What Is an Outpatient Program?

An outpatient program is a structured, supportive treatment setting that offers help for people who are recovering from substance addiction, mental illness, or both.

Outpatient programs (OPs) represent a medium level of care. Because addiction and mental illness vary in severity, treatment is offered with greater and lesser degrees of structure, depending on how much direct care (time with a healing professional) is necessary for an ill individual to get better.

Greater structure, intensity, and frequency of treatment are offered to those needing higher levels of care. Fewer treatment hours per week are administered when people do not need as much direct support at this stage of their journey.

Outpatient programs represent a sort of “in-between” option, where people can receive varying levels of intensity while living in their own homes and working jobs. Within outpatient programs, there are differing levels of intensity, so it is possible to taper down the level of care gradually.

Alternatively, some people just starting out on their recovery journey, who are not so very ill to begin, may receive a lesser frequency of services by virtue of the fact that less intervention is needed for them to show improvement.

The stages of structured care offered in OPs are often pre-determined, such that a set number of weeks or a number of sessions are required to be completed before graduating to the next phase. Phases of less structure mean higher self-responsibility, greater ability to navigate risk, and less direct intervention by the therapeutic support team.

Outpatient programs offer different tracks for people requiring different levels of support, and so may have daylong, half-day options, and twice-weekly offerings. OPs are designed to provide some flexibility for work and family life.

Since the goal of all treatment programs is to be able to live one’s life independently, as well as more happily and meaningfully again, treatment is organized around what is truly needed in the current stage of recovery in order to be able to handle autonomy and experience well-being.

What Are the Type of Programs Offered in an Outpatient Program?

we offer equine therapy at villa kali maOutpatient programs offer treatment in different forms, all directed toward supporting the healing force within an individual to thrive.

Support typically comes partly in the form of the following:

OPs usually offer opportunities for further education about mental health, sobriety, and well-being, therapeutic activities with other recovering people, and peer-led support circles (such as Alcoholics Anonymous). More and more, OPs offer trauma-informed services, as well, such as one or more of the many very effective somatic therapies, Parts Work, or EMDR. The increasing presence of trauma-informed modalities, such as those offered by Villa Kali Ma, is due to a greater understanding of the impacts of severe and/or chronic trauma in many cases of addiction.

Outpatient programs provide you with the chance to work closely with a dedicated mental health professional on your personal healing journey. This person, usually a counselor, social worker, or therapist, will help you set goals for your treatment journey, identify your needs and vulnerabilities, as well as help you find and fortify your pre-existing strengths and resources.

Often we come to need support because our conception of ourselves, our value, and particularly our personal power have disappeared from our hearts to the point where we no longer have faith in ourselves or can find any love, kindness, or forgiveness for ourselves.

Part of the job of the therapeutic team in an OP is to help you wake up from a spell of despair, self-reproach, and helplessness, so that you can see again that you are free to recreate your life into something that feels good to live, and that you deserve to live happy, joyous and free, no matter what.

The individualized attention to you as a unique person that’s offered in individual counseling is an important part of recovering from whatever form of imbalance we have found ourselves struggling to bounce back from.

Outpatient programs also offer groups that help people heal, in part through recognizing shared experiences, developing peer relationships, reducing isolation, and coming into an understanding of oneself as a valued member of the community. Groups often have themes, such as Healthy Love, or teach specific skills and coping strategies that are beneficial when doing our best to live a happy existence in the face of life’s many challenges.

Outpatient programs will also offer you the chance to learn more about your condition, whether it is sobriety, mental health, or both that have eluded you until now. Education about the biological components of your problem is often enormously liberating and helpful, as knowledge is power.

OPs will source you with relevant, practical, scientifically-validated information about how to heal from your particular form of unwellness. Educational groups and activities will teach you critical skills for success, and help you plan for a good life.

Some outpatient programs, like ours, offer healing adjunct therapies to support the core of your treatment path. Yoga therapy, creative art groups, and other kinds of activities-based healing practices help you recover through non-verbal channels.

What Makes Our Outpatient Program Unique From the Rest?

What Makes Our Outpatient Program Unique From the Rest?

Villa Kali Ma is known for its exceptional program of holistic offerings. Our program is based on the belief not only that each woman is unique, but that there are many viable paths to recovery.

We embrace healing practices from a wide variety of cultures and histories, taking what we feel to be the most promising, tried, and true ways of achieving balance within body, mind, soul, and spirit. We offer all we know to be helpful so that where resonant, women can embrace these tools and apply them to their own lives as they restore themselves to wholeness, ease, and authenticity.

Our curriculum features a broad spectrum of creative, spirit-enlivening, and nature-oriented modalities, combined with a solid core curriculum of classically effective evidence-based treatments.

So while you will have the opportunity to participate in clinically well-established modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, you will also be offered the chance to work with more indigenous-wisdom-based options like yoga, shamanic breathwork, expressive arts therapy, various trauma modalities, somatic work, outdoor therapy, and equine therapy.

What Are Some Benefits of an Outpatient Program for Women?

Expressive arts therapy is available at Villa Kali Ma

Prioritizing peaceful emotions, a clear mental state, and physical well-being is often very hard for women, for many reasons.

In part, we have been socialized to value service to others overvaluing our own being, sometimes at the expense of losing sight of our value as a person, how needed and necessary we are in this world.

Many times, we simply do not have the tools and relevant information to practice happiness and balance. Nor have we had the encouraging emotional, relational experiences that would lead us to know that we are worth fighting for. Low self-esteem is very common among women, as is ignorance of the fact that true, deep meaning and satisfaction are realistic possibilities for us.

Before we come into contact with professionals, treatments, and positive communities, we may simply be unaware of the healing, transformational powers that we ourselves possess just by virtue of being a member of the human race.

In short, we need encouragement, help, and guidance from people who know about these things, in order to have these positive experiences for ourselves. Once this flame has been lit in us, however, we can much more easily, potently, and gracefully find our way to our true path and purpose, by way of health.

Find Long Term Sobriety at Villa Kali Ma for Women

Find Long Term Sobriety at Villa Kali Ma for WomenThe goal of Villa Kali Ma’s addictions program is long-term sobriety. We assist each woman with the intention that she is able to find and sustain the beauty, dignity, and meaning of life on the other side of addiction.

Long-term sobriety is a reality, achievable through the navigation of grounded, practical truths. The practitioners of Villa Kali Ma collectively possess and coach embodied knowledge of these grounded practical truths. The people you will work with here as a part of your recovery have the professional training, compassionate sensitivity, and creative insight to help you use these tools and truths in a way that best supports your own life.

It is widely said that where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you have the will, we have the way.
If you are ready enough to make use of them, we will provide you with all the tools and support you will need. We facilitate therapies and healing experiences that release past pains, rewrite old stories, and equip you to be the captain of your own life again.

Long-term sobriety generally works best when we decide for ourselves to undergo a deep and radical change of all the patterns of thought, behavior, feeling, and self-concept. After all, how we lived before got us to where we are now, so it stands to reason that we must be very different if we want a very different outcome.

Nevertheless, we must not think that we have to know the path before we start walking. Rather, it is the willingness that matters. All we have to do is keep on living our lives, breath by breath, while walking the path and following the north star of sobriety. With this simple dedication and dogged persistence, worlds can be transformed.

In another lens, our commitment to changing can be quite a journey of unexpected twists and turns, as generally long-term sobriety means changing at a level far beyond the surface of our lives. We may undergo magical and dramatic transformations. Usually, we need to learn to access what lies at the core of who we are in our deepest natures, our own great love for life, and ourselves as a part of it.

All that’s necessary to recover is a sincere desire to do so. With that wind at your back, and us as your team helping you along, you have an optimal chance of success.

Villa Kali Ma Outpatient Treatment for Women

3790 Via De La Valle # 313
Del Mar, CA 92014

(760) 903-5758


Call Villa Kali Ma at (760) 350-3131 or contact us to learn about our Intensive Outpatient Program for women.


It was the best 30 days of my life.


Villa Kali Ma provides a holistic, supportive, therapeutic retreat for women to recover from trauma & substance disorders. The intensive and comprehensive approach provides a compassionate path of learning, awareness, and self-love for healing. I am grateful for the sacred space provided for my reflection, my mind-body-spirit work, and my opportunity to connect with other women in this process.


Villa Kali Ma changed my life in every single aspect. Not only did the experience help me get sober and stay sober for over a year now, but I was finally able to work on my past trauma in a safe and stable environment. Not a day goes by that I’m not using a healthy tool they taught me. I am forever grateful to the staff and strong women I spent my time with there. Truly the most profound life changing month of my life.





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Villa Kali Ma is an in-network provider with Anthem BCBS, Multiplan, First Health, Healthnet, and currently accepts most
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