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Teenage Counseling Services in Darien, CT

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The Newport Academy Darien Outpatient Program provides quality care for teens in Connecticut and the surrounding New York and Tri-State areas. Our program is tailored for teens who are experiencing anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other mental health concerns, and who may also be falling behind in their academic and social-emotional progress as a result. Through a comprehensive, evidence-based plan tailored for each individual and incorporating a robust family therapy counseling component, we help teens and families reestablish a solid foundation for thriving.

Connecticut Mental Health Statistics

Data shows that teens in Connecticut need more support than they are receiving in or outside of school. According to MHA’s 2021 rankings, 14 percent of Connecticut youth (39,000 teens) had at least one major depressive episode. In Fairfield County, the rate of deaths of despair in 2020 (including both suicides and drug-related deaths) was 27 out of 100,000, according to a US News report—more than three times the national rate of 6.8 out of 100,000.

Furthermore, a student survey in the town of Darien, conducted every three years by the city’s Thriving Youth Task Force, found that 48 percent of high school students say they do not have the coping skills to respond to disappointment, frustration, or other experiences of discomfort. And 35 percent of Darien high schoolers and 26 percent of middle schoolers reported that they did not feel in control of their lives or their future.

Despite this growing need, however, 60 percent of teens in Connecticut with major depression received no treatment at all. Families in Fairfield County and throughout the state searching online for “family therapy Darien, CT,” “mental health facilities in CT,” or “teenage counseling near me” often find limited options and availability.

Comprehensive Solutions for Teenage Counseling in Darien and Fairfield County, CT

Newport Academy Darien’s outpatient program in Darien is helping to address this gap in mental healthcare in the state, by providing teens with integrated, evidence-based care while helping them to build supportive peer communities. Our model of care incorporates teenage counseling services, including teen depression therapy, with parent support groups and family therapy in Darien, CT, so both young people and parents gain tools for better communication and enhanced family harmony.

Our Connecticut outpatient rehab facility is located in the heart of Darien, a quaint New England town that offers natural beauty and convenience to surrounding cities. The Newport Academy Darien campus is in southern Fairfield County, just steps from the Metro-North train station, combining small-town accessibility with urban amenities, making it an ideal location for teens in Connecticut and in the surrounding New York and Tri-State areas.

Learn more about our outpatient programming, including our levels of care, our clinical model, and our academic differentiators.

Serving Connecticut and Fairfield County Through Collaborative Partnerships

Newport Academy Darien prioritizes our relationships with other individuals and entities that are working to support youth and expand access to adolescent mental health facilities in CT and the surrounding areas. Within Fairfield County, we partner with a number of community organizations and referring providers, including hospitals, school systems, and local referring professionals.

Special Offerings at Newport Academy Darien

Experiential activities at our location in Darien, Connecticut, include music therapy, expressive arts therapy, community service, and seasonal outdoor activities at the area’s parks and natural attractions, such as Woodland Park Nature Preserve, the Farmington River, and the beaches along Long Island Sound.


All calls are always confidential.

“We provide evidence-based clinical care accompanied by a full academic program, individual therapy, and group sessions. Our team actively collaborates with schools, previous providers, and referring professionals, in order to meet the unique needs of each client who comes through our doors.”

—Donna Macari, Newport Executive Director of Outpatient Services, Darien

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Newport Academy Darien Outpatient FAQs

What is the difference between teen inpatient and teen outpatient treatment?

While attending a teen outpatient program, your child is in programming during the day or afternoon, and is at home overnight and on weekends. In inpatient treatment, teens live on-site at a residential location while receiving treatment. Both residential treatment and the highest level of outpatient care (a Partial Hospitalization Program, or PHP) typically include an academic component. If your teen needs more than outpatient programming, we encourage you to learn more about our residential treatment and contact us to determine the best fit for your child.

What’s the difference between a PHP, an IOP, and outpatient services?

The main difference between Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), and outpatient services is the amount of time your child spends in treatment. At the PHP day program level, adolescents attend all-day programming, five days a week. The IOP level is usually five afternoons a week, following the client’s attendance at their home school. Outpatient services refer to the lowest level of teen outpatient treatment, with programming provided fewer than five afternoons a week, depending on the client’s and family’s needs and goals.

What happens in outpatient therapy at Newport Academy Darien?

In a teen outpatient program, clients typically have a structured daily schedule that includes individual and group therapy sessions, experiential modalities, and time in the classroom focusing on academics and life skills. Depending on the day and the outpatient program location, teens may be tubing on a nearby river, doing yoga a ropes course, making art or music, doing community service with their peers, or participating in family programs that involve parents and siblings in the healing process.

Are teenage counseling and outpatient adolescent mental health the same?

Teen outpatient treatment encompasses teenage counseling and much more. A PHP, IOP, or outpatient services for your child will provide a wide range of therapeutic and academic experiences, while offering a stable and supportive community and addressing the entire family’s needs.

Our Address

Newport Academy Outpatient

85 Old Kings Hwy N.
Darien, CT 06820