Torrington clinic expands services with IOP

Anyone suffering from severe anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders may benefit from a new Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) being launched by the Catholic Charities Behavioral Clinic in Torrington.

An IOP is useful for people who need more intensive care than a single weekly treatment provides but are not in need of in-patient treatment with around-the-clock supervision. The IOP offered by the Torrington clinic (132 Grove St.) includes 3-hour meetings, 3 times a week. The length of care depends on the individual and once the IOP ends, the participant can step down to just individual sessions. 

The benefits of an IOP are:

  • More structure and support, with multiple sessions during the week;
  • Individual meetings with a therapist plus group sessions that are important because they give clients a chance to offer shared experiences and connect with others facing similar challenges; 
  • While each week does include 9 hours of sessions, the IOP allows participants to carry on with their normal lives with far less disruption than an in-patient program.
  • Continuing to work, attend school, and living at home lets participants have more privacy regarding their mental health struggles;
  • A successful IOP will equip participants with new coping skills they can use in their daily life and for years to come.

An IOP may be the appropriate care for someone who is:

  • Experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviors;
  • Engaged in self-harm;
  • Receiving insufficient or ineffective care in an outpatient program;
  • Suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma or any other chronic or acute mental health problems that impair their functioning at school, work, or with family or friends;
  • Without a support system.

What you could expect from an IOP?

  • Group therapy, medication management, and aftercare planning;
  • Education about mental health and substance abuse;
  • Groups focused on depression, anxiety, trauma, alcohol and drug misuse, compulsive behaviors, coping skills, emotion regulation, and life skills.

Anyone wanting to participate in the IOP can call 860-482-5558 to receive more information or be screened and scheduled for an evaluation before being placed in the appropriate program.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford is a human service agency committed to providing help and creating hope for people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages throughout Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. Its Behavioral Health division has clinics that serve approximately 4,900 people with mental health struggles each year. Click here to learn more about the agency.

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