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Intensive Outpatient Program

Program Description

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

An Intensive Outpatient Program – or IOP – is intended for those persons in need of more support than can be offered in weekly counseling or nutrition sessions. IOP is also appropriate for those persons that are transitioning from a higher level of care, such as residential treatment or a partial hospitalization program. In either case, an IOP offers both support and structure to continue thejourney to recovery, while also allowing persons served to work, attend school, and maintain normal living routines. 


Group and Individual Therapy

An intensive outpatient program is structured to include both group and individual therapy. In the group sessions, individuals are at different stages in their recovery. Group members both give and receive empathy and support, relate to the challenges and stages of recovery, and build a sense of community to feel a genuine connection to others. The Bayberry IOP model consists of different group experiences, including emotional processing groups, skills development groups, and mind-body (or experiential) groups. 


All persons enrolled in the IOP receive weekly individual sessions from a team member. The primary goal of the individual sessions is to review the treatment plan and discuss progress in the recovery journey. This may include conversations and coordination with the extended treatment team (e.g., a primary care physician, psychiatrist, or nutrition professional). 


What are the Criteria for Entry into an IOP?

An IOP is appropriate for those individuals that can self-manage emotional regulation and eating behaviors without the need for the structure and support offered by higher levels of care. However, daily activities, relationships, or intrusive thoughts may necessitate the need for predictable structure and support throughout the week. 


Persons served in an IOP are medically stable and do not have conditions that require close monitoring. It is common that an IOP member will also have some form of medication intervention, and, therefore, should have a relationship with a primary care physician or psychiatrist. For those persons with a history of an eating disorder or an eating disorder is likely, we may require you to be cleared for entry into the program with both clinical lab work and a referral from your medical provider. 


What is the Admission Process for the IOP?

Persons interested in the IOP can request an assessment at any time. Entry into the program is based on space available, results of the comprehensive intake assessment, financial considerations, and motivation of the individual. 


The process will begin with an intake assessment (known as a biopsychosocial assessment). This may take up to an hour to complete. In addition, we will collect insurance and financial information to better understand your insurance benefits and financial implications for you. Upon completion of both the assessment and insurance benefits verification, we will provide a comprehensive recommendation for treatment for you. In some cases, Bayberry may not be equipped to manage your individual needs. In that case, we will make a recommendation of other options that may be available to you in the community.


The final consideration is motivation. The IOP programming is offered 3 days per week. Most insurances require that you attend at least 3 days per week for 3 hours per day. Inconsistent attendance may result in the insurance provider denying coverage of your IOP treatment. So it is important to self-assess your ability and commitment to an IOP treatment program. 

program schedule & hours

Program Schedule & Hours*

*Schedule & hours subject to change. Contact us for more information

Disordered Eating & Eating Disorder Group

Eating Disorder IOP

Morning Program

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Eating Disorder IOP

Evening Program

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

5:30 - 8:30 PM

  • Compassion Focused Therapy
    Group approach that aims to help with shame and self-criticism, resulting from early experiences of abuse or neglect. Clients learn to cultivate the skills of self-compassion and other-oriented compassion, to help regulate mood and lead to feelings of safety, self-acceptance.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Dialectical behavior therapy is a structured approach to psychotherapy with a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships.
  • Experiential Therapy
    Art is an expressive modality that allows clients to explore boundaries in relation to rules and freedom associated with body love as well as inter and intrapersonal dynamics.
  • Goal Setting
    Skills-oriented group that helps clients identify what is most important and how to make small changes over time in order to be more aligned with their values.
  • Mindful Movement
    Restorative yoga practice to bring about changes in sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, increase body awareness, promote emotional, physical, and psychological safety.
  • Meal/Snack Support
    Food exposure challenges in supervised setting to observe mood, affect, response to potential triggers, moderate anxieties or activations from food, create psychological safety and support.
  • Nutrition Education
    Education program focused on detailed information and processes to achieve healthy eating patterns.
  • Process Group
    Group members receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in safe and confidential environment. Interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness.
  • Relapse Prevention/ Planning Ahead
    Structured group designed to help clients stay focused on recovery goals, learn from experiences of others, share concerns, challenges, and successes of recovery journey.
  • Resiliency
    Group therapy is designed to teach wellness skills to children and adults experiencing traumatic stress reactions using a mind-body approach.

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