Child Therapy | Individual Therapy | Family Therapy | Inpatient Services | Psychiatric Consultation | New Options Intensive Outpatient Therapy | Psychological Assessments | Substance Abuse Treatment

Child Therapy

Since play is the language of the child, play therapy can help children release pent-up emotions that they cannot put into words. It can facilitate problem-solving. The child can deal with their concerns by playing it out in the presence of a therapist who is a mental health profession trained in play therapy.

Research has shown play therapy to be effective and beneficial with children experiencing social, emotional and behavioral problems. It can also be helpful to children coping with life stresses such as divorce, death, hospitalization, illness, physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence, disasters and relocation.

At Veridian we have a variety of staff providers who can help children. Please call us if your child is needing help. Our psychiatrists and therapists specializing in child and adolescent work are available to offer care to your family.

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Individual Therapy

When an individual realizes that there are areas of their life with which they are unhappy they may decide to seek help in making changes to improve their situation. Individual therapy is a way to receive help in resolving problems.

Individual therapy involves a meeting between a client and a therapist. The overall goal of therapy is for the therapist to understand the client’s issues and decide how together they can best deal with them. Typically, sessions are scheduled weekly and last approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Adjustments may be made to this schedule depending on the client’s needs. The initial consultation involves gathering information about the individual and the problems facing them. During this session the therapist will ask questions in order to better understand the client and the issues they want to resolve. These questions may cover your past and current experiences, family, friends, employment, legal or medical issues. This information will help the therapist determine what the problem is, why it may be occurring, and how to best assist in finding a solution. The information you share in individual sessions is confidential and protected.

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Family Therapy

Family therapy may seem like a very normal form of counseling activity. Yet, it is one of the newest modalities of therapy. Family therapists approach problems from a systems perspective. This means that their focus is not simply on an individual's problem such as depression, but on how that depression may be caused or deepened within the family setting. Likewise, it also addresses how a family member's depressive symptoms may impact the family.

Family therapy allows the therapist access to much more information that may lead to a more satisfying solution for the family as a whole. Thus, we look at a child's behavior within the context of his/her siblings and parent's behavior and issues. Making changes in the child, the sibling or the parent may all be different paths taken by the therapist.

Within the work of family therapy is also marriage or relational therapy. A marriage and family therapist prefers to work with a couple on resolving both individual issues and couple problems.

At Veridian we have a number of licensed clinical marriage and family therapists, along with other professional counselors and social workers who work in the area of family therapy.

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Inpatient Services

Our Inpatient Unit provides rapid stabilization under close psychiatric supervision to patients who are in acute crisis, or who are a danger to themselves or others. These services are provided through our parent organization at the main campus of Salina Regional Health Center located adjacent to Veridian Behavioral Health.

Treatment options in the inpatient unit include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical and psychiatric assessments
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Medication education
  • Psycho-educational forums, addressing topics such as:
    • symptom management
    • anger management
    • effective communication
    • grief management
    • self-esteem
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Diet/nutrition
  • Spirituality

Treatment teams include:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Recreational therapists
  • Activity therapists
  • Consulting physicians
  • The patient's outpatient therapist
  • Clergy

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Psychiatric Consultation

Veridian Behavioral health offers Psychiatric consultation to individuals who have concerns about their mental health. Our staff of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are available for you to schedule a psychiatric consultation by contacting our office at 785-452-4930. We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from your primary care provider’s office.

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New Options Intensive Outpatient Therapy

The New Options Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a behavioral health treatment program for adults whose symptoms impair their day-to-day life.

The program may be used as a “step-up” for individuals who need more intensive services, but do not need inpatient hospitalization. The program may also be used as a “step-down” for individuals who have recently been hospitalized in an inpatient setting and need help transitioning back into less intense services.

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Program Overview

Treatment is offered in a structured group-based setting with individually tailored treatment plans intended to meet the unique needs of each person. Group sessions are held three days per week from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Individual, couple and marital therapy sessions may also be included as part of an individual’s course of treatment on an as needed basis or as per insurance requirements. Group topics are tailored to meet the needs of the individuals in group and may include information on, but not limited to: Anger, assertiveness, boundaries, changing negative thought patterns, coping skills, emotion regulation, grief and loss, relaxation techniques, self-esteem and sleep hygiene. Treatment also includes weekly visits with a medical provider for psychiatric medication evaluation and management.
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Psychological Assessments

Veridian Behavioral health offers Psychiatric consultation to individuals who have concerns about their mental health. Our staff of psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are available for you to schedule a psychiatric consultation by contacting our office at 785-452-4930. We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from your primary care provider’s office.

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Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance abuse treatment begins with an initial assessment to determine what type of treatment would most help you. Veridian Behavioral Health currently provides individual therapy for substance abuse. Referrals to outpatient group and inpatient treatment can be made if needed.

After the initial assessment, you will begin individual therapy and the first session will be spent developing a treatment plan of things to work on in sessions. These may include completing a chemical use review, autobiography, development of a social support network possibly including 12 step attendance, treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, identification of triggers and development of a plan to cope with them, identification of thinking errors that contribute to relapse or continued substance use, family involvement and possible Alanon attendance for family, and relapse prevention planning. We will meet usually weekly or biweekly to address the issues identified in the treatment plan. Family or marital sessions may be part of the process as well. We will update the treatment plan as needed as new issues arise and progress is made. Helping you make the positive changes you desire is the priority of this program.

Please make use of this website to gain more understanding of not only substance abuse treatment but about the issues associated with it.

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