Outpatient Therapy

Learn more about how outpatient therapy can help you get your life on track without putting it on hold.

Why Outpatient Therapy?

Outpatient therapy is a unique method of treatment that allows individuals, couples, and families to get professional help for various mental health challenges, while also continuing with their day-to-day lives. 

Here are some reasons why outpatient therapy could be the right choice for you:
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Flexibility and Convenience

Outpatient therapy is all about balance. You can schedule your sessions at times that fit around work, school, or other commitments. Every session is tailored to accommodate your needs. This means you don’t have to disrupt your life to seek help.

Fostering Independence

Staying connected with your community, work, or school while getting therapy promotes autonomy and collaboration. You’re not just learning coping strategies; you’re practicing them in real-time. Through outpatient therapy, you learn to manage challenges as they come, applying therapeutic techniques in your daily life.

Continuity of Life's Routines

Having a consistent routine can be particularly beneficial for those managing conditions like bipolar disorder. About 4.4% of U.S. adults face this condition.1

Engaging in outpatient therapy means that you can maintain these routines. Whether it’s your morning walk, evening reading time, or any other cherished self-care time, it can remain uninterrupted. This continuity often leads to better treatment outcomes.

Integrated Community Support

Being engaged with your community while getting treatment ensures that you have immediate access to your support system. This constant support can amplify the positive effects of therapy.

Outpatient Therapy at Alternative Options

At Alternative Options, we offer outpatient therapy tailored to cater to the specific needs of each individual. This path includes support, understanding, and professional care in every session.

You can expect to find a wealth of expertise in our outpatient therapy services. Our team includes:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)

With specialized training in relational dynamics, they can help with familial and marital challenges, ensuring that family and romantic bonds remain strong even in the face of adversity.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)

Our social workers’ broad knowledge base allows them to provide guidance through life’s many stressors and transitions, whether it’s:
  • Coping with a job loss
  • Navigating relationship issues
  • Adjusting to life after a significant event

Licensed Psychologists

Equipped with in-depth knowledge in human behavior and cognition, our psychologists dive deep into the psychological aspects of mental well-being. This helps you understand and navigate complex emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Addressing Various Mental Health Challenges Through Outpatient Therapy

Approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences a mental illness.2  At Alternative Options, we understand the vast landscape of mental health challenges, from depression and anxiety to more complex issues such as PTSD and schizophrenia. 

Whatever you’re facing, you are not alone. Our highly-skilled and compassionate team is trained to guide you toward a brighter, more balanced future.
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Individualized Session Plans

Every person’s journey is unique. That’s why our approach to outpatient therapy is molded to fit your specific needs. Research shows that individualized treatment plans improve therapy outcomes.3 Whether you attend sessions once a week or more frequently, your therapeutic journey will be aligned with your personal goals and pace.

Accessibility and Reach

At Alternative Options, we aim to be within reach for everyone in need. Here’s how we ensure our services are accessible:
  • In-Person Sessions: For those who prefer traditional face-to-face therapy, our centers in both Los Angeles and Orange County are equipped to welcome you in a comfortable and safe environment.
  • Telehealth Services: We’ve embraced technology to bring therapy to you, wherever you are. If you’re unable to attend in person, our telehealth platform ensures you can still connect with our therapists.
We are dedicated to guiding you through your therapeutic journey with expertise, compassion, and comprehensive care.

Our Services in Outpatient Therapy

When looking for care and support in mental health, the right fit is everything. It’s about more than just treatment. It’s about finding a place that understands you, has a history of excellence, and uses a comprehensive approach. 
Alternative Options has been at the forefront of this journey for many, and here’s why:



Psychotherapy is a collaborative process where trained professionals help you identify, discuss, and cope with various challenges. Our therapists have expertise in managing addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and more.

Some therapy techniques that we utilize at Alternative Options include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

A notable method within psychotherapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A study highlighted the effectiveness of CBT in treating various disorders.4

CBT focuses on identifying negative thought patterns and equipping you with strategies to challenge and modify them. Some of these strategies include:

  • Learning to recognize one’s own negative ways of thinking
  • Gaining a better understanding in your own and others’ behavior 
  • Using problem solving skills to cope with difficult thoughts or situations
  • Developing a greater sense of confidence in your own abilities 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

We also offer dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is a form of therapy designed specifically for people with severe emotion dysregulation, often manifesting as self-harm or suicidal behaviors. It is especially beneficial for those with borderline personality disorder. 

Originating from the principles of CBT, DBT focuses on acceptance and change. It integrates the idea of mindfulness and teaches skills to:
  • Manage emotions
  • Tolerate distress
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
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Holistic Treatment Techniques

Holistic healing means treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. At Alternative Options, we integrate various therapeutic techniques to offer a well-rounded approach:

  • Art Therapy: Art therapy lets you express feelings and emotions through creative processes.
  • Music Therapy: In music therapy, music becomes a tool to explore emotions, improve well-being, and enhance communication.
  • Yoga/Trauma-Informed Yoga: These practices help in grounding you, reducing anxiety, and improving physical health.
  • Reiki: This is a way of guiding energy through the body to promote self-healing. 

Support Mechanisms

Your well-being is interconnected with various factors in your life. Proper nutrition, for instance, can assist in managing and even preventing certain mental health disorders.5
With a dietitian on-site, we provide:
  • Nutritional Support and Counseling: This guides you on balanced eating habits and how nutrition plays a role in mental well-being.
  • Family/Significant Other Support Groups: Being surrounded by a supportive community can accelerate your recovery. These groups offer a space for loved ones to understand, learn, and contribute positively to your healing journey.

Advanced Therapeutic Resources

Beyond traditional therapies, we also incorporate advanced resources to optimize treatment outcomes:
  • Genetic Testing: This helps in understanding how your genes can influence your mental health and the way you respond to medications.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): Sometimes, the best therapeutic approach is a combination of counseling and medication. MAT provides this balanced method, which is especially beneficial for those battling addictions.
  • Random Drug Testing: For people in recovery from substance use disorder, periodic drug tests ensure accountability and track progress.
Our outpatient therapy services offer a spectrum of resources tailored to your unique journey. By intertwining traditional and advanced techniques, we aim to provide a supportive, effective path towards healing and well-being.

How Alternative Options Is Here For Our Patients

At Alternative Options, our philosophy transcends typical care. We’ve forged a pathway that doesn’t merely treat, but elevates the journey to recovery with purpose, understanding, and unity.

Beyond Treatment: A Mission of Renewed Purpose

Every challenge you face isn’t merely a symptom; it’s an invitation to dig deeper and discover the broader narrative of your life. At Alternative Options, we recognize this.

Holistic Healing

At the heart of our approach is the belief in treating the entire person. This is not just about alleviating symptoms but ensuring every aspect of you is nurtured towards health and well-being.

Addressing Root Causes

Surface treatments can offer temporary relief, but we aim deeper. By uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of challenges, we set the foundation for lasting wellness.


Self-awareness is a journey inward as much as it’s outward. We encourage understanding oneself better. This introspection is often the first step to sustainable positive change.

Comprehensive Treatment Programs

Every challenge is unique, and so is our approach. We’ve crafted comprehensive programs, each addressing specific needs with expertise and empathy.

Mental Health

Be it the weight of depression, the unrest of anxiety, or the complexities of other mental health challenges, our programs are designed to cater to each with precision and care.

Substance Use Disorder

Addiction, a challenge in its own right, is approached with understanding, expertise, and the tools necessary for recovery. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that can navigate the complexities of your substance use disorder.

Eating Disorders

Eating challenges, from anorexia to binge eating, require nuanced care. Our approach ensures therapeutic and nutritional guidance, hand in hand.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Some individuals may struggle with dual diagnosis. This is when a person has both a mental health and substance use disorder at the same time. Our holistic care at Alternative Options can help treat both disorders at once to promote comprehensive and full care. 

Instilling Meaning and Purpose in Our Patients’ Lives

Every person is a sum of various facets – mental, emotional, behavioral, and relational. Our approach doesn’t stop at treating; it’s about enhancing each of these aspects for everyone who walks through our doors. 
By focusing on these facets, we aim to not just heal but to enrich, instilling a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Discover Comprehensive Wellness with Alternative Options

If you or someone you know feels the weight of life’s challenges, know that help is at hand. At Alternative Options, we don’t just provide a service; we walk beside you on a transformative journey.
From holistic healing to specialized programs, our offerings are tailored to resonate with your unique narrative. More than that, it’s our commitment to ushering in renewed meaning and purpose in every life we touch.

What We Provide

No matter your symptoms, we will craft an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs. Our outpatient therapy is offered for individuals, couples, and families. This way, no matter what your or your loved one’s dynamic is, we can help you heal.

Reach Out Today and Begin the Journey Towards Healing

Let’s begin this journey together, toward wellness, understanding, and a life imbued with purpose. Connect with Alternative Options today and uncover the pathways to holistic well-being through outpatient therapy.