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What Is Outpatient Mental Health Treatment? 


If you are suffering from a mental health disorder and need professional treatment, the fear of the unknown during this time can be intimidating and scary. Mental health treatment is provided to help people actively manage their illnesses so that they can live a life free from stress and worry. For each disorder, treatment almost always begins with a proper assessment to determine the structure and different kinds of therapy methods that will be needed for that individual. Customized care is very important to the success of mental health treatment. Today, our center for mental health care in Boca Raton is sharing what outpatient mental health treatment is and who it benefits the most.

What Is Outpatient Psychiatric Treatment?

Both addiction and mental health care are offered in a hierarchy of treatment types, otherwise referred to as levels of care. One level of mental health care is outpatient mental health treatment, which is a non-residential form of psychiatric care.

Outpatient psychiatric treatment is helpful in a non-residential setting, meaning clients aren’t required to live at a facility while receiving treatment, as opposed to those in our residential mental health program in Boca. As with other mental health programs, outpatient mental health services can be tailored to the individual’s needs.

Additionally, the nature and severity of the person’s mental health will also determine how long and intensive their care will be as well as the form of care they receive. Outpatient psychiatric care may include services like:

  • Individual or group counseling

  • Psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), biofeedback, and others

  • Psychiatric medication

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Bipolar disorder treatment

  • Anxiety treatment

  • Depression treatment

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

  • Stress management skills

  • Family therapy

No two people are the same, so no two outpatient treatment plans will be the same for all clients, either. Where one person requires one or two hours of mental health care per week, another may need more support and structure. Some outpatient mental health programs provide as many as 6 or more hours of treatment per day, several times per week. However, for those who require more intensive forms of care, a partial hospitalization program or residential level of care may be more effective.

Benefits of Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

Outpatient treatment offers many benefits:

  • Lower costs than inpatient care

  • Allows clients to work and go to school while receiving care

  • Allows clients to prioritize loved ones while receiving care

  • Helps clients transition from residential programs

  • Offers clients support outside of daily treatment to help them stay on track

While outpatient psychiatric treatment offers these benefits, one should never settle for the less expensive or more flexible option if it’s not going to provide healing. If you or someone you know needs a formal diagnosis, our mental health diagnosis services can help determine the disorder and appropriate form of care required.

Mental Health Care in Boca Raton

Once a proper assessment and mental health diagnosis are determined, an individual can expect a customized treatment plan to be created for them that goes into detail with the length of stay and the different treatment methods that will be utilized. For every client, the length of stay differs based on a variety of factors, including medical criteria, diagnosis, and insurance authorizations.

Clients can also expect mental health and behavioral health technicians to be an important component of their daily routine and to assist them with everything they will need during treatment. There should always be technicians on staff to easily guide you during treatment. Depending on the facility, the family can participate in a family group therapy session as needed.

Banyan’s mental health program in Boca is fully dedicated to properly treating co-occurring disorders and mental health disorders for every patient. For more information on how our treatment programs work, call Banyan Treatment Centers today at 888-280-4763.

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At Banyan Mental Health, our social workers are here to help provide growth through the recovery process, from detox to aftercare. We are here to help. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health or co-occurring disorder, seek help now. Call us anytime, we are here to help: (888) 422-1651.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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