Intensive Outpatient

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Intensive Outpatient Program

The Mindful Health Foundation offers a unique treatment option that provides an additional step down from the intensity of Inpatient, Day Treatment, or Partial Hospital Program while still offering more structure and support than standard outpatient therapy. The program is designed for individuals who are able to take responsibility for setting goals and working towards them in daily life but could benefit from the extra structure and group support each evening.

Engaging in work, school or other life activities during the daytime hours and weekends provides in vivo opportunities to practice these newly learned coping skills, extend symptom blockade, and utilize personal support systems. When appropriate, Intensive Outpatient Program patients are encouraged to continue with existing individual therapy and family therapy on Fridays when Intensive Outpatient Program is not in session. Intensive Outpatient Treatment can provide a much-needed step towards independent stability and less intensive intervention. The average length of participation in the Intensive Outpatient Program can vary depending on individual needs.  Typically, patients continue in Intensive Outpatient Program for about 12 weeks. Before tapering out of the program, the Intensive Outpatient Program staff will work with patients regarding a discharge plan and provide resources for continued outpatient treatment and support. If a patient does not already have an outpatient treatment team, the Intensive Outpatient Program staff will help them connect with outpatient treatment providers and support groups in their own communities.

The Mindful Health Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient Program Includes:

Scheduling Information

3 days/week (Tuesday – Thursday) of intensive treatment during evening hours (4:00-8: 00 pm), & opportunities to schedule individual support sessions on Fridays.


A continued focus on stabilization of symptoms with enhanced education around self-monitoring and understanding personal triggers.

Group Therapy

A group therapy component including a combination of cognitive behavior therapy groups body image groups, nutrition groups, DBT groups, & art therapy groups.

Therapeutic Mealtime

Therapeutic mealtimes are from 6 – 7 pm. Thursday nights 5 – 7 pm we offer a unique opportunity to tackle everyday social challenges such as dining out & take out.

Patients participate in group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy three times a week. In these groups, patients develop and practice more effective and positive cognitive and behavioral skills. Since patients are functioning on their own for a significant part of the day, we strongly emphasize training that helps them cope and solve problems.

This group helps patients build skills for tolerating intense feelings about their bodies, challenging distorted perceptions about shape and size, and understanding the forces that have impacted their body image development.

Art therapy provides one with alternative coping skills that are beneficial when one is looking to self-soothe, contain emotions, challenge perfectionism, and/or express themselves in non-verbal ways. Artistic skill or experience in not necessary.

This group offers educational and experiential components around stress relief and relaxation techniques. Tools include guided imagery, conscious breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks take place outside of treatment hours, however, the dinner meal is tackled each night during Intensive Outpatient Program.  This is an opportunity for patients to have a positive, pleasant group meal experience with the assistance and support of a registered dietitian & a cognitive-behavioral therapist.  Throughout the time in Intensive Outpatient Program patients also receive guidance with re-connecting to their natural hunger and fullness cues.

During the Intensive Outpatient Program, patients have the opportunity to check in with a Registered Dietitian individually to review their meal plan and set personal goals. Twice a week, patients attend a nutrition group led by a registered dietitian. The information learned helps patients make food choices based on knowledge, rather than assumptions, and on facts rather than misinformation. These groups also help patients process distorted thoughts about food and weight.

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