Intensive Outpatient Program
(IOP)


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.

    Structure

    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):

    Individual Track

    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.

    Group Track

    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:

    Week 1 Series

    Monday-Friday

    10:30-11:00

    Mindfulness Skills & Practice

    Monday-Friday

    11:00-12:00

    Distress Tolerance Skills & Practice
    Week 2 Series

    Monday-Friday

    10:30-11:00

    Mindfulness Skills & Practice

    Monday-Friday

    11:00-12:00

    Distress Tolerance Skills & Practice

    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.

    Results

    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.

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    The Way of Mastery is to break all the rules—but you have to know them perfectly before you can do this; otherwise you are not in a position to transcend them.

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    What Clients Say

    In a recent survey of our patients, 94% would recommend our practice to a friend.
    Calmer in the Face of Hardship
    I came to the Center for Anxiety for help in dealing with a family member who suffered from extreme anxiety. But I ended up getting a serious illness two months later and started having my own sessions. With the help of my therapist I got through my illness, learned to understand my habits that were making my major life stresses worse, learned to communicate better, taper my anger, and surprisingly I became more calmer even though my hardships in life worsened. Therapy is a lot of work and not easy, but nothing in life comes easy! I became a better and softer mom and (when I practice what I learned) and my kids and home are calmer and happier. I am still a work in progress and have more to work on, but I know I am on the right path. I wish I knew before how my communication style and anger were really impacting my life, how being softer you can accomplish way more then being harsh. I have been to other therapists in the past and I can hands down say that the Center for Anxiety’s approach is really effective. I have even referred a bunch of people to the Center and they have been really happy with the therapists and how much they really care for their patients.
    I Tackled a Long List of Fears
    When I first came to the Center for Anxiety, my list of anxieties/fears was long! I was scared of getting sick, getting stranded, driving, flying and more. With the help of my therapist, I immediately got to work and tackled every one of my fears. Now the world is open to me and I feel free! I can dream big and accomplish whatever I set my mind to! I am especially grateful that I was able to do all this without having to rely on medication. It was hard work – grueling at times! – but now I have the coping tools within me for life. In fact a family member recently said to me “You are awesome. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to because you don’t let fear stop you! ” Thank you Dr. Rosmarin and the Center for Anxiety staff for helping me get here. My fears no longer limit me and I love my life. Try it, it might turn your life around too!
    Highly Skilled and Professional Treatment
    When I sought treatment at the Center for Anxiety, the clinic was is in its incipient stages. However, by the time I successfully finished treatment, the Center for Anxiety grew and flourished into a world-class treatment center, offering cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment to countless individuals. The continued success of the Center for Anxiety comes as no surprise to me, with a team that contains such highly skilled professionals who display clinical acumen, empathy, and compassion. When I first entered treatment I was concerned that therapy would be similar to the experiences with past psychologists: a seemingly bottomless pit with no reductions in my anxiety symptoms, but was so relieved when I started to feel less anxious after only a handful of sessions. My therapist created a treatment plan that was tailored exactly to my needs and taught me practical skills to help me work through my anxiety that I still use and practice to this very day.
    No More Panic
    When I first came in, I was struggling with panic disorder and didn’t even know it, which only made dealing with it that much more difficult. After my first time sitting down with my therapist, however, I instantly started to gain perspective and look at the difficult situation in a different light. Our meetings helped me conquer the issue step by step and get my life back on track. I’d strongly recommend that anyone dealing with anxiety in a way that impacts their day to day life should visit the Center for Anxiety! I know it helped me tremendously.
    Free of Obsessions
    When I woke up one morning last June and didn’t want to get out of bed, I knew I needed help. The thought of getting through another day with all my anxieties, obsessions and rituals was just too overwhelming. After feeling stuck for years, I just couldn’t anymore. Thankfully, that’s when I found the Center for Anxiety. Dr. Rosmarin and his staff are experts at what they do, kind and professional. After just several weeks I accomplished my initial targets. The change I experienced in such a short amount of time was astounding that I stayed on for a while longer to work on more complex goals. I soon achieved those too. Now, I am free of my obsessions, know how to manage my anxiety, and love my life. My only regret: not having done this sooner. I wish I had known that you don’t have to wait to hit rock bottom to get help.
    Depression Lifted
    I’m 26 years old and I’ve been suffering from terrible depression for 7 years. In the throws of my sadness I literally wanted to die. Soon after starting therapy at the Center for Anxiety, my depression lifted. My suicidal thoughts began to dissipate. I remember the feeling that came over me as soon as the dark cloud above me left. It was the most liberating feeling I have ever experienced. I actually shouted to my friends, family and anyone nearby me “I’m Happy! I am Happy!” I felt free.
    From EXISTING to LIVING
    Over the course of four years I developed anxiety-like symptoms (tightness in chest, gut, back) that slowly but surely increased in duration and severity. The EXTREMELY uncomfortable nature of the symptoms notwithstanding, I still continued and managed to function. The effort required to do so, however, left me utterly drained. Having always been a very spiritual person I strongly felt that a course of therapy incorporating a spiritual component could potentially work well for me and decided to give the Center for Anxiety a try. Happily, I have achieved significant symptom reduction, tremendously improved emotional/mental health, and above all, Connection. Medication free. I’m no longer just existing, I’m LIVING. I’ve been given a second chance to become the unique human being that I was meant to be.
    No More worries
    I have wormed in healthcare for 36 years in many different settings, and I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the Center for Anxiety. When staff says they are going to call, I get a call. From the first contact, I have been very impressed with the professionalism and efficiency. I had a situation and needed to have sessions more than once per week, and my clinicians worked out a schedule to accommodate my needs. I was astounded that they attended to me so quickly and effectively - they made my priority their priority. My clinicians were also excellent at what they do - they have a plan for me each session, and it's clear that they have thought in advance about each session, and that they are listening to what I say and observing what I do, even though our sessions have been conducted via Telehealth. Compassion is a quality that I have all too often found to be lacking in my experiences as a healthcare professional and patient, and this is not the case with the Center for Anxiety. Of all the websites I found on Google, I am so thankful that God guided my hand to yours.
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