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Rapid Help for Serious or Complex Mental Health Challenges

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

Call to learn how this little-known treatment can help your situation… 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 serious mental health challenges like:

  • Major Depression
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Difficult Relationships
  • Past Trauma

Whatever you’re going through right now…

IOP therapy is designed to help give you relief and turn things around fast.

IOP stands for intensive outpatient program. It’s a unique blend of group therapy and personalized care. And it offers a proven alternative even when one-on-one visits with a therapist or psychiatrist don’t quite cut it.

In just a few weeks, committed clients report seeing…

Depression Symptoms
39% Reduction
Anxiety Symptoms
34% Decrease
Overall Wellbeing
64% Improvement

* Averages based on self-reported scores (PHQ-9, GAD-7, Schwartz Outcome Scale) from intake to discharge. Not everyone will experience the same results. But this gives an idea of what’s possible.

Or as one client summed up the impact of attending IOP…

Plural Healthcare absolutely saved my life. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, empathetic, and resolution-based. I cannot recommend this facility highly enough for mental healthcare. They’re the reason I’m still here today and got my life back.

– Courtney K.

Here’s What You Can Expect With Our Intensive Outpatient Program…

  • Rapid Transformation: Our goal is simple… to help you create a noticeable change in a short amount of time. Many clients report progress right from their first session.
  • Focused Care: We tailor your treatment to fit your unique needs. You’ll get direct support in 3 small group sessions per week (each 3 hours in length) as well as in private consultations with a psychiatrist or therapist.
  • Holistic Group Therapy: Combining Internal Family Systems (IFS) with other proven approaches like CBT, DBT, Somatic Experiencing, and more… we’ll help you work through whatever challenges you’re facing.
  • Experienced Staff: Your treatment team has spent decades helping people heal from trauma, anxiety, depression, and other serious mental health challenges. You’ll have their support every step of the way.
  • Insurance Approved: We accept major private insurance plans (including Aetna, Anthem, BCBS, Cigna, and UHC). And we have affordable self-payment options for those without insurance. Either way, we’ll provide a clear, upfront cost estimate before you start.
  • Immediate Treatment: When life is “slipping away from you,” you can’t afford to wait. If IOP is a fit for your situation, we’ll get you into a program in as little as 1-2 business days. No wait-list.

We’re here for you. Call today to get more information…

I appreciated the level of care that I received. I felt it was tailored to many of my needs each week. I felt cared for, listened to, validated, and heard. I felt very safe in this environment and I did not feel any pressure to not be myself. It has been a very comfortable place to heal.

– N.C.

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 trained clinician. They’ll get to know you and see if our level of care fits your needs. If so, we’ll get you into our program right away, and can prescribe meds as necessary.

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

Most of your care will take place in a small group setting, led by a licensed therapist. Your group is a safe, welcoming space. You’ll gain support and community from others facing 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. They’ll here to help you quickly turn things around.

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.
  • Caretaker Burnout: Being the “go-to” person for a child, aging parent, individual with disabilities, or other loved one can be a taxing and lonely role at times. When you’re worn out from caring for others, IOP provides a safe place for support and healing.
  • Mental Health Challenges: Many of us face periods of challenge at some point or another. And regular visits to a therapist or psychiatrist may not be enough to meet your needs. IOP is a focused program to help those facing major depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health challenges.
  • Healing from Past Trauma: Childhood trauma, emotional abuse, or other painful experiences in the past can leave wounds that still impact daily life today. IOP offers a safe space to help turn your situation around and set you on a path toward long-term healing.
  • Discharge From Inpatient Care: When you leave an inpatient care facility, such as a hospital or PHP program, IOP can help smooth the transition back to regular life.

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, focused treatment designed to get results fast – no matter whether you’re struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other significant mental health challenges.

    Most of your treatment will take place in a small group setting. These sessions are led by a licensed therapist. And they’re designed to help you (1) work through the specific challenges you’re facing right now in your life, and (2) empower you with practical education you can use to transform your situation. 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 months or years. That kind of treatment is about keeping someone on the move forward instead of backward. Instead, IOP is a clear-cut intervention. The goal is a noticeable improvement in as short a time as possible.

    How short? The exact amount of time varies person to person depending on their needs/progress. Most of our clients report a noticeable impact right from the first session. And people can expect to be in the program (and see results) for 6-10 weeks.

    That said, we are huge believers in the power of individual therapy. And we’ll work with you to help you find the ideal therapist for your needs. This gives you the opportunity to further process the discoveries and lessons you gain in the IOP group sessions. And it ensures you’ll receive ongoing care and support after you complete IOP.

    How does IOP compare to inpatient care or a partial hospitalization (PHP) program?

    IOP does have some similarities to PHP or a residential program. Both provide an elevated level of care for serious mental health challenges. You’ll get direct, personalized support from a full treatment team (therapist, care coordinator, psychiatrist, etc.). And you’ll have multiple treatment sessions over the course of the program.

    A big difference is that with PHP or inpatient care, you’ll typically sleep overnight at the facility you’re being treated at. (This can often include round-the-clock care from your treatment team.) With IOP, however, you’ll 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.

    What’s right for you? It depends on your situation and how severe your symptoms are. Call our office today. We’ll discuss your situation and help you decide which level of care is best for you. (And if you do need an elevated level of care, we’ll refer you to another trusted provider in our network.)

    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 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 group therapy:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Suicidal Thoughts
    • PTSD
    • Past Trauma
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Grief and Loss
    • Burnout
    • Mental Health Crisis
    • Work Challenges
    • LGBTQ Issues
    • Medication Transitions

    Some cases (such as severe bipolar disorder or PTSD) may be beyond our level of care. If we’re not the right option for you, we’ll refer you to a trusted provider in our network who may be a better fit.

    Will attending IOP cure my depression, anxiety, or PTSD?

    No. Any program or treatment that promises a complete cure is being dishonest with you. And we’re not interested in giving you unrealistic expectations about what’s possible with treatment.

    Those who commit to their treatment do often see dramatic results though. IOP is designed to help give you fast relief, empower you with practical tools, help you navigate your current challenges, and turn your situation around in a short period of time.

    What treatment modalities do you use in your program?

    At Plural Healthcare we take a holistic approach. We combine Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) with other proven specialties to help you address the impact of trauma (and other significant challenges). This includes…

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Somatic Experiencing
    • Holistic Therapy
    • Education on EMDR
    • Mindfulness
    • And more

    Over the course of the program, you’ll get direct experience with multiple specializations. And you’ll get to discover for yourself which ones resonate. This also allows us to match you with the right individual therapist for ongoing care after IOP.

    How soon can I get started?

    As soon as possible! When you contact our mental health center, we’ll get you care in as little as 1-3 business days. We’ll spend some time on the phone getting to know you and your situation, determine whether IOP is right for your needs, and confirm your insurance benefits. If our IOP is a fit, we’ll get you into a program right away. No waitlist.

    Do I need to take off work to do IOP?

    We recommend it, but taking leave of work is not a requirement.

    IOP is different than being in a hospital or residential program. You’ll be able to still live at home and continue your day-to-day routines while getting treatment. And since the group sessions take place on three afternoons a week, you may choose to keep working part-time while going through IOP.

    However, most people find it helpful to take a break from the stresses of their job or school. That way they can better focus on their treatment. If you need to take leave for mental health reasons, we’re here to help take care of all necessary paperwork.

    Is IOP covered by insurance?

    Yes. Our IOP is in-network with major private insurance plans (including Aetna, Anthem, BCBS, Beacon, Cigna, and United Healthcare). We also accept out-of-network plans and have self-payment options for those without insurance.

    We believe in being upfront about financial costs. After your free consult, we’ll confirm coverage with your insurance and provide you with a detailed financial estimate (based on your insurance plan, deductible, and out-of-pocket maximum). Contact us today for more information.

    Is IOP covered by Medicare/Medicaid?

    Unfortunately, IOP is not a covered treatment by Medicare or Medicaid for mental health facilities like ours. So we’re unable to accept those plans. However, we do offer self-payment options for those not covered by insurance. If you believe IOP may help your situation, please contact our office today to learn more.

    Does Plural Healthcare offer virtual IOP?

    We do not. All IOP sessions take place in-person at our mental health center. Based on our clinical experience and the latest research, we believe in-person programs produce better outcomes. Here’s why:

    1. Research on Virtual IOPs Is Not Yet Conclusive Enough. Initial research on virtual IOPs may be promising, but we’d like to see larger studies that combine data from multiple IOP providers (including a diverse range of geographic areas, treatment approaches, and program types).
    2. In-Person IOP Provides a Better Treatment Environment. Attending IOP at a mental health center helps shift you into the right frame of mind for healing. And it gives you a comfortable and distraction-free space to focus.
    3. In-Person IOP Enables Stronger Group Connections. Being in the same room as everyone lets you connect with other group members on a deeper level than with a video call. These connections are a big part of why IOP is so effective.

    Do you provide IOP care for children or adolescents?

    In the future we may create specific groups to help kids and teens. For right now though, we require people to be at least 18 years of age to join our program.

    My loved one is struggling with their mental health. Can I get them into your program?

    We are a resource for you and your loved ones. And if you’re wondering if IOP may help someone you care about, please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.

    However, we do ask that your loved one contacts us as well. We believe in a person-centered approach, where individuals are treated with dignity and take responsibility for their own care. IOP is not a passive treatment that just happens to someone. And it’s important that each person is fully enrolled in their treatment.

    That’s why prefer clients to speak with us directly. They need to decide for themselves that IOP is right for them… and have confidence that it can help them reach their goals. Then they will be committed to participating in the program and will be more likely to see positive results.

    Is IOP is right for me?

    It’s quite possible. But we can’t say for sure without speaking with you first. IOP provides focused treatment to those facing significant 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. We’ll help you determine what mental health care is best for you. And if IOP is a fit, we’ll get you into a program as soon as possible.

    Note: If IOP doesn’t end up being right for you, don’t worry. We have a trusted network of providers we can refer you to based on your specific needs.