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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

For more than 54 years, Florida Hospital Orlando’s Center for Behavioral Health has been providing psychiatric care to our neighbors throughout Central Florida. Our goal is to create an environment that promotes holistic health, healing and hope. We’re committed to providing all of our patients, no matter their age or circumstance, with personalized service.

Every person is different, and people battling with mental illness or behavioral health issues respond to different treatments. For some, talk therapy may be effective. For others, medication or other medical procedures may be necessary. Our team of highly qualified and experienced psychiatrists, nurses and support staff offer a full range of outpatient services, including initial evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management, and pediatric and geriatric psychiatric services. And as part of Florida Hospital Orlando, our mission at the Center for Behavioral Health is to provide improve our patients’ quality of life in a nurturing, compassionate atmosphere that ministers to mind, body and spirit.   

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are suffering from a sense of sadness or apathy you just can’t shake, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Medicine Units

For patients experiencing significant distress and acute psychiatric events, our inpatient psychiatric medicine units offer treatment in an environment specifically designed with safety and recovery in mind. Our experienced, compassionate team supervises these patients around the clock, ensuring that they are receiving the care they need.

The team at the Florida Hospital Orlando Center for Behavioral Health includes medical directors Dr. Luis Allen and Dr. Carlos Ruiz, both of whom are board-certified psychiatrists and internal medicine physicians. They work together, employing a multidisciplinary approach and incorporating daily patient assessments.

Because social services are so key to helping individuals manage behavioral health problems, our inpatient team offers individual patient assessment; individual, group and family therapy; discharge planning; step-down care that helps patients transition back into their normal lives via outpatient psychiatric and therapy appointments; and connections to community support resources, which help patients improve functioning in their daily lives.

Outpatient Psychiatric Services

At the Center for Behavioral Health, we pride ourselves on offering patients a full range of services, ranging from initial psychiatric evaluations to pre-treatment evaluations to medication management. Our skilled team of staff psychiatrists and nurse practitioners provides treatments for serious mental health challenges as well as a various adjustment issues. We develop individualized care plans for each of our patients, no matter their age or condition. Our staff also works closely with qualified community therapists to make sure that our patients receive continuity of care and maximize the benefits they receive from treatment.

Brain Stimulation Therapy

For patients who don’t see improvement from antidepressant medications, we also offer two brain stimulation approaches: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Though ECT is safe, we nonetheless screen prospective patients carefully. A team of physicians assesses each patient’s condition, as ECT is only right for patients who meet the medical and psychiatric criteria. To learn more about ECT treatments, give our ECT coordinator a call today at (407) 303-6912.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), meanwhile, is a newer, cutting-edge treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain nerves in a way that can improve the symptoms of depression. It is only an option for adults suffering from depression for which antidepressant medications have not worked. Treatment is done five days a week for four to six weeks, with each treatment lasting 40 minutes. Over a period of weeks, many patients see their symptoms improve—and for some, the depression symptoms go away altogether.

To learn more about TMS, please contact us at (407) 896-8097.