Intensive Outpatient Program
When in our outpatient program, you’ll spend most of the time in a group setting. This may not seem ideal to some, especially those with social anxiety, but keep in mind that it’s all led by a therapist — the same therapist working with you on treatment goals. The benefit of group therapy is that you can gain another perspective on where you’re at. And you can use that insight to work on what you need to.
You may discover things about yourself, your mindset, or behavior patterns that you couldn’t see… but others notice it. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear the stories of others. By seeing how someone reacts to their own situation, it’s likely you’ll gain insight into yourself.
It’s not just about what a mental health provider can do for you. It’s also about how regular people — who are struggling with similar problems — can help each other along to a more productive place.
Don’t Cope Alone – Cope Together
When you’re at your most difficult point, the worst place you can do is isolate. You need support from others. It can help you draw incredible strength. You see, we need social interaction, validation and assurance that we’re not the only one facing all these life challenges.
People in group are going to be facing various struggles. Some of them will be:
- Major Depression
- Crippling Anxiety
- Current Life Crisis
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance Use Disorder (as a secondary diagnosis)
No one should have to face any of these problems by themselves. That only makes it worse. Receiving therapeutic interventions from your counselor (and even others in group) is where the real change happens.
Group sessions are 3 hours each, 3 days per week in the evenings. We keep our groups fairly small — anywhere from 4-10 individuals. This is a highly effective number for group therapy, and it doesn’t overwhelm our group participants.
Group Therapy Challenge
Support is a huge part of group therapy. But being challenged is also an extremely crucial part of it too. Sometimes your perspective being challenged from the outside can cause the beginning of that change you’re looking for. Take the support, take the challenges and use them to move your life forward.
Group Therapy Setting
A Strong Treatment Plan is Your Blueprint for Success
Nobody has it all figured out. The good news is that you don’t need to right now. When you come into our program, the main idea to focus on is “What do I want right now?”.
At this moment in your life… what do you want to see get better?
There’s no right or wrong answer. And the answer may change right in the middle of treatment… even more than once. That’s great! It means you’re growing. Just keep moving forward…
From there, we take your stated goals and put them into a plan. This isn’t a “cookie cutter” type of treatment. It’s customized to your specific needs. This “blueprint for treatment” is what our team uses to guide you to a better place.
IOP Treatment Plan Structure and Process
The treatment plan is highly structured and divided up into parts. The first part is filled out by you at the very beginning — when you’re admitted into the program. The second part is filled out by the therapist and coordinator… and in collaboration with your psychiatrist.
The part you fill out is as follows:
(It’s super easy!)
- Your stated goals that we can help you achieve
- Problems you are facing (there will be options to circle)
- Your strengths, which will help you achieve those goals
- Barriers that you think might get in the way
You’ll attend your first week of group sessions and then have a psychosocial assessment — a one-on-one visit with the therapist. This will allow you and the therapist to get better acquainted and he/she can determine where you’re at… and how to get you to a great outcome.
Treatment Team Meetings
The therapist will have the first treatment team meeting with the rest of the treatment team. They’ll fill out the second part of the treatment plan:
- Goals (could be from 1-3 goals)
- Objectives (steps to achieve the goal)
- Interventions (how the therapist needs to help you)
The treatment team will meet bi-weekly to monitor your progress, assess your needs and change goals (if needed). This process will continue until goals are met and you are discharged from the program.
Reach out to the team at Therapeutic Solutions and find out more about how we can put an actionable plan in place to help you reach your goals.