One in five adults will have a mental illness severe enough to require treatment during his or her lifetime, and many more will have emotional and mental health problems that prevent them from fully enjoying their lives.

At Sentara, we offer both inpatient treatment and outpatient services at multiple locations in across our area.

What Conditions Do We Treat?

We are able to help our patients and their families in the management of a range of behavioral health conditions. See a full list of the conditions we treat.

How Can I Get Treatment at Sentara?

If you are having a psychiatric emergency, visit your nearest emergency room. If you think you may hurt yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately, or go to the nearest emergency room.

We encourage individuals to contact their primary care physician or current psychiatrist or psychologist if they feel like they need help coping or something has changed in how they’re feeling. However, at any time, should a patient feel they need immediate help or it is an emergency, they should go directly to any Sentara emergency room for evaluation or assessment. After meeting medical professionals and a psychiatrist to determine the best next steps for care, you may be referred to one of our inpatient centers in Hampton Roads for care.

What Happens in a Psychological Evaluation?

A psychological evaluation may involve questions, observation and maybe some tests. It’s an important tool used by doctors to better understand how you think and behave. The results of your evaluation can be used to:

  • Help identify the causes of complex psychological problems
  • Develop focused treatment plans
  • Determine the severity of the crisis and if there are any immediate medical needs

After the evaluation, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to make sure you receive the right level of care for your exact needs. Learn more about our inpatient treatment and outpatient services.

The Sentara Approach to Treatment: The Recovery Model

There is no single definition for recovery. Rather, recovery is a holistic approach focusing on a person, not the symptoms. The Recovery Model is a healing process that empowers patients with the knowledge that recovery is attainable. This recovery-oriented model guides Sentara’s approach to treatment for all mental health conditions. The Recovery Model:

  • Provides a framework for understanding a person's mental illness
  • Supports opportunities for personal development
  • Helps people realize that although they may not have full control over their symptoms, they do have control over their lives 
  • Asserts that a person with psychiatric disabilities can transcend limits imposed by both mental illness and social barriers to achieve their highest goals
  • Promotes higher levels of personal and family involvement for each individual program
  • Encourages patients to work harder through active participation in their own program