May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and in Cincinnati, Lindner Center of HOPE offers a patient-centered approach to treating mental illness and addiction. Located in Mason, the Williams House at the Lindner Center is a beautiful facility where patients can get personalized care and treatment – and hope. In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of mental health, Cincinnati Parent spoke with Jennifer Pierson, Senior Director of Marketing and Outreach, about how Lindner Center of HOPE is affecting positive change for patients.
What makes Lindner Center of HOPE different from other treatment facilities?
Lindner Center of HOPE is 100 percent focused on assessing and treating mental health and addiction issues. Our dedicated, multi-disciplinary staff form treatment teams that address all levels of acuity and all ages. Lindner Center of HOPE took a lead role in creating a beautiful, therapeutic environment with unparalleled care. Williams House, Lindner Center of HOPE’s, residential adolescent assessment and treatment program. Provides individualized care with a lot of attention from doctoral level providers. This customization allows the team to work with complex and complicated clients.
What types of programs are available?
Amid a comprehensive mental health center of excellence, Williams House at Lindner Center of HOPE offers advanced diagnostics, which can include psychopharmacologic testing and specialized evidence-based treatment options, such as hypnosis, trauma-focused Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Your facility emphasizes patient-centered care; what does this mean?
Lindner Center of HOPE clinicians meet the patient where they are and include them in developing their care plan.
Can you describe the process for diagnosing and prescribing a treatment plan for a patient? How long does treatment typically last?
At Williams House, the comprehensive diagnostic assessment utilizes psychological assessments that include diagnostic interviews, record reviews, direct testing, observations of the patient and parent reporting to get an accurate account of what is going on. Typical tests administered evaluate intellectual functioning, academic achievement, neuropsychological and executive functioning, socio-emotional measures, behavioral measures and personality measures. Observation helps the treatment team understand a patients’ ability to manipulate abstract ideas, resilience, social intelligence and overall emotional maturity.
What are some common misconceptions about addiction and mental health disorders?
Myth: People with mental illness are violent.
Fact: The majority of people with a mental illness are not likely to be more violent than anyone else. In fact, they are more likely to be victims.
Myth: Mental illness and addictions are a character flaw or personal weakness.
Fact: These illnesses have biological factors and they can be linked to life experiences and family history.
Myth: People with mental illness and addictions can never heal nor get better.
Fact: With help and support, people with mental illness and addiction issues can heal, recover and live productive lives.
Myth: Mental illness and is rare.
Fact: Mental illness is more common than cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
How does the Lindner Center offer hope for patients and families?
Lindner Center of HOPE’s clinical expertise truly saves lives through its nationally known expertise and compassionate care. In addition, the Research Institute is actively working to enhance our knowledge of these illnesses so better treatments can be uncovered and maybe one day, preventative measures. We truly believe remission is possible.
For more information on Williams House at Lindner Center of HOPE, visit their website here or call 1-888-537-4229.