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Adolescent Therapy

Behavioral Health Care for Struggling Teens

Adolescence is a difficult time for many children. Teenagers must deal with peer pressure and pressure to do well in school while trying to make a healthy transition to adulthood. This puts a lot of stress on their shoulders, and it could lead to mental disorders like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and more.

Deciding on teen outpatient treatment or other counseling can be difficult to navigate for parents and loved ones. SunCloud Health provides Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) from 4-7pm, three to five times weekly at our Naperville, Chicago, and Northbrook centers. Designed for adolescents in school needing more support than conventional therapies, our program treats depression, substance use disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, school refusal, and other behavioral health conditions. Please contact us for an assessment to see if our program aligns with the needs of your child, patient, or student.

Why Adolescent Outpatient Treatment?

Adolescent outpatient treatment involves receiving therapy in in a convenient outpatient environment. So rather than being checked into a facility, they can receive teen outpatient treatment while going about their every day lives. They can enjoy their adolescence while getting the care they need and developing important tools to overcome their mental health challenges.


Dr. Alexander Chevalier, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SunCloud Health, details the questions parents should be asking when looking for a treatment provider.

Does my Teen need therapy? Teen Outpatient Programs vs. Other Treatment Options.

Adolescent IOP isn’t the only way you can go when it comes to getting your teen the treatment they need. There are other options including inpatient programs, taking your child to a school counselor, or simply talking to them yourself. However, adolescent intensive outpatient treatment outpatient may be the best solution. 

An inpatient program will take your child away from their friends and schoolwork. It will interfere with their curriculum, and it could make them depressed and resistant to treatment. A school counselor may be effective but with a whole school of children to care for, they won’t be able to give your child the customized care they need. And if you try to talk to them yourself, you run the risk of saying the wrong things and causing a rift in your relationship that will do more harm than good.

Our shared experience of watching our teens struggle with mental health and addiction. 

– David Newton, SunCloud Health

At first, we think they are just making bad decisions. We justify this by believing that as adolescents, we expect some of this. We naively assume they will grow out of “it” and one day mature.  Signs that things might be worse than we hope include a few semesters of unusually poor grades, unexplainable and suspicious behavior, a substantial change in their friend group or months of them suddenly telling us how much they hate us.  After months of watching them go downhill, arguing with them and spending hours with close family and friends fruitlessly trying to come up with a solution for our newly diagnosed “difficult child”, we call their school counselor or a local therapist and ask for guidance.  If we are fortunate enough to get our kids to actually go see the school counselor or the local therapist (many are not!), once diagnosed with a mental health or addiction diagnosis, we are then faced with questions and thoughts ranging from, “give them more time, things will be fine..”, or  “How did this happen to MY CHILD when they had a fairy tale childhood”, or, “Now what do we do?”, or “What did I do wrong and how can I fix this since I am the parent, and nobody knows my child like I do?”


Why SunCloud Health is a Top Choice for Teen Outpatient Treatment

At SunCloud Health, we have dedicated our attention to the needs of teens and the emotional health issues they face, with specialized outpatient services from skilled and licensed behavioral health professionals who are specially trained to work with young individuals. We combine holistic treatments with evidence-based therapies, creating a customized plan that’s best suited to our patients’ needs. We address a wide range of mental health issues, ensuring we can provide the care that’s right for your teen. 

Don’t let mental health issues and substance use disorders get in the way of your teen’s ability to live life to the fullest. Fill out our form or call us directly to find out more about our teen intensive outpatient program. We will provide the care your child needs to find the health and happiness they deserve.

VIDEO: Our adolescent program summarized

What we treat

SunCloud health offers a full range of care tailored to the unique needs of adolescents:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Mood disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD 
  • Teen Drug treatment / Substance use disorders
  • Teen Eating disorder treatment 
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • School avoidance behaviors
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Family crises

No Two Teens Are Alike: Individualized Treatment for Mood, Eating Disorders, Substance and Trauma/PTSD.

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What is adolescent intensive outpatient (IOP)? How does it work?

The purpose of adolescent intensive outpatient is to provide additional support after school for teens who need more than traditional outpatient therapy but who can also navigate the daily stresses of school. It is to ensure that teenagers can receive the treatment that they need in a personalized and intensive treatment facility while still maintaining social and family connections. Variant adolescent IOP is a multi-step program that includes building problem-solving skills for both school and home, peer support through group therapy, case management, and access to psychiatrists for medical treatment. Variant teen IOP programs at SunCloud Health focus heavily on addressing the root issue while creating supportive and challenging environments geared towards optimal health.

Typical therapy treatment time is 3-4 hours each day, M-F and runs 3-5 days a week, depending on clinical necessity. The purpose is personalized intense treatment with access to home and normal life activities in an after school program setting. Some of the common issues we help with are school suspensions and misbehaviors, teen runaways, self-injury, defiance, suicidal ideation, and substance use.

VIDEO: If you are an adolescent considering SCH, listen as Hannah and Kelsey walk you through the process

We’re Here to Help Your Teen on Their Journey to Better Mental Health.

Get help for your teen from one of the nations most trusted names in treating teens for substance use addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, PTSD and related traumas.

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Our Adolescent Team discuss SunCloud Health’s Outpatient Treatment for Teens 


Alexander Chevalier, MD, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at SunCloud Health explains the role that family can play in the recovery of adolescents?


Dr. Nicole Bishop, Psychologist and Clinical Director on working with adolescence.

With attentive services and skillful programs, our specialized team will help your teen learn to problem solve, building confidence to return to a purposeful, fulfilling daily life at home and school.

Is someone hurting you?

Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.25.ABUSE (252.2873)

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 866.331.9474 (TTY 711)

National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Lake County Crisis: 847.377.8088

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide ( L.O.S.S.): 312.655.7283

The Right Treatment Program for Your Teen, the First Time.

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