Intensive Outpatient Program

Mental Health IOP Program Description

 

Our mental health IOP provides treatment for people suffering from moderate to severe levels of depression and anxiety that are interfering with their daily functioning, such as work performance, relationships, health, etc. Many of our patients are feeling helpless, hopeless and have thoughts of suicide. 

To treat severe depression and anxiety, the mental health components of the IOP consist of three primary areas targeted to:

  1. Coping with Emotions and Relationships
  2. Coping Skills Training
  3. Physical Symptoms


Coping with Emotions and Relationships

The Coping with Emotions and Relationships component consists of learning to identify and express feelings, finding safe and appropriate outlets for avoided feelings, and tolerating high levels of emotion without becoming overwhelmed.  As in the traditional group counseling context, difficulties with feelings or change are addressed and interpersonal problems are identified.  Repetitive relationship themes that adversely affect an individual's current daily level of functioning are also identified.  Individuals are assisted in labeling their emotional experience and expressing it in meaningful ways.  Difficulties with depression, anxiety, anger, fear or loss are addressed in treatment.  For example, grief therapy may assist people in understanding the process of grief, examining blocks to grief and exploring unresolved losses. 

Coping Skills Training
The Coping Skills Training aspects of the program consist of teaching rational behavior problem solving skills to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.  Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most well validated psychology based treatment approaches to therapy and is considered to be a main component of our IOP.  Core Psycho-educational groups are organized around Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Assertiveness Training; Anxiety Management; Anger Management; Problem Solving; Crisis Management; Grief Work; Setting Boundaries; Identification of Feelings; Co-dependency; Pain Management; Coping with Depression and Coping with Anxiety. Crisis situations or conflictual relationships are anticipated, action plans developed, behavioral deficits identified, and adaptive coping behavioral strategies are rehearsed and strengthened while in treatment.   

Physical Symptoms
The Physical aspects of the program are concerned with counseling about bodily processes that may be associated with depression or anxiety.  Physical symptoms such as insomnia, panic, pain,  and other medical illnesses may be exacerbated by, or result from untreated depression and / or anxiety.  Treatment in the physical domain may consist of Relaxation training, stress management, living with chronic illness, and pain management, as examples of some typical subject areas addressed.  Psychotropic medication may also be helpful in addressing biochemical treatment to your condition and may be prescribed by one of our psychiatrists.

The foci of various Core groups take on different content areas, depending on the individual needs of the group participants.  For example, coping with depression, anxiety, loss, out of control teens, work place problems, conflict management, and self defeating behavioral patterns, are some of the topics that may be addressed.  In receiving counseling about coping skills, identified problem areas are utilized to teach skills that provide new strategies or solutions.  Cognitive behavior therapy, anger management, anxiety management, assertiveness training and skill generalization are used throughout the treatment program.  Daily homework assignments, self-monitoring, dairies, etc. are frequently used to develop and maintain coping strategies.

Collaborative Care: Some people already have relationships with therapists or physicians who have been treating them.  We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your other treating providers in the community.  We may also supplement IOP with other treatment modalities available in the Memphis area, such as individual, couples or family therapy, support groups, church, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.

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