About Live Oak Mental Health and Wellness

With the opening of Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness, Lowcountry families now have access to South Carolina’s first mental health hospital in more than 30 years. Patients will receive inpatient and outpatient care in a new 60-bed hospital that features indoor and outdoor learning and healing areas.

Adolescents (12-17), adults and geriatric patients will be cared for by compassionate, experienced professionals who passionately invest themselves to help heal our patients. Our dedicated team of psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals emphasize personalizing every treatment plan to meet each person's unique needs.

To meet the needs of professionals and families in Charleston, SC's peninsula area, we also have Live Oak Mental Health Therapy Center - Charleston, a department of Trident Health. The center offers intensive outpatient group therapy three days a week.

Whether you need help dealing with a life crisis, severe depression, bipolar disorder, thoughts of suicide or other issues, you can trust our behavioral health and psychiatry experts to treat you or your loved ones with warmth and compassion.

For general information, please call (843) 797-4200.
To talk with a behavioral health specialist, please call (843) 797-4245.

Is inpatient or outpatient care right for you?

It takes great inner strength to self-realize help may be needed navigating a path to mental health wellness. The professionals at Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness can provide that help through convenient inpatient or outpatient therapy. This allows patients to receive help for mental health issues and maintain a busy lifestyle.

Inpatient or Outpatient mental health therapy may be a good option for you. Click the button to schedule an in-person assessment with a Live Oak Mental Health & Wellness mental health professional.

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Our approach to psychiatric care

Our psychiatry program is rooted in a desire to make our patients feel safe and comfortable at our behavioral health center. We know this can only be accomplished when there is mutual trust between our psychiatric specialists and patients. The safety and comfort of all of our patients are always at the forefront of everything we do.

A quick, accurate diagnosis is essential for a successful recovery. Our psychiatrists are trained to quickly recognize mental health symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan for each person.

Mental health conditions we treat

Our behavioral health program offers personalized treatment methods for a variety of mental health disorders, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Postpartum depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma

Inpatient mental health facility

Our inpatient program allows patients to undergo treatment in a safe, therapeutic environment with access to psychiatric and medical professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our psychotherapy methods include:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Individualized counseling
  • Pet therapy
  • Relaxation techniques

Outpatient mental health care

Outpatient behavioral health is ideal for people who need more support than they get from routine therapy sessions. It is also a good transition option for those who have been receiving inpatient behavioral health services.

Each treatment program includes:

  • A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
  • Nursing assessment and psychosocial assessment
  • The development of an individualized treatment plan.

Outpatient treatment options include:

  • Anger management
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Communication skills
  • Coping skills
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Goal setting
  • Group therapy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Medication education
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Problem solving
  • Relapse prevention
  • Relationships
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Self-esteem/self-image
  • Time management

Each program provides individual therapy and family education to return people to their optimal level of functioning. Medication monitoring is an important component of each patient’s plan. The primary form of outpatient behavioral health is group therapy.

Private pay, Medicare and most insurances are accepted. Referrals may be made by the patient, psychiatrist, mental health professional, social service agencies or family members.

For an assessment, call (843) 797-4245.

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides an intensive level of psychiatric treatment in a safe, caring outpatient setting. The program’s primary goal is to improve the person’s level of functioning and reduce symptoms to prevent relapse or hospitalization.

Sessions are conducted Monday through Friday for three to four hours per day. The program duration is usually between two and four weeks. However, the length of participation varies with each person.

Individualized treatment plans rely on the results of the multidisciplinary evaluations. The plans include the patient’s strengths, limitations and goals for treatment. Goals are reviewed and updated weekly in the team meetings and individual sessions.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for people who are transitioning from the hospital or home or are being referred by a physician. Patients receive comprehensive psychiatric care during the day and can return home each afternoon.

Sessions are conducted three to five times per week. The program duration is usually between two and four weeks.

The IOP is for people who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Are medically stable to participate in the program
  • Are willing and able to participate in cognitive-based therapy
  • Does not primarily require custodial care
  • Has psychiatric symptoms impairing social, occupational or other important functioning
  • Presents no immediate risk of harm to self or others

The program operates Monday through Friday from 9am to noon.

Live Oak Mental Health Therapy Center – Charleston

For families and professionals in the Charleston peninsula, the Center is conveniently located to provide easy access to care. It offers intensive outpatient group therapy three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. It is geared toward individuals struggling with issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Shame
  • Trauma

Live Oak Mental Health Therapy Center - Charleston is located at 40 Calhoun Street, Suite 230, Charleston, SC 29401.

Discharge planning and recovery

Aftercare planning is a critical part of the treatment process. In coordination with the treatment team, the patient will work on a plan to meet their long-term goals.

Our programs are developed to enhance self-understanding and responsibility by teaching new coping skills. Sessions for family members are available to help them understand the illness and needs and provide support throughout the recovery process.