Outpatient Mental Health


Finding help for psychological and substance use disorders can seem overwhelming. Mercy helps you navigate the process, guiding you to a customized treatment plan that brings you care in a calming, compassionate environment. Mercy’s outpatient mental health treatment services let you maintain your regular schedule while receiving specialized care.  

Outpatient Psychiatry & Psychological Services

Consult your primary care doctor before seeking specialty care. Your doctor may recommend testing to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

If you and your doctor determine that it’s best for you to visit a specialty clinic, Mercy offers a variety of outpatient psychiatric and psychological clinics offering a variety of outpatient mental health programs, including:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Marital/couples therapy

Mercy’s care team includes psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and counselors who provide a full range of evidence-based therapies for patients of all ages. 

Outpatient Mental Health Programs

We provide confidential consultation, diagnosis and treatment of a full range of behavioral and mental health disorders. Though a physician referral is preferred, patients can self-refer for help with issues like depression, stress, grief, family dynamics, substance use and more.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs)

Mercy offers highly structured day treatment services for behavioral and mental health disorders called Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs). Typically, these programs provide 15-25 hours of therapy per week and are conducted by a full care team.

Since IOPs allow patients to spend the night in their homes, they can be good alternatives to more restrictive residential programs for patients who don’t require round-the-clock supervision or medical management. IOPs address issues including: 

  • Substance use and addiction 
  • Postpartum IOP – Unique to Mercy, this program lets new moms with postpartum depression get care while remaining at home with their families.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Adult serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)

IOP offerings vary depending on where you live, but we’re actively developing new programs based on patient needs. Your Mercy doctor can help you locate treatment resources to best fit your needs and treatment goals.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Mercy’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), also known as a day treatment program, offers outpatient substance use treatment for patients who don’t require inpatient treatment but can benefit from structured support. Participants live at home and commute to a treatment center up to 5 days a week.

PHP is recommended for those who need detoxification services for substance use, especially if they take medication to detoxify. Many find it helpful to ease the transition between inpatient care and resuming full independence. 

Outpatient Care Team

This fully integrated team works with your primary care physician to meet treatment goals.  Care teams include:

  • Psychiatrists – medical doctors who can diagnose conditions and prescribe medications. They help patients with medication management and coordinate with counselors who can provide talk therapy.
  • Psychologists – therapists who focus on psychotherapy and using behavioral intervention to treat emotional and mental suffering. They don’t prescribe medication, but they coordinate care with a psychiatrist if medication is needed as part of treatment.
  • Mental Health Specialists – counselors and specially educated staff who are trained to administer mental health evaluations and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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