Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Teens
When adolescents are unable to make consistent progress in outpatient therapy or assessed as otherwise requiring a higher level of care, IOP may be an effective boost to regular outpatient services. The overall goal of our IOP for teens of all genders, ages 13 to 18, is to provide additional treatment to break patterns that are creating barriers to recovery while still within the family home.
Many adolescents feel the eating disorder gives them control when, instead, the eating disorder is a cause of loss of control over behaviors basic to health. Healthy restoration of control over eating and health provides the foundation upon which further therapy and personal growth can occur.
We design our IOP to help the adolescent with readiness to assume responsibility for healthy behavior as well as to offer support and strategies for parents. Often, teens who were initially fearful or resistant toward change gain new insight into their eating disorder while in the program. They develop the motivation to change and the coping skills to help manage symptoms, emotions, and body image concerns.