Care Team | El Camino Hospital

Care Team

Care Team

Our experienced mental health professionals are dedicated to helping people manage mental illness through comprehensive, supportive care. 

At El Camino Hospital, our mental health team has the expertise to provide all levels of care — from acute inpatient care to outpatient services, support groups and more. Our professionals deliver care with compassion, understanding and respect.

Compassionate, Collaborative Care

Our mental health team includes experienced caregivers who work collaboratively to deliver comprehensive care. Because people are often facing other medical conditions, medications, treatment and other therapies are carefully coordinated for each person.

Mental health team members work closely with your primary care doctor to deliver a continuum of care. Our team members include:

  • Child-adolescent behavior specialists – Therapists who specialize in treating children and adolescents with mental health conditions. Our child-adolescent behavior specialists work closely with those in the ASPIRE and adolescent eating disorders programs.
  • Marriage and family therapists – Postgraduate-level mental health professionals who are licensed to diagnose and treat mental health and substance-use problems. Marriage and family therapists focus on helping people manage their symptoms and interactions within their existing environment.
  • Occupational therapists – Professionals who assess and evaluate basic living skills and abilities of people with mental health conditions. They determine the skills, support and environmental modifications that are needed to promote independent living.
  • Program coordinators – Therapists and social workers who work closely with patients, families and referring mental health professionals to answer questions and provide guidance during treatment. Our coordinators interact with insurance companies, help with external mental health resources, and provide assistance and support as needed.
  • Psychiatrists – Medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, including prescribing and managing medications. Our psychiatrists oversee treatment and meet regularly with individuals to prescribe and monitor medication, evaluate progress and adjust treatment as needed.
  • Psychologists – Licensed, doctorate-level professionals who work closely with psychiatrists to provide assessments, develop treatment plans and oversee treatment. 
  • Psychotherapists – Mental health professionals who are trained to treat people with emotional problems. Depending on their degree, they can be psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and social workers, among others. Our psychotherapists and postgraduate-level psychotherapy interns provide individual, family and group counseling.
  • Social workers – Specially trained social workers who specialize in psychotherapy and counseling. Our social workers provide counseling, education and support for individuals and their family members, and assist individuals with external mental health resources.
  • Specialized nurses and clinical staff – Psychiatric registered nurses provide an integrated approach to care, with special expertise in caring for those with severe or complex mental conditions. They’re assisted by licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), nursing technicians or aides (CNAs) and other caregivers.
  • Therapists in training – Our care team includes trainees of varied backgrounds who gain experience working in a collaborative treatment environment while receiving training by qualified supervisors. Trainees can include Marriage and Family Therapist interns, Occupational Therapy Interns, Social Work interns, and Psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows.

El Camino Hospital plays an important role in training tomorrow’s mental health professionals. The hospital offers a full-time, 12-month psychology internship program that prepares interns for a professional psychology practice. Please check back for the next application period in autumn 2018.

Talk to Someone

Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact a Program Specialist

To make an appointment, get information, schedule a free assessment or refer someone, call 866-789-6089 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

If you or someone else is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or call 911 immediately.

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