Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

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The Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic (AOPC) at the Institute of Living (IOL) is a non-residential treatment program for persons with mental health related issues to receive on going care outside a hospital setting.


“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain but you are not the rain.”

Matt Haig

The clinic is a less intensive level of care than in-patient care, partial hospitalization or intensive out-patient programs and offers medication management, psychotherapy and weekly groups in a caring and supportive environment. An added feature of the Adult Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is that it helps support the IOL’s robust Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and therefore, is always on the cutting edge of research and best practices.

Patients at the AOPC receive state-of-the-art treatment from Psychiatrists, Advance Practice Registered Nurses, Psychiatry residents (who are closely supervised by a board-certified psychiatrist) and Social Workers. The clinic also provides case management services to help support patients in the community.

Modalities of Treatment

  • Individual psychotherapy, also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy or counseling is a collaborative process between a trained therapist and individual who is seeking help for personal issues so as to inspire change and to improve their quality of life. Overall, therapy is a resource for people to learn about themselves, their relationships and their circumstances.

  • Medication management refers to the administration and monitoring of medication to address symptoms associated with mental health conditions. The effectiveness of medication is evaluated over time and is adjusted if necessary to target symptoms. The decision to take medications is a personal one. The providers at the AOPC are trained and ready to discuss if medications might be right for you.

  • Group psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. There are multiple benefits of group therapy. Participants receive support and encouragement from other group members, they can feel less alone and isolated seeing that others are going through similar circumstances and it can foster feelings of belonging. Group members can also learn from one another through the sharing of ideas.

  • Therapy Groups:

Coping Skills Group
Tuesdays, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This group focuses on increasing perspective and insight around the development and application of coping skills in day to day life. Behaviors are discussed in the context of proactive, active and reactive coping skills as members share their challenges with symptom management, navigating relationships and other stressors. The basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Stages of Change, Relapse Prevention and safety are introduced as indicated to build insight and add to members personal tool boxes.

Grupo de Habilidades de Afrontamiento Para Clientes de Habla Hispana  
Martes, 11:00am - Mediodia

Este grupo de habilidades de afrontamiento es para clientes de habla hispana. El grupo se centrará en el manejo de las emociones y los factores estresantes, desarrollará la resiliencia, ayudará con el bienestar diario y utilizará estrategias cognitivo-conductuales para enseñar técnicas de afrontamiento eficaces.

Depression and Anxiety Group  
Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:00am

This is a group for persons who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. The group process will be stressed with emphasis on interpersonal interactions between group members. Topics for discussion will be determined by group members and there may some psychoeducation provided upon request.

Empowerment Through Effective Relationships Group 
Wednesdays, 4:15pm – 5:15pm

This process group is focused on relationships and communication styles and how they are affecting our interpersonal needs. Are they helping us achieve our interpersonal goals or, on the contrary, hinder this process? This group will touch on Assertiveness Training, DBT based Interpersonal Effectiveness Training, an understanding of healthy boundaries and some role playing. While the emphasis will be on “here and now” issues, the group will also examine attachment styles from childhood and how those styles effect our current sense of self.

Grief and Loss Group
Wednesdays, 11:00am – Noon

This group is geared towards helping those who are processing a significant loss. The group offers members an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with others in a safe and supportive space. All grief is valid but the way in which people mourn can be different. Talking about the experience of loss is often helpful for many people and sharing this process with others can provide support and grounding during a difficult time and aid in healing over time.

Illness Management and Recovery Group 
3rd Tuesday of the Month, Noon - 1:00pm

Illness Management and Recovery Group is a monthly group to support people with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. The goals of the group are to: instill hope that change is possible, develop a collaborative relationship with a treatment team, help people to establish personally meaningful goals to strive towards and to provide information about mental illness and treatment options. Goals for the group will also include the development of skills for reducing relapses, the management of stress and coping with symptoms, providing information about where to obtain needed resources, and helping group members to develop or enhance their natural supports for managing their illness and pursing goals.

Long Acting Injectable Group
Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The LAI group is for individuals who are prescribed a long acting injectable with the goal of enhancing recovery. Psychoeducation and the development of coping and social skills for psychosis are a core component of the group. Individuals will receive their LAI while at the clinic by our RN team and participants are able to utilize hospital lab services for efficiency in care. Medication management services are provided as part of the group process.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Group
Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am

This is a 12 week group for new moms/birth parents (0 – 18 months postpartum) experiencing symptoms of perinatal depression, anxiety and other related emotional distress. If you are struggling to function at home or work, if it is difficult to care for yourself or your baby, or you are struggling to connect and bond with your baby, then this group can help. Babies are welcome and members can attend in-person as well as on Zoom.

Women’s Group
Mondays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

This group provides a sanctuary for women to express, explore and empower themselves within a safe, supportive and compassionate environment. The group will focus on issues of self-esteem and self-image, self-worth and confidence, relationships and communication, family and intimate relationships and assertiveness and boundary setting. A sense of community and belonging from participation in the group can enhance mental and emotional well-being.


“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.”

Dr. Lauren Fogel Mersy

Treatment approaches:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Components of Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

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West Grad BuildingMost common Problems Addressed in the Outpatient Clinic

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Stress management
  • Marital/family/relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Psychosis
  • Work related issues
  • Issues related to Recovery

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Hours of operation​​

Monday, Thursday, Friday – 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Tuesday, Wednesday – 8:00AM – 7:00PM
(Extended hours to accommodate work schedules)

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For more information


Fill out our online inquiry form 

Or, call The Institute of Living Access Center: 860.545.7200, option 3

Services are available in Spanish (Se proveen servicios en Español).

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