Intensive Outpatient Programs

The Eating Disorders Treatment Center (EDTC) conducts separate Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs (IOP) for Adolescents and Adults with an Eating Disorder. We offer specialized treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder/Emotional Eating, and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) at the intensive outpatient level of care.

Our IOPs were created to help those in need of more intensive treatment and support than outpatient therapy alone can provide. Our IOPs function as the next level of care between outpatient individual therapy and partial hospitalization treatment. IOP provides skills and tools which can be used to arrest and reverse the progress of the eating disorder. The program is structured to support a whole recovery for every participant.

The Intensive Outpatient Program also functions as a “step-down” treatment after discharge from Partial Hospitalization treatment. This step-down method has proven benefits for those in recovery and provides an opportunity for patients to continue receiving comprehensive care while beginning to implement recovery based choices on their own. The step-down format provides continuity of care, thereby protecting recovery and avoiding the experience of being thrown from the “warm blankets into the icy waters” of everyday living. Participants are provided with relapse prevention skills to support a long-lasting and strong recovery.

An example of one of the many ways we work with our participants in the IOP to cope with everyday living is the therapeutic meal process. Our dietitians work with the participants to help them plan and build a simple, nutritious meal to eat with the group each evening. At the conclusion of the meal our therapists then work together with the participants to process the experience and incorporate the use of therapeutic skills.

As a part of the IOP, each participant will complete a nutritional evaluation. Eating disorders are described as being 50% psychological and 50% physiological and the support of the nutrition staff alongside the therapeutic staff offers all participants comprehensive care for all aspects of their eating disorders. During IOP, the participant will receive one-on-one counseling with a staff dietitian during program hours. In addition to nutritional counseling, our IOPs employ the following therapeutic methods to help our clients to progress through and beyond their eating disorders to a healthier and better life.

  • CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy)
  • ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – somatic therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Expressive and Experiential Methods including, but not limited to Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Use of Metaphors
  • Psycho-education for clients and families

If you believe one of our intensive outpatient programs is right for you, please contact our office at 505-266-6121 or by email at