Adolescents differ from adults in the way they behave, solve problems and make decisions. Adolescence can prove a challenging period of life for many up-and-coming adults. To help adolescents cope with the unique challenges they can face, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare packages mental health programming in a manner that relies less on attention span and more on group participation and activity-based practices.
This focus frees our practice from traditional mental health norms, and allows us to offer Atlanta adolescent mental health programming that’s congruent with adolescent brain development.
Family relationships shape how adolescents form relationships throughout the rest of their lives. Our adolescent program reemphasizes the importance of the family unit, hosting weekly family workshops and biweekly treatment planning sessions that include family participation.
In most circumstances, we opt to integrate our adolescent mental health treatment approach with our client’s school system and academic counselor. While detailed information about a case would not be appropriate to share, we make sure that school systems are structure to allow adolescent mental health clients flexibility wherever necessary. The integration of school and treatment helps clients reduce emotional triggers and improve academic performance.
Adolescent mental health services
Our adolescent program serves adolescents ages 13 –17 who suffer with a mood or anxiety disorder. The program is tailored to provide content that is age appropriate and designed with the adolescent’s stage of brain development in mind.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is now available at the Sandy Springs, Georgia location for adolescents ages 13 – 17 who suffer with primary mood and anxiety disorders. The addition of this program to our existing Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides for a more comprehensive continuum of care to meet the clinical needs of our adolescent clients.
Our Adolescent PHP presents age-appropriate content that recognizes the unique characteristics of adolescence development specific to physical attributes, psychiatric issues, differences in values and belief systems, peer influences, identity development and academic issues.
Adolescent mental health programming generally focuses on many of the following elements:
- Individual Thoughts
- Emotional Regulation
- Caregiver & Peer Relationships
- Skill Development
- Situational Adaptability
- Experiential Activities
- Creative Expression
- Individual Values Clarification
Our program uses a broad range of modalities to engage the adolescent in group participation and activity-based approaches and emphasizes family involvement as playing a critical role in the success of treatment.
A full continuum of adolescent mental health care
As a part of the behavioral health continuum of care for adolescents, our counseling center offers comprehensive mental health services for children and adolescents, including both psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management. Individual and family counseling can be accessed independently or in conjunction with our psychiatric services. Parents can also schedule appointments on behalf of their children. Because all services are offered in one location, our multi-disciplinary team is able to work as a cohesive unit in addressing issues that adolescents face today.
The licensed clinical staff at our counseling center can treat a broad range of psychiatric issues affecting adolescents, including depression and anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, behavioral issues and body image challenges. We maintain a person-first, trauma-informed approach to treatment, leveraging holistic treatments that help adolescents practice healthy coping strategies and embrace change. Our clinicians provide individual therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication management strategies for clients when appropriate.
Monday – Friday: 1 PM – 7:30 PM
3 – 5 weeks
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
8 – 12 weeks