Psychiatry High Risk Program
What to expect
A careful and comprehensive assessment, including testing and diagnostic evaluation, is provided to tailor the treatment plan to individual needs. Core treatment principles within individual therapy sessions are based upon dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy, which has been shown to reduce depression and suicide-related behaviors in vulnerable individuals, and aims to rewire the brain to process emotions in healthier and more adaptive ways (see www.upstate.edu/ddp). Depending on assessed need, other treatments may be added, including family therapy sessions, twelve step, group psychotherapy, and/or medication management. In order to ensure that the highest quality and effective care are provided, the program includes an extensive quality assurance program, such as video-recording sessions and monitoring of progress through quarterly outcome assessments.
Psychiatric medications are sometimes helpful as an adjunct to therapy to reduce symptoms that contribute to suicide risk. Patients have the option of receiving medication consultation and treatment either through the program or through an outside provider. Note that controlled substances are not prescribed through the program since these can sometimes cause mood instability and worsen suicide-related behaviors.
Your Care Team
Carla Nita, LCSW
Ms. Nita is a licensed clinical social worker with 17 years of experience in mental health settings providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with various diagnoses, including substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, PTSD and personality disorders applying evidence-based treatments.
Robert Gregory, MD
Dr. Gregory is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and professor at Upstate Medical University. He is a nationally recognized expert in borderline personality disorder, substance use disorders, and suicide prevention. He is the founder of dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy, a treatment listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
For further information, or for an intake, please call:
(315) 464- 3130Address:Psychiatry High Risk Program