Plural IOP = Immediate Help
IOP (intensive outpatient program) is an escalated level of treatment for when one-on-one visits with a counselor or psychiatrist don’t quite cut it. When life is “slipping away from you”, you can’t afford to wait. Something needs to change now.
- We meet you where you’re at
- Help you discover where you need to go
- And offer the support you need to get there
The goal is serious improvement in a short period of time. Contact us now for a free consultation. And if our program is right for you, we’ll get you in right away.
How IOP Works
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 Plan
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.
Is IOP For You?
This level of treatment is for individuals facing serious mental health challenges. It’s a short-term intervention designed to get results fast.
IOP a unique blend of outpatient care (e.g. therapy) and inpatient care (e.g. a residential program). You’ll receive personalized, intensive support… while still being 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. And it makes IOP a good treatment option for a variety of situations, including for those on leave from work or school, those needing more support than weekly therapy, or those coming out of hospitalization.
What Situations Can IOP Help With
- Moments of Challenge or Crisis: Sometimes life throws more at us than we’re able to handle. The loss of a loved one, getting laid off, or other traumatic experiences 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.
No matter what mental health crisis you’re facing, IOP can help you find stability and inner peace again. And it can help you build foundational skills to help overcome life’s challenges. To find out if IOP is right for you, contact us today for a free consultation.
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.
Reach Out Today
We understand taking the first step can be difficult. There is no shame in asking for help or just more information. We’re here to support you any way we can. Contact us today to learn more.
Creve Coeur Location
777 Craig Rd. Suite 225
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 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 provide foundational mental health skills and to help you work through the specific challenges you’re facing right now in your life.
When we’re at our most difficult points, it’s OK to seek out the support of others. Being a part of a supportive group can provide you strength, courage, and insight no matter what challenges you’re going through.
How does IOP compare to traditional therapy?
Intensive outpatient treatment is not like traditional psychotherapy or regular med 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 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 bi-weekly 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 for bi-weekly or monthly evaluation and possibly the therapist, as needed.
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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
- Bipolar Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- Personality Disorder
- Inpatient Discharge
How soon can I get started?
As soon as possible! When you call our office, 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 time off work to attend IOP. And sometimes you may need a full break from the stresses and challenges of your job (or school).
However, IOP is different than being in a hospital or residential program. And you’re able to still live at home and continue your day-to-day routines while getting treatment. Since most of the group sessions take place in the evening, some people do choose to keep working while going through IOP.
What does the service cost?
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 our office 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.