Behavioral and Mental Health Care for Women

Women have unique pressures when it comes to their mental health. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) partners with you to maintain health and happiness. We’ll help you balance the demands of work and family and deal with any unique mental health needs you may experience.

Our specially trained clinicians include board-certified adult psychiatrists, along with psychologists, masters-level therapists, psychiatric nurses and other clinicians.

The team works closely with primary care providers to evaluate and treat behavioral or mental health conditions in women. When needed, we involve other specialists to deliver comprehensive care. We help women not only cope, but thrive, during every stage and phase of life.

Mental health needs by life stage

Menstruation

Dramatic changes in hormones accompany menstrual cycles. For many women, this means premenstrual syndrome (PMS). For others, it means the more serious premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Our specialists help you manage the mental and emotional needs that accompany menstruation.

Sexual health

If you have sexual concerns, including sexual dysfunction, during any stage of life – our compassionate providers offer a range of therapies. Your OB-GYN providers offer the Sexual Health Office Practice or “SHOP,” which is a clinic run by OB-GYN physicians and advanced practice clinicians who have received special training in sexual dysfunction and sexual health therapies.

We provide guidance when psychiatric medications affect your sexual functioning or interfere with birth control.

For women whose sexual health concerns are related to life changes such as cancer, pregnancy or menopause, we offer both short- and long-term support.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can bring feelings of joy and excitement. But for some women, pregnancy brings sadness and worry. We offer support for women who:

  • Are coping with the inability to get pregnant (infertility)
  • Have miscarried or lost a baby following delivery
  • Need support to manage an existing mental illness during pregnancy
  • Become ill during pregnancy and need both medical and mental health services

Postpartum period

Following childbirth, you may experience many different emotions. For some women, this period brings a feeling of doom, known as postpartum depression. We provide special care to women suffering from postpartum depression. We balance their need to feel well with the needs of their baby, particularly when it comes to medications and breastfeeding.

Menopause

The fluctuating hormone levels common during menopause may cause emotional upheaval in women, especially if they have a history of depression. Women may need extra mental health support during menopause.

Behavioral and mental health concerns

Some women experience emotions and feelings not related to a specific life event. We provide woman-focused care for these concerns, regardless of when or why they occur in your life:

  • Stress-related disorders
  • Mood disorders like depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Eating disorders or body-image concerns
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Cancer and other disease-related mental health concerns

Mental or Behavioral Health Treatment Options

We offer both inpatient and outpatient mental health care for women. Treatments we provide include:

  • Group psychotherapy
  • Family psychotherapy
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Education
  • Psychiatric medications

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg offers inpatient behavioral health services in the Behavioral Health Science Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, these programs provide short-term crisis stabilization for adults or adolescents (ages 12-18), until they can safely receive care in an outpatient setting. For admissions, please contact psychiatric emergency services at 484-884-2425.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill also offers inpatient behavioral health services at its South Jackson Street and East Norwegian Street locations for adults, seniors and adolescents. 

Lehigh Valley Hospital—Pocono offers inpatient behavioral health services on the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono campus. This program provide short-term crises stabilization for adults.

Outpatient behavioral health group practices

We provide short-term services at Lehigh Valley Hospital­­–Muhlenberg and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, including individual, couples, family and group therapy, and when indicated, medication management to children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Problems addressed include depression, anxiety, marital and family problems, difficulty coping with physical illness and grief issues. Our clinicians include board-certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrists, along with psychologists, master’s-level therapists, psychiatric nurses and other clinicians.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry—Muhlenberg
2710 Schoenersville Road
Phone: 610-297-7500
Fax: 610-297-7533

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
LVPG Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry—1259 Cedar Crest
1259 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 230
Phone: 610-402-5900
Fax: 610-402-4650

Need Help?

For mental health counseling or crisis intervention, speak to a real person 24/7 at the numbers below.

National Crisis Center: 1-800-273-8255

For local assistance, call your county hotline:

  • Lehigh: 610-782-3127
  • Northampton: 610-829-4801
  • Berks: 610-236-0530
  • Bucks: 800-499-7455
  • Carbon/Monroe/Pike: 570-992-0879
  • Lackawanna: 570-348-6100
  • Luzerne/Wyoming: 570-829-1341
  • Montgomery: 855-634-4673
  • Schuylkill: 877-993-4357
  • Susquehanna: 570-278-6822 
  • Warren (NJ): 908-454-5141

WarmLine: For Lehigh County adults only

610-820-8451

WarmLine service provides confidential telephone support for Lehigh County adults to listen, care about, inform, discuss issues and, sometimes, to comfort callers. Available 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

WarmLine en Español: 484-223-0785

(7 dias a la semana, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.)