Psychiatric Services

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Novant Health offers professional psychiatric services to help you manage mental, emotional and behavioral issues disrupting your life.

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For help finding the right care for you or your loved one or answers to your questions, call our 24-hour toll-free mental health program access line:


Licensed therapists are available to provide you with answers and support when you need it.

Getting an initial psychiatric evaluation

If you struggle with mental health issues that affect your home, work and social life, we can help. Speak to your primary care team about getting a referral for a thorough mental evaluation.

At your first visit, a board-certified Novant Health psychiatrist will conduct a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to identify any mental health conditions and discuss your treatment options.

Your initial evaluation will focus on:

  • Current medical conditions and recent or upcoming surgeries
  • Previous history of psychiatric treatment or hospitalization
  • Family history of mental or psychiatric conditions
  • Use of mood-altering substances, including alcohol and prescription medications
  • Social issues affecting work, school or personal relationships

Outpatient psychiatric services

Outpatient programs at Novant Health are designed to let you continue your daily life and activities while receiving care and treatment for a mental health condition.

We offer a range of outpatient mental health services, including:

  • Behavioral health assessments
  • Intensive outpatient psychiatric treatment
  • Group sessions for mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Confidential substance use disorder assessment
  • Family group therapy sessions
  • Continuing care sessions

Inpatient psychiatric services

Inpatient services at Novant Health are designed for those with a serious psychiatric illness or addiction problem requiring around-the-clock support. Our team of board-certified psychiatrists, registered nurses, counselors, therapists and social workers is dedicated to helping restore your sense of well-being and quality of life.    

You may only require limited psychiatric treatment or might need various levels of care until your condition stabilizes. We'll then help you transition to an appropriate outpatient program or long-term mental health care facility for continued treatment.

Inpatient services at Novant Health include:

  • Group therapy sessions
  • Medication management
  • Supervised family meetings
  • Care coordination with other healthcare providers
  • Recreation therapy
  • Supervised detoxification for drug or alcohol addiction

Mental health conditions we treat

At Novant Health, we're dedicated to helping you improve your mental and emotional well-being in a safe, encouraging environment. We treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Substance dependence and addiction

Novant Health hospitals

Novant Health has five hospitals in North Carolina offering inpatient psychiatric programs for those with mental health or substance use disorders.

You'll receive exceptional care from board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical licensed social workers, counselors and other mental health specialists.

Two Registered Nurses reviewing and filling out forms at a counter in the hospital.

Preparing for a psychiatric evaluation

To get the most benefit from your psychiatric evaluation, make notes about how you're feeling in the weeks before the meeting. Consider any symptoms you have, how long they last and what makes them worse. Also, think about what you want to get out of your treatment.

After the psychiatric evaluation

After your initial evaluation, your care team will review the results with you and provide a psychiatric diagnosis. They'll then recommend a treatment plan. This might include individual or group therapy, medication and further lab testing. Your progress will also be monitored through a series of follow-up appointments.

Suicide prevention

If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts, immediately call 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

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