For more information, please call (843) 847-3010 or view our physician listings to find a psychiatrist.

A Message from our Medical Director

My name is Jeffrey Cluver and I have the privilege of serving as the Medical Director of Trident Health's Behavioral Health program. I've been a psychiatrist for more than 20 years and have seen countless individuals and their families change their lives by taking that first step and seeking mental health treatment. Here at Trident Health we offer state-of-the-art and evidence-based treatment programs that are patient and family centered. Our multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals is experienced, compassionate, and here for you and your loved ones in your time of need.

Jeffrey Cluver, MD
Medical Director
Trident Health Behavioral Health

Lowcountry Transitions at Trident Medical Center

Lowcountry Transitions at Trident Medical Center provides patients access to inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services. Our dedicated team of psychiatrists, therapists, counselors and mental health professionals place special emphasis on personalizing every treatment plan to meet the unique needs of each person. 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 treats you or a loved one with warmth and compassion.

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 the patient. The safety and comfort of all of our patients is always at the forefront of everything we do.

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

Mental Health Disorders We Help Treat

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

Inpatient Psychotherapy

Lowcountry Transitions at Trident Medical Center in Charleston is a 17 bed adult inpatient unit, offering patients the latest behavioral health treatments including cognitive therapy and individualized psychotherapy. Our inpatient program allows behavioral health patients to undergo treatment in a safe, therapeutic environment with 24/7 access to psychiatric and medical professionals.

Our psychotherapy methods include:

  • Group therapy
  • Family counselling
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Individualized counseling
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Activities

Outpatient Behavioral Health

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

  • Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Each treatment program includes a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, nursing assessment and psychosocial assessment, plus the development of an individualized treatment plan. The primary forma of outpatient behavioral health is group therapy.

Private pay, Medicare and most insurances are accepted.

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 client’s level of functioning and reduce symptoms to prevent relapse or hospitalization. Session are conducted Monday through Friday, for three to four hours per day. The program duration is usually between two and four weeks, however length of participation varies with each individual.

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

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) welcomes clients who are transitioning from the hospital, their home, or by physician referral. The IOP program provides comprehensive psychiatric are during the day and the client returns home each afternoon. Sessions are conducted three to five times per week. The program duration is usually between two and four weeks.

Symptoms & Disorders Treated Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Addictive Thinking
  • Trauma
  • Other psychiatric symptoms

Admissions Criteria

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Medically stable to participate in the program
  • No immediate risk of harm to self or others
  • Willing and capable to participate in cognitive-based therapy
  • Does not primarily require custodial care
  • Has psychiatric symptom that impair social, occupational or other important functioning

Treatment Modalities for PHP/IOP

  • Group therapy
  • Communication skills
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Medication education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Problem solving
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem/Self-image
  • Coping skills
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Goal setting
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Relationships
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Time management
  • Mindfulness Meditations
  • DBT

Each program provides individual therapy and family education, in order to return clients to their optimal level of functioning. Medication monitoring is an important component of each client’s plan.

Referrals and Assessments

Referrals may be made by the client, psychiatrist, mental health professional, social service agencies or family members.

For referrals or assessments, please call (843) 847-3010.

Discharge Planning and Recovery

Aftercare planning is a critical part of the treatment process. The client, in coordination with the treatment team, will work on a plan to meet his or her long term goals. Our program are developed to enhance self-understanding and responsibility by teaching new coping skills. Session for family members are available, when needed, to help families understand the illness and needs, and to provide support through the recovery process.

Program Hours

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Monday - Friday:
9:00am - 2:00pm

Intensive Outpatient
Program (IOP)

Monday - Friday:
9:00am - 12:00pm

Water and coffee are provided. Lunch will be available at noon for those scheduled in an afternoon session.

Awards and Recognitions

group of behavioral health unit staff holding the Trident Medical Center stars of healthcare award

We're proud to have earned our hospital's Unit of Distinction Award for June 2020. The award is given to department's that have demonstrated consistent positive recognition by their patients and other hospital departments.