Mental Health Support for St. Louis Businesses & Community Providers

For Referrals to Our Intensive Outpatient Program, Call 314-388-2225

If your client, colleague, or loved one is reaching a breaking point – and other options aren’t working – IOP group therapy can help them heal and find peace.

Call to learn how this little-known treatment can help their situation… and we’ll get them into a program right away.

We’re Here to HElP

Know someone who’s struggling with their mental health? No matter whether they’re dealing with severe depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, PTSD, burnout, or any other serious challenges…

IOP therapy is designed to help give 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 for when one-on-one visits with a therapist or psychiatrist don’t quite cut it. On average, committed clients see results like…

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.

When you send someone our way…

We’ll get them care immediately. In moments of crisis, people can’t afford to wait. If IOP is a fit, we’ll get new clients started in as little as 1-2 business days. No wait-list.

We’ll handle everything from start to finish. This includes disability leave paperwork, intake, treatment planning with a therapist, insurance billing, discharge, aftercare, and more.

Find out how we can support you and your organization. Call today for more information…

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About OUr Program

Plural Healthcare is a mental health resource for you. We provide therapy and intensive outpatient care (IOP) to individuals across the St. Louis area. And we support leading businesses, organizations, and universities in the region.

For example, one of our major partners is General Motors. When their employees are unable to work because of major mental health challenges… we help them start healing, gain tools to move past their pain, and turn things around in as little as 6-10 weeks.

Or as one client told us recently:

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.

What to Expect With Our IOP Program

  • Focused Care: We tailor our treatment to fit every client’s unique needs. They’ll get direct support in 3 group sessions per week (each 3 hours in length) as well as in private visits with a psychiatrist or therapist.
  • Rapid Transformation: Our goal is simple… to help people create a noticeable change in a short amount of time. Many clients report progress right from their first couple of sessions.
  • Experienced Staff: Our treatment team has spent decades helping people heal from trauma, anxiety, depression, and other serious mental health challenges. Clients have their support every step of the way.
  • Actionable Training: Taking the best from specializations such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and more… we’ll give you practical skills to help you navigate and overcome whatever challenges you’re facing.
  • Covered by Insurance: We are fully CARF accredited. We accept nearly all major private insurance plans (including Aetna, Anthem, BCBS, Cigna, Mercy, and UHC). And we have affordable self-payment options for those without insurance.

Our Proven IOP Treatment Process

At Plural Healthcare, our clients are the center of care. And we’ll make sure they receive all the tools needed to reach their goals.

1. Private Consultation

Everything starts with an assessment by a licensed clinician. If our level of care is appropriate, we’ll get new clients into a program right away, and can prescribe medications if needed.

2. Personalized Care

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


3. Group Therapy

Most of our care will take place in a small group setting, led by a licensed therapist. Our groups offer a safe, welcoming space. Clients will gain support and community from others facing similar challenges.

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.

Lead therapist, Emily Vallarta, has 15+ years experience helping people heal from wide range of mental health challenges. She’s developed a unique and 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 mental health care is important. Call us today at 314-388-2225.

Group Therapy for Life’s Challenges

No matter what mental health crisis people are facing, IOP can help people 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 people 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 everyone’s 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 manage those symptoms and offer support in the transition.

Unlike a hospital or residential program, clients are still be able to live at home during treatment. This means they can stay connected to their community and support systems while receiving the care they need.

To find out if IOP is a good fit for their unique situation, contact us today…

Reach Out Today

To learn more about how IOP may help your colleague or loved one, call us today. We’ll spend some time getting to know their situation, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine what mental health care is best.

Phone: 314-388-2225

680 Craig Rd, Suite 103
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you’re wondering whether IOP is right for your colleague or loved one, 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 someone is 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 clients work through the specific challenges they’re facing right now in their life. Being a part of a supportive group can provide you strength, courage, and insight no matter what people are 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 about keeping someone on the move forward instead of backward. Instead, IOP is a clear-cut intervention. The goal is a noticable 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 seeing a noticeable impact right from the first sessions. 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 clients to help them find the ideal therapist for your needs. This gives clients the opportunity to further process the discoveries and lessons they gain in the IOP group sessions. And it ensures they’ll receive ongoing care and support after completing IOP.

    How does IOP compare to inpatient care?

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

    What happens when I refer someone to Plural Healthcare?

    All you have to do is send them our way… and we take care of the rest.

    After you make the referral, we’ll do a free consultation with the person you referred. This way we can get to know their situation and see if IOP is a right fit. If so, we’ll get them into a program as soon as possible. We take care of everything from disability leave paperwork, psychiatric evaluation (if necessary), insurance authorization, intake, treatment planning, treatment, to discharge.

    How does the IOP process work?

    Once we’ve determined that IOP may be right fit for someone, we start by having them establish goals that they 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 each clients’ goals and develops a specific treatment plan with organized steps and interventions. Their progress is monitored by the team on a regular basis.

    Most of treatment will take place in a group setting. This includes 3 sessions per week; each 3 hours in length. Clients 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 people get started?

    As soon as possible! When someone calls our mental health center, we’ll ask a few questions to see if IOP might be a good fit for their 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 a custom treatment plan. And it allows us to get authorization from your insurance for IOP – so people can get into the group sessions right away.

    Do clients need to take off work to do IOP?

    We recommend it, but it’s not a requirement.

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

    However, most people find it helpful to take a break from the stresses from their job or school. That way they can better focus on their treatment. If clients 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 for most major private insurance plans (including Aetna, 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. We’ll confirm coverage with each client’s insurance and provide them with a detailed financial estimate (based on your insurance plan, deductible, and out-of-pocket maximum).

    How can I know for sure if IOP is the right option?

    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 – or if you just want to get a bit more information – please call us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you determine what mental health care is best.