Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Problems can arise suddenly, like panic attacks, or be more long-term, like persistent feelings of hopelessness or sadness. Some symptoms a psychiatrist would treat include:

  • Sadness that lasts more than a week
  • Frequent feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or suicide
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Racing thoughts
  • Compulsive behaviors that interfere with your daily functioning
  • Increased or excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in appetite and/or eating habits that cause significant changes in weight
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Grief
  • Difficulty adjusting to major life changes (loss of job, separation/divorce, health problems)
  • Just not feeling like yourself


Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. It includes mental, emotional and psychosocial challenges that impair a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. Through evidence-based research, psychologists employ strategies to solve a person’s problem(s) and improve their lives. A psychologist may counsel individuals to groups. A psychologist can treatment conditions like:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Medical conditions

The goal is to help individuals strengthen skills and behaviors in order to optimize health outcomes, improve wellness, cope effectively with stressors and strengthen emotional resilience.

The Behavioral Health Center

The Behavioral Health Center (BHC) at the hospital provides inpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Thousands of Treasure Coast residents have been helped back to the path of hope, happiness and a better quality of life through the center’s inpatient and outpatient treatment, counseling services, classes and screenings.

As part of the hospital we are uniquely qualified to combine expert behavioral health service with comprehensive medical care, including a full complement of diagnostic services.

The 46-bed facility, located on a beautiful campus across the street from Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, includes a gym, pool, shaded courtyards and bright airy rooms.


Our therapeutic team is interdisciplinary and includes board certified psychiatrists, experienced RNs, licensed social workers and mental health technicians.

We embrace a patient-focused model of treatment that puts you and your loved ones in the center and asks, “How can we help you?”

A distinct advantage of having the BHC as part of the hospital is the availability to provide staff hospitalists and specialists to monitor patients for other medical issues.


The hospital is a designated Baker Act receiving facility. Our trained professionals offer screening and assessment for behavioral health issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The assessment provides an opportunity to share any issues that may be troubling you or a loved one with an expert in behavioral health.

Our clinicians, in consultation with our medical staff, will make recommendations to best suit your needs. These may range from community-based support services to short term inpatient hospitalization.


Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program


The Behavioral Health Center at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital provides a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 13 to 17, in need of behavioral health services.

Our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a middle step for teens who require more than traditional outpatient therapy. The program provides a way of diverting youth from an inpatient level of care or as a transition from an inpatient unit back into the community. This unique, voluntary program allows teens to participate in school or return to school while coping with their emotional needs.

What we treat

The Adolescent IOP is used to treat a broad spectrum of mental health and substance use concerns:

  • Stress and anxiety disorders
  • Behavior disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance use disorders

How the Adolescent IOP works

Our focus is to help youth develop resiliency and coping strategies, using a supportive and structured approach. The program’s primary treatment modality is group therapy led by licensed clinicians, where teens learn skills to help navigate issues at school or home. Small groups of 8-12 participants meet after school three times a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays, for three-hour sessions.

Our evidenced-based programming includes:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Life Skills/Social Skills Group
  • Process Group
  • Substance Abuse Group
  • Family Skills Group

Group therapy sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Codependency
  • Self-esteem
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Understanding moods and emotions
  • Triggers and warning signs
  • Poor grief reaction
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving

Highly individualized care

Our Adolescent IOP directs each patient’s complete psychiatric care during treatment, including regular medication management. For those participants with co-occurring substance use disorders, a specialized group is held weekly for co-occurring treatment. Individual and family therapy also are included as needed on the treatment plan.

Integrated family support

Family and youth participate in treatment planning and review to ensure they are aware of the expectations of the program and the progress toward their goals. In addition, a multi-family therapeutic workshop is offered to help families manage more complex psychosocial issues, access resources and tools, and stay apprised of what participants will be working on in treatment during the coming week.

A multidisciplinary team

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s therapeutic team of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinicians, and experienced mental health technicians are committed to delivering high-quality, personalized behavioral health care in a safe, caring environment.

Our multidisciplinary care team provides:

  • Initial diagnostic evaluation
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Ongoing medication management and treatment plan reviews
  • Additional services outside of group therapy, as needed (e.g. individual and family counseling)
  • Access to caregivers on weekdays, during normal business hours

Program eligibility

Teens diagnosed with mental health disorders, including co-occurring substance use disorders, can participate in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. A physician order is required, and a psychosocial and psychiatric assessment will be completed to ensure that the youth is appropriate for this level of care.

The average length of IOP participation is about 12 weeks, and we work closely with families and our community partners to ensure continuity of care for the youth when they return to the community.

Getting started

Enrollment in the program is open, and admissions will be considered on an ongoing basis. To refer a patient to our Adolescent IOP or to find out more information about this program, please call the Behavioral Health Center at 772.563.4666 ext. 1837.