New Group! Real Talk About Vaping & Drugs

Need a place to talk about drug use? Are you looking for support and ways to have fun without using drugs? We welcome every teen to join us weekly for conversation, education and support regarding drugs of abuse. This is a “no judgment  zone” and a safe environment geared towards real talk with real people. For more info click here.

Eating Disorder IOP for Teens -Phoenix Arizona

The Adolescent Eating Disorders IOP is for ages 13-18. It is 3 days per week, a total of 10 hours per week.  Open enrollment, join any time.

If you know anyone who may benefit from either of these specialty programs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 602.997.2880 or email us at

We are also contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Behavioral Healthcare for our IOP’s. 

Anxiety Disorders/OCD IOP

The Anxiety Disorders/OCD IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) at Doorways is a group therapy program for teens who are struggling with the following issues or symptoms:

  • School avoidance/ refusal
  • Specific phobias (fear of vomiting, fear of spiders/animals, fear of elevators, etc.)
  • Panic attacks, panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

The Anxiety Disorders/OCD Intensive Outpatient Program is held three days per week.

Our IOP groups are contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Behavioral Healthcare.

For more information about IOP, contact our IOP coordinator at 602-997-2880 or

Here’s a typical session at our Anxiety Disorders/OCD IOP.

The first hour of our IOP is group sharing time. Members share and celebrate their successes and challenges with anxiety since the last group and offer each other feedback.

Then the remainder of the group we engage in fun and creative tasks to help adolescents face their fears.

These serve a purpose in challenging the social anxiety and OCD symptoms that keep adolescents from functioning in their world.We might play a game of charades, lip-syncing contests or practice doing every day activities that they might avoid.

We also go offsite and participate in activities that normally would cause us to feel extreme anxiety, but by doing it as a group in a safe setting, we learn how to overcome those feelings. For example, we recently went to a pumpkin patch and participated in a maze to challenge particular fears. We also go to malls or restaurants and plan social activities.

DBT Skills IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) for Adolescents ages 13-17

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a wide-ranging, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatment that has been shown to be a highly effective model for treating an array of disorders and problems. DBT is based on the theory that emotionally sensitive individuals tend to experience negative feelings more often, making it difficult for them to learn appropriate ways to regulate their emotions; this increases their tendency to engage in maladaptive behaviors to manage those negative feelings.  The goals of DBT skills training are to improve emotion regulation, learn mindfulness, strengthen distress tolerance, and increase interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT Skills IOP Group Phoenix AZ

The DBT Skills IOP Program at Doorways is for males and females, ages 13 to 17. It is open enrollment, which means you may join at any time.

This program is designed specifically for adolescents who are struggling with:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Self-Harm/Suicidal Ideation
  • Poor emotion regulation
  • Difficulty establishing/maintaining healthy relationships
  • Substance use

We have two DBT Skills IOPs

  • DOOR is Mon, Wed., and Thurs
  • WAYS is Tues,Wed, and Thurs

DBT Skills IOP includes

  • Use of diary cards/daily check-ins
  • Behavior Chain Analysis (BCA)
  • Skills instruction
  • Experiential activities
  • Goal setting
  • Weekly Parent Group and/or Family Group.

Our IOP groups are contracted with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Behavioral Healthcare.

For more information about the DBT Skills IOP contact our IOP coordinator at 602-997-2880 or


23 Fun Group Dating Ideas That Will Make You Scream with Laughter!!

Looking for something fun to do the next time you go out as a group?

Group dating: Having Fun Together Outdoors

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It can be easy to fall into the same routine when you have a group of people together. Movies and the Mall always seem to be the way to go. Here is a list of 23 fun date ideas to help break you out of your group date rut:

  1. Play Laser Tag. Arizona is home to the “World’s Largest Technotainment Laser Tag Arena,” Stratum in Mesa.
  2. Go Miniature Golfing. This can be fun year round as there are both indoor and outdoor options!
  3. Go Bowling. There are a few companies to choose from and they each offer their own special deals and events. The AMF Christown Lanes offers Dollar Mania, $2 Tuesdays, and College night to name a few. Some alleys offer cosmic bowling as well.
  4. Go Rock Wall Climbing. The Phoenix Rock Gym is a place to have fun while increasing your strength and improving your climbing skills. The routes are changed frequently so you’ll always find something new to test your skills.
  5. Attend a sporting event. Arizona has a lot of sports to choose from. You can go to a Cardinals football game or see the Suns play basketball. As well as watch the Coyotes play hockey and the Diamondbacks play baseball. Don’t forget that thanks to Arizona’s beautiful weather, you can also attend the spring training games at a much cheaper rate than an in season game.
  6. Go to an improv or comedy show. Jesters Improv is good for many laughs, and they offer classes.
  7. Go tubing down the Salt River. Remember to wear your sunblock and drink lots of water.
  8. Go hiking. Arizona offers an array of hiking trails. Some easy and some strenuous. South Mountain and Camelback Mountain are popular in the West Valley, and The Usery Mountain and Superstition Mountain ranges are popular in the East Valley. To make things a little more interesting, you could write out a list of items to look for on your hike, like a scavenger hunt. Look for things like a saguaro with 4 arms, or a Gila monster, etc. Always use caution and stay on the trails for your safety, and bring plenty of water.
  9. Visit a local farm. Many local farms offer seasonal activities, such as hay rides and corn mazes. They also have milk tastings, fruit picking, petting zoos, and so much more. Different farms offer different activities year round, so there are many dates to be had.
  10. Go Ice Skating. AZ Ice in Peoria has a public skate that is affordable and fun. They also offer classes and have delicious food.
  11. Go Roller Skating. Skateland is an indoor rink that you can enjoy year round. They often have special skating events like “glow in the dark skate” and discount skate nights/days.
  12. See a Concert. Living in the Valley offers many opportunities to see a show regardless of your taste in music. Country Thunder is a huge concert held every year in Florence with tons of big country names in attendance.
  13. Game Night. Stay in and play your favorite card and board games. Games like “Apples to Apples” offer a lot of laughs.
  14. Visit one of our zoos. The Phoenix Zoo offers cafés, shops, lush gardens and exciting experiences like Stingray Bay (touch live stingrays), Giraffe Encounter (feed the giraffes), Monkey Village (a walk-in enclosure where you can literally be inches from live monkeys),the Safari Train and many more.
  15. Attend a seasonal festival or fair. The Renaissance Festival in the spring is a great experience, and don’t forget about the Arizona State Fair in the fall with it’s fun rides, concerts, food and carnival games you are bound to have a great time. Many cities also hold small carnivals throughout the year so keep your eyes open.
  16. Ride go-karts. Crackerjax in Scottsdale has an amazing go-kart track. They also have bumper boats, batting cages, volleyball courts, and much more.
  17. Play Arcade Games at your local arcade. (Gameworks, and Dave and Busters are common favorites)
  18. Attend your local “Movies in the Park.”
  19. Visit the Arizona Science Center. They have a lot of hands on activities to take part in and interactive exhibits. There is also an IMAX theater and Planetarium.
  20. Make your own YouTube mini-series. Write your own funny scripts and star in your own 10 minute videos. Just remember not to get too crazy, once something is out there, it stays out there. Also get your parents’ consent if you are under 18 years of age.
  21. Spend a day at an Amusement Park. Castles N’ Coasters offers entertainment from the thrilling sky high roller coasters, to the world class miniature golf courses and the excitement of ramming into your friends in their bumper boats.
  22. Go swimming. There is Sunsplash in Mesa, Big Surf in Tempe, and Wet’n’Wild in Phoenix that offer fun water slides and wave pools. Or you could go to a local public pool, many of which offer high dives and a slide of their own.
  23. Go on a Photo Scavenger Hunt. Break into teams, then with a digital camera or a phone camera, take photos of things or even actions that you have written out on a list. Such as a team member shaking hands with a stranger, trying on clothing in the opposite sex’s department, posing like a mannequin in a store, singing loudly in a public place, etc.

Now that you have a list of ideas, go out and have some FUN!

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