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UM BWMC Launches New Outpatient Talk Therapy Program

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October 4, 2017

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) now offers outpatient talk therapy (psychotherapy) for individuals suffering from depression and other mental health conditions. The service is provided within UM BWMC’s bridge clinic; however, participants do not need to be admitted to UM BWMC prior to making an appointment.

“Outpatient talk therapy can provide someone with depression or a mental health condition an opportunity to talk to a psychotherapist about their particular issue,” said Don Schmitt, a psychotherapist at UM BWMC. “We can provide an overall plan with specific treatment options for their particular need.”

Each session lasts about one hour, and typically, treatment lasts 12 to 25 weekly sessions or about three to six months. Talk therapy is covered by most insurance companies and those with Medicare and Medicaid are eligible. The sessions are for discussion only and no medications are prescribed or administered; however, patients can have medication prescribed by their primary care provider or their psychiatrist.

“People believe that you have to be prescribed medication for treatment, and many times that is not the case,” said Schmitt. “Just talking with someone can help a person successfully treat their issue.”

For more information about outpatient talk therapy at UM BWMC or to make an appointment, call 410-787-4948 or visit www.mybwmc.org/outpatient-talk-therapy.

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