Ages 13-18

Immediate, Specialized Mental Health Treatment for Teens

As a parent, witnessing your teenager navigate mental health challenges can be heart-wrenching. At Compass Health Center, we recognize the depth of your concern and the urgency for evidence-based, compassionate solutions. Our specialized teen mental health treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of adolescents, providing a path to healing and resilience.
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Adolescent Mental Health Treatment Goals

Our primary mission is to offer immediate answers and access to adolescent mental health treatment in a nurturing, non-hospital setting. Compass Health Center's environment is designed to be a safe haven where your teen can freely express their emotions, develop essential coping mechanisms, and foster resilience. Through a personalized treatment plan that encompasses therapy sessions, evidence-based strategies, and unwavering support, our dedicated team of professionals is committed to empowering your teen to navigate life's hurdles with confidence.

Many teens and their families worry about the potential disruptions that seeking a higher level of mental health treatment may entail. We understand these concerns and strive to ensure that our program supports your teen in:
Resuming participation in school, social activities, and age-appropriate events: We believe in the importance of maintaining a balanced life, and our program is designed to integrate with your teen's daily routine.
Boosting self-esteem and confidence: A strong sense of self is essential for adolescent development, and our treatment goals include improving your teen's self-esteem and confidence.
Developing effective strategies for emotional regulation: Learning to manage and regulate emotions is a critical skill for adolescents, and our treatment plans are focused on teaching these vital strategies.
Enhancing communication and interpersonal skills: Strong relationships are built on effective communication, and our program focuses on strengthening these skills to improve interactions with family and peers.
Recognizing their strengths, talents, and potential: Every teen has unique gifts, and our program helps them to see and develop these.
Reducing the likelihood of needing higher levels of mental health care: By addressing concerns early and providing comprehensive care, we aim to decrease the need for more intensive mental health services in the future.
We are dedicated to supporting both you and your teen on this journey toward mental wellness. Our teenage mental health programs are designed to cater to the distinct needs of adolescents, ensuring they have the tools to thrive now and in the future.

Age-Specific PHP and IOP Programs

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For many families new to youth mental health services, terms like Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs can seem daunting. However, these programs play a crucial role in bridging the gap in adolescent mental health care. Compass Health Center offers both PHP and IOP options to accommodate different needs and schedules. PHP provides a structured, daytime program for those requiring more intensive support, while IOP offers flexibility with evening sessions. Both settings offer comprehensive care for a range of emotional and psychological challenges, acting as vital alternatives to traditional outpatient therapy, emergency room visits, or more restrictive forms of care.

Our admissions team is here to guide you through selecting the appropriate level of care for your teen, ensuring they receive the personalized attention and treatment they deserve. With Compass Health Center, you can expect no waiting lists and a commitment to starting your teen on the path to recovery as soon as possible.

Ages 13-18

Depression & Anxiety Program

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As a parent, you naturally want your children to be happy and healthy. We understand the impact that depression and anxiety can have on a teenager’s life. This program is designed with the well-being of your teen in mind, specifically tailored to address how depression and/or anxiety may be affecting their daily functioning at home and in school.

In our depression and anxiety program, you can expect a compassionate and supportive environment where your teen’s well-being is our top priority. Your teen will undergo a thorough evaluation so we can better understand their unique challenges, strengths, and treatment needs. Based on the assessment results, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their specific mental health symptoms, goals, and preferences. They’ll work directly towards these goals with clinicians who specialize in adolescent mental health care using a variety of evidence-based therapies.

We take a well-rounded approach to teen mental health treatment. Key components of our depression and anxiety program include individual therapy sessions, daily group therapy, family therapy, weekly sessions with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner, and medication management where appropriate. Depending on location and need, we also use experiential therapies such as art therapy, movement therapy, yoga, and mindfulness. We recognize that every teenager is unique, which is why we take a personalized approach to treatment, tailoring care to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual.

We recognize the importance of academic success and the impact mental health challenges can have on a teenager’s performance in school. Teens in PHP receive daily education services during the school year to support their academic goals alongside treatment, including supervised study time. With parent/guardian permission, our team will be in regular communication with your teen’s school to ensure goals are being met and the best support is provided. As your teen moves toward successful program completion, our education specialists will work with you and your teen’s school to ensure the necessary transitional support needed for success.


Ages 13-18

School Anxiety & Refusal Program

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Reports of school anxiety and refusal are on the rise. It is one of the mental health topics that our parent, school, and community partners most often request information about. Our School Anxiety & Refusal Program is designed to support teenagers struggling with mental health challenges that prevent them from attending school regularly and to help them return to the classroom. Through our comprehensive approach and dedicated support, we are committed to helping your teenager overcome school anxiety and refusal, rediscover joy in learning, and thrive academically and socially.

In our school anxiety and refusal program, your teen will undergo a thorough evaluation to understand the underlying factors contributing to their school anxiety and refusal. Based on a personalized treatment plan, our team of experienced clinicians will work with your teen using evidence-based therapies to overcome their school-related challenges and fears. Our program supports teenagers in gradually reintegrating into the school environment at a pace that feels comfortable for them, with ongoing support and monitoring to ensure a smooth transition.

We utilize a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to help teenagers overcome challenges related to school attendance, social interactions, academic performance, and other anxiety-inducing situations. Our approach includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, experiential therapy, regular sessions with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner, medication management as needed, and social skills training. Our treatment plans are customized to the needs of every teen and adapted over the course of their treatment.

Our teen mental health treatment includes daily educational support during the academic year, including supervised time to study. With your permission, we work closely with your teen’s school to communicate their treatment needs and collaborate on implementing accommodations and support services to facilitate a successful return to the classroom when the time is right. Support can look like developing individualized learning plans, providing educational accommodations, and offering support for school reintegration.


Ages 13-18

OCD Program

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Coping with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can feel scary and challenging for families. To help support your fears, this program provides a supportive and nurturing environment where teens with OCD can receive expert care to manage their symptoms, feel more in control of their lives, and improve their overall quality of life. Treatment aims to equip teens with the skills and resources needed to maintain progress and manage potential setbacks independently over time.

Your teen will undergo a thorough assessment by our team of experienced clinicians to understand the nature and severity of their OCD symptoms, as well as any co-occurring conditions that may be present. Based on the assessment results, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your teen's unique needs, challenges, and goals. This plan will outline the strategies and interventions that will be used to address their OCD symptoms effectively.

Our approach to OCD treatment is rooted in evidence-based therapies such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) specifically adapted for teens. ERP helps adolescents challenge obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, gradually reduce anxiety, and develop effective coping strategies. In addition to specialized ERP therapy, each teen participates in individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, experiential therapy, regular sessions with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner, and medication management as needed. Treatment also involves educating and involving family members to provide support, enhance communication, and facilitate an understanding and supportive environment to assist your teen in managing their symptoms.

We understand that managing OCD symptoms can sometimes interfere with school attendance and participation. Our teen mental health treatment programs provide educational support to help teenagers achieve their academic goals. In addition to dedicated time for supervised study with Compass Health Center educators, we work with your teen’s school to create individualized learning plans that may include accommodations such as extended time on assignments or tests, preferential seating, or modified assignments.


Ages 13-18

Mental Health & Substance Use Program

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You may have concerns and worries regarding your teen’s substance use, and we’re here to help. This program is specifically designed for young people struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges. We aim to address the root causes of substance use in teens, as understanding and tackling these underlying issues is essential for effective treatment and long-term success.

Teens undergo a thorough evaluation of both their mental health conditions and substance use concerns. This is called a dual diagnosis assessment and helps our experienced clinicians develop an individualized treatment plan for your teen. Adolescents will also meet with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner one to three times per week, participate in weekly sessions with a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC), and attend family therapy sessions. Urine drug monitoring is sometimes recommended.

In our teen mental health treatment and substance use program, we use evidence-based therapies to address a range of needs. This includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as experiential approaches such as yoga, mindfulness, and art therapy. In addition to these specialized therapies, each teen participates in individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, experiential therapy, regular sessions with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner, and medication management as needed. By treating mental health and substance use at the same time, we aim to provide holistic support and improve treatment outcomes for teens.

Understandably, mental health and substance use can impact a teenager’s ability to thrive in school. Our academic support services help high school students manage their academic responsibilities while addressing their treatment needs. Compass Health Center educators work with your teen to develop effective study skills, time management strategies, and organizational methods to improve their academic performance.


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Addressing the Distinct Mental Health Needs of Teens

Adolescence is a unique and formative period of life. During this developmental stage, teens are faced with significant physical and hormonal changes, all while figuring out who they are and how to navigate increasingly complex social dynamics. These transitions can contribute to heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and mood fluctuations—making teenagers vulnerable to mental health challenges.

As a result, it's understandable that stressful experiences like academic pressures, peer relationships, family conflicts, and social media influences can contribute to the development of mental health conditions in teens. Additionally, teens may experience difficulties in communicating their emotions and asking for help, adding to the challenge of addressing their mental health needs effectively.

Identifying and addressing teen mental health challenges with individualized treatment plans is essential for their well-being during this pivotal phase of development. Compass Health Center provides youth mental health services so teens can receive the support they need to stay comfortably on track.
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The Importance of Behavioral Therapy for Teens

Behavioral therapy offers a structured and evidence-based approach to help teens understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so they can develop coping mechanisms to navigate life's challenges successfully. By teaching practical skills like problem-solving, emotion regulation, and communication, behavioral therapy enables teenagers to cope with stress, manage conflicts, and build healthy relationships.

The World Health Organization reports that one in seven teenagers experience a mental health condition. The signs of mental illness can sometimes be dismissed as stereotypical teenage behavior, but they’re often indications teens are struggling to cope and need help from a mental health professional. If left untreated, symptoms can significantly disrupt a teenager's life, affecting their academic, social, and emotional well-being and potentially lead to long-term consequences.

Compass Health Center provides a safe and supportive environment for teens to express
themselves, process their experiences, and learn adaptive ways of thinking and behaving. Our clinicians use behavioral therapy for teen mental health treatment to address a wide variety of conditions.
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Our Treatment Approach and Methodologies

Our youth mental health services are personalized, evidence-based, and delivered by trained clinicians who specialize in working with teenagers. We use a diverse range of evidence-based therapies to ensure that every teen receives effective care, tailoring treatment to their specific preferences and strengths. Our approach allows your teen to explore different avenues for healing, growth, and self-discovery.

ERP is one of the most effective treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other complex anxiety diagnoses, including Illness Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and other anxiety disorders. Patients gradually confront their feared object or situation in a hierarchical, prolonged, and planned manner. By doing so, patients learn to gain mastery over their anxiety and fears.

CPT addresses “stuck points” (trauma-centered cognitive distortions) via applying cognitive-behavioral techniques, such as Socratic dialogue, challenging questions, and collaborative identification of common thinking errors. These interventions aid patients’ trauma recovery processes, allowing for more flexible thinking and the development of new, balanced beliefs.

Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic technique that helps individuals bridge the gap between their current behavioral choices and their identified goals. The four tenets of Motivational Interviewing (MI) are facilitating engagement, focusing on goals, evoking awareness and motivation, and planning for reasonable steps to move toward helpful goals. Open-ended questions, validation, reflective listening, and summarizing are helpful tools to guide these steps.

Emotion regulation refers to adjusting or modulating one’s emotions. The phrase “Emotion Regulation” is a DBT term that denotes a set of skills designed to help individuals both increase resilience to intense emotions and decrease suffering related to emotions. These skills are not designed to “eliminate” or “avoid” emotions, but rather to help individuals identify and express emotions, alter their responses to their emotions, shift the emotions they are experiencing and/or the intensity of their emotions, and navigate difficult to sit with emotions safely and effectively.

Interpersonal effectiveness refers to constructive communication. The phrase “Interpersonal Effectiveness” is a DBT term that denotes a set of skills designed to help individuals manage challenging situations, validate the emotions and experience of self and others, improve and maintain current connections, and create new meaningful relationships. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills offer concrete guidance and support around balancing acceptance and change within relationships, asserting wants and needs in effective ways that maintain the relationship, and navigating complex situations in values-aligned ways.

ACT is an evidence-based therapeutic model that combines behavior modification interventions with specific types of acceptance and mindfulness exercises. ACT aims to change a person’s relationship with their own troubling thoughts, whether it is ruminating on past mistakes, focusing on potential threats in the future, or feeling overwhelmed by traumatic memories. In changing how a person thinks about and responds to these troubling thoughts, that person frees themselves up to live a value-based, rich, full, and meaningful life. Since there is no manualized protocol for ACT, Compass adapts tools to meet patients and groups where they are at in their treatment journey. These tools assist patients in making room for their emotional experiences and to have space to focus on identifying and doing what is most important to them.

DBT is an evidence-based model of treatment designed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help patients build meaningful lives and improve their ability to regulate emotions. DBT guides patients through identifying patterns in thinking, behavior, emotions, and interpersonal interactions that contribute to problems in living. Once identified, the goal is to change these patterns using coping skills. The “D” in DBT refers to dialectics, the presence or co-occurrence of two seemingly contradictory or opposing concepts simultaneously. DBT centers on the dialectic of acceptance and change and encourages individuals to walk the middle path between the two, working to balance acceptance (“I’m doing the best I can,” “this is how things are right now”) and change (“I need to try different for things to be different”). DBT comprises four central tenets to help people accept and change: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation.

Mindfulness is a term used in various ways based on setting and context. DBT defines Mindfulness as “the act of consciously focusing the mind in the present moment without judgment and attachment to the moment.” Mindfulness is active—it is something all people can engage in, actively choose to do, and can develop into practice with repeated effort. Most Mindfulness activities and tools, including the DBT Mindfulness skills, are adapted from cultural and spiritual traditions like meditation and breathwork. DBT Mindfulness skills help individuals practice being fully present in the moment, tuning in to what is happening inside and around them, and moving forward aligned with inner wisdom.

Distress tolerance refers to sitting with experiences of distress (distressing thoughts, emotions, urges, and/or physiological responses). In DBT, distress tolerance refers to specific skills designed to help individuals navigate crisis moments as effectively as possible. These skills focus on guiding individuals through radically accepting the situation as it is and, at the same time, working to change what they can. DBT Distress Tolerance skills support individuals in skillfully moving through distressing realities without increasing their suffering.

Art therapy is a specific type of experiential therapy that engages individuals in art-making and creative expression to explore internal experiences, build insight, and learn and apply skills related to treatment goals. Art therapy is a therapeutic intervention led by professionally trained art therapists with specific educational and practical experiences. At Compass, art therapy is integrated into programming in age-specific, values-aligned, and skills-focused ways.

Executive functioning skills are mental skills that allow a person to organize, plan, and follow instructions, think flexibly, and demonstrate impulse control. These skills are utilized daily as individuals prioritize tasks, achieve goals, and learn. Executive function challenges can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and regulate emotions. Executive function skills are learned; patients benefit from modeling and explicit teaching.

Our Impact

We understand that success can look different for everyone depending on your hopes and needs. Here are some ways we are making an impact:


of patients step down to a lower level of care after treatment


would refer a family member or friend


of patients choose to start a program the same day or next day


of patients maintain progress, not requiring higher care levels for 12+ months post-treatment

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Insurance & Billing

Navigating the financial aspects of treatment can feel overwhelming. That's why we're here to provide help every step of the way, ensuring that your focus remains where it matters most: supporting your teen through their mental health journey. A dedicated Patient Advocate will be by your side, offering personalized guidance tailored to your unique situation. Whether you have questions about coverage, claims, or billing processes, our compassionate team is here to provide clarity and support.
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Parents & Family Guide

Our comprehensive guide is a trusted resource for parents and family members supporting their teen's mental health journey, offering valuable insights, practical advice, and compassionate guidance. Whether you have questions about treatment approaches, communication strategies, or self-care practices, our accessible resources support you in navigating your teen’s treatment with confidence and compassion, knowing that you're not alone.
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New Patient Guide

We understand that starting treatment can be daunting for both you and your teen, which is why we created our New Patient Guide. In this guide, you’ll find detailed information about what to expect during treatment, including the intake process and what happens on the first day of treatment. We’ve also included answers to commonly asked questions to provide clarity and ease any concerns you may have. Our goal is to ensure that you feel informed, supported, and confident every step of the way.
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Service Areas

In-Person and Virtual Teen Mental Health Treatment in Illinois and Maryland. Virtual services offered in Virginia.

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