Outpatient Care & Group Therapy Options

When treating OCD and other anxiety-related disorders, our continuum of care includes several options depending on patient need and resources. Levels of care differ according to the amount of treatment received and the extent of clinician involvement. Lower levels of care involve less treatment time and clinician supervision, while higher levels of care include more of each. The levels of care offered at the Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute are described below, starting with the lower levels of care.

Professionally Assisted Self-Directed Care (PASDC)

PASDC is appropriate for individuals attempting a self-help approach, but who would like to consult with a professional on an as-needed basis. With self-directed care, you are in charge. You decide what healthcare strategies to use and how to implement them. You monitor your progress and adjust your strategies accordingly. With PASDC, the professional is a resource for you to obtain information, but the amount of contact you receive is not sufficient for that professional to monitor or direct your care.

Standard Outpatient Care (SOC)

This is the most common level of behavioral healthcare. Patients receiving SOC go to their behavioral health provider on a periodic basis. SOC is professionally directed, meaning the clinician monitors and directs your care. Weekly office visits for psychotherapy and monthly appointments with a psychiatrist for medication management are common examples of SOC.

Current Group Therapy Options

We hold a number of therapy groups at our primary location on Macklind Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri (unless otherwise noted). Offerings may change depending on need and availability, so please call us at 314-289-9411 to find out what groups are currently available. Cost varies per group and may be covered by your insurance. For additional information and assistance related to insurance coverage, please visit our insurance page.

Adolescent Social Anxiety Treatment Group
Who: Adolescents (aged 13-18) who are willing to work on social anxiety in a group setting with other teenagers.
What: Evidenced-based treatment for social anxiety (exposure and response-prevention/ERP). Typical exercises to challenge anxiety include conversation practice and school-type activities (class presentations, reading out loud, answering and asking questions in a group setting).

Adult Social Anxiety Treatment Group
Who: Adults in individual therapy who would benefit from additional practice with social interaction, accountability, and support.
What: Action-oriented group using cognitive-behavioral exposure treatment to practice social interactions.

Advanced Parent Skills Training Group
Who: Parents of children involved in outpatient treatment at SLBMI.
What: Action-oriented workshop which focuses on advanced skill-building to better address the needs of parents who have severely anxious and depressed kids.

We’re Only a Phone Call Away

Our Intake Coordinators are always available at 314-289-9411 to schedule a confidential assessment if you, a loved one, or a patient may be experiencing a mental health issue. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Contact Us

New patients please call Intake Coordinators at:


City of St. Louis, Missouri (Macklind)

1129 Macklind Ave, 
St. Louis, MO 63110 
314-534-0200 (returning patients)

Chesterfield, Missouri (West County)

16216 Baxter Rd. Stes 205 and 225,
Chesterfield, MO 63017
636-532-9188 (returning patients)

Belleville, Illinois

521 W. Main St. Ste 201B, 
Belleville, IL 62220
618-825-0051 (returning patients)