Mental Health

Peace River Center’s Outpatient Therapy Services offer client-centered individual therapy, group treatment and family therapy.  These services are offered in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

Peace River Center therapists work with prospective clients to create an individualized treatment plan to help support the client in his or her health, wellness and recovery goals. Therapists may also provide referrals, as appropriate, for specific Peace River Center services such as Targeted Case Management, Psychiatric Evaluations, Adult Recovery Services, and Child Specific services.

For questions or to schedule an appointment call
Access to Care: 863.248.3311
Toll-free: 800.305.6780

If you feel you are in crisis, call our 24-hour Crisis Line:
863.519.3744
Toll-free: 800.627.5906

Direct Number for all Highlands County Offices:
863.402.6859

Direct Number for Lake Wales Office:
863.978.4800

Direct Number for Wauchula offices:
863.773.3228

Evidence-Based Practices

Attachment-Focused Therapy allows the family and the child to learn how to play, accept healthy nurturing and touch, how to repair and change maladaptive beliefs about the world and the adults who care for children in healthy families. The therapeutic relationship is with the entire family but most importantly, the parents. The child learns to trust his family, to connect with his parents and siblings, and to challenge his world beliefs.

Child Play Therapy is a way of being with children that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of children – play. Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions. (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression and is now used for a number of mental health conditions, for example, anxiety.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that uses eye movement or some type of bilateral stimulation to help people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that result from traumatic life experiences.

Infant Mental Health emphasizes the importance of supporting the parent-child relationship, understanding typical child development, and each child’s unique temperament, learning positive behavior support strategies; and working to reduce family stress in order to help promote children’s mental health.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) provides treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together. The session is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills.

Sandplay is “hands on” psychological work, an adjunct to talk therapy. It is a therapeutic method that facilitates the psyche’s natural capacity for healing. In a “free and protected” space provided by a trained sandplay therapist, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand, water, and miniature objects.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy minimizes emphasis on past failings and problems and instead focuses on strengths and previous successes. There is a focus on working from your concern/situation and what you might want different.

Outpatient Therapy Locations

Peace River Center is open for business, but our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our clients, employees, and community. We are following CDC guidelines and are operating services in the following manner:

  • Walk-in access at all locations is limited at this time. We will not be able to accommodate non-emergency walk-ins until further notice.
  • If you would like to engage in services, we can set you up with telehealth options. Please call 863.248.3311 to get started.
  • If you are in crisis, we have a crisis hotline and mobile response team that can assist you. Just call 863.519.3744 or toll-free 800.627.5906. Our mobile crisis response team is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to assist with mental health or emotional crises.
  • Our Lakeland and Bartow Crisis Campuses and Crisis Stabilization Units remain open at this time and operate 24/7. We are screening all admissions following the CDC requirements. Patient visitation has been modified to ensure the health and safety of our staff and patients.

Avon Park

Outpatient Therapy and Medication Management

950 CR 17A W, Avon Park, FL 33825

CONTACT

863.452.3003 (Direct Business Line)
863.248.3311 (Appointment Line)

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(By appointment only.)

Bartow

Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatry at Bartow Crisis Campus

HOURS

Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

CONTACT

Appointment: 863.248.3311
Toll-free: 800.305.6780

Lakeland

Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatry at Gilmore Health Campus

1835 Gilmore Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805

HOURS
Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - Noon

CONTACT

Appointment: 863.248.3311
Toll-free: 800.305.6780

Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatry at Lakeland Crisis Campus

715 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801

HOURS

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CONTACT

Appointment: 863.248.3311
Toll-free: 800.305.6780

Florida Department of Health, Lakeland Clinic

3241 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33805

HOURS

By appointment only

Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to Noon
CONTACT

Appointment: 863.940.5205 or 863.248.3311

Toll-free: 800.305.6780

Lake Placid - Florida Department of Health

Florida Department of Health
106 North Main Avenue, Lake Placid, FL

Appointment Hours:

Friday             8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For questions or to schedule an appointment call
Access to Care: (863) 248-3311

Lake Wales

Outpatient Therapy & Psychiatry, Lake Wales

815 State Road 60 E, Lake Wales, FL 33853
HOURS

By appointment only

Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.
CONTACT

Office: 863.978.4800

Appointment: 863.248.3311

Sebring

Florida Department of Health

 7205 South George Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33876

 

HOURS

By appointment only. Appointment hours vary.

 

CONTACT

Appointment: 863.248.3311
Toll-free: 800.305.6780

Wauchula

Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatry, Wauchula

213 East Orange Street, Suite B, Wauchula, FL 33873
HOURS

 By appointment only. Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon

CONTACT

Appointment: 863.773.3228 or 863.248.3311