Intensive Outpatient Program
Overview – What is an IOP?
Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is unique in the New York area. Designed for patients with complex or severe anxiety (e.g., GAD, panic disorder, social anxiety), OCD, depression, and/or personality disorders who are looking for quick results, our personalized, accelerated treatment program has two tracks: Individual Therapy and Group Therapy. Individual therapy involves multiple extended-length sessions per week (1.5 – 3.0 hours). Group therapy involves a daily 90-minute CBT/DBT skills group, plus one hour per week of case management. Patients are welcome to participate in both Individual and Group tracks simultaneously.
Our immersive approach to treatment enables patients to experience significant symptom reduction in a short period of time, and return to school, work, or daily life armed with new strategies for successful living.
Who Can Benefit?
The Center for Anxiety’s Intensive Outpatient Program is ideal for patients with severe or complex symptoms of anxiety, OCD, depression, and/or personality disorders who are looking to make progress quickly. With minimal disruption to daily life, patients can schedule a focused intensive experience to jump-start recovery. Our staff has assisted patients from around the world with this approach.
In addition, intensive outpatient therapy can be valuable for patients who:
- Have not responded sufficiently to weekly traditional therapy
- Need help for severe and complex mental health conditions but do not wish to pursue residential treatment
- Have busy work/travel schedules and find it more convenient to immerse themselves in intensive treatment
- Have a strong commitment to getting better quickly
In many cases, we have helped patients with severe symptoms to avoid psychiatric hospitalization through our highly focused and careful approach.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program is held in our confidential private offices and/or via Telehealth. Prior to the program, patients complete a comprehensive initial assessment to determine the optimal treatment plan. Plans are reviewed by senior clinicians, and are designed to account for family, social, economic, cultural, spiritual/religious, and other individual needs. Once treatment begins, the plan is assessed on a daily basis by our research team, to ensure the highest level of progress.
Our IOP has two treatment tracks (Note: Patients are welcome to participate in both tracks, whether concurrently or sequentially):
Treatment includes extended-length sessions (1.5 – 3.0 hours) over multiple days per week with one or more of our highly trained therapists. Typical aggregate length of stay in the program is 2-3 weeks, though there is no minimum or maximum. Treatment sessions focus on the individual application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to each patient’s symptoms. We utilize the full spectrum of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in our treatment. Sessions occur both in our offices and in real-life situations outside the office. This allows patients to practice new skills immediately and establishes the foundation for long-term improvement. In addition, we collaborate with family members as indicated/desired by patients, by providing information about the treatment process and offering strategies for supporting the patient throughout the treatment period and beyond.
Treatment involves group sessions focused CBT/DBT skills provided five days/week, Monday-Friday from 10:30am-12:00pm (90-minutes). Groups recur on a two-week cycle, allowing patients to join the IOP on any Monday they choose. Typical length of stay in the group track is 2-weeks, and the minimum length of stay is one week, but there is no maximum. In addition to groups, patients receive up to one-hour of case management to coordinate care with their outside providers and/or discuss their post-IOP treatment needs with a member of our staff. Patients must concurrently receive individual psychotherapy while in our group program, however this may be provided by clinicians outside of our practice. As with all of our services, we are happy to collaborate with outside clinicians in caring for patients.
Below is our group schedule:
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What to expect after the IOP
Our IOP places a priority on coordinating care with the patient’s regular or referring psychiatrist, therapist, and/or other mental health professionals, in order to provide continuity of care. While in the program, our clinicians help patients establish a structure for recovery that can be continued after the intensive period with their referring clinicians, or through further sessions in our office, or through Telehealth.To inquire further about the Intensive Outpatient Program, please click here to schedule an intake.
Our research suggests that patients who complete our IOP have remarkable results in a short amount of time. They emerge with a sophisticated understanding of their symptoms and needs, and key tools and strategies to continue in their recovery. Our immersive group and individualized programs allow for accelerated progress, with significant reduction in symptom intensity and a solid foundation for health and wellness.
In a recent evaluation of our program, patients started out with “moderate” anxiety and “severe” depression and ended with “mild” anxiety and “moderate” depression. More importantly, all patients experienced a decrease in symptoms over the course of the program and there were no adverse events.