Methodist Healthcare Department of Psychiatry

The Methodist Healthcare Department of Psychiatry in San Antonio provides mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention services for adults ages 18 and older including a specialized, Medicare approved, geriatric inpatient program.

At Methodist Healthcare, we believe that mental illness and chemical dependency are real and powerful problems that negatively impact not only the sufferers but their family, loved ones and sometimes even coworkers. We know how difficult it is to face psychiatric illnesses and we work hard to provide our patients with the tools they need to improve their mental health. We treat the disease to empower the person and we provide programs to help our patients make the journey back to more healthy and happy living.

Methodist Department of Psychiatry offers a variety of treatment programs in a psychiatric hospital or outpatient setting, designed to evaluate and treat adults who have specialized mental health treatment needs. Our goal is to ensure that patients receive treatment in a setting that is conducive to their individualized needs. To be eligible for hospital admission, patients must be evaluated for treatment for behavioral problems that place the patient or others at imminent risk. Chemical dependency hospital admission is based on withdrawal symptoms that, if treated in an outpatient setting, might case imminent risk. We offer psychiatric services in San Antonio for the following:

Across our adult units, we help patients and families understand, cope with and, if possible, recover from a variety of mental illnesses. We treat illnesses that include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and
  • Anxiety

Using a multi-disciplinary team and treatment approach we provide psychiatrist services, group therapy, family therapy, medication management, and nursing care services.

Our older adult unit is specialized to meet the needs of persons age 55 or older. We offer services that address issues related to aging in conjunction with mental illnesses. Our staff has extensive experience in working with medical issues concurrent with psychiatric issues and in working with families of the elderly. We provide intensive multidisciplinary services that integrate behavioral interventions, therapeutic milieu, psychopharmacology and other approaches to stabilize patients rapidly and implement treatment plans.

Chemical Dependency is a treatable disease. We offer inpatient services to assist patients in getting started on their road to recovery. We are able to provide detoxification from alcohol and other substances and we assist with arranging a long-term treatment plan for maintaining sobriety. We have a multi-disciplinary team that has extensive experience in the treatment of substance abuse and chemical dependency as well as relapse prevention and aftercare options.

This program is specifically designed to provide patients with the same services one would receive on an inpatient unit while allowing them the ability to return to their homes at the end of each day. Program hours are Monday through Friday with weekends off. Most patients stay in the program from 1-3 weeks. Therapy services are provided in a group setting and include daily nursing care, psychotherapy groups, therapeutic recreation, and occupational therapy. There is also a multi-family group session one time per week which helps families or loved ones understand the treatment their loved one is receiving and learn about managing the illness. This program is under the supervision of a psychiatrist who sees all patients one time per week while they are in the program. This program provides services to patients with Mental Health and/or Chemical Dependency problems.

Call (210) 575-0509 for more information.

This program is an intensive group therapy program that is geared towards those individuals who are stable on medications but need psychotherapy intervention. The program addresses ways to maintain wellness, improve interpersonal, communication, and other issues that contribute to a patient’s inability to remain emotionally healthy. In this program, a person will see their psychiatrist on an outpatient basis, and will receive counseling services for 12 hours per week including a multi-family session every Saturday morning. A physician does oversee the program, however there is no ongoing physician. This program has different tracks for Mental Health, Chemical Dependency or a combination of the two and offers morning or evening hours.

Methodist Healthcare’s treatment team of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, case managers and nurses are experts in working with mood disorders and cognitive function issues that are often accompanied with medical conditions.


In addition to treating anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Methodist Department of Psychiatry specializes in the best treatments for depression that is severe or debilitating, and the best treatments for mood disorders most commonly recognized as Bipolar Disorder.

If you are experiencing any of these symptom, call (210) 575-0500 to speak to a licensed clinician or psychiatric nurse 24/7.

  • Depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless or tearful
  • Feeling no pleasure, or significantly reduced interest in most activities of the day, nearly every day
  • Experiencing significant weight loss when not dieting
  • Weight gain, or unexplained decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
  • Insomnia or sleeping excessively nearly every day
  • Restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, such as believing things that are not true, nearly every day
  • Decreased ability to think or inability to concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide or death, or planning a suicide
  • Attempted suicide

If you are experiencing any of these symptom, call (210) 575-0500 to speak to a licensed clinician or psychiatric nurse 24/7.

  • In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. But with mixed bipolar disorder, a person experiences both mania and depression simultaneously or in rapid sequence.
  • Self-injury, often referred to as cutting, self-mutilation, or self-harm, is an injurious attempt to cope with overpowering negative emotions, such as extreme anger, anxiety and frustration. It is usually repetitive, not a one-time act.
  • When a person's illness follows the classic pattern, diagnosing bipolar disorder is relatively easy. However, bipolar disorder symptoms can defy the expected manic-depressive sequence.
  • Suicide is a very real risk for people with bipolar disorder, whether they're in a manic or depressive episode. Approximately 10% to 15% of people with bipolar disorder kill themselves. But, treatment greatly lowers the risk.

For more information, please call (210) 575-0500 to speak to a licensed clinician or psychiatric nurse 24/7.