Mental Health

Outpatient Mental Health in Philadelphia

We provide comprehensive mental healthcare. While many cases involve addiction, we want to clarify that Wave Treatment Centers is a full service practice providing care for primary mental health issues as well. Depression and anxiety are incredibly debilitating and inadequate recognition and treatment can lead to unnecessary suffering and health consequences. Our providers will take the time to get to know you and figure out how to best help you through these problems. In some cases, psychotherapy may provide a solution by providing insight around the causes and identifying unhealthy behavior patterns. Other circumstances may call for medical interventions; Wave Treatment Centers will ensure your outpatient psychiatric needs are addressed. We may prescribe medications such as SSRIs, TCAs, atypicals, and for more severe symptoms we provide on-site Spravato (ketamine/esketamine) treatment and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

What is the Connection Between Mental Health and Addiction?

As with many chronic health conditions, there isn’t just one way that someone can end up with a co-occurring disorder. Some people have a mental health issue before their addiction, while others develop symptoms after they are addicted. Many different studies have been done on this topic, which has lead to three main reasons why mental health and addiction are linked:

  • Both mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders have similar risk factors. This can include genetics, high stress jobs, unstable personal lives, and a history of emotional or physical trauma.
  • Mental disorders can make it more likely for you to use drugs, and develop a substance use disorder. Sometimes people with a mental health issue try to use drugs to treat their symptoms and make themselves feel better. Other mental disorders can cause changes in your brain that make it more likely for you to become addicted to drugs.
  • Substance abuse and addiction can make it more likely for you to develop a mental health issue. This is because substance abuse and addiction can change the way that your brain works, which can lead to certain mental health issues.

What are the Signs of a Mental Health Disorder?

There are many different mental health disorders that affect people today. The signs and symptoms will depend on each person’s individual experiences and diagnosis. There are, however, some general signs that can point to a mental health disorder, no matter what it is. These signs include:

  • Feeling worried or fearful for no reason
  • Excessive sadness
  • Confusion
  • Problems concentrating or learning
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Inappropriate anger or irritability
  • Avoiding friends or social gatherings
  • Problems sleeping
  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Having distorted perceptions of reality
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • A general feeling of poor health without obvious cause
  • Problems carrying out normal activities, such as going to work or bathing

What is Outpatient Mental Health Treatment?

Outpatient mental health treatment is a type of treatment that allows people to still live in their own homes. Your treatment will take place in a doctor’s office, hospital, or other clinical setting, but you are not required to stay overnight. This is what makes outpatient mental health treatment different from inpatient treatment, which requires overnight stays. What these two programs have in common is that they are both tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Depending on what type of mental health issues you are having, what substance you have been abusing, and how severe your symptoms are, your provider will create the most appropriate treatment plan for you. The most common options include:

  • Addiction Treatment
  • Anxiety Disorder Treatment
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Bipolar Disorder Treatment
  • Depression Treatment
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Stress Management Skills

The amount of time that you will be required to spend at your outpatient mental health treatment program will depend on you and your needs. Most people begin with weekly visits for 30 to 60 minutes. As you successfully complete your treatment program, the amount of time you have to spend at the facility will decrease. 

Benefits of Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

Outpatient mental health treatment isn’t for everyone. If, however, you have a strong support system at home and are able to hold yourself accountable for attending treatment, an outpatient program may work for you. Some of the main benefits of an outpatient mental health treatment program are:


  • They allow people to maintain contact with their support network
  • They provide people with an opportunity to learn coping skills for both their addiction and mental health symptoms, and how to integrate them into their daily lives
  • They can help people transition from an inpatient treatment program back into their normal lives with more success


Our licensed clinical staff will determine if you are appropriate for the outpatient level of care. You should discuss all of your symptoms and situation with one of our medical or behavioral healthcare specialists in order for us to make the best determination for your care plan. Our clinicians are experienced in evaluating and treating mental health conditions and can determine the most appropriate and most effective course of action for you.

Outpatient Mental Health Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

Without adequate treatment, mental health issues are very difficult to deal with. Some people may end up trying to self-medicate their symptoms with drugs or alcohol in order to make themselves feel better, while others may develop symptoms as a result of their addiction. No matter what led to your mental health disorder, there is help available that can get you back on track to a normal, healthy life. Contact us today to learn more about outpatient mental health treatment, and to find out if it may be a viable option for you.

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