Intensive Outpatient Program
Because our goal is to help you return to a full life, a part of that process is slowly re-integrating “regular” life activities. This often includes scheduling changes and that affects treatment. Therefore, we created a flexible intensive outpatient model based upon your family and work scheduling needs. We offer multiple intensive outpatient program (IOP) tracks to fit your lifestyle.
Our mental health and substance dependence IOPs are located in Westlake Village. Our Malibu location offers a more “boutique” and focused approach for people. Some may not need the intensity of a full IOP schedule, but more in-depth services than weekly outpatient treatment.
Most people coming into treatment feel lost, confused, or “stuck.” Intensive individual therapy can be very helpful to develop self-understanding. Good therapy helps people explore how faulty patterns of seeing the world were created and reinforced. Finally, good science and a caring therapist can help people develop more adaptive ways of managing feelings.
People who come into treatment, and, also, many in the community, could benefit from group therapy. Individual therapy alone is effective, but not good enough. The ways we interact with people are often part of the reason we seek treatment. Group therapy, however, is often more ideal and growth-enhancing for learning about how to manage our interpersonal behavior effectively. Typically, or often, a unique combination of group and individual therapy is key for treatment success.
Important Services We Include in Your Program
If it’s possible, and you are willing, we involve family in your treatment. Issues like addiction and mental illness often affect not just the identified patient, but the entire family system. The family needs to understand their role in the identified patient’s illness, and how they can be more effective in helping them heal and grow is crucial for lasting change.
Neurofeedback is a new, and very effective, tool in our toolbox. This tool helps people learn how to understand and manage feelings through brain-body awareness techniques. Using EEG technology and a skilled counselor, people can develop body-mind integration. This strengthens a person’s affect regulation ability. Learn more here.
One reason most people seek out treatment is because they struggle with feelings. There are many tools for managing feelings; however, one of the older, but more effective, tools is mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation and mindful exercise, like yoga and tai chi, are actually quite calming. These techniques activate parts of the brain that help us feel calm and “present.” Our ability to be “present”and in-tune with our mind-body process strengthens our ability to regulate our emotions according to neuroscience research.
Because people are complex and unique, in addition to therapy, we address specific life needs of each client. Services such as neurofeedback, yoga, mediation groups, art therapy, career counseling, and psychiatry services are available. Moreover, we provide career, personality, legal, and immigration assessments when requested.