What are Intensive Outpatient Programs?
Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for patients who need a higher level of intervention, but do not need in-patient treatment. Patients may need IOP due to lack of accessibility to specialized treatment where they live, because symptom severity is too high for weekly outpatient therapy, or simply because they have busy lives and find it more convenient to immerse themselves in a more intensive treatment.
IOP, is an evidence-based treatment, that offers an immersive, accelerated program, enabling patients to experience significant symptom reduction, in a short period of time. Each IOP participant is designed an individualized treatment plan, tailored to their specific needs.
Who is eligible for the Intensive Outpatient Program?
The IOP is designed for individuals who are struggling with problems associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders, including as Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, and Selective Mutism.
Eligibility is determined after a comprehensive initial assessment with one of our clinical team members. The comprehensive assessment includes a structured interview, questionnaires and standardized measures of symptom severity, a functional assessment, and a review of medical records, if applicable.
How long will the program take?
Treatment duration and session frequency are determined on an individual basis after the initial assessment; patients generally receive 6 to 10 hours of individual treatment per week, over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
How does the program work?
- Individual sessions, provided by clinicians who specialize in OCD and Anxiety Disorders
- Ongoing assessment to measure progress
- Clinicians work with patients to develop exposure exercises that are specifically relevant to their needs
- Sessions occur both in the office, and in a variety of real-life settings outside of the office, ensuring patients gain confidence in situations where they experience the most anxiety
- Patients are provided with a variety of psychoeducational materials and activities designed to encourage generalization of learned coping skills into everyday life.