What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 20% of all adults in the United States, or about 46.6 million people, struggle with some sort of mental health issue. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can take on a life of their own, stealing precious and productive time from not only the person challenged by the illness, but also from their family and friends.

Mental health diagnoses and their corresponding treatments can be challenging and confusing. For some people, the whole experience can feel like sinking further and further in quicksand — you just want to feel like yourself again, but how can you find the right mental health treatment and juggle your work and family responsibilities at the same time?

The experienced clinical team at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California, led by Executive Director Rod Amiri, MD, understands the challenges of struggling to heal and living with your mental health disorder. The practice is built on the premise that treatment can be tailored for clients and delivered effectively through an intensive outpatient program, or IOP, that allows them to fulfill their everyday responsibilities while focusing on their healing. Here’s the 411 on this special mental health IOP. 

90 days to a happier, fuller life

The Connect Wellness IOP is delivered in a 36-session curriculum, which takes place over the course of 90 days. Each client entering the program receives a comprehensive mental health evaluation by a member of our highly experienced team of providers. 

The goal of the evaluation is to identify the components of the client’s mental health, including biological, psychological, and social aspects. These components will be used to create an individualized treatment plan, as well as to establish benchmarks for tracking progress.   

Evening programming for convenience

At Connect Wellness, we know that living with a mental health illness is stressful enough without the hassles of everyday life heaped on top of them. So, instead of piling on more stressors, our intensive outpatient program is offered in the evening. 

Clients don’t have to worry about taking time off from work or school to make an appointment. Do everything you’d normally do during the day, and then join the IOP in the evening when you can focus solely on your mental wellness. 

Personalized treatment plans in small groups

The key to this unique IOP for mental health is that it uses an evidence-based approach, tapping into cognitive behavioral therapy, where clients gain a greater understanding of their thoughts and feelings; as well as dialectical behavior therapy, which helps patients live in the moment; and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, which also emphasizes present-moment thinking. 

Clients typically work in groups of six to eight people where facilitators can provide direct attention. This group work is enhanced by one-on-one therapy sessions. If clients have their own therapists outside the practice, they can continue their work with them as they do the program at Connect Wellness. And the best part is that you can join the program at any time during the curriculum. Plus, the intensity of the program can be adjusted to accommodate each client’s progress. 

If you’d like to learn more about how our intensive outpatient program can help you reach your mental health goals, call us at 310-881-8643 or book an appointment online today.

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