Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
By Alejandra Sequeira, PhD | Counseling Psychologist
The Houston OCD Program offers an individualized Child/Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents with moderate to severe OCD and other anxiety-related disorders. This program is specifically designed with a behavioral therapist focused on 1:1 therapy with our program Behavioral Therapists, the child/adolescent and their family members. The quantity of individual sessions recommended per week will be determined with one’s behavioral therapist and family therapy recommendations will be determined with our family therapist. Costs will be determined based on quantity of services.
How do I know that this program is right for my adolescent?
- Your child/adolescent is suffering from severe anxiety and outpatient treatment has not been successful
- You are interested in having your child/adolescent complete a step-down program after residential or inpatient treatment
- You would like to minimize the amount of school your child/adolescent has to miss
- You are looking for your adolescent to make the most of a spring or summer break
- You want your adolescent to receive 1:1 individual and family therapy rather than group-based therapy, as is typical in many other Intensive Outpatient Programs
What is treatment like at the Adolescent Program?
Parents/Guardians and the child/adolescent will first meet with a behavior therapist to complete a thorough diagnostic assessment that utilizes empirically validated instruments, behavioral observations, patient and family history, and review of past treatment records. Next, the child/adolescent and their family will collaborate with our Behavioral Therapist in developing an individualized treatment plan based on their symptoms and unique difficulties. We will then implement an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral intervention (known as CBT), the gold standard treatment for youth suffering from anxiety disorders and/or OCD. Our goal is to not only alleviate your adolescent’s symptoms, but also to prevent these symptoms from returning. To achieve this goal in the context of our short-term intensive program, we actively address relapse prevention early on in treatment and help the adolescent feel prepared for tackling future challenges after their treatment stay. Finally, as the adolescent is often living with their family, we recommend family therapy during the AIOP program with our program’s family therapist.
What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) examines the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, while learning that if we change the way we think and the things we do, we can change how we feel. CBT is focused on techniques which help adolescents learn that if they face their anxiety-provoking thoughts, feelings, and situations in a gradual and systematic way, they will feel less anxious over time and their fears will come with less frequency and intensity.
*Each client is required to complete an initial assessment with a behavior therapist for an initial evaluation and treatment planning prior to the start of the intensive program.
Alejandra Sequeira, PhD | Counseling Psychologist
Dr. Alejandra Sequeira is a Licensed Psychologist in both Texas and California. She is fluent in Spanish and provides treatment in both English and Spanish. She has considerable experience in treating OCD, OCD-related disorders, depression, trauma, and anxiety disorders in children, teens, and adults.