Partial Hospitalization Program

Fairfax’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) serves as a bridge for providers who are hoping to offer clients extra structure, and skills to help with stabilization during a difficult time. Likewise, PHP serves as a bridge for patients, allowing them an additional framework of support in a nurturing environment. PHP can be a great transition from hospitalization as a client returns to the daily tasks and rhythms of life. PHP can also help a client avoid hospitalization by providing a timely extra layer of therapeutic structure.

How to refer:

For more information or to make a referral please call: 425-821-2000, or 425-435-722 and ask about PHP. Fairfax PHP is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare.

Program Hours and Location:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am -2:00
PHP is located next to pm
Fairfax Hospital
10200 NE 132nd St.,
Kirkland, WA 98034

Short-term treatment. Long-term gain.

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Fairfax is a mindfulness-based program, which features, mindfulness practices, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills, within a psychodynamic therapeutic frame. The program is designed to help participants achieve stabilization from acute psychiatric symptoms that get in the way of everyday life including jobs, school, relationships and family. Participants live at home during the PHP program.

The design of PHP is centered around group-oriented programming. The program lasts for 5 to 10 days, but may be extended longer if requested. Treatment is individualized to best suit the needs of each participant including individuals with Co-occurring Disorders (mental illness plus substance abuse or dependence).  PHP encourages family meetings and family education as part of each participant’s treatment.

PHP programming includes learning mindfulness practices, calming and coping skills, emotional regulation techniques, interpersonal awareness skills, cognitive restructuring skills, and symptom management techniques as well as cognitive classes on such topics as sleep, basic needs, nutrition and relapse prevention.

Program Staff:

The primary staff for Fairfax PHP includes a licensed Psychologist, a Master’s-level Mental Health therapist, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a Registered Nurse (RN), each with expertise in therapeutic counseling and group facilitation. The support of the Medical Director and the Social Services Director of Fairfax further ensures the high quality care and therapeutic engagement of the PHP program. In most cases, participants may continue to see their regular outpatient providers while enrolled in PHP.


From the initial morning check-in group until the last group of the day, we focus on mindfulness. We encourage participants to take note of positive changes and small shifts on the way to recovery. Mindfulness is an evidenced based daily practice, with such techniques as meditation, visualization and deep breathing. Mindfulness is also a perspective that we can apply to internal and external experiences. We observe and describe our experiences in a non-judgmental fashion with compassion and curiosity.


We explore how attachment and attunement to our early caregivers is important in establishing our sense of trust, safety, ability to establish boundaries, and comfort with tolerating and expressing emotions.


If attachment is about how we connect with caring others, boundaries are about our ability to define ourselves in terms of values, safety, thoughts, emotions, and physical space. Are we comfortable saying no? Can we communicate our limits, our needs, our doubts and our beliefs to others in a way that works for us? Do we avoid conflict? Do we react? Are our boundaries too rigid, too vague, or inconsistent?


In this section participants learn about their relationship to their own emotions? We explore how comfortable participants are sitting with emotions and expressing emotions to others? Do participants avoid uncomfortable emotions as a way of coping? Do they find themselves over-reacting?

  • The presence of acute symptoms related to major psychiatric disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis)
  • These symptoms interfere with a participant’s ability to function at work or in the routines of daily life.
  • Stabilization would not be easily accomplished with a less intensive outpatient program.
  • There is a risk of hospitalization without structured, daily treatment.
  • The candidate is receptive to a group-focused treatment approach.

Dear PHP Staff:

It has been an adventure and a privilege, learning from you. I want All of you to know that I greatly appreciated your efforts. As you know, I was very down when I came in….I was alarmed that I could feel that depressed. I knew I needed additional support. I didn’t realize until later, that it was a loving thing to do for myself.

I didn’t know what to expect from this program. I didn’t know what to expect from the counseling team here….My spirit was weak and I had no fight left in me….but my innermost desire was to stop my unhealthy thinking… stop being so hard on myself…to stop letting fear dominate my life.

I watched how you worked with the other patients and myself. You are all very skilled and very intuitive. I felt that you genuinely cared. Most importantly, you helped me to turn the corner through the toughest time of my life….I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. Never underestimate how you touch lives.

There is no great calling that to create healing in someone’s life!

I wish you success and happiness in your lives. I would like to drop by sometime (as a visitor )

Best Wishes and God Bless!

Steve Buitrago



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