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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Care for Adults

St. Simons by-the-Sea offers a structured, online Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) utilizing psychotherapy for treating adults 18+. This approach is designed to provide continued stabilization and intervention through the use of evidence-based therapy techniques stemming from the tenets of cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to meet the needs of those persons who usually function at a relatively effective level. However, they are experiencing problems that interfere with family, work, social, school, or interpersonal relationships. By allowing the patient to remain in contact with the situation causing dysfunction, the stressful issues can be addressed on a day to day basis as they occur, rather than within the artificial environment of a more intensive level of care.

Our program is led by a highly experienced clinical team of Master’s level clinicians to provide process, psychoeducational, and experiential group sessions to help patients recognize unhealthy thinking patterns, understand how to manage emotions, and learn how to change harmful habits. Individualized treatment planning, individual, family therapy, and comprehensive aftercare planning are also facilitated for our patients.

Our program is provided through the use of telemedicine technologies that will not require daily travel to and from the hospital, but in-person treatment is available as well. It involves the use of a smartphone, tablet, or computer with internet streaming capabilities. To remain compliant with Federal standards, we ask that you join the telehealth platform away from others and preferably with earphones. You will be provided with a link to the Zoom teleconferencing platform. From there, you will be placed in a virtual lobby, and your groups will start. We ask that you join early to ensure groups begin on time. Saint Simons By-the-sea Intensive Outpatient Program will be held virtually, and on-site Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am -12:15 pm and is covered by most insurances.

Program Components

Evidence-Based Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Process Groups
Share personal experiences, learn from multiple perspectives, gain support and encouragement, and receive feedback from other individuals in a safe environment.

Psychoeducational Groups
Anxiety and depressive disorders, substance use and dependence, anger management, stress management, illness monitoring

Medication Management
Weekly follow up by a licensed psychiatrist for active monitoring of medications management.

Individual Therapy
Weekly individual sessions to process experiences in treatment, address any questions or concerns, and review treatment progress.

Family Therapy
Relationship conflict and effective communication within the family system are addressed.

Collaborative Aftercare Planning
To establish support and promote ongoing recovery and safety.

If you should have any issues with the Zoom platform or any questions regarding our program, please contact Saint Simons By-the-Sea at 912-638-1999.