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Outpatient Treatment Program

Mental Health Center of San Diego

The Outpatient mental health treatment program at the Mental Health Center of San Diego offers a range of services for anybody trying to overcome internal struggles while managing their typical life responsibilities. You will have access to therapy, counseling, and support to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and a good mental state.

What is Outpatient Treatment?

During an outpatient treatment program, the client lives at home while coming to the facility occasionally for mental health therapy sessions. 

Outpatient treatment in mental health or medical care does not need more than 24 hours of hospitalization. Under some conditions, patients who spend overnights in the hospital but are discharged home within 24 hours may be recommended outpatient treatment.

Who Should get an Outpatient Treatment Program

The outpatient treatment program in San Diego is designed for individuals who have the following:

  • Stable living situation.
  • Are not at high risk of having severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • Have a willingness and preparedness to change their lives.

What to Expect From Outpatient Treatment at the
Mental Health Center of San Diego

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

Individuals will study how ideas and behaviors are linked and address negative behavior patterns by changing the way they think in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). During CBT sessions, coping methods and relapse prevention are generally discussed.

Motivational Interviewing:

MI is a person-centered, nonjudgmental approach that can assist people in making decisions for themselves. It also helps reduce ambivalence toward treatment and recovery.

Intensive Family Systemic Therapy:

Usually completed for a weekend, this type of therapy involves the entire family unit in an attempt to improve communication and the family's overall functioning.

Outpatient therapy programs may also urge people to join 12-Step or peer support groups. Support group sessions can enable healthy peer interaction and encouragement with a self-help model.

There may be childcare and transportation options available and therapy for co-occurring mental health conditions. Outpatient mental health treatment may also provide holistic and complementary treatment options. Individuals should contact the specific outpatient treatment center for further information on what a particular rehab facility offers patients in San Diego.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient care is a great way to get the needed help without committing your full schedule to an inpatient program.

You will see a lot of self growth through individual therapy sessions, group workshops, life skills training, and mindfulness meditation techniques. Benefits of outpatient treatment include:

  • Freedom to continue daily responsibilities, like school or work. 
  • Development of life skills
  • Supporting system of peers
  • Long-term care to prevent a recurrence.
  • Improved thought processes