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Northwestern Medicine offers a complete range of coordinated outpatient care to help you overcome a full spectrum of mental health disorders, including:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • ADHD
  • Bi-Polar disorder
  • Depression
  • Life transition crises
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Substance use disorders

Compassionate professionals help you work through psychological, behavioral, social, family, school and work difficulties through one-on-one, family and group therapy. Our specialists help you work towards leading a productive, healthy life.

Through our outpatient care settings, we work to recognize and treat mental illness as soon as the symptoms are present. Identifying mental conditions helps prevent long-term disability and empowers patients with more persistent mental illnesses to lead meaningful lives with the greatest degree of independence possible. We offer outpatient care in Winfield on the CDH campus and in St. Charles.


The Partial Hospital Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provide care for adults with mental health and co-occurring substance-use disorders, which cannot be managed in a traditional outpatient setting. Admission into these levels of care are often part of a recovery plan when stepping down from inpatient or residential care. Individual and group therapy, with psychiatry support, are the foundational elements of these programs. Patients often find the group-therapy treatment approach helpful in assuring them they are not alone in their thoughts, feelings and circumstances. The multidisciplinary team provides education, individual therapy and guidance while the group provides useful feedback and support. The team includes licensed and certified counselors, psychiatrists, registered nurses and certified expressive arts and movement specialists.

Each person in the outpatient program is assigned a primary therapist who is responsible for co-creating an individual treatment plan, monitoring progress of treatment goals, providing one-on-one therapy, facilitating case management and developing an appropriate aftercare plan. Family involvement is highly encouraged and family therapy sessions may be part of a patient’s treatment plan.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is an ideal setting for:

  • Individuals who need step-down from inpatient care to continue recovery.
  • Clients experiencing a decline in functioning or an increase in symptoms, such as becoming more isolated, or expressing suicidal thoughts, but are not actively suicidal (no intent or plan).
  • Individuals who are still psychiatrically stable but are using maladaptive coping strategies, such as self-injury, or self-medicating with substances in response to their personal stressors and moods.

The mental health PHP meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The substance-use disorders PHP meets Monday through Saturday.

Intensive Outpatient Program is an ideal setting for:

  • Step-down from Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
  • Individuals needing more structure and support than traditional outpatient therapy.
  • Reinforcement of skills and relapse prevention in order to transition back to daily life including home, school, work and social interaction.

Mental Health IOP meets Monday – Friday, for three hours, daily. Substance-use disorders IOP meets Monday through Saturday, for three hours, daily.

After-care (Discharge) Planning:

Having a post-treatment plan is an important part of recovery. It is crucial to have supportive systems in place to maintain restored levels of health and functioning. Your hospital therapist will link you to resources and healthcare providers who can help you achieve transition back to daily life, continued recovery and help prevent relapse.

Meet the Team

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The Behavioral Health Services Outpatient Partial Day Hospital Team incorporates the services of board-certified psychiatrists, nurses, licensed clinical therapists and behavioral health counselors. The physicians and nurses provide management of psychiatric medications and medical issues, while the therapists and counselors provide one-to-one, family and group therapy to work through behavioral, cognitive, social, family, school and work difficulties.

Meet the Western Suburbs Outpatient Behavioral Health Care Team


Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital offers a Young Adult Mental Health TrackOne in four young adults has a diagnosable mental illness. Many do not seek the care that they need to recover because they worry about stigma or that taking “time out” for mental health care will interfere with work, school or friendships. These young adults struggle to meet the demands of adulthood, and progress towards their goals “stalls” along the way.

The Behavioral Health team at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital offers a program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of young adults, ages 18 to 25, who may not be reaching their full potential. Our treatment approach explores all of the issues that may be involved: mental health, substance abuse, interpersonal challenges, executive functioning skills and taking on responsibility for oneself.

Our program uses evidence-based therapies and interventions aimed at improving motivation, life skills, problem-solving and social relationships.

Elements of the Young Adult Mental Health Track:

  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital offers a Young Adult Mental Health TrackPsychiatrists and therapists who specialize in working with emerging adults
  • Resource coaches who meet with patients to take steps toward goals, such as applying for jobs or college, volunteering, choosing classes, learning organizational and time management techniques and taking responsibility for basic self-care needs
  • Group cohort experiences to provide support and destigmatize common struggles
  • Family therapy to address potential conflict when a young adult lives at home and is learning to become independent for the first time

To schedule an assessment appointment or inquire about services, please call 630.933.4000.

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Behavioral Health
27W350 High Lake Road, Winfield 

Find out more about our inpatient and outpatient services at Central DuPage Hospital: Behavioral Health - Northwestern Medicine.

To access non-emergency treatment at Northwestern Medicine Behavioral Health, please call 630.933.4000. TTY 711.

Locations & Contact Information

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