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Body and Mind

Whole Person Care

Therapy Programs

Mission Health's Mental and Behavioral Health Programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients. We are unique in that we have resources for the entire lifespan of a patient’s care, from emergencies and acute inpatient care to preventative and stabilizing outpatient care.

Mission Behavioral Health Outpatient Programs

Our hospital-based outpatient programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of adults and seniors who need support as a way to prevent the need for hospitalization or as a step-down option after an inpatient stay. These programs are a more intensive and flexible alternative to traditional community-based outpatient therapy. We accept referrals from any healthcare professional and in most cases, self-referrals. Our clinical staff offers confidential assessments to help determine which service is right for you. Please call 828-213-4696  for more information or to schedule your assessment today.

All of our outpatient programs are now available virtually by telehealth from the comfort and security of your own home. This will allow access to any of our outpatient programs from any location within North Carolina. We utilize WebEx Meetings, a secure HIPPA-compliant telehealth platform that is easy to use for both the provider and the patient. Learn more about telehealth visits here.

Each program focuses on enhancing a person’s skills and resources to help build self-confidence and self-reliance, and may include assistance with the following:

  • life transitions
  • assertiveness skills
  • managing stress
  • depression, grief and loss
  • mood disorders
  • anger management
  • negative thinking
  • trauma
  • medication education
  • hopelessness
  • anxiety
  • mindfulness
  • relationships

Most of our therapy sessions are conducted in a group format, although individual and family therapy are provided if clinically indicated. Licensed and trained therapists, under the supervision of board-certified psychiatrists, facilitate group therapies. Our psychiatrist may provide medication management and consult with your primary care or psychiatric provider.

Depression and Anxiety Clinic

This is a completely virtual program of Mission Hospital McDowell and is open to any resident of North Carolina. Program staff are located on the Mission Hospital McDowell campus at 500 Rankin Dr., Marion, NC 28752. A referral from a primary care or psychiatric provider who is willing to continue care after the program is required. Please call 828-655-2585  for more information or to schedule your virtual assessment today.

The Depression and Anxiety Clinic is our least-intensive outpatient program taking place over an 8-12-week period after which care transfers back to the referring community-based provider. Participants will attend once-weekly individual and group therapy sessions along with psychiatric consultation for medication management.

Therapy sessions utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training to help adults who experience frequently recurring symptoms of their depression or anxiety disorder. Most participants' depression and anxiety symptoms go into remission, and then they return to their primary care clinician for maintenance treatment.

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH-IOP)

This program of Mission Hospital blends in-person and virtual attendance and is open to any resident of North Carolina. In-person treatment is located on the Mission Hospital campus at 1 Hospital Dr., Suite 1300, Asheville, NC 28801. This program accepts self-referrals. Please call 828-213-4696  for more information or to schedule your intake assessment today.

Adult participants in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) typically attend three group therapy sessions a day three days a week for 5-8 weeks. Each patient benefits from an individualized treatment plan, group therapy facilitated by licensed and highly skilled therapists, and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.

Group sessions in the MH-IOP track are designed to help individuals overcome the often debilitating and lasting effects of chronic mental health disorders. Participants learn researched and evidence-based techniques to aid in reducing the physical symptoms, avoidant behaviors and destructive self-talk that often accompany mood and anxiety disorders. Patients are taught to develop awareness and utilize core skills in CBT, DBT, Safety Skills, Seeking Safety and The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) therapies.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (MH/SA-IOP)

This is a completely virtual program of Mission Hospital McDowell and is open to any resident of North Carolina. Program staff are located on the Mission Hospital McDowell campus at 500 Rankin Dr., Marion, NC 28752. This program accepts self-referrals. Please call 828-655-2585 for more information or to schedule your virtual assessment today.

Adult participants in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (MH/SA-IOP) typically attend three group therapy sessions a day three days a week for 5-8 weeks. Each patient benefits from an individualized treatment plan, group therapy facilitated by licensed and highly skilled therapists, and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.

This dual diagnosis program is designed to help individuals who are struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. Most programs treat one condition or the other, but we recognize the need for patients to participate in recovery-oriented treatment that deals with both mental health and addictions. Group sessions in the MH/SA-IOP track teach good self-care by identifying personal obstacles to making change and maintaining sobriety and well-being.

Women's Intensive Outpatient Program (W-IOP)

This program of Mission Hospital blends in-person and virtual attendance and is open to any resident of North Carolina. In-person treatment is located on the Mission Hospital campus at 1 Hospital Dr., Suite 1300, Asheville, NC 28801. This program accepts self-referrals. Please call 828-213-4696  for more information or to schedule your intake assessment today.

Adult female participants in the Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program (W-IOP) typically attend three group therapy sessions a day three days a week for 5-8 weeks. Each patient benefits from an individualized treatment plan, group therapy facilitated by licensed and highly skilled therapists, and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.

The trauma-informed group sessions offered in the Women’s IOP track focus on the importance of maintaining safety at all times. Clients learn how to identify when their responses to strong emotions are unhelpful or harmful, and practice actions that promote safety and well-being, such as grounding techniques, mindfulness exercises and setting healthy boundaries. Treatment includes:

  • trauma-informed modalities
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • dialectical behavior therapy
  • accelerated resolution therapy
  • safety skills
  • acceptance commitment therapy
  • The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • seeking safety

Older Adult Structured Outpatient Program (SOP)

The Fresh Start Program of Transylvania Regional Hospital blends in-person and virtual attendance and is open to any resident of North Carolina. In-person treatment is located on the Transylvania Regional Hospital campus at 260 Hospital Dr., Brevard, NC 28712. This program accepts self-referrals. Please call 828-862-6393  for more information or to schedule your intake assessment today.

The Fresh Start Program for older adults provides individualized and group treatment for those 55 years and older who suffer from a wide range of emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders. Treatment includes psychiatric evaluation, medication management, group, individual and family therapy as determined to be medically necessary.

Older adult participants in the Fresh Start Structured Outpatient Program (SOP) typically attend two group therapy sessions a day two or more days a week for 12 or more weeks. Each patient benefits from an individualized treatment plan, group therapy facilitated by licensed and highly skilled therapists, and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

This program of Mission Hospital blends in-person and virtual attendance and is open to any resident of North Carolina. In-person treatment is located on the Mission Hospital campus at 1 Hospital Dr., Suite 1300, Asheville, NC 28801. This program accepts self-referrals. Please call 828-213-4696  for more information or to schedule your intake assessment today.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the most comprehensive outpatient clinical treatment available. Participation in PHP can reduce the need for future inpatient treatment or get you back into life faster if you have recently been hospitalized. This therapy may be helpful if you are engaging in behaviors or unhealthy coping skills that are negatively impacting work, school or relationships and needing more help than traditional outpatient therapy alone.

The PHP participants typically attend 5 hours of programming a day, with lunch provided, 5 days a week for 2-3 weeks. Each patient benefits from an individualized treatment plan, group therapy facilitated by licensed and highly skilled therapists, psychiatric nurse care and medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective way to treat behavioral health disorders, including:

  • bipolar disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • severe depression

ECT is one of the most effective therapies available, with remission rates up to 80 percent. Individuals who have sought treatment for depression, tried at least two medications and have not received any benefit from those medications may benefit from ECT.

The Mission Behavioral Health ECT program can treat patients while hospitalized for a psychiatric event or as a form of outpatient treatment. ECT procedures are conducted in the new state-of-the-art Mission Hospital North Tower Outpatient Procedure area. ECT is an often misunderstood or even feared form of mental health treatment. Mission has a modern approach to ECT with a highly trained medical team using the latest equipment and approaches to reduce discomfort and side effects such as memory problems or headaches.

ECT is the application of a small amount of electricity (electro-) to the human brain to generate a brief seizure (convulsive). The procedure (therapy) is done while the person is under general anesthesia and the muscles are relaxed. Most people respond well to ECT. It also tends to work faster than medications – often within the first two weeks of treatment. ECT is especially effective among older people. Many patients and families have described ECT as a lifesaving treatment.

Call 828-213-4696  for more information about ECT or to schedule an appointment with one of our ECT physicians today.

Inpatient Therapy

Mission Health provides a full spectrum of acute inpatient psychiatric care in the Copestone units of Mission Hospital. When mental health crisis impact a family, having access to quality, competent and compassionate care is key to getting on the path to recovery. Mission Copestone provides age-specific inpatient psychiatric units for children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.

Our Copestone interdisciplinary team consists of board-certified psychiatrists, registered nurses, masters prepared therapists, activity, art and music therapists, and mental health technicians. Each patient will be assessed for need and monitored for safety. Individualized treatment plans are developed with patient and family input. The goal of treatment is to support individuals being able to resume their lives, enriched with additional coping strategies and resources.

Patients and families can expect quality compassionate care through a multidisciplinary team approach including:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Multidisciplinary treatment planning
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Patient and family education
  • Community resources referrals
  • Discharge planning
  • Safety planning

Therapeutic activities may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Cognitive group therapy
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Activity therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Patient/family education
  • Psychopharmacology-medication therapy
  • Wellness promotion skill development

Call 828-213-1111 for more information about our inpatient program or to get started.