Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

by | Jan 19, 2023

General outpatient services often occur once a week for one hour at most. Some teens require more intensive services than weekly counseling offers or may be at risk of residential or inpatient treatment without more intensive services. We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Essential Touchstones that offers a more robust services designed to promote healing, mitigate symptoms and reduce the possibility of hospitalization. On average the program lasts about ten weeks and meets three days a week for at two hours and includes family psychoeducation and individual and family therapy. 

Our therapeutic groups offer a safe and compassionate setting for your teen to learn about their mental health issues and receive support as they move toward recovery. Teens are supported by Essential Touchstones’ therapists using a variety of therapeutic methods including Experiential Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other evidence-based practices.

Experiential therapy is a multi-sensory method that supports a person’s healing process by using innovative tools and interventions. The foundation of Experiential Therapy is the idea that healing happens within the event itself. Teens can connect with difficult emotions through experience and action, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and relive emotional events to come up with different, more helpful responses to events. Using DBT, Teens learn a variety of useful skills that can be used to alter unhelpful and unproductive habits/thoughts/behaviors. DBT consists of four main skills groups: Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. 

Essential Touchstones is convinced that we can assist your teen by combining these therapeutic choices to create a treatment plan specifically for them. Contact us today to learn how we can help.