Frequently Asked Questions about IOPs

Mental health issues face about 20% of the adult population in the United States, or more than 46 million men and women. Countless other family members and friends are often caught up in the turmoil as they watch their loved ones struggle with the challenges of living with mental illness.

Going from diagnosis to treatment — and all too often to relapse — is a vicious cycle for sufferers who just want to feel more like themselves and get back to living a productive and happier life. It sounds simple enough, but mental health diagnoses and treatments are rarely cut-and-dried processes. They’re often fraught with challenges and levels of complexity, making finding a mental health treatment program with a proven track record all that more important.

Rod Amiri, MD, Executive Director at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California, understands the myriad difficulties facing patients suffering from mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, Dr. Amiri founded his practice on the principles of the intensive outpatient program, or IOP.

 This unique mental health IOP addresses many of the obstacles facing patients who want to free themselves from the bonds of living with a mental health condition. Dr. Amiri shares these answers to some frequently asked questions about his IOP. 

What makes Connect Wellness’ IOP different from other mental health treatment programs?

Our IOP starts from the acknowledgment that life can be messy and complicated regardless of whether you’re living with a mental health condition or not. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders simply add another layer of difficulty. Our IOP takes this fact into consideration. The Connect Wellness mental health IOP is not a cookie-cutter program. At its core is an evidence-based approach where three types of therapy are used in both group and one-on-one settings — cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Since each patient’s mental health condition differs in severity and profile, their individual IOP treatment plan is customized to reflect these differences. This customization can not only heal them more effectively, but it also tracks their progress through the IOP.

If I have my own therapist, do I have to switch doctors?

No. One of the customizable components of our intensive outpatient program is that you can continue working with your own therapist as you complete the IOP at Connect Wellness. Another big plus is that our IOP operates under rolling admission, so you can enter the program at any point during the curriculum.

Who is a good candidate for your intensive outpatient program?

The experienced, compassionate clinical team at Connect Wellness treats a diverse range of mental health conditions through our IOP, including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We evaluate your eligibility during your consultation with us.

How long does it take to complete the intensive outpatient program?

The Connect Wellness mental health IOP is delivered over the course of 90 days in a 36-session curriculum. Dr. Ami makes adjustments in a patient’s treatment plan based on their individual assessment and progress made throughout the IOP.

Another key benefit of this program is that it runs in the evening, so you can take care of work, home, or school responsibilities during the day and don’t have to be stressed out by taking time away from other parts of your busy life. After you’ve fulfilled your daytime obligations, you can join the IOP and focus on your healing.

To learn more about our intensive outpatient program or to book a mental health evaluation, call us at 310-881-8643 or make an appointment online today.

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