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Outpatient Treatment Services

Looking for behavioral health treatments to fit your schedule? Choose from a variety of convenient outpatient behavioral health treatment services in various Avera Behavioral Health clinics. Working together with your psychologist or psychiatrist, find treatment options to fit your mental health goals, while minimizing your time away from daily life and work.

Both outpatient counseling and psychology services are confidential and treatment is created to fit you. Learn about specific outpatient treatment techniques that can help a variety of behavioral health conditions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Experiencing a traumatic event affects your quality of life and can cause behavioral health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Regain your peace of mind and confidence with Avera Medical Group Behavioral Health Yankton’s innovative eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment.

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How You Benefit From EMDR

How You Benefit From EMDR

During EMDR, you’ll follow a specific light pattern while recalling the traumatic event, which:

  • Allows you to access, process and resolve traumatic memories and other negative life experiences
  • Relieves emotional distress and helps reframe negative beliefs
  • Helps reduce vivid, unwanted, repeated recollections of traumatic events 

EMDR effectively treats trauma from both extreme experiences – such as war or abuse – and everyday problems that might range from public speaking to phobias like fear of snakes and spiders. You can also receive EMDR treatment to address memories that create low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness and other problems.

The American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Defense recognize EMDR as an effective form of treatment.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

If you or a loved one lives with mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be the most effective way to reverse symptoms.

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Quick, Safe and Proven Treatment

ECT treatment works by producing changes in brain chemistry through a medically induced and professionally monitored seizure. ECT often produces positive outcomes more quickly than medications alone. In fact, people who receive ECT as their primary treatment generally experience 80-90% improvement in area such as mood, motivation, interest, energy and sleep patterns.

What to Expect

The decision to seek behavioral health treatment can be a difficult decision. When you choose ECT therapy, you can expect to receive the best care possible in an environment of comfort, privacy and confidence.

During ECT treatment, our highly trained professionals use electrical current to produce a closely supervised, medically induced seizure.

  • Safety: During your ECT sessions, you receive sedation for comfort and relaxation. You will be asleep during the procedure and under constant supervision by our experienced medical professionals. An anesthesiologist, along with a nurse anesthetist who is cross-trained in advanced cardiac support, monitors your condition throughout your treatment.
  • Dignity, comfort and privacy: You will prepare for your ECT treatment in our private changing area. And, while you're resting through your treatment, your family can relax in our inviting waiting area, complete with free Starbucks coffee. After your treatment, specialized nurses supervise your recovery and provide support to help you make a comfortable transition back into your day.
  • Convenience: Discover patient- and family-centered care that works around your schedule, so you receive the care you need, when you need it. Generally, each ECT session lasts approximately two hours, depending upon recovery time. For acute situations, your doctor likely will recommend a minimum of six sessions. You may be able to complete three to four sessions as an inpatient and the rest as an outpatient if you experience fast, positive results. Ask your doctor about maintenance sessions – follow-up visits available whenever you need them, which allow you to continue feeling well without interrupting your life and activities.

Am I a Candidate for ECT?

Ask your psychiatrist if you might be a candidate for ECT and whether a referral to Avera Behavioral Health Center is right for you. ECT is offered at locations in AberdeenMarshall and Sioux Falls. Learn more about our services calling 605-322-5950.

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Get Started With a Confidential Assessment

If you suspect a mental health problem, don’t hesitate: call our 24-hour line at 1-800-691-4336 or 605-322-4065.

Everyone should know the warning signs of behavior that can show a developing problem.

Warning signs can include:

  • Acting withdrawn, sad or overly anxious
  • Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or siblings
  • Substantial mood swings
  • Persistent drop in school or work performance
  • Change in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs
  • Persistent aggressive behavior
  • Threats to self or others
  • Hallucinations, paranoia or delusion

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