The process of healing from trauma is best done with therapists who are compassionate, caring and supportive. It is often best to begin with intensive support such that you can receive in a program that is specific to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Trauma Treatment. Healing from trauma is a marathon not a race. Specialists in the field understand that they should first work with you to establish safety, help you feel stable, support your ability to regulate emotionally. In some ways, this journey is different for each person. But in other ways there are many parallels regarding the underlying issues that trauma survivors share.
It is important that your treatment team understanding the nuances of trauma, and have the expertise and flexibility to work in an integrative trauma treatment model. This is why we at Trauma and Beyond Center ® offer our IOP trauma treatment program for clients that need more focused attention in their journey of healing.
What is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Trauma Treatment?
The intensive outpatient trauma treatment program is designed to provide treatment and support to individuals who have experienced traumatic events and require a more intensive approach to their healing while still being able to maintain their life in an outpatient setting. This is especially helpful for those who are unable to commit to an inpatient program because of family responsibilities, work, or simply because they don’t meet the necessary criteria for an inpatient program.
People who are experiencing ongoing mental health issues and symptoms of PTSD often require a more customized and personalized treatment program. Especially during times when they feel overwhelmed with their emotions.
What is Included in the Trauma and Beyond Center ® IOP Treatment Program
The Trauma and Beyond Center ® intensive outpatient program offers a minimum of three-hours of therapy day at three to five times per week. Treatment is strategically customized to address each client’s individual needs.
Each client will be assigned a primary therapist plus specialists in other modalities that have been specifically selected for the client. Our team of highly skilled and highly trained therapists and specialists provide trauma-informed therapies that may include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing
- Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT)
- Trauma Resilience Model (TMR)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)
- Affect Regulation
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Who Would Best Benefit From This Program?
This highly focused integrative and intensive therapy would best be suited to individuals who are suffering from the following symptoms:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse (not actively but in early recovery)
- Mood disorders
- Eating disorders including distorted body image
- Self-harm and suicidal thinking
- Interpersonal and childhood trauma
- Severe psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety, and extreme mood swings
- Behavioral issues such as peer difficulties, social anxiety, impulsivity, and impaired academic performance
- General confusion
- Feeling numb or emotionally disconnected
- Withdrawing from others
Trauma can also manifest itself physically and could easily be dismissed as symptoms of physical exhaustion. The following are the forms in which they could appear
- Aches and chronic pain
- Elevated heartbeat and blood pressure
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty sleeping
- Edginess and agitation
What Are the Benefits of the IOP Treatment Program?
Every person and every situation is unique. It follows then that each person has different abilities to cope with and manage difficult or traumatic situations. A cookie-cutter approach to therapy and mental health simply cannot do for some, if not most, of people seeking to move on from both physical and emotional pain.
One of the main benefits of an outpatient program is that the client gets to immediately use what they’ve learned from each session in the real world. But apart from this, the program also has several other benefits:
- It provides more consistent treatment and support
- Clinical responsibility to respond to individual needs
- It allows the patient to maintain everyday routines and responsibilities
- The client doesn’t need to devote long periods of time away from family and from work
- Lower costs compared to a residential or inpatient treatment program
- Real-world opportunities to apply coping skills learned from the program
- It lets the client maintain the ability to support their family (this is especially helpful for clients that have small children that needs constant supervision)
- It’s more accessible to clients that need it but cannot leave home for varying reasons
- It’s more intense and structured than regular outpatient care
The onset of Covid19 has caused anxiety and panic to many as it continues to plague the world with rising numbers. Add to that the mandate on physical distancing and forced isolation which could then amplify any negative emotions — the perfect formula for a crisis.
Trauma and Beyond Center ®
In trying times like these, it’s important for everyone to have a system of support that will help them cope with the stresses of this pandemic. We at Trauma and Beyond Center ® are here to assure you that we can tailor fit a treatment program to specifically address your unique needs.
If you feel that you need help managing your anxiety, depression, or PTSD, call us and we will be happy to speak to you about our IOP trauma treatment program and all of our treatment programs for anxiety, trauma, and other mental health issues. Call us at 818-651-0725.