Outpatient Psychiatry

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides group psychotherapy services to those adults who need the structure of a clinical program without the 24-hour nursing care found on the in-patient psychiatry unit. This group therapy driven program, emphasizing skill development, along with medication management and evaluation, is beneficial for those individuals seeking to avoid an inpatient hospitalization or for those who have recently been discharged from an in-patient program and feel they need the additional support to successfully complete their treatment.

The program averages 20 patients per day in the IOP. The IOP is offered Monday through Friday from 9 am until noon. The IOP offers two tracks, psychotherapy track and focus track. Patients are assigned to the clinical track that best suits their treatment plan.

Common diagnoses of patients in the IOP include but are not limited to:

  • Major Depression
  • Schizophrenia and other chronic mental illnesses
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive- behavioral treatment approach based on dialectical and bio-psycho-social treatment philosophy. Treatment is offered to adults and adolescents through a group therapy model. Four modules of skills training over a twenty week period emphasize the importance of balancing acceptance and change with the goal of increasing the ability to regulate emotions and promote effective behavioral change.

DBT initially was developed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder but research results indicate it can be an effective form of treatment for many clinical populations that experience emotional dysregulation and impulsive, maladaptive behavior. DBT groups are offered every week, including afternoon and evening hours. DBT groups average no more than12 patients per group. A patient must be meeting with an independent clinical practitioner in the community, or one through our own department, to be eligible for DBT.

Some of the more common conditions for which DBT is now being used include:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Substance Dependence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD

Outpatient Counseling

The third program in the Ambulatory Psychiatric Services Unit, which was formerly called The Counseling Center and located in New London, evaluates and treats adults, children, and adolescents who seek treatment for emotional, behavioral, psychiatric, and co-occurring disorders. Any individual 5 years of age or older is eligible for treatment. Children and adolescents are only eligible for treatment when immediate family take part in the treatment process.

To better serve the health needs of the people living and working in the southeastern Connecticut and the southern Rhode Island region, Behavioral Medicine staff from the former counseling center are co-located at several primary care offices in New London County: Groton, Ledyard, New London, Niantic and Stonington.

By offering primary care and behavioral medicine services conveniently in one facility, patients can benefit from early identification and prevention of underlying behavioral medicine conditions. By treating both physical and behavioral medicine issues together in a whole-person approach, better overall health can be achieved while at the same time improving the patient's health care experience.

This program provides a broad range of services including individual, group, family, and couples therapy, as well as medication evaluation and management, based upon individual evaluations by licensed mental health professionals in consultation with board-certified psychiatrists and/or advanced practice nurses.

Some disorders most commonly seen include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Childhood behavior disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and other Chronic Mental Illness
  • Personality Disorders
  • Co-Occurring Disorders

Current Group sessions being facilitated include:

  • Art Therapy (children and adult)
  • Psychodrama
  • Substance Abuse
  • Men’s Issues Group
  • Older Adult Issues Group (60 years of age and older)
  • Adolescent Group
  • Child Social Skills Group
  • Bariatric Group
  • Women’s Issues Group