When you are dealing with a mental health issue, you want compassionate care from experienced professionals. PAMF offers a range of outpatient behavioral health services to ensure that people have access to help when they need it.
To help diagnose your condition and create the most appropriate treatment plan, our experts do thorough psychiatric evaluations and medication assessments.
Counseling and Therapy Services
Once your healthcare provider makes a diagnosis, he or she will talk with you about a treatment plan. We offer many different options.
Individual, Family and Group Counseling
We provide one-on-one therapy meetings with a counselor, therapist, social worker or other mental healthcare provider. Many people meet once a week with their therapist; depending on your needs, therapy might continue for just a few weeks or for several months.
At many of our locations, we also offer group counseling led by mental health professionals. Our therapy groups help teens and adults cope with stresses of life, including anxiety, chronic pain, trauma, depression, obsessive behavior and more. See a full list of our Therapy Groups offered in Fremont, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz.
During family counseling, marriage and family therapists help partners and other family members explore issues that are preventing the family from functioning well, and learn skills and communication techniques that can improve relationships.
In your individual, family or group sessions, your healthcare provider might suggest some specific types of therapy, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) — CBT focuses on how a person’s thoughts and beliefs influence their behavior and moods, and helps change their thinking to more healthy patterns.
- Mindfulness therapy — This type of therapy combines cognitive therapy with the principles of mindfulness (training the brain to deal with negative thoughts by accepting them, but not trying to change them or react to them).
For some people with more serious or complex disorders, psychiatrists, medical doctors who specialize in mental health, can provide specialized care. Psychiatric treatment involves comprehensive evaluations, treatment plans and managed medication.