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Exploring Outpatient Therapy Options in Kentucky

As a community-focused organization, KVC Kentucky knows we all need connection. That’s why we offer many services to help families get stronger. And we’ve recently expanded our offerings to include outpatient therapy, positively impacting more people than ever around the state. Are you or someone you know struggling with mental health? There is hope, and we can help.

KVC has helped the communities in Kentucky for nearly 25 years, and we’re excited to announce the expansion of our services, now offering outpatient therapy state-wide. Outpatient therapy can help with many situations and conditions, and it could be right for you. 

Curious about outpatient therapy services? Wondering if you might be able to benefit from outpatient therapy in Kentucky? Whether you’ve been thinking about therapy for a long time, or just starting to consider outpatient services, KVC can help. Learn more about KVC Kentucky’s outpatient therapy program, and discover if it could be a good fit for you or someone you love.

What is Outpatient Therapy?

If you need mental health resources, you are not alone. Many Kentucky residents struggle with mental health concerns at a higher rate than the national average. If left untreated, you might be at risk for addiction, depression and potentially suicide. 

Outpatient therapy is a way to receive support, guidance and treatment without being admitted into a hospital, residential or other inpatient facility. This type of therapy is ideal for someone who needs help with mental health, but doesn’t require 24/7 support or safety monitoring.

The goal of outpatient therapy is to assist clients in their mental health in a way that’s both accessible and attainable. Here are some of the many benefits of outpatient therapy: 

  • You can still fulfill your daily responsibilities, including attending school or work 
  • You can stay connected to your children, family and friends
  • You can use the skills and strategies you’ll learn from treatment in real-life situations
  • You can transition more easily from therapy into regular everyday activities

Here at KVC, there is hope. In outpatient therapy, you can get support from a whole team of service providers, including psychotherapists, case managers, community support associates or a referral to other providers when a need cannot be met directly. 

What Conditions are Right for Outpatient Therapy?

Outpatient therapy can be a great solution for many mental health and substance use challenges — and it might be right for you too. People who struggle with anxiety, depression, traumas, other mental health conditions or substance use conditions can benefit from outpatient therapy. 

With an inpatient program, clients stay at the treatment facility each night, receiving full-time care until they are discharged. But outpatient therapy, on the other hand, can be great for people with less severe conditions. Many people love how outpatient treatment allows them to maintain a more regular schedule and continue to see friends and family, unlike hospitalization or other programs.

Outpatient therapy is usually best if your challenges are mild or moderate. Many conditions are ideal for treatment through outpatient therapy, including:

  • Depression and mood disorders, like bipolar disorder  
  • Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder and specific phobias
  • Stress management
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship or family issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance use disorder or addiction
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Self-esteem and identity issues, including issues related to self-worth and confidence
  • Chronic pain and illness management

Who is Best Served with Outpatient Treatment? 

Outpatient therapy has many benefits, so you might be wondering if it’s right for you. Here at KVC Kentucky, we want to serve as many people as possible with our outpatient care services. Our outpatient treatment is available for people of all ages, from young children to senior citizens.

Children as young as three years of age up through older adults are eligible. “There is no official restriction to the ages we serve,” says David Snyder, Director of Behavioral Health Services with KVC Kentucky. For the most comprehensive care, KVC’s team will help evaluate client needs and tailor the experience for each individual.

What is the Outpatient Experience Like? 

Getting started with outpatient therapy is easy. Once you’ve reached out to KVC Kentucky, a member of our intake team will reach out to get information and finalize the paperwork.

“The intake process is simple and includes a questionnaire about experiences and symptoms so that the clinicians have a better idea of how to help the client,” explains Kaitlin Welch, Outpatient Team Leader with KVC Kentucky. 

Then, you’ll head into a KVC office near you and meet with a clinician one-on-one. This first visit is all about getting to know you and understanding your struggles. During the appointment, you can ask questions, discuss goals and get an idea of what services you can benefit from. From there, you and your clinician will collaborate on your treatment plan, and official treatment can begin. 

After starting outpatient therapy services, many people wonder how long the treatment will last. Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all timeline. Your length of treatment will depend on what’s right for you and what kind of challenges you’re facing.

“All of our treatments are individualized to meet the needs of the client,” Snyder says.

The length of treatment depends on what you need most. For example, one person might feel down and stuck in a specific situation like a career or relationship and need just a few months of counseling, while someone else might struggle with substance use, complex trauma or mental health challenges and need longer, more involved treatment.

Is Outpatient Therapy Right for You or Your Child?

Outpatient therapy through KVC serves Kentucky residents of many ages who are struggling with a broad range of services and age groups. “In general, clients who can be responsive and engage in therapy modalities are most ideal for outpatient care,” Snyder explains. “The focus of our efforts remains on the ability to improve the lives of others.”

If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health challenge, outpatient therapy can offer hope and healing. And at KVC Kentucky, we can help. Getting started with outpatient therapy services is simple. Contact your nearest KVC Kentucky location today.


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