What Is an IOP?

Asking for help is the first step to regaining a happier and mentally healthier life. Let’s explore an IOP and discover how it can help patients on their mental health journey.

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Take Control Back Over Your Mental Health

We’re not going to lie to you, mental health can be a difficult part of life to manage. It is unique for each person and can affect almost every aspect of your life and well-being. It takes a lot of work to undo or understand it, but there are people out there and treatments available that can support anyone willing to undertake that journey, and an IOP is one of them. Navigating the world of mental health treatment can be overwhelming, but we’re here to make it simple. Let’s take a look together into what an IOP is, the benefits of an IOP, if it’s right for you, and how it can be a pivotal part of a mental health recovery journey.

Your IOP Basics

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a structured, comprehensive treatment program for those who need a higher level of care than traditional outpatient therapy but do not need the 24-hour supervision of an inpatient program. To put it simply, you get the amount of therapy you need while being able to return to the comfort of your home at the end of the day.

To break it down
one word at a time, an IOP is:


While intensive may sound like an “intense” word, it’s only called intensive because of the amount and depth of the therapy offered. Unlike your traditional one-on-one therapy session, IOPs meet several times a week, and sessions can last up to three to four hours. It may be more sessions, but that means more support for your mental health journey.


Being an outpatient means you go home each night. Unlike a treatment center where you have to live there, you can still go to school or work, so you can maintain your daily responsibilities while receiving the support you need to manage your mental health conditions


An IOP follows a regular schedule and routine. For three to four days a week, you’ll meet with your support group and mental health provider to build skills, discuss coping strategies, share stories, and more.

What Do Patients Do at an IOP?

An intensive outpatient program may sound imposing, but while the therapy is intensive, the program itself is very welcoming. At With, we make our IOP a comfortable, judgment-free space – think less of a doctor’s office and more of a cozy living area. Here’s what most of our patients experience at our IOP.

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Inpatient v. Outpatient Care

If you’re looking at treatment options that provide more care than your typical one-on-one therapy sessions, then you’ll likely be researching inpatient and outpatient care. In simplest terms, inpatient means you’re receiving support in a treatment center, and outpatient means you’re getting support out of a treatment center. But let’s take a more detailed look at the difference between inpatient and outpatient care, so you can determine which option is the best approach.


Inpatient programs require patients to live in a facility while they undergo treatment. These programs offer the most intense hands-on treatment with daily therapy and medications. It’s best for those with severe mental health issues. For example, you may need inpatient treatment if you’re a danger or harm to yourself or others, need a place to get stable after self-harm or suicidal actions, are detoxing, or if you have other medical issues.


Unlike inpatient programs, outpatient programs allow patients to go home while they continue their treatment. Instead of daily meetings, patients meet only a few times a week. It is more intense than traditional one-on-one therapy, but a step below inpatient programs. Whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program, seeking help is the first step to regaining control over your mental health and regaining balance in your life.

Is an IOP
Right For You?

An intensive outpatient program is generally a step up from traditional therapy and a step down from inpatient care. So if you struggle with your mental health, to the point it is affecting your daily life, but not to the point you need 24/7 care, then an IOP might be the right program for you. They are a great approach for a wide range of patients struggling with various mental health conditions.

They are particularly beneficial for those who:

  • Have difficulty maintaining their day-to-day needs like working, sleeping, eating, etc. due to their mental struggles.
  • Struggle to form meaningful relationships or maintain relationships because of their mental health.
  • Need more support than traditional outpatient therapy can provide.
  • Do not require the 24/7 care of an inpatient program.
  • Are transitioning from inpatient care and need continued structured support.
  • Require a flexible treatment option that allows them to maintain work, school, or family commitments.
In terms of which mental disorders can be treated, IOPs typically help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders. At With, we help our patients with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Each program is tailored to meet the specific needs of the participants, ensuring that they receive the most effective care possible.
How We Help You

How We Help You

Everyone’s mental health journey looks different. Not everyone is on the same path, but it all starts by taking the first step to ask for help. At With, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our IOP is designed to meet you wherever you’re at on your mental health journey to give you the support you need. Overcoming your mental struggles is possible, and we’re going to help you achieve that goal.

We understand that managing mental health can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to us today to learn more about our IOPs and how we can help you achieve lasting well-being.

Join Our Program

An Intensive Outpatient Program can be a lifeline for any patient struggling with mental health issues. By combining various therapeutic modalities, skill-building sessions, and a non-judgmental space, an IOP can provide the comprehensive care you need to recover and regain a better quality of life. If you or someone you love needs more intensive mental health support, then contact us to discuss our IOP as a pathway to healing and growth.

Schedule Your Appointment Online

We are excited to start this journey towards improving your mental health. For
your convenience, you can book your initial or follow up appointments online


Please choose a time slot using the link below to book your initial appointment. Once booked, we will forward additional forms that need to be completed prior to your first appointment. All forms must be completed prior to your booked appointment time, or we may have to reschedule your appointment to a later date.


After your initial appointment is confirmed, you will receive a patient portal link that can be used to communicate with the office - either to ask questions, change appointments or any other issues you may have. Please be aware that the Patient Portal is run through a company called "Simple Practice" and any email asking for verification will be from there. This is primarily the best way to get ahold of our team for any needs.


If you are seeking a time that is not available, please place yourself on the
waitlist. There is a high chance we can move up your appointment.

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Tampa, FL 33607