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Adolescent mental health and wellness

Adolescence is a tough time for children, and issues ranging from heredity and family problems to relationships and school can affect their mental and emotional well-being.

Mental health services for teens in Aurora, Colorado

Adolescence is challenging, especially if mental health concerns are involved, but help is available.

HealthONE's Behavioral Health and Wellness Center has designed supportive teen mental health programs. These provide safe environments and caring specialists who understand the unique needs of adolescents. With flexible treatment options, our center can help your child learn to live a healthy and balanced life.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Behavioral health care for teens

Our mental health specialists and psychiatrists for teens have built a supportive program that draws from diverse therapies to help your child stabilize, recover and thrive.

Teens who may need behavioral health support

Our program is ideal for adolescents who:

  • Are socially withdrawn or self-isolating
  • Experience severe mood swings
  • Have a decline in school attendance caused by sadness or anxiety
  • Have difficulty expressing their feelings or might be feeling emotions intensely
  • May benefit from coaching for goal achievement
  • May cause harm to themselves or others
  • May experience behavioral or emotional difficulties, including disorganized thoughts or coping with traumatic events
  • May have recently had an inpatient psychiatric admission and need to step down to a structured support program
  • May have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other obstacles when functioning in everyday situations
  • Need support to achieve emotional stabilization
  • Need to develop coping skills and learn to manage stress

Treatment options for teens

Our program offers 24/7 treatment for adolescents experiencing mental health and behavioral challenges. We individualize their treatments, but their care plan may include:

  • Behavioral health toolkits developed to help adolescents reintegrate back into the community with individualized coping skills
  • Coping strategies
  • Educational groups
  • Evidence-based recovery model based on cognitive behavioral therapy which focuses on changing unhelpful behaviors and improving emotional regulation
  • Family support groups
  • Follow-up treatment
  • Group sessions and individual therapy
  • Individual and family interventions
  • Loss management and relapse strategies
  • Psychiatric and medication evaluation
  • Social and recreational practice opportunities focused on building resiliency

Adolescents 12 to 17 years old may participate in our inpatient program, partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP) and co-occurring program.

Teen partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our PHP provides an intensive, structured setting for teens who have difficulty maintaining current daily routines due to mental health symptoms. This patient-centered treatment program provides flexible treatment options and is more supportive than outpatient therapy alone.

The program also offers treatment for your child Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Teen intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our IOP is designed to support and maintain mental and emotional health while providing your teen with the necessary tools to achieve mental well-being in an outpatient setting. IOP empowers them in a group setting by participating in treatment during the day and returning home each afternoon.

Our IOP is appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Crisis management
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Management of daily living skills
  • Medication management
  • Self-injury
  • Substance abuse

To address these mental health issues and others, IOP participants receive a wide array of structured therapy, including cognitive behavioral, dual diagnosis and trauma-informed therapies.

This program is for individuals who are physically healthy and are of no immediate risk of harm to themselves or others.

Meetings for adults take place Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at The Medical Center of Aurora.

Teen psychiatric outpatient clinic

If your adolescent is in need of a psychiatrist for medication management, we offer these services through our Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. Brief therapy interventions are also offered to help them along the path to emotional and mental well-being.

Our clinic is currently scheduling appointments on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Our clinical services team

Our physician-led, interdisciplinary treatment team uses the latest in clinical research and practices to help teens get better.

Your teen's treatment team

Our team includes:

  • Art therapists
  • Behavioral analysts
  • Behavioral health technicians
  • Certified addiction and mental health counselors
  • Discharge planners
  • Licensed social workers
  • Music therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Staff psychiatrists and nurses

Tour our adolescent behavioral health unit

Help your teen feel prepared for their visit by watching this video tour of our inpatient facility.