Professionals' Program

The Professionals’ program is designed to meet the specific needs of individuals who may be struggling to balance their work, interpersonal life, and mental health.

If you’ve been experiencing mental health issues for some time, you may find the things you’ve tried haven’t quite worked. The Professionals’ Program is a perfect fit when outpatient services aren’t enough—but inpatient services are too intensive.

The goal of the program is to improve interpersonal life, relationship to work, and day-to-day activities so you may lead a healthy, well-balanced life.

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For Referring Providers | Our Team

Designed to Meet the Needs of Working Professionals

The Professionals’ Program is designed to offer a safe environment for individuals to receive psychiatric treatment. Each person who enters the program is suffering from symptoms and situations that are causing distress. They also come with a desire to address those situations so that they might return to their work and personal lives with greater self-understanding and the ability to manage stress.

The Professionals’ Program offers both Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment options. Treatment occurs in a group setting where individuals discuss their concerns and challenges with others facing similar issues. People who have benefited from the program include healthcare professionals, small business owners, insurance company employees, teachers, college students, tradespeople, primary caregivers and more.

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How It Works

The Professionals’ Program at the Institute of Living brings individuals together to work with behavioral health experts in a group setting. The program’s theoretical framework draws on aspects of insight-oriented treatment including family systems, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy, as well as, psychoeducational treatments including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We offer a range of group styles including both skills-based and interpersonal process groups, along with topic-specific groups including a harm-reduction substance use discussion and work-related issues group.

The Professionals’ Program can support individuals struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Gender Identity
  • Healthy boundaries
  • And more

The treatment team recommends a short break from work to participate in the program. Most participants use company time off, short-term disability or job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and Connecticut Paid Family Leave Act. However, the part-time, outpatient structure of the program offers some flexibility for those who need to continue working on a limited basis.

The Professionals’ Program meets in the cozy, home-like setting of the Buckingham Building at the Institute of Living. We currently offer the majority of our services in – person, with one day a week of treatment occurring virtually.

Features of the Program: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Professionals’ Program is currently offering program on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The program is typically 4 to 8 weeks in length, with 6 weeks of treatment as an average. Each program day includes three groups and medication management as indicated.

Features of the Program: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

As of Fall 2023, the Professionals’ Program offers PHP services. This is a more intensive treatment option and includes group therapy four days a week, with four groups each day. Individuals who attend PHP will also meet with our program psychiatrist weekly for medication management. PHP is typically two weeks, with individuals stepping down to the Professionals’ IOP for ongoing treatment.

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Information and Referrals

To begin the intake process with a confidential, personalized assessment, call the Institute of Living Access Center: 860.545.7200 or 1.800.673.2411

For additional information about the Mental Health Path, call 860.545.7061

For additional information about the Substance Abuse Path, call 860.972.7730

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program covered by my insurance?

The Institute of Living is a participating provider with most insurance, managed care and workers’ compensation plans.

Will my leave from work be covered by FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) “entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.” (Department of Labor). Further, On June 25, 2019, the State of Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program through the signing of the Connecticut Public Act (CT Paid Leave Authority). The Professionals’ Program offers treatment for serious health conditions covered under FMLA and the CT Paid Leave Authority. 

What are the features of your different treatment paths?

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Group therapy
  • Educational family meeting when indicated
  • Medication management (if required)

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Group therapy
  • Educational family meeting when indicated
  • Medication management

What are the hours of the program?

Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Can I continue seeing my own therapist?

Yes. Patients may continue to see their own psychotherapists if they already have one on days they are not coming to the program, or receive suggestions for referrals for follow-up after the program ends.

Can I take a leave or vacation from the program?

No. Unfortunately, taking time away from the program can hinder treatment progress given the intensive nature of the IOP treatment. Further, insurance coverage may vary for individuals not in treatment consistently.

Is there a professional substance use treatment program?

Yes, Please see

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Suicide and Crisis Hotlines

  • 211 Info Line - from within CT, dial 211, then option 3, then option 1 for a crisis hotline.)
  • 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)
  • 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)

Suicide Prevention Websites

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For Current Patients

If you currently participating in the professionals’ program, here are some helpful links and files.

Please add links for the following documents available for download:

If you would like to complete a release of information for us to speak to your providers, family, or others, please see:

Emergency Phone Numbers

If you are having a clinical emergency and need immediate support we ask you to reach out to the 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 472-HELP, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via phone or text at 988, 911, or go to your nearest emergency room.

Information and Referrals

To begin the intake process with a confidential, personalized assessment, call the Institute of Living Access Center: 860.545.7200 or 1.800.673.2411

For additional information about the Professionals’ Program, please call the program manager, Brianna Pollock, PhD at  860.545.7840

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For Referring Providers

If you are interested in making a referral to the Professionals’ Program, please call our access center at 860.545.7200. It is likely your client will also be asked to reach out to schedule an intake.

If you would like to discuss the program or potential referrals, please call the Professionals’ Program manager, Brianna Pollock, PhD at 860-545-7840.

If you are a referring provider, please review our admission and exclusionary guidelines.

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Our Team

Carol Freedman, LCSW, PhD, Clinician

Carol Freedman has worked in the Professionals’ Program for 22 years. She received her degree in clinical social work from Smith College and a doctorate in philosophy from Yale University. She integrates a psychodynamic framework with other therapeutic modalities into her work with groups, couples, and individuals, while also exploring how philosophical accounts of the self and meaning in life can deepen her approach to psychotherapy.

Katherine Simeone, LPC, Clinician

Katie completed her graduate work in mental health counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Clinical interests include: facilitating group work, interpersonal processes, and working with individuals curious to explore their relationship with substances.

Mitchell Page, LCSW, BCD, ACSW, Clinician

Mitch completed his MSW at New York University and his DSW at the University of Southern California. A social worker and group therapist since 1986, Mitch has expertise in treating trauma, mood disorders, and marital and family discord.  

Bruce Rothschild, MD, Program Psychiatrist

Dr. Bruce Rothschild, a board-certified psychiatrist, has been practicing psychiatry in the Hartford, Connecticut area since 1989. His sub-specialty clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and the interface of psychiatric disorders with medical illness. Dr. Rothschild completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and his post-graduate internship in medicine and psychiatry at Francis Scott Key Medical Center (formerly Baltimore City Hospital).

Brianna Pollock

Brianna Pollock, PhD, Program Manager

Dr. Brianna Pollock is a clinical psychologist and serves as the administrative program manager for the Professionals’ Program. She completed her graduate training at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living. Dr. Pollock has clinical and research interests in psychodynamic and mentalization-based psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and the intersection of diversity, equity, and behavioral health treatment. Dr. Pollock can be reached at or 860.545.7840.

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