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Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health impacts everyone, regardless of age, gender or background. At Gundersen you will experience a multi-disciplinary approach for comprehensive, compassionate, confidential treatment. We recognize healing comes from treating the whole person. Our goal is to create supportive systems of care for lasting success, and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Whether it's at our La Crosse inpatient unit – a sanctuary of hope and healing – our specialized residential facilities for addiction services or outpatient services in La Crosse, Onalaska and at sites throughout the Tri-state region, you and your loved ones will receive the right care close to home.

During your first visit, a Behavioral Health provider will do a complete assessment, give you treatment options based on your condition or situation, and discuss your treatment preferences.

Conditions we treat

Our integrated team of physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and nurse practitioners, therapists and counselors can provide care for a variety of conditions and situations, including:

Note: If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please call 9-1-1 or Great Rivers 2-1-1 (simply dial 2-1-1) for immediate assistance.

Treatments we offer

You will experience compassionate care in a healing environment from our skilled clinicians, who can offer:

  • Assessment
  • Couples and family counseling
  • Education groups
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Integrated Behavioral Health treatment in primary care settings
  • Medication management
  • Residential and transitional addiction treatment

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services

Temper tantrums, mood swings, arguing, experimentation with alcohol or drugs and worrying can all be normal parts of childhood. But if you feel your child's behavior is not normal or your attempts to correct behavior problems have not worked, Gundersen Behavioral Health specialists can evaluate and treat your child's behavioral, emotional, social and psychiatric conditions. This care includes consultations with Pediatric Care specialists.

Crisis Services

Crime Victim Services

You have rights and can get help if you are a victim of crime. If you live in La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson, Trempealeau and Vernon counties and are the victim of robbery, violent personal injury, assault, drunk driving, sexual assault, or are the survivor of or a secondary victim to homicide, we can provide free and confidential crisis counseling, advocacy and information, and referral services. Call us at (608) 775-5557 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 55557.

Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support

If you or a loved one is the victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse, our Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support Program staff can help you recover from the trauma with therapeutic treatment and support services.

We provide services to children who have been sexually abused, adult survivors of child sexual abuse and recent sexual assaults.

Sexual abuse of minors (ages 18 and under) must be reported to a local human services department or local law enforcement agency for investigation and validation prior to being referred to our program. To report child sexual abuse, call the Human Services Department in your county:

  • Crawford County: (608) 326-0248
  • La Crosse County: (608) 785-5875
  • Monroe County: (608) 269-8600
  • Trempealeau County: (715) 538-2311, ext. 290

Our program is funded by a Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) Grant and a Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) Grant, so there is no charge for our services. Services are offered in our Onalaska, Sparta and Prairie du Chien Behavioral Health offices.

You can contact us at (608) 775-3845 during normal business hours. If it is after normal business hours, please contact our Sexual Assault Services 24-hour crisis line at (608) 775-5950 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 55950.

Suicide Assessment

If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, our team of clinicians can help you.

Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable. There are warning signs in a majority of suicide attempts, including changes in sleeping and eating habits; neglecting personal hygiene; personality changes; withdrawing from favorite activities; drug or alcohol abuse. Our Behavioral Health Assessment and Referral Team can help you or a loved one work through these feelings. We can be reached during normal business hours by calling (608) 775-3644.

If it is after normal business hours, please call 9-1-1 or call Great Rivers 211 (dial 2-1-1) or (800) 372-8255 for immediate assistance.

what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

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