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.
- Click here to read more information about OCD.
- Click here to read more information about social anxiety disorders.
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.