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Fairfax Mental Health Center

Outpatient Fairfax County mental health services that help teens, young adults, and their families overcome mental health challenges like depression, trauma, and anxiety.

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Mental Health Treatment Overview
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Fairfax County’s Preferred Mental Health Treatment for Teens and Young Adults

We provide accessible and impactful mental health therapy for teenagers and young adults facing various behavioral health challenges like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and/or trauma.

Treatment at our Fairfax County Mental Health Center is designed to nurture your spirit, encourage your healing, and empower you so each day is ultimately a step forward.

Whether you are in the partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient programming (IOP), we provide a therapeutic rhythm that fits your lifestyle. Our aim is more than just helping you feel better; it’s about empowering you to thrive, face challenges, and unlock your full potential.

How We Are Different

Sandstone Care aims to drive positive lasting change in real people. We understand that you have unique circumstances, so we offer a more personalized experience than you would find anywhere else.

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Age-Specific Care
Age-Specific Care

We are age-specific, not gender-specific. We focus on the unique circumstances that you face at your specific stage of life.

Evidence-Based Therapy
Evidence-Based Therapy

We only use treatment interventions that have been scientifically proven to provide consistent, lasting recovery.

Small Group Sizes
Small Group Sizes

You are more than a number, which is why we provide an intimate setting where your voice can be heard.

Individualized Treatment Plans
Individualized Treatment Plans

No one person is the same, and neither is their recovery journey. Your treatment program will be tailored to your unique needs.

Academic and Vocational Support
Academic and Vocational Support

We want you to get the most out of life, which means feeling your best in the classroom or at your job.

The Family Component
The Family Component

Recovery involves the entire family, so we provide support for the whole family system.

Meet Your Treatment Team

Renice Wiley-Holmes, LCSW
Renice Wiley-Holmes, LCSW
Program Director
Chenoa Bishop, LMSW
Chenoa Bishop, LMSW
Young Adult SUD Therapist
Emma Pirozzi, MSW
Emma Pirozzi, MSW
Adolescent Mental Health Therapist
Sophie Sperry, MSW
Sophie Sperry, MSW
Adolescent Dual Diagnosis IOP Therapist


Convenient & Effective Treatment Programs

Seeking therapy can be a daunting experience, so we’ve designed our Fairfax Mental Health Center to be a welcoming and supportive environment where you’ll feel comfortable and safe.

Our team of licensed mental health professionals is not just qualified, but deeply committed to your well-being. Here, therapy isn’t just a process, it’s a partnership, and our professionals are here to support and guide you every step of the way. We believe in a blend of empathy and science, harnessing the power of evidence-based emotional and behavioral therapies.

Sandstone’s comprehensive treatment program is thoughtfully crafted to allow you the freedom to continue your daily routines, while also ensuring the support you need for personal growth. Our center is conveniently located within Fairfax County in Alexandria, Virginia, and is easily accessible from Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia areas.

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Fairfax Mental Health Center Reviews

A Life-Changing Experience at Sandstone Care Ignites New Purpose

“Things progressed where I was at the point that I wanted to die…My life now is very different after going through treatment at Sandstone…The people here, they really care.”

We believe mental health treatment interventions can change lives for the better. Take a minute to watch the empowering story of Alex, a former client who found a renewed sense of hope and purpose after receiving care for Bipolar Disorder at Sandstone Care.

Our programs offer structured and personalized treatment options that recognize the unique needs of teenagers. If you or a loved one are ready to take the first step towards healing, verify your insurance and contact our trained admissions staff today for more information about our Fairfax mental health services.

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Testimonial – Alex’s Life-Changing Journey

Fairfax Mental Health Services

Treatment plans are customized for your unique needs. We provide a wide range of comprehensive mental health services near Fairfax, VA designed to help you achieve lasting wellness. We are dedicated to providing integrated healthcare that truly works.

Some of the most common mental health challenges and mental illnesses that we help with include:

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Depression Treatment

Depression involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in daily activities.

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety disorders are thought patterns of fear, dread, and uneasiness that affect other aspects of your life.

Bipolar Treatment

Bipolar disorder involves cycles of manic episodes with high energy and depressive episodes with sadness and low energy.

Trauma & PTSD Treatment

Trauma is the emotional response to a specific event like an accident, sexual abuse, or a natural disaster.

Attention Disorder Treatment

Attention disorders, such as ADHD, are marked by difficulty focusing, controlling impulsive behaviors, and over-activity.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by unstable relationships and emotions, often leading to impulsive behavior and intense mood swings.

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The Right Level of Care for You: Fairfax IOP & PHP

At Sandstone Care, we offer tailored support for teens through our Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). These programs provide comprehensive care for young adults with mental health issues while allowing them to maintain their schedules.

In our PHP, adolescents and young adults participate in therapeutic sessions 4 times a week, each lasting at least 3 hours. These sessions include individual, group, and family therapy, as well as vocational and academic activities. This program is ideal for those needing more frequent care.

Our Fairfax IOP offers the same comprehensive care 1-2 days a week for several hours per session. It’s a flexible option that doesn’t require major schedule changes.

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Not only was the group supportive, but the support from the staff was amazing.

I initially came to Sandstone for IOP and it helped me get through a really though time in my life. I ended up staying through OP and I would recommend it to anyone that needs support with their mental health.

Megan H.
Former Client
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The Obvious Choice for Effective Treatment

At Sandstone Care, we believe in personalized and specialized care. Unlike generic treatment approaches, we understand that each person’s circumstances are unique.

Using thorough assessments, our licensed therapists and medical professionals gain a deeper understanding of your background, challenges, and goals. We then equip you and your family with the necessary tools to support your recovery journey.

With our full continuum of care, you’ll receive the right level of support at every stage. Whether you need high-support inpatient care, or just a few hours of outpatient treatment a week, our expert team will collaborate with you to find your best fit.

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Support for the Entire Family

Family involvement is a cornerstone of successful recovery for teens and young adults struggling with their mental health. At Sandstone Care we work with families to create a strong support system, foster understanding, and empower both the client and their loved ones.

We offer weekly family therapy sessions at our Alexandria Mental Health Center. With the help of our trained professionals, families can learn more about their loved one’s diagnosis, practice setting boundaries and healthy communication skills, demonstrate support, and constructively express feelings.

Through open communication, active participation in treatment, and ongoing support, families can contribute significantly to the teenager’s journey toward improved mental health and overall well-being. Reach out to our team to learn more about how our mental health clinic near Fairfax, VA prioritizes family.

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The Continuum of Care

Care for Wherever You Are in Your Journey

Access a full range of treatments for mental health and substance use disorders. Whether you need a safe transitional living community, inpatient treatment, or outpatient therapy, we have a program to help.

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5-21 days of 24/7 on-site medical supervision.

Our Medically-Assisted Detox and Inpatient Center offers private rooms and 24/7 medically supervised care to support a safe recovery from drugs and alcohol, followed by comprehensive treatment that addresses your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Medical Detox Explained

60-90 days of on-site 24/7 treatment.

We offer residential treatment centers designed specifically for teens struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

We help teens learn healthy coping skills so they can better handle daily challenges. Teens are provided with an intimate, serene environment with smaller group sizes and a focus on strengthening the family unit. Every client gets robust academic support by certified teachers to ensure clients stay up to date on their coursework.

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2-6 months

Our Transitional Living Program can be combined with clinical programming to provide a comprehensive treatment experience for our young adult client’s struggling with substance use disorders.

Our homes are for individuals aged 18-30 and help clients establish a supportive community and accountability, while increasing independence and personal responsibility.

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Transitional Living Program Overview

4 weeks of on-site day treatment.

Our Teen Young Adult Day Treatment program, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), is a highly structured level of care that offers five days of robust programming a week.

Our two distinct mental health and substance use tracks help clients to stabilize, begin to understand their mental health and/or addiction struggles, and heal from them. We strive to help our clients become more like the person they want to be, without using negative coping strategies or substances to get there.

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PHP Explained

12 weeks of on-site or virtual treatment.

Our Teen & Young Adult IOP, or Intensive Outpatient Program, offers two distinct tracks to address our client’s needs, each track consisting of 3-4 days of weekly programming.

Our mood disorder track we are able to focus on mental health, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Our dual diagnosis track we are able to support client’s with substance use and mental health challenges. Each focuses on developing positive social, academic, and vocational habits while continuing with their job or school responsibilities.

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What is IOP?
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We’re available 7 days a week to help answer any questions you may have.

A Compassionate Community Environment

Community support and relationships are crucial for positive mental health outcomes. Our Alexandria mental health clinic offers group therapy for teens and young adults facing similar challenges, fostering a safe space for sharing experiences and coping strategies, building lasting peer relationships.

Clients also form strong bonds with our dedicated staff, advocates for their needs and effective treatment. Our focus on community empowers young individuals to develop and sustain healthy relationships for the long term.

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Fairfax Mental Health Center at Sandstone Care

We help teens, young adults, and their families overcome challenges with drugs, alcohol, mental health issues, trauma, and addiction in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • Address: 5400 Shawnee Rd #105, Alexandria, VA 22312
  • Phone: (571) 946-5802
  • Hours: 24 Hours
  • Levels of Care: Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Assessments
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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Our goal is to provide the most helpful information. Call (888) 850-1890 if you have any additional questions. We are here to help in any way we can.

Managing your medication is a crucial aspect of your treatment journey. If our team recommends medication, our dedicated medication provider will work closely with you until you establish a consistent provider. If you already have an external provider and wish to maintain their guidance during Sandstone IOP, we’ll need a release to ensure seamless integrated care.

Beyond Northern Virginia, our outpatient mental health services are offered in Colorado, Maryland, & Illinois. Click a location to learn more about the staff and schedule.

Yes! Please contact our admissions team to complete an Insurance Verification to see if we accept your health insurance. Please note that we do not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

The mental health program may be appropriate for young adults who are using substances to cope with their mental health issues. Many teens struggle with substance use disorders and mental health issues simultaneously. If substance abuse continues to be the primary issue being addressed, then an addiction recovery program, such as detox, may be the correct care and a referral will be made for intervention.

Our young adult (18-30), Mental Health IOP is a comprehensive, collaborative outpatient program that meets 4 times a week for 3 hours a day. Our outpatient rehab for depression, anxiety, and other conditions provides thorough support. Our intimate, small groups focus on a well-balanced recovery, peer support utilizing weekly multifamily group, academic/vocation “adulting” skill building 2 times weekly; specialized group therapy led by licensed clinicians and medical providers who are available to meet participants for medication management, psychiatric services, psychotherapy, and weekly evaluations with each clinician. Clinical groups are a combination of skills-based programs emphasizing the use of DBT groups and CBT, and person-centered process groups for individuals experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and previous trauma. We also offer long and short-term telehealth options to best fit your unique circumstances.

Family plays a vital role in the overall wellness of each individual served. Individual family sessions are offered bi-weekly to examine the family’s role in creating new patterns of behavior and changing old behavior that reinforced negative behaviors. Connection is key in recovery. The family is taken into heavy consideration throughout our case management process. We also ensure that family members are informed of all available crisis services. Our program also utilizes weekly multi-family groups to reinforce new skills being learned in groups and as a source of support and guidance.

The young adult mental health program runs from 9am-12pm on in-person Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of each week. During that time the program focuses on providing therapy and Fairfax behavioral health services. In addition, the program provides 2 hours of academic and vocational work per week, on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. We take special note of any learning disabilities or other special circumstances that need to be taken into account during our academic and vocational assistance.

You can begin the process by calling our admissions department. If you or a loved one are experiencing an emergency mental health crisis, please call the suicide prevention crisis line at 988.

Our care team is an integrated team of professionals and mental health partners who collaborate with each client to reach their goals using evidence-based treatment and community resources. They will also coordinate with your primary care doctor to ensure the proper treatment plan is selected. Our team consists of licensed clinicians, medical providers, and a teacher.

No, our facility operates strictly by appointment. However, providing support to individuals seeking treatment for themselves or their loved ones is our top priority. Our dedicated phone line is available round the clock to address any inquiries you may have. Our team of professionals is always ready to offer compassionate guidance and assistance to ensure your needs are met.

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Let’s take the first step together.

We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.

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