Women’s Depression
Treatment in San Diego

Women’s Depression Treatment Center

Monima is a transformative outpatient depression treatment center designed specifically for women seeking mental health support in San Diego. We recognize that no two clients are the same, and depression looks different for everyone. That’s why our team provides inclusive and individualized care based on the needs, diagnoses, and goals of each client — regardless of where they are at in their wellness journey.

Navigating depression is challenging, and it’s especially difficult if you are facing it alone. Our mission is to provide care, support, and guidance every step of the way. We offer a variety of treatment modalities to address the needs, diagnoses, and wellness goals of each individual.

We foster a safe and inclusive environment where women feel empowered and supported during recovery. Monima offers the unique opportunity for clients to build lasting bonds and a sense of community while in treatment.

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Holistic Outpatient Therapy for Depression

Depression is complex and each journey is unique, not universal. Treatment programs at Monima provide individualized and comprehensive care that combines a variety of traditional and alternative techniques, from CBT to Reiki and Acupuncture. Our team recognizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit and our outpatient depression programs are designed to foster overall wellness that lasts long after treatment.

Depression treatment at Monima considers biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that are unique to each individual. Our approach to treatment promotes long-term wellness and complete healing that goes beyond just relieving the symptoms of depression. At Monima, we provide an integrated, personalized, and diverse range of services that set each patient up for a breakthrough in their wellness journey and the chance at a sustainable and life-changing recovery.

Depression Treatment Modalities

  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Psychiatric medication management
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Sound Healing & Yoga
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindful Self-Compassion

Outpatient Depression Programs

Monima offers two outpatient treatment program options for clients coping with moderate to severe depression. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provide two distinct levels of care so each client receives the support they need.

The Difference Between IOP and PHP

The key differentiator between PHP and IOP is the amount of time clients spend per week engaging in therapy and with our medical providers. PHP and IOP have been intentionally designed to offer two distinct levels of care that address the various medical, physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each individual. 

Intensive Outpatient Program for Depression

Monima’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) was built for women seeking part-time treatment for moderate to severe depression. IOP is designed specifically for women ready for a level of support above traditional weekly therapy, or as a stepping stone between a full-time recovery program — such as PHP or residential treatment — and returning to their daily routines full-time. Clients in the IOP program receive 9-15 hours of therapeutic engagement per week.

Partial Hospitalization Program for Depression

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the highest level of care available at Monima. PHP is best suited for clients with severe depressive symptoms that have begun to interfere with daily life and continue to persist despite therapy or medication. Most clients take a leave of absence from work, school, or their daily routines to fully commit themselves to the program. While in PHP, clients will be engaged in group and individual therapy five to six hours per day, five days a week.
Monima has partnered with Ohana Recovery Residences to provide optional safe housing for women enrolled in Monima Wellness outpatient programs. Women who stay at Ohana experience an immersive, supportive recovery environment with a like-minded female community.

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Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. It goes beyond the normal feelings of sadness or temporary mood fluctuations that everyone experiences from time to time. Depression affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, and it can significantly impair their daily functioning and quality of life. Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but common signs include:

Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
  • Significant changes in appetite and weight.
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  • Fatigue or loss of energy.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt.
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, or body aches.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

It is important to note that depression is a complex condition with various factors contributing to its development, including biological, genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. It can occur at any age and can be triggered by life events, trauma, chronic illness, or a combination of factors.

Depression is a treatable condition, and there are several effective treatment options available, including psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. It is essential for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression to seek help from a healthcare professional or mental health provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

The most effective treatment for depression is a combination of some of the approaches below depending on the unique needs, history, and diagnoses of the individual. Common treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychotherapy (i.e. cognitive-behavioral therapy/CBT)
  • Medication: Antidepressant medications
  • Combination therapy (i.e. combining therapy and medication)
  • Lifestyle changes (i.e. regular exercise, healthy diet)
  • Support groups
  • Self-care strategies (i.e. hobbies, relaxation techniques)
  • Alternative therapies (i.e. acupuncture, yoga)

What works well for one person may not work as effectively for another. It’s essential to tailor the treatment approach to the specific needs, preferences, and circumstances of the individual.

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for depression is a structured and intensive form of outpatient treatment that provides comprehensive care for individuals with moderate to severe depression. It offers a higher level of support and structure than traditional outpatient therapy while still allowing individuals to live at home.

In a PHP program for depression, participants typically attend treatment sessions during the day for several hours, usually five days a week. Here are some common elements and activities that take place in a PHP program for depression:

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Monima includes five to six hours of evidence-based therapy per day, five days a week. All PHP clients engage in a combination of individual and group therapy Monday to Friday from 9:30 – 3:30. The length of the program is determined on a case-by-case basis, but is on average, 30-90 days. A range of therapy options are available in both a group and individualized-setting depending on the preference of the individual.

Outpatient treatment is an alternative to inpatient or residential treatment, where individuals would stay at a facility for an extended period. Outpatient treatment is also referred to as “ambulatory care” and can be understood as any service or treatment that doesn’t require hospitalization.

Outpatient programs for depression are types of mental health care that gives clients the option to receive treatment for their depression while living at home and continuing with their daily activities, such as work, school, or other responsibilities. At Monima, clients in IOP or PHP can opt to live at home or at our partner housing facility

— Ohana Recovery Residences — during treatment.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for depression are very effective in treating depression because it provides the next level of care above basic therapy or psychiatric medication. Clients seeking outpatient programs like IOP or PHP often turn to an outpatient program when basic or typical treatment (i.e. therapy or medication) has not provided relief of depressive symptoms. Many clients in outpatient programs are facing depressive symptoms that are interfering with their daily life.