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Innovative Treatment

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center offers several unique and innovative services for residents of Dorchester and Charleston counties.

Highway to Hope

The Highway to Hope program is made possible by a grant from The Duke Endowment and the Roper St. Francis Foundation. The Mobile Clinic offers services to mental health patients who have limited or no access to care. It uses innovative technology linking healthcare professionals to on call psychiatrists (The ability to see and speak with patients in remote areas via webcam will be coming soon). who can see and speak with patients in remote areas. The mobile unit reaches communities across the Lowcountry, from Hollywood to McClellanville to Edisto Island and Johns Island.  For a detailed schedule and to learn more click HERE.

Assessment/Mobile Crisis

Assessment/Mobile Crisis is the only 24/7 psychiatric emergency response and intake team in the state. It serves both Charleston and Dorchester Counties.  If you or a loved one are in crisis, call us at 843-414-2350Click here to learn more…

Psychiatric Urgent Care Program (PUC)

The Psychiatric Urgent Care (PUC) is a walk-in clinic at our Charleston facility for those in psychiatric crisis, open seven days a week, 8am-6 pm, with a weekend component funded by a Duke Endowment grant through Roper St. Francis Hospital. Psychiatric Urgent Care diverts people from emergency departments when clinically appropriate, treats those not traditionally treated by CDMHC, and provides assessments, referrals, psychiatric medical services, nursing services, and short-term therapy.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is an evidence based treatment for children ages 2-7 who may be experiencing emotional or behavioral problems. Treatment focuses on improving the quality of the relationships between parents and their children which leads to better behavior and more positive interactions between parents and their children. PCIT is a weekly intervention that usually takes most families 12 to 15 weeks to complete. There is a lot of evidence to support the effectiveness of PCIT. Positive changes in children’s behavior are seen at home, school, and daycare settings. Click here to learn more…

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

The Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC) offers organizations and their employees short term mental health counseling, assessment, and support services through its Employee Assistance Programs. Our EAP services are designed to help employees, families, managers, and organizations lead healthy and rich lives. Click here to learn more…


Mental Health Court

This jail diversion program helps address the growing number of frequently re-incarcerated offenders diagnosed with an Axis I mental illness at the county jail. They must be able to understand the terms/conditions of the program and have a pending misdemeanor or non-violent felony offense. Persons are not eligible if they have a prior violent criminal conviction or are on probation. Most participants spend at least 12 months in Mental Health Court and are required to actively participate in counseling sessions and work toward treatment goals. The philosophy of the team is that offenders are better served with an emphasis on recovery rather than incarceration- the provision of mental health services can interrupt the cycle of recidivism. It is important that these offenders receive assistance in accessing resources such as medication assistance programs, vocational services, and individual and group counseling services if they are to sustain productive community tenure.


We Practice Evidence Based Care!

Our mental health center is committed to providing clinical interventions and programs that are empirically-based and proven to produce positive results. You can learn more about some of our evidence-based practices by clicking on the following links.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a “talk therapy” aimed at developing an awareness of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior.  The client learns to identify and develop skills to manage problematic, thoughts, feelings and behavior in the here and now……..Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment which focuses on patterns of maladaptive thinking and the beliefs that underlie that thinking.  It is an active, skills based, goal directed therapy which focuses on the “here and now”.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills based, cognitive behavioral approach designed to help people decrease problem behaviors and increase skillfulness in the areas of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness. The goal is for those with emotional sensitivity to realize their life is worth living.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing events such as rape or military combat. According to Shapiro’s theory, when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm usual cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli of the event are inadequately processed, and are dysfunctionally stored in an isolated memory network. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering influence and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. Although some clinicians may use EMDR for other problems, its research support is primarily for disorders stemming from distressing life experiences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based and recognized form of clinical practice by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Hypnotherapy is blended with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to enhance patient outcomes. Hypnotherapy intervention may assist patients in dealing with a number of issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, phobias, depression, insomnia, low energy level, addiction and substance abuse, grief and loss, trauma, compulsive behaviors, and stress and time management. In addition, hypnotherapy can also be used as an intervention to prevent, manage, and treat pain. Assessment is required to ensure that patients would benefit from this treatment modality.

  • Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a patient-centered, semi-directive therapy which engages patient’s own motivation to change behavior.

  • Trauma Focused CBT

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and the related emotional and behavior problems. TFCBT with children involves the parent in parallel sessions to support effective skills building in the child and conjoint parent-child sessions to enhance successful outcomes.

Upcoming Events

CDMHC Earns Prestigious
2017 Leaders Innovating Telehealth Award!!

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2018 Lowcountry Mental Health Conference
August 2-3, 2018

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Contact Us

Charleston Clinic: (843) 852-4100
Dorchester Clinic: (843) 873-5063
Business Office: (843) 212-8980
TTY: (800) 647-2066
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