Outpatient Treatment

Parkside’s Outpatient Counseling Programs are designed to provide necessary treatment services while also allowing them to continue with their daily home lives. Our programs serve ages 6 years and over who are struggling with life’s difficulties and find them hard to manage alone.   Parkside can also provide case management services for Medicaid recipients.

Parkside’s Counselors are licensed professionals dedicated to helping patients.

Typical problems, symptoms, behaviors and/or diagnoses may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse/dependence
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Childhood problems including ADHD
  • Family issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Gambling addiction
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Anger management
  • School and workplace issues
  • Thought disorders

Outpatient services include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Case management
  • Adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program (CDIOP)
  • Medication management

Group Counseling Programs including the following are also offered:

  • Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP)
  • Dual Diagnosis Group
  • Thought Disorder Symptom Management Group
  • Trauma Group

Group Counseling Programs- Descriptions for Adults

Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP)

The Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program provides a supportive group for individuals with a diagnosis of substance abuse or dependence and who may also have a mental health diagnosis. Emphasis is placed on the effects of alcohol and other mood-altering drugs on one’s life, including mental health. The program also includes the development of relapse prevention skills and a related plan.

Those who participate:

  • May have been unsuccessful in maintaining abstinence with the support of individual therapy and/or support groups.
  • May be required to attend an intensive substance abuse treatment program by the court DHS, their employer, or other entity.
  • May have been discharged from an inpatient program or who, if left untreated could require hospitalization.

The program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45am to 12:00pm and is effective treatment for alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, including problem use of prescription drugs.

Dual Diagnosis Group

Meeting Wednesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm, this group provides a supportive process group for individuals who have both a substance abuse or dependence diagnosis and a psychiatric diagnosis. Participants have also demonstrated a period of recovery even though their clinical history might include a recent relapse. We address the processing of stressors, the development of symptom recognition and redirection and stress management skills. Participants work toward demonstrating and understanding the co-occurring concept of addiction and involved symptoms, and build relapse prevention skills with a related plan. They also learn the importance of intra-group and community based support.

Thought Disorder Symptom Management Group

This group provides additional support to promote ongoing stability from long-term psychiatric conditions that are accompanied by thought disorders. We focus on the identification and processing of solutions for symptom management, prevention and reduction of the incidence of acute symptoms and need for hospitalization. This group meets Wednesdays from 10:15am-11:15am.

Participants can:

  • learn to identify the association between stress and symptoms as well as how to deal with an increase of symptoms.
  • develop intra-group and community based support which serves to build and support self esteem.
  • learn the importance of self care behaviors, including medication compliance.

Women with Childhood Sexual Trauma Group

This group meets each Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm and provides women, who have experienced childhood sexual trauma, a safe environment and opportunity to process their trauma and correct cognitive distortions that are affecting their present self-esteem and coping skills.

Participants can:

  • identify methods to manage flashbacks and nightmares.
  • learn to cope with difficult feelings by changing self talk, correcting distortions and using empowering affirmations.
  • learn to use creative outlets for hurtful emotions and how to make social contact when needing support.
  • learn to identify negative choice patterns and develop anxiety coping skills.

Coping with Anxiety or Depression Group

The Coping with Anxiety or Depression Group assists individuals in understanding and gaining skills to help them to cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This group meets every Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am.

Those who participate:

  • may have recently been hospitalized.
  • may suffer from symptoms of anxiety such as headache, heart pounding, worry, panic attacks or other disruptive symptoms.
  • may have discontinued use of anti-anxiety medications.

Group Counseling Programs for Youth

Preparation for Adulthood (Adolescent Group)

The Preparation for Adulthood group assists adolescents ages 13-17, who have a mental health diagnosis and/or severe behavioral problems, with developing the skills necessary to successfully handle themselves in the adult world.  

Those who participate:

May have experienced some form of abuse, neglect or similar events and may have learned to cope with this through alcohol and/or drug use, fighting, cursing and disrespecting others or other oppositional behaviors.

Participants will be provided the opportunity to:

  • Learn assertiveness without aggression
  • Build self-esteem and improve self-image
  • Gain skills to manage anger properly
  • Learn to cope with difficult feelings by changing self-talk, correcting negative thinking and using empowering affirmantions
  • Learn to identify negative choice patterns and how to make positive changes
  • Develop communication skills to express thoughts, feelings and emotions maturely

The program meets on Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Parkside's outpatient clinic.

Parkside’s outpatient counseling team consists of dedicated and skilled professionals with many years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. The outpatient team is made up of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Psychologists (PhD), Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LADC), Licensed Marital & Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Psychiatrists (MD or DO), Physician Assistants (PA) and a certified case manager.

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