Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) offers group treatment for teens and adolescents (ages 12-18) who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, or behavioral problems.

These IOP groups provide more support and structure than teen outpatient counseling. This makes them an appropriate next step for adolescents who have completed a partial hospitalization program, residential treatment, or inpatient psychiatric care. Alternatively, teens can participate in IOP groups before trying a higher level of care.

Is IOP Therapy Right for Your Child?

Intensive outpatient programs are best for teens who struggle with mental health symptoms to the point where daily functioning is impaired. This level of therapy often benefits teens who exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Struggling in school and experiencing a drop in academic performance
  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Experiencing frequent or persistent negative mood (i.e. anxious, irritable, depressed, or hopeless)
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Having suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Being discharged from an inpatient or partial day program and looking for further support, OR
  • Currently in outpatient therapy but needing greater support

These types of symptoms may indicate a mental health disorder. Some common disorders treated by IOP include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Schedule for Teen Intensive Outpatient Program

IOP groups are held four days a week and each session lasts for 2 hours and 15 minutes. We offer primarily after-school programming to accommodate your child’s schedule. Your son or daughter can continue their education while receiving mental health treatment to help them thrive.

Schedules vary between locations; please contact the location you are interested in for more information.

Proven Treatment for Your Son or Daughter

The Light Program has many years of experience in adolescent and school-based therapeutic services and we understand the unique needs of children and teens.

Group therapy sessions are at the core of our teen IOP treatment. Your child will learn from and receive support from their peers in these groups, while receiving guidance from a mental health professional. Group subjects vary by location, but our programs all incorporate various skill-building topics. Groups are intentionally kept small so that your son or daughter can receive individualized attention.

We work with parents and their teens to develop a unique treatment plan. Family involvement is a large part of our approach here at The Light Program, with individual and family sessions available on an as-needed basis throughout your child’s therapy.

Locations With Teen IOP

Currently, intensive outpatient therapy for teens is offered at these Pennsylvania counseling centers:

Get Help for Your Child

To start treatment for your son or daughter, fill out a contact form and we will be in touch to schedule the first appointment. You can also call our admissions line at (888) 686-7511.