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Immediate Care for When Life Is Too Much

If you’re at a breaking point – and other options aren’t working – IOP group therapy can help you heal and find peace again.

Call now to learn about this proven treatment for anxiety, depression, and trauma… and we’ll get you into a program right away.

Sometimes life throws more at us than we’re able to manage. Even the strongest people can be overwhelmed by the loss of a loved one, severe depression, health challenges, difficult relationships, or traumatic experiences.

IOP therapy is designed to help you get through those tough periods.

IOP stands for intensive outpatient program. It’s an escalated level of support for when one-on-one visits with a therapist or psychiatrist don’t quite cut it.

You’ll receive a unique blend of group therapy and personalized care. Our programs are created to help you start healing and to create a marked improvement in as short a time as possible.

Because when life is “slipping away from you”, you can’t afford to wait. Give us a call now. We’re here for you…

Plural Healthcare has one of the best Psychologists in Missouri. He always knew what to say to help me move forward past my problems. Their Intensive Outpatient Program has been one of the best experiences in my life. I look forward to participating in it every week.

If you ever want to move past your problems with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable therapist, you should come here.

– K.B.

How Does the IOP Process Work?

At Plural Healthcare, you are the center of care. Our treatment team is here to make sure you’re given all the tools needed to reach your goals.

1. Private Consultation

Everything starts with an assessment by a licensed clinician. They’ll see if our level of care fits your needs. If so, we’ll get you into a program, and prescribe any needed medications, right away.

2. Personalized Care

Based on the goals you want to accomplish, we’ll develop a tailored plan to get you there. This plan will be revisited by the therapist weekly to ensure you quickly arrive where you want to be.


3. Group Therapy

The focal point of care will be in a group setting with peers, led by a licensed therapist. This means you are never alone. And you’ll receive support in a safe space from others who face similar challenges.

Seal of CARF Accreditation
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services.

A Compassionate & Experienced Staff

Our program providers have decades of experience treating just about every condition that has been known to hold someone back from reaching their potential. You can be assured that nothing will be overlooked or misunderstood.

Lead therapist, Emily Vallarta, has 15+ years experience helping people heal from wide range of mental health challenges. She’s developed a unique, proven IOP curriculum – adapting concepts from specializations such as CBT, DBT, Rational Emotive Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and more.

Emily believes in treating and honoring each individual as a whole and unique being… and helping produce fast results for distress relief. She conducts groups that allow for deeper processing and where members can learn from one another in an inclusive, supportive, and even… at times… fun environment.

Finding the right care for your mental health is important. We’re here to help you find a therapist, psychiatrist, support group or other resources you need. Call us today at 314-388-2225.

Group Therapy for Life’s Challenges

No matter what mental health crisis you’re facing, IOP can help you find stability and inner peace again. It’s an effective option for a variety of circumstances…

  • Moments of Challenge or Crisis: Sometimes life throws more at us than we’re able to handle. The loss of a loved one, a toxic work situation, or a traumatic experience can overwhelm even the strongest people. IOP is an option to help get through those tough periods.
  • Discharge From Inpatient Care: When you leave an inpatient care facility, such as a hospital or psych ward, IOP is there to smooth the transition back to regular life.
  • Stepping-Up From Outpatient Care: Regular visits to a therapist or psychiatrist may not be enough to meet your needs. And IOP is a focused program to help those facing treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health challenges.
  • Medication Changes: Switching or transitioning off of antidepressants, anxiety meds, or other medications can be difficult. Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, trouble sleeping, anxiety, irritability and more severe depression. Attending IOP can help you manage those symptoms and support you in the transition.

Unlike a hospital or residential program, you’ll still be able to live at home during treatment. This means you can stay connected to your community and support systems while receiving the care you need.

To find out if IOP is right for your unique situation, contact us today…

Call for a Free Consultation

To learn more about how IOP may help you, call us today for a free consultation. We’ll spend some time getting to know you and your situation. And we’ll help you determine what mental health care is best for you.

Phone: 314-388-2225

680 Craig Rd, Suite 103
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you’re wondering whether IOP may be right for you, below are answers to the most common questions we receive. Don’t see your question? Just call our office at 314-388-2225, and we’re happy to give you the information you need.

    What is IOP?

    IOP is a short-term, intensive treatment designed to get results fast – no matter whether you’re struggling with trauma, treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, or other major mental health challenges.

    The focal point of treatment is group therapy. These sessions are led by a licensed therapist. And they’re designed to help you work through the specific challenges you’re facing right now in your life. Being a part of a supportive group can provide you strength, courage, and insight no matter what you’re going through.

    How does IOP compare to traditional therapy?

    Intensive outpatient treatment is not like traditional psychotherapy or regular medication management with a psychiatrist, which can go on for years. That kind of treatment is more about “maintenance” – keeping someone on the move forward instead of backward. Instead, IOP is a clear-cut intervention. The goal is marked improvement in as short a time as possible.

    How short? The exact amount of time varies person to person depending on their needs/progress. But typically, people can expect to be in the program (and see results) over 5-12 weeks.

    How does IOP compare to inpatient care?

    IOP does have some similarities to a residential program. You’ll have the support of a full treatment team (therapist, care coordinator, psychiatrist, etc.). And you’ll receive direct, personalized care. However, with IOP you’ll still be able to live at home during treatment. This means you can stay connected to your community and support systems while receiving the care you need.

    How does the IOP process work?

    Once you’ve determined that IOP may be right for you, we start by having you establish goals that you want to meet. We take those “stated goals” to the treatment team. This team is comprised of a therapist, psychiatrist, care coordinator, and any other relevant staff. The team takes your goals and develops a specific treatment plan with organized steps and interventions. Your progress is monitored by the team on a regular basis.

    Most of your treatment will take place in a group setting. This includes 3 sessions per week; each 3 hours in length. You’ll also regularly meet one-one-one with a psychiatrist and therapist as needed. Reach out today to get more information.

    What areas can IOP help with?

    Here are some common challenges that people seek out help with in IOP therapy:

    • Past Trauma
    • Mental Health Crisis
    • Grief and Loss
    • Medication Changes
    • Crippling Anxiety
    • Severe Depression
    • Suicidal Thoughts
    • PTSD
    • LGBTQ Transition
    • Substance Use
    • Personality Disorder
    • Inpatient Discharge

    How soon can I get started?

    As soon as possible! When you call our mental health center, we’ll ask a few questions to see if IOP might be a good fit for your situation. Then we’ll try to get your psychiatric evaluation scheduled in as few as 1-2 business days. This evaluation is used to to help create your custom treatment plan. And it allows us to get authorization from your insurance for IOP – so you can get into the group sessions right away.

    Do I need to take off work to do IOP?

    Not necessarily. Some people find it helpful to take a break from the stresses from their job or school, but you don’t have to. IOP is different than being in a hospital or residential program. You’re able to still live at home and continue your day-to-day routines while getting treatment. Since most group sessions take place in the evening, you can choose to keep working while going through IOP.

    Is IOP covered by insurance?

    Yes. IOP is covered by most major private insurance plans. We can take both in-network and out-of-network plans. We also have self-payment options for those without insurance. Contact us today for more information.

    Is IOP is right for me?

    IOP provides focused treatment to those facing serious mental health challenges. And it’s not for everyone. However, if you’re at all curious about how it may help you – or if you just want to get a bit more information – please call us today for a free consultation.

    We’ll spend some time getting to know you and your situation. And we’ll help you determine what mental health care is best for you.