What to Expect from Outpatient Depression Treatment

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What to Expect from Outpatient Depression Treatment

Is Outpatient Depression Treatment Right for You?

For those with depression, deciding the type of treatment that is right for you can be a daunting task. There is a range of treatment options to consider, and each treatment comes with its own set of pros and cons. The first thing to know is that by seeking treatment, you are taking a huge step towards controlling your depression and are making a great decision for the betterment of your life.

Types of Depression Treatment

Weekly therapy sessions can be a great start for those who have never experienced depression treatment before. A therapist can offer great insight on how to deal with your depression daily. However, only meeting once a week can leave some feeling like they need additional help during those other six days.

Residential depression treatment may be the best option for someone who is suffering from depression. Residential treatment requires someone to move into a treatment facility and receive depression treatment full-time for an extended period. However, residential treatment may not be feasible for someone working full time or with family and school commitments.

This is where outpatient depression treatment can provide a comfortable middle ground. Outpatient treatment meets five days a week, but still leaves you enough free time to handle the obligations of everyday life. Outpatient treatment is best suited for:

  • Someone who previously used residential treatment and is wanting to take a step-down approach to depression treatment.
  • Someone who cannot leave home for an extended period.
  • Someone who wants to seek treatment while still pursuing their career.
  • Those who are currently in weekly therapy and are considering the next step up in treatment.

Types of Outpatient Depression Treatment

Outpatient depression treatment at Pasadena Villa Outpatient can be broken down into two categories: intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) and our partial hospitalization program (PHP). A PHP is the most comprehensive outpatient program available for depression. It serves as a preventive option to hospitalization, as well as a bridge for those stepping down from hospitalizations or residential treatment programs. PHP takes place five days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Partial hospitalization is the best way to attend an intense treatment environment and still maintain the ability to remain close to family and support systems.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a step down from PHP or it can be used as a supplement to traditional outpatient treatment. It is designed to help individuals who are either experiencing a rise in distressing symptoms or for those who are not progressing in traditional outpatient services. The comprehensive program and added support foster meaningful progress and creates a solid foundation before transitioning to community providers. IOP meets 3 to 5 days a week for 3 hours a day, allowing flexibility around class schedules, work, or family obligations.

How We Treat Depression in Our Outpatient Programs

All our programs, regardless of PHP or IOP, focus on providing quality treatment that includes:

Customized Treatment

We provide customized care that is designed to meet each client’s specific needs. Our clinical team of board-certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, registered art therapists, and licensed professional counselors partner with clients and families to design a treatment plan that offers the skills needed for a successful pathway to recovery.

Psychotherapy Groups

Our program provides tailored psychotherapy groups each week that offer practical ways to handle life’s challenges, ensuring they address each client’s needs. Our outpatient facilities offer different groups ranging from Narradrama therapy to somatic psychotherapy. You can read more about the individual groups that we offer on our Group Descriptions page.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT focuses on building skills for regulating your emotions. These skills help our clients to experience emotions the moment they happen and help them gain a nonjudgmental perspective on the world. Additionally, research has shown that DBT is effective in treating other disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) educates clients on recognizing ways in which their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviors. Clients learn to practice specific techniques and engage in role-play activities that form strategies for controlling their emotions. These activities can help correct deeply held but false beliefs that contribute to their disorder. Through time, they see lasting improvements in mood and an overall positive outlook on life.

Finding treatment as soon as possible for your disorder is an important key to recovery. Whether you are seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, our admissions team can assist you in finding the best treatment options available. Find the location nearest you to start the journey, we are ready to help.