Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

What to Expect

1. Getting Connected:

Each new client completes the intake process. The first step is an initial screening that can take place via telephone or in person. This screening includes general demographic information, reason for seeking treatment, and other questions related to a client's needs. This information helps our intake coordinator to identify the best clinician based on the client's unique needs and preferences.

2. Initial Assessment:

The next step is a one to two session biopsychosocial assessment with a clinician, where clients discuss problems that they are having and share background information, based on their comfort. The assessment process helps us to create a personalized treatment plan and to ensure that we make the best recommendations for treatment. 

3. Treatment:

Each individual's treatment plan varies and can include the following components:

  • Therapy: Our skilled clinicians provide evidence-based treatments such as cognitive processing therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, problem solving therapy, integrative behavioral couples therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and more. Appointments are typically once a week, depending on need. 
  • Case Management: Our case managers offer connections to additional support for assistance with issues like unemployment, benefits, housing, finances, and education.
  • Medication Management: Our in house psychiatrist is available to work with adult clients who are interested in understanding more about evidence-based medication treatment options.

Learn more about who we serve, what we do, and what we treat.

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