Insight Psychological Centers and its affiliate Inspire Health, two multi-disciplinary outpatient behavioral health treatment centers in the Chicago area, have opened a new program for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. The AP (Adolescent Program) specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders and weight management difficulties that commonly start earlier in life.
"There was a great need for an outpatient program in and around Chicago that could provide intensive treatment for adolescents, which is why we created The AP," says program co-founder Susan McClanahan, PhD.
The AP provides individual, group and family programming in an atmosphere that is safe, confidential and professional. Individual treatment ensures close monitoring, mentoring and the development of relationships to foster healing.
The AP's group programming includes: support groups, psychotherapy process groups, psychoeducational groups, cognitive and behavioral therapy groups. It also offers experiential therapies like: art therapy, yoga, meditation, movement therapy and more. Working with other teens who "get it" helps adolescents learn from one another and understand they are not alone.
"The community dynamic that The AP offers really helps create the most effective treatment environment," says The AP program coordinator, Kristen Fenton, LCSW.
Parents also benefit from The AP by meeting both individually with therapists, and in small groups with other parents to learn how to best support lasting change. Adolescents who have experienced depression, low self esteem, lack of motivation, lack of focus, stress, bullying, self injury, trauma, grief, eating disorders or weight related difficulties find support, compassion and recovery through The AP's programming.