals for
difficult-to-diagnose or difficult-to-treat mental health illnesses. Diagnoses include
depression, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, autism and Asperger's Syndrome,
early schizophrenia, early bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and disruptive
- Geropsychiatry Program
Focusing on the issues of older adults, the geriatric program addresses the complex
treatment needs of the elderly. As part of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence,
Psychiatry and Neurology offer the latest treatment advances in the management and
prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders Program
The Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders Program, or SAM, specializes in treating the
most severe and debilitating forms of mental illness. Clinicians use primarily medication
management for the treatment of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, depression
and bipolar disorders.
- Eating Disorders Program
The Eating Disorders Program was created to treat people struggling with symptoms
of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other feeding disturbances. Patients' treatment
needs are assessed to determine the most appropriate treatment protocol for their
specific symptoms and they may be placed in one or more treatment programs that include
inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and outpatient psychotherapy.
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Program
The Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder or “ADHD” Program focuses on providing
short-term evaluation and treatment services for children between the ages of three
and 16 years that have been diagnosed with ADHD or are suspected of having that condition.
Children and adolescents are accepted into either the assessment program, the treatment
program or both through direct referrals or referrals from other providers.
- Therapeutic Neurostimulation Program
The Therapeutic Neurostimulation Program has been developed to offer state of the
art therapies that work by modulating the brain’s activity through direct stimulation. These
may prove beneficial when traditional therapies such as medication and psychotherapy
have not been successful in the treatment of mental illness and include one of the
oldest and consistently effective treatments, electroconvulsive therapy or ECT and
a new modality using magnetic energy called transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program
The Augusta DBT Program is a standard outpatient DBT program for people with serious
emotion regulations problems. DBT targets severe behavioral problems that interfere
with having a life worth living, such as self-harm suicide attempts, substance abuse,
aggressive behavior, and other impulsive or destructive behaviors. DBT consists of
weekly individual therapy, weekly skills training classes, and skills coaching between
- Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry provides analysis of criminal and civil cases that have psychiatric
implications. Psychiatric evaluations are provided in a wide variety of civil and
criminal matters (employment related evaluations, personal injury, testamentary capacity,
competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, post conviction relief, etc).
The We Cope program provides evaluation and recommendations for treatment which may
include counseling, medications and additional resources to help you to cope with
stress and heal emotionally.
Our Comprehensive Addiction Management Program is designed to evaluate and treat patients
struggling with addiction issues.
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