Akeso Behavioral Health Group is a South African network that specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, eating disorders and mental illness. While most of the Akeso locations provide general psychiatric, dual diagnosis and young adult treatment programming, the Albertson, Randburg, Parktown and Pietermaritzburg facilities offer specialized outpatient treatment services for adolescents with dual diagnosis disorders, eating disorders and high care. Nicknamed TAG for The Akeso Graduates Group, the outpatient services were developed to support both clients and the families of clients.
Treatment and Staff
Clients beginning outpatient treatment undergo an extensive comprehensive health assessment administered by a multidisciplinary team including a psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor and a nurse. From there, an individualized treatment plan is created to meet the specific needs of the client. The Alberton and Parktown facilities offer outpatient psychiatric treatment for a range of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety as well as alcohol and substance use disorders and trauma. There is also a specialized program geared towards adolescents with co-occurring disorders and another for geriatric clients. The Akeso locations in Randburg and Pietermaritzburg offer these services in addition to treatment for clients with eating disorders.
While the evidence-based DBT method serves as the cornerstone of treatment, the TAG program integrates other therapeutic methods including 12-step, family therapy and psychoeducation classes like body image and nutritional counseling for clients with eating disorders. Clients engage in individual and group therapy, with sessions typically held during evening and weekend hours. The dual diagnosis programming for individuals with substance use disorders follows the bio-psycho-social treatment model, which aims to build life skills for a sustainable recovery. Treatment includes individual, group, family and couples counseling in addition to classes on the nature of addiction, relapse prevention and patterns. In addition, Akeso encourages clients to participate in local 12-step support groups for alcohol, substance use and overeating as well as for surface addictions like sex and gambling.
Akeso facilities are comprised of a multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, dietary nutritionist and a nursing team. For clients with co-occurring disorders, medication management is available.
Akeso Behavioral Health Group has 13 mental health treatment facilities throughout South Africa that specialize in the care of clients struggling with an array of mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and personality disorders as well as addiction and eating disorders. Four of the Akeso locations provide outpatient treatment (TAG) for psychiatric disorders as well as more specialized programming for adolescents in need of dual diagnosis support and clients struggling with eating disorders. The facility believes in a multidisciplinary model of care where each clients are treated by a team of specialists including psychiatrists, psychologist, occupational therapists, social workers and nurses. For clients seeking world-class outpatient services for a range of conditions, Akeso is an excellent option.
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