WHAT WE OFFER
CMHC specializes in a variety of mental health issues and treatments; offering a blend of psychological approaches such as CBT and interpersonal therapy along with innovate treatment such as nature-based therapy, yoga-informed trauma work, art therapy and much more.
Psychotherapy helps people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychologist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and your psychologist will work together to identify and change adverse thought and behavior patterns, developing new skills to better cope with life's challenges.
Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management
CMHC Nurse Practitioner will perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and assessment during your first appointment. Working together with your therapist and you to develop a well-balanced treatment plan by selecting the right type and dosage of medications and/or using psychotherapy. CMHC Nurse Practitioner will assess your ability to tolerate the prescribed medication, identify any side effects, and identify whether you are having favorable responses to medications. We will assess the need for medication dosage adjustments or switch to a different one, and provide helpful educational intervention based on your feelings, thoughts, symptoms, and/or behaviors
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive therapy treats behavior and mental processes by focusing on faulty thought patterns and beliefs. Irrational and destructive beliefs are evaluated and changed through new internal dialogues. This form of therapy has proved highly effective for treating depression, anxiety, anger management, addiction, insomnia and bulimia nervosa.
Nature Based Therapy
Nature-informed Psychotherapy (NIP) explores nature-based methods of psychological healing, grounded in the belief that nature has profound mental health effects. Every year millions of people flock to national parks, seeking wonder and awe, rest and tranquility. The possibility exists that people’s desire to engage with nature is linked to a spiritual impulse. Many of our clinicians offer therapy while walking in nature.
CMHC's board-certified counselors work with equine specialists at Wellspring of Life Farm and a therapy horse to create a dynamic team to support the short and long term goals of participants who are dealing with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Through teamwork and encouragement, participants explore in depth curriculum covering an introduction to anatomy, behavior, movement, and care of their therapy animal. Sessions focus on problem-solving strategies using interactive activities. Psychotherapy sessions are centered on the theory that horses can offer vital feedback to participants and therapists because of the horse’s extreme sensitivity. No prior horsemanship or dog experience is required to participate.
Faith Based Counseling
This form of counseling incorporates the spiritual dimensions of clients’ experiences in the context of a professional counseling experience. A great option for those who closely link spirituality and religion to their personal lives.
Child, Adolescent & Family
Growing up nowadays is not easy. Today's children face many challenges including:
• Changing family dynamics, like divorce or relocation
• Peer and academic pressures
• Effects on emotion due to hormonal changes
At Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative (CMHC) we will help your children, along with you, navigate life at home, school, and with their social circles.
Our board-certified therapists have treated many children from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, income levels and sexual identities. We also welcome children with a variety of behavioral, cognitive and emotional issues across all developmental stages – from early childhood through emerging adulthood.
Clinically sound, research-based, family focused; we collaborate with parents every step of the way. Our therapy process begins with developing a customized treatment plan and goals. When necessary, we engage other programs within the CMHC umbrella, such as Medication Management or Art Therapy to provide the most complete, comprehensive care.
Tele-health services offered by CMHC are a great way to connect virtually with your clinician. Any use of tele-health services will be discussed with your clinician in advance. Tele-health services used by CMHC are HIPPA compliant. Talk to your clinician to learn more.