Behavioral Health | Services, Treatment | MedStar Health

A comprehensive team approach to behavioral health services

Our team of behavioral health professionals provides comprehensive care services to diagnose and treat children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric individuals who struggle with a behavioral health condition. There are many reasons to choose MedStar Health:

  • High standards for quality of care
  • A collaborative and comprehensive team
  • Dedicated to compassionate and culturally competent care
  • A continuum of care including outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient
  • Psychiatric emergency services

We care for our patients through specialized inpatient, outpatient, and integrated care, including assistance with medical conditions.

To help manage chronic health conditions and encourage a focus on comprehensive wellness, we partner with patients’ primary care physicians and other health professionals. We work together as a team to find a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient’s needs.

What is it and how can MedStar Health help?

Behavioral health is the connection between behaviors and the health and well-being of the body, mind and spirit. This includes how behaviors like eating habits, drinking or exercising impact physical or mental health. It is important to know that behavior health is a blanket term that includes mental health. Our clinical programs outlined below are specifically designed to help provide specialized care for each individual.

Clinical Programs

  • Inpatient adult psychiatry

  • Adult partial hospitalization /Intensive outpatient programs

  • Adult outpatient programs

  • Inpatient adolescent psychiatry

    • Inpatient adolescent psychiatry unit at MedStar Montgomery

    • Inpatient adolescent psychiatry unit at MedStar Franklin Square

  • Adolescent partial hospitalization /Intensive outpatient programs

  • Child and adolescent outpatient programs

    • Center for Children and Families at MedStar Georgetown

    • WISE Center at MedStar Georgetown

    • Launch Clinic at MedStar Georgetown

    • Outpatient child and adolescent at MedStar Franklin Square

    • Outpatient child and adolescent at MedStar Montgomery

  • Geriatric psychiatry services

    • Behavioral Health at MedStar Washington Hospital Center


There are a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. This list encompasses some of the most commonly seen conditions by our specialists.



It is important to remember that the most effective behavioral health approach is a combination of counseling and medication. For many people, early treatment is best. One of our trained specialists will complete a full evaluation to make the diagnosis and suggest appropriate treatment plans accordingly. Our treatments will address each person's needs and symptoms.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Short Term Psychotherapy

  • Medication Treatment

  • Group-Base Treatments for Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Parents

  • Multi-generational Approach to Care

  • Peer recovery counsel

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Parent Management Training (PMT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Click here for a comprehensive list of treatments we offer

A group of nurses poses for a photo in a hospital hallway at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Meet our behavior care providers

Our highly skilled, experienced team comprises board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, behavioral health nurses and more.

Additional information


Our team is regularly published in the healthcare literature. We are also involved in community-based research and innovation, including the Safe Babies, Safe Moms Project, a $30 million grant from the Clark Foundation focusing on maternal and early childhood health.

The Holistic Healing Arts Retreat: An Intensive, Experiential Intervention for Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma: This study examined the effectiveness of an intensive, experiential intervention, the Holistic Healing Arts Retreat, for improving posttraumatic symptoms (primary) and comorbid depression and perceived stress (secondary).

If you feel the need to speak with a mental health professional please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.