Connections - Santa Cruz

A Leading Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic for Adults In Santa Cruz, California

Finding the right level of care can make all the difference in your healing journey. At Connections – Santa Cruz, we offer clinically excellent outpatient programming for adults who are struggling with various mental health concerns. 

About Connections – Santa Cruz

Located in Santa Cruz, California, less than 90 minutes south of San Francisco, Connections – Santa Cruz provides two levels of outpatient programming for adults age 18 and older whose lives have been disrupted by certain mental health conditions.  

Depending on your individual needs and goals, you may receive care through our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP). 

Common concerns our outpatient programming addresses include:  

  • Major depressive disorder 
  • Anxiety disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Schizoaffective disorder 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

Before you start any treatment with us, we will conduct an initial assessment to determine whether our outpatient programming is the right fit for you. Based on the results of your assessment, we will either accept you for admission to Connections – Santa Cruz or refer you to another vetted, trusted facility. Our goal is to make sure that you receive the care you deserve, whether with us or at another facility.  

Our Partial Hospitalization Program

The partial hospitalization program at Connections – Santa Cruz is ideal for people who just completed an inpatient or residential program and are stepping down to a lower level of care.  

This program is also an excellent option for those who do not need the intensive support of higher levels of care but can still benefit from a more structured form of outpatient treatment than they would receive through traditional outpatient therapy. 

PHP participants meet six hours a day, five days a week, returning home when the treatment day ends. Everyone heals at their own pace, but most people take part in the PHP at our Santa Cruz, California, outpatient treatment center for about two to five weeks. 

Our Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient program at Connections – Santa Cruz is usually best for people who are stepping down from a partial hospitalization program. However, this program is also suitable for those who need a higher level of care than they would receive through traditional outpatient therapy. 

We provide care in the IOP at our Santa Cruz, California, outpatient treatment center three hours a day, three days a week. This schedule offers IOP participants greater flexibility, so many people can continue going to work or remain active in things that are important to them. 

The average length of IOP participation is eight to 12 weeks, but we evaluate each person’s progress individually to determine the best time for them to move on to the next stage of their healing journey. 

Therapies & Services

Everyone responds to therapy differently, which is why we personalize each person’s treatment to their specific situation. To ensure that your care meets your unique needs, our expert team will gather information about your medical history, presenting symptoms, and treatment goals. Based on this information, your care team will develop a care plan that is tailor-made for you. 

Whether you take part in the PHP or IOP at our outpatient treatment center in Santa Cruz, California, group therapy will be foundational to the care you receive. You’ll participate in daily group therapy sessions that focus on building relevant skills and improving overall functioning. 

Throughout the week, your care team may integrate various experiential therapies into group sessions, such as mindfulness, art therapy, music therapy, and guided imagery. You may also meet individually with a therapist each week and take part in family therapy sessions as needed. 

We use different therapies and approaches based on individual need, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and the Seeking Safety model. If your care team recommends certain prescription medications to ease your symptoms or help you function better, you may also meet with a psychiatrist to discuss your medication needs. 

Our Location

Connections – Santa Cruz is located at 1121 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, California.  

If you have any questions about the outpatient programming at our center, please reach out to us at: 

Phone: (669) 281-4134
Fax: (669) 275-4104 

The doctors really cared and took the time to listen to me. I felt really good being heard and having a say in my treatment.

– Mackenze Q.