Weoffer the opportunity for patients to dive more deeply into treatment. Oftentimes, weekly individual therapy doesn’t feel like enough to reduce our clients’ emotional pain and difficulties with work or relationships. Consequently, the Petoskey Center provides patients with the opportunity to experience intensive treatment without the need for inpatient or residential psychiatric hospitalization.
Petoskey Center's intensive outpatient program (IOP) gives clients a safe place to:
Explore the reasons behind their psychological struggles
Learn and practice new skills for coping, managing, and preventing emotional crises,
Identify a path forward in terms of education, career, family, lifestyle, etc.
Practice implementing real change both in and outside of the therapy setting
Utilize the interactions of the group members to create more effective and satisfying relationships
Understand their emotional worlds in the context of their careers and important relationships
Experienced and diverse clinical treatment team
Our diverse treatment team is made up of experienced clinicians who have expertise across theoretical and clinical frameworks, including mentalizing, psychodynamic and interpersonal orientations, dialectical behavior therapy, and family systems.
Consequently, this gives
clients an opportunity to be informed consumers as they learn different therapeutic styles and discover styles that are particularly helpful for their needs
clinicians a better foundation for understanding the complexity of clients unique situations and a broader skill set to address the underlying issues that keep clients from reaching their full potentials
Strong client connections
One of the most important dynamics of group work is the establishment of strong connections between clients. We require that clients attend all nine groups together. This gives clients the opportunity to learn about each other and carry that understanding from one group to the next.
As a result, clients form a strong community in which they can build trust, take healthy emotional risks, and work on implementing new patterns of functioning. Ultimately, these rich connections allow clients to feel safe as they challenge themselves to address the difficult issues that brought them to treatment in the first place.
Small group size and personalized care
We limit our group size to 9 clients in order to provide a more intimate and safe environment to explore who they are. Given the intensity of our program, we make every effort to ensure that clients needs match the resources of our program. This assures that clients who are accepted into our program are more likely to connect with others in the program and will be able to utilize these connections for their healing and growth.
In many ways, our intensive outpatient program is like a mini-laboratory. Patients are encouraged to learn new skills, practice those skills with one another, and observe themselves and each other as a way to learn more about their patterns.