Northwestern Medicine offers a complete range of coordinated outpatient care to help you overcome a full spectrum of mental health disorders, including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Bi-Polar disorder
- Eating disorders
- 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 both on our medical campuses and in the community.
The Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provide care to adolescents and 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 multi-disciplinary 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 3:30 pm (adolescents) or 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (adults). The substance-use disorders PHP meets Monday through Saturday (adults).
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.