Outpatient Services


Program Philosophy

Outpatient Services at Westborough Behavioral Healthcare Hospital are designed to help each client learn effective ways to manage and care for oneself while living with a mental health disorder. We believe that treatment should help each person find his or her own path towards recovery and that treatment should be highly individualized.  We believe that personal, emotional, spiritual recovery and personal development occurs along a continuum and that treatment should be matched to the needs of the individual (and when practical, the inclusion of their loved-ones) as they proceed along that continuum.  We believe that honesty is the foundation of healing and growth; and that occurs best in an atmosphere of rigorous self-examination.

Program Description

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Typically, three  days of programming for 3 hours each day.

Partial Hospital Program (PHP)

Medically supervised program with typically 5 hours of programming each day, 5 days a week.

Outpatient Services Tracks

  • Adolescent Services
  • General Adult Services

Our Mental Health Outpatient Programs are designed to provide short-term stabilization and resolution for adolescent and adult individuals suffering from a crisis or exacerbation of their psychiatric condition. Our programs allow you to receive treatment while still maintaining an active and independent lifestyle at school, work or in the community at large. Our goal is to help you get back to living your life as quickly and productively as possible.

The majority of therapeutic work in the PHP/IOP programs is accomplished through group therapy sessions. Group work has been shown by many bodies of research to be remarkably effective in the healing and recovery process due to the multi-dimensional healing attributes present. You will also have the opportunity to work with a team of therapeutic clinicians during the program, including mental health clinicians, physicians and others. Your primary clinician will provide an orientation of the program to discuss and review the specifics of your specialized treatment plan.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of a treatment plan, or road map for treatment, that will be tailored to meet your unique needs. Variables in treatment can involve your individualized experiences and needs, program track time, the involvement of significant others or family in treatment, anticipated length of treatment, among others.

Programming includes psychotherapy groups, which provide the opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors impacting your current mood and functioning, and psychoeducation groups, where you will learn and practice coping skills. We utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other evidence-based approaches.  The details of the programs will be discussed and decided during your orientation with your primary clinician. 

Issues addressed in groups effectively promote the healing process and help you:

  • Significantly reduce fears, anxieties and depression
  • Manage anger, guilt and shame
  • Curb destructive impulses and behavior
  • Regulate emotions and tolerate distress
  • Effectively express thoughts and feelings
  • Set limits and build structure to one’s days
  • Replace negative self-talk with productive self-talk
  • Explore personal values and beliefs
  • Practice interpersonal effectiveness and communications skills
  • Learn effective and healthy ways to express anger
  • Generally improve your quality of life and overall wellbeing.