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Mental health and wellness

Mental health is just as important as physical health, encompassing a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. With the right diagnosis, many disorders and conditions can be treated.


Mental health doctors in Sarasota, Florida

When you have behavioral health conditions or concerns, it's important to get the most effective care and treatment options tailored to your needs.

That's the type of care we offer throughout Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, Florida. In our inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, adults and seniors can receive the safe, effective and compassionate care they deserve.

Behavioral health conditions we treat

Our programs are staffed by multidisciplinary teams of professionals who offer support for a wide range of psychiatric and mental wellness needs. Some of the conditions we commonly treat include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression (severe or debilitating)
  • Mania
  • Psychosis

Our mental health services

We provide both inpatient and outpatient behavioral services, including:

Senior mental health inpatient treatment

Serenity Place is the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care behavioral health program in the Sarasota area dedicated to seniors. It serves people who are 50 years old and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment.

This 16-room behavioral health center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

Our senior behavioral health treatment programs are customized for each person and include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Educational groups
  • Loss management and relapse prevention
  • Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga)

Contact Serenity Place

If there is anything we can help you with or you would like to learn more about our inpatient care, call Serenity Place at (941) 342-4461.

Outpatient treatment program

Transitions is our behavioral health program that provides a safe, therapeutic environment to encourage and promote recovery for adults. Here, we offer psychotherapy and psychoeducation in two different settings:

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our PHP is designed to provide psychiatric and mental health care through active treatment. It is for people who need a highly structured, intensive treatment approach but do not require 24-hour supervision and care.

Our PHP group therapy:

  • Meets in four groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping
  • Focuses on a variety of subjects designed to aid you in understanding and managing your symptoms in a more effective way

Patients receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

IOP is designed to provide a higher level of outpatient mental health treatment. In our IOP:

  • Group members participate in three groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping.
  • The groups focus on a variety of different subjects, such as coping skills, assertiveness skills and goal setting.
Contact Transitions

If you want help finding the right program for you or you would like to learn more about our adult outpatient services, call Transitions at (941) 342-8028.

Comprehensive electroconvulsive therapy ECT

In addition to the traditional treatments we provide, we offer ECT for people who are not responsive to other forms of therapy or medication.

How ECT works

ECT is a behavioral health treatment option for severe symptoms of mental illness. It was once referred to as "electroshock therapy" since it involves the application of a small electrical stimulus to the scalp. This causes the brain to release chemicals that can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.

Candidates for ECT treatment

Our psychiatrists may recommend this medical treatment for you if you are:

  • Chronically depressed
  • Chronically suicidal
  • Experiencing severe mania or schizophrenia and have been partially responsive or nonresponsive to medications and counseling
  • In need of a rapid response treatment
  • Medication resistant
  • Resistant to depression treatment
  • Severely and chronically psychotic, including conditions such as catatonia
  • Suffering from bipolar disorder
Benefits of ECT

ECT can help you start recovering faster and have a higher success rate than when using medication, such as antidepressants, alone. Some benefits of ECT include:

  • Fewer side effects than many medications
  • Majority of patients with depression respond favorably
  • Results are often immediate
Length of ECT treatment sessions

To achieve the best outcomes, ECT involves a series of treatments. They are typically completed three times a week, averaging between six to 12 total treatments.

The number of treatments can vary according to the individual and customized treatment plan.

When to seek help for behavioral health issues

You may benefit from our services above or you may need to seek help if you or someone you love has:

  • Disruptions in daily activities with an inability to socialize or perform daily tasks
  • Hallucinations or paranoia
  • Inability to adjust or recover from loss (such as the death of a loved one, financial issues or a terminal medical diagnosis)
  • Major changes in personality, including feeling angry or anxious

Serenity Place Tour

Here's a look inside Serenity Place at Sarasota Doctors Hospital.

Interior of Serentiy Place at Sarasota Doctor's Hospital.

What is Transitions?

Transitions at Sarasota Doctors Hospital provides a safe, therapeutic, environment for psychotherapy and psychoeducation in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for those 18 years of age and older.
Michael FitzGerald, RN BSN, talks with with a patient during a therapy session.

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