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Psychiatry High Risk Program

For further information, or for an intake, please call 315 464- 3117

Psychiatry High Risk Program
Suite 217, 600 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315 464-3117
Fax: 315 464-3141

For questions about billing or payment, call 315 464-3117 or 315 464-3265

Welcome to Upstate’s Psychiatry High Risk Program. The Psychiatry High Risk Program provides intensive and comprehensive evidence-based treatment for youths and young adults (ages 16 to 40) who struggle with thoughts of suicide.

Conditions that commonly occur in high risk individuals and addressed through this program include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions

The program encompasses treatment based upon the most up-to-date understanding of the causes of these problems, including both neurobiological and psychosocial contributions, and aims towards holistic healing and recovery, rather than just symptom management, stabilization, and crisis intervention.

What to expect

 A careful and comprehensive assessment, including testing and diagnostic evaluation, is provided to tailor the treatment plan to individual needs. Clients are provided weekly individual therapy with dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy (DDP), an evidence-based treatment that substantially improves depression and suicide-related behaviors (https://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/dynamic-deconstructive-psychotherapy-ddp). DDP helps clients to heal from a negative self-image and maladaptive processing of emotionally charged experiences, while working towards self-acceptance and more fulfilling relationships (http://www.upstate.edu/psych/ddp). Depending on assessed need, other treatments may be added, including family therapy sessions, 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 monitoring of progress through quarterly outcome assessments.

Medication

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

  • Ann Arezzo, FPMHNP, Nurse practitioner
  • Glenn Forsythe, LCSW, Therapist
  • Michelle Gallagher, PhD, Therapist
  • Giampaolo Huober, MD, Psychiatrist
  • Robert Kallinicos, MD, Child psychiatrist
  • Cynthia Malek, CASAC, LCSWR, Therapist
  • Abigail Riggall, LCSWR, Therapist and Assistant Director
  • Robert Gregory, MD, Director

Contact Us

For further information, or for an intake, please call 315 464- 3117

Psychiatry High Risk Program
Suite 217, 600 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315 464-3117
Fax: 315 464-3141

For questions about billing or payment, call 315 464-3117 or 315 464-3265

Testimonials

What you have been able to do for me in one year, I couldn't imagine.  I didn't see myself living past 30 years old; I was going to kill myself before then and now I see a future with hope.  This treatment has changed my life.  —MW

The biggest change I have noticed is how much happier I’ve become. I’m finding myself to be more optimistic, when I’ve always felt pessimistic.  I’m also starting to think about my future more and more, when before I didn’t think I had one.  —TO

I am better at recognizing my emotions and processing them. I am able to sit better with the uncertain.  —AB

This program has changed my life and relationships more than I ever could have imagined. I have more awareness, a calmer temperament, a new perspective, and I am more reflective.  —SN 

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