Extensive mental health care in Richmond, Virginia

At Parham Doctors' Hospital's Center for Emotional Growth, we recognize emotional wellness as an essential part of a person's overall health. Our program uses evidence-based behavioral practices to engage patients in treatment and foster positive outcomes.

Contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (804) 320-3627 to learn more about the behavioral health programs offered at Parham Doctors' Hospital.

The care we provide is centered towards addressing all aspects of wellness through a holistic treatment approach involving interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, social/culture, relationship, context and environment. The treatment plan and course of treatment is centered specifically to each individual’s wellness and recovery needs, including inpatient care and adult partial hospitalization programs (PHP), if needed.

Behavioral health conditions we treat

Through our inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, we offer care for people with the following mental health conditions.


Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion and behavior, which can lead to:

  • Faulty perception
  • Inappropriate actions and feelings
  • Withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion
  • A sense of mental fragmentation

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder marked by alternating periods of elation and depression. Elation periods are classified by manic highs, where a person may experience increased energy and less need for sleep.

Depressed periods can last weeks to months. During this phase, symptoms line up with those of people experiencing depression, including low energy, extreme tiredness and loss of interest in hobbies.

Major depression and mood disorders

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn't worth living.

Mood disorders is an encompassing term that includes a range of behavioral health disorders, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to name a few. People with mood swings experience an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of mood.

Anger management

Anger management is the process of learning to recognize signs that you’re becoming angry and taking action to calm down and deal with the situation in a positive way. Anger management doesn’t try to keep you from feeling anger or encourage you to hold it in.

Social withdrawal

Socially withdrawn children frequently refrain from social activities in the presence of peers. The lack of social interaction in childhood may result from a variety of causes, including social fear and anxiety or a preference for solitude.

From early childhood through adolescence, socially withdrawn children are concurrently and predictively at risk for a wide range of negative adjustment outcomes, including:

  • Socio-emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, low self-esteem, depressive symptoms and internalizing problems
  • Peer difficulties (e.g., rejection, victimization, poor friendship quality)
  • School difficulties (e.g., poor-quality teacher-child relationships, academic difficulties, school avoidance).


Aggression is a behavior that causes or threatens physical or emotional harm to others. It can range from verbal abuse to the destruction of a victim’s personal property. People with aggressive behavior tend to be irritable, impulsive and restless.

Self-injurious behavior

Self-injury is also called self-mutilation, self-harm or self-abuse. The behavior is defined as the deliberate, repetitive, impulsive, non-lethal harming of oneself.

Sexual abuse and assault

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact. Sexual abuse can happen to men or women of any age.

Inpatient mental health care

At The Center for Emotional Growth, our inpatient services are designed to provide intensive treatment to voluntary and involuntary patients 18 years old and older through an interdisciplinary, therapeutic team approach. We implement patient-centered treatment to promote wellness and recovery with the development of individual coping strategies.

Our treatment team develops plans based upon a mind, body and social evaluation of each individual patient. Treatment plans at The Center for Emotional Growth focus on recovery from life events, like trauma, to reducing the probability for sustained development of behavioral symptoms.

For more information about our inpatient behavioral health services, please call us at (804) 672-4370.

Inpatient treatment plans

Our inpatient treatment plans are individualized based on the needs of each patient. Your physician-led, interdisciplinary team care plan may include:

  • Active psychiatric treatment is provided with 24 hour access to a psychiatrist.
  • Medication administration and monitoring for patients, if clinically indicated.
  • An after-care plan linked to the presenting problem and behaviors that resulted in the admission and addresses post-hospitalization needs.
    • Our staff will collaborate with community providers during the course of treatment to ensure a smooth transition back into the community and to the next appropriate level of care.
  • Family and individual support systems are an active member of the treatment team to foster positive outcomes for the individual.
  • For those individuals presenting with medical conditions, based on the initial medical assessment, medication management strategies may be used for ongoing care.
  • Where appropriate, for purposed or aftercare planning, ongoing contact with personal caretakers, medical caretakers and the facility of residence.

Adult partial hospitalization program

Parham Doctors' Hospital is dedicated to short-term behavioral health services for adults and now offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The PHP provides an intensive outpatient treatment setting for patients who are having a hard time maintaining daily routines due to anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. This program serves people who could benefit from intensive behavioral health support and psychiatric evaluation.

Our PHP provides patients a convenient space devoted to their unique treatment needs, including flexible treatment options for patients that need a gradual transition from an inpatient stay, or who need more structure but do not require inpatient treatment. The program also provides flexibility for providers who wish to directly admit to the program.

To learn more about our adult partial hospitalization program, please call us at (804) 672-4380.

Adult partial hospitalization treatment overview

Our physician-led, interdisciplinary treatment team has developed a program that integrates approaches supported by the latest clinical research and practice. These program enhancements will continue to provide the safe, therapeutic environment expected from Parham Doctors’ Hospital and include:

  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Medication evaluation
  • Patient-centered goal setting and treatment planning
  • Group, individual and family interventions
  • Life skills practice opportunities
  • Evidence-based recovery model

If you are 18 years old or older, are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties and/or have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other obstacles when functioning in everyday situations, this program could be for you.

Also, if you have recently had an inpatient psychiatric admission and need to step-down via a structured support program, we can provide you the proper tools for your transition. Our program can offer the support you need to achieve stabilization, help you develop coping skills, learn to manage stress and coach you toward achievement of your personal goals.

Substance abuse outpatient partial hospitalization program

Parham Doctors’ Hospital now offers a substance abuse partial hospitalization program (SA-PHP). A highly structured and time-limited outpatient experience, the SA-PHP is designed to meet the treatment needs of individuals seeking recovery from substance abuse.

Our treatment program is designed to create positive changes across home and social settings by recognizing underlying emotional, relational, psychiatric and psychological factors that are contributing to the patient’s substance abuse.

The SA-PHP requires program participants to abstain from substance use while being treated in the program. The program adopts the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria and treatment principles specific to the partial hospitalization level of care and is staffed by qualified physicians, nursing staff and certified substance abuse counselors.

To learn more about our substance abuse partial hospitalization program, call us at (804) 672-4386.

Substance abuse partial hospitalization program overview

Our clinical program provides the following services and interventions:

  • Addiction-focused history
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Daily progress meetings between the patient and staff to identify symptoms and goals
  • Meetings with assigned clinicians to identify strengths, needs and available support
  • Structured group therapy sessions focused on education, awareness and recovery principles
  • Introduction to community recovery support including 12-step programs
  • Medication and health education
  • Family meetings to provide education on creating a healthy support system to each patient
  • Individualized, self-directed assignments focused on relapse prevention, self-discovery and insights into behavior
  • Patient-centered goal setting and treatment planning
  • Discharge planning and resource services

Program hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm

Substance abuse PHP admission criteria

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must have a primary substance abuse diagnosis or secondary substance abuse diagnosis in addition to psychiatric factors where substance abuse diagnosis is creating an impairment in everyday life
  • Have failed to make sufficient clinical gains in a traditional outpatient setting or have not attempted outpatient treatment
  • Cannot be actively suicidal, homicidal or assaultive

Direct admission to the Center for Emotional Growth

The Center for Emotional Growth’s process for direct admission is designed to be easy for providers who are interested in timely admission of voluntary patients into our behavioral health units. Once a member of our behavioral health assessment team confirms a patient is “medically clear,” stopping in the emergency room will not be necessary.

For admission requests, please call us at (804) 216-5105.

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