Mental health disorders are often accompanied by a sense of hopelessness and loneliness. If you need more support and intensive treatment than a weekly talk therapy session can provide but are limited by schedule, transportation, geography, or time constraints, you can participate in our virtual IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program). Clear is proud to now offer a virtual IOP, also known as a Tele-IOP, so that all clients can get the help they need and deserve. Our specialized program is individualized to fit each client’s needs and offers the flexibility required for attendance.
What is a Virtual IOP?
A virtual intensive outpatient program (or Virtual IOP) is a level of care just above an outpatient weekly therapy session with a therapist or psychologist. It is designed for those who need more support than a weekly session can provide, or for those who are stepping down from a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and would like to transition into an online IOP.
A virtual IOP is especially convenient for those who have geographic or transportation limitations and are unable to attend an intensive outpatient treatment program. Clear Recovery Center’s virtual IOP is open to all residents of California.
A virtual IOP offers the same types of modalities an in-person program would: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), somatic experiencing, experiential therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy.
Group and individual therapy sessions are facilitated through HIPAA compliant video conferencing software (e.g. Zoom, Google Meets, Skype) with scheduling links conveniently accessible through our patient portal available. Get the help you need today from the comfort of your own home.
What to Expect in a Virtual IOP
In a Virtual IOP program, clients log on to treatment through a secure HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. Clients attend virtual therapy for 3 hours a day, 3 days a week. Treatment usually spans a six to eight week time period; however, treatment may be extended based on clinical need.
Our Master’s-level therapists take each client’s physical, emotional, and mental health into account. A treatment care plan is developed on the first day and is modified, as needed, as throughout the program. We also take into consideration each client’s relationships with family and friends, their job, and hobbies, as mental health can adversely affect all aspects of life. Our experienced therapists employ multiple treatment modalities in order to provide effective and individualized treatment.
Clear Telehealth offers a virtual IOP for mental health that provides weekday treatment for adults who:
- Struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, or trauma
- experience burnout due to heavy workloads and long hours
- struggle with finding a sustainable work-life balance
- feel increasingly nervous, restless or tense due to stress
- are caregivers for a loved one and need extra support
- feel like they have little or no control over life or work
- experience sensory or emotional overstimulation
- feel extremely anxious, sad, empty or irritable
How Virtual IOP’s help with mental health?
A virtual IOP combines the benefits of virtual therapy and support groups packed into an intensive and structured therapeutic environment. Over the course of the program, each client will gain insight into the root causes of their mental health issues, process them in one-on-one therapy sessions as well as in group therapy amongst peers who share similar issues, and acquire the skills and healthier coping strategies necessary to face and overcome triggers head on once they reintegrate back into daily life.
Here are some of the benefits that a Virtual IOP can offer:
- Individualized Treatment: There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for mental health. Upon intake, the client’s case manager and therapist will design a personalized care plan unique to the individual based on an in-depth assessment.
- Evidence-based care: Our licensed therapists and social workers employ evidence-based modalities such as CBT and DBT to help each client overcome their mental health.
- Convenience: Receive the best mental health treatment from the comfort of your home. Virtual IOP only requires an internet connection.
Clear Recovery Center’s online intensive outpatient program uses a comprehensive approach. Each level of care employs a combination of group & individual therapy, case management, and psychiatry. Some of the evidence-based modalities are:
Individual therapy allows clients a private, one on one experience with a licensed therapist to establish a treatment plan, identify the psychodynamic and historical roots of current illness, gain insight, and set future goals.
Group therapy reduces the stigma associated with mental illnesses, provides a sense of community, eradicates feelings of isolation and loneliness, and establishes a support network of peers. Clients benefit greatly from listening to others, hearing feedback from peers, and experiencing that they are not alone.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavior therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behavior. CBT has been scientifically tested and proven to be an effective treatment modality for many disorders. This modality is focused on the present and is problem-solving-oriented. We utilize CBT to assist our clients in learning applicable skills that they can benefit from for the rest of their lives. These skills include identifying misperceptions and distorted thinking, changing behavioral patterns, and modifying beliefs about themselves, others, and the world.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment initially developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and is recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown dialectical behavior therapy to be an effective model for treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. DBT is actively woven into our curriculum to assist all clients in learning distress tolerance for difficult emotions more effectively.
Somatic Experiencing was developed to address the effects of trauma. After experiencing a traumatic event, our nervous systems are triggered into action. Humans, though, have a tendency to override our natural way of regulating our nervous system with self-defeating feelings (i.e., shame, doubt, fear, and judgments) that cause many to be stuck in this traumatic event and unable to move past it. Somatic experiencing practitioners (SEPs) work with the client to restore the body’s ability to self-regulate and achieve balance. By addressing the somatic sensations that the client experiences, a SEP works to help the client fully process the trauma safely.
Psychiatric evaluations and medication management
Clients receive a formal evaluation before entering our virtual IOP to determine if virtual treatment is the appropriate level of care and if medication or medication changes are indicated. Physician consultations may continue throughout the program as needed or to mark progress.
Aftercare is an important part of our virtual IOP program. All clients are provided with a personal aftercare plan that facilitates long-term healing. Our support for our clients does not end on the day of their discharge. We stay strong in our commitment to supporting them in their aftercare once they graduate. We obtain a release from each willing client to be able to follow-up with them periodically after treatment to ensure they are still participating in their prescribed aftercare plan.
Upon admission, all clients are assessed for medical leave or disability eligibility. Medical notes are provided for those who qualify.
We understand that, as working professionals, confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Our staff is expertly trained to prevent any disclosure of information related to treatment without consent and full release by the client. Employers and certifying boards may ask about mental illness, but as a treatment center we are under no obligation to report anything unless illness severely impairs one’s ability to work.
Clear has taken its best mental health IOP treatment and programming to a virtual setting to expand treatment accessibility to anyone living in California and designed specifically for those who face barriers to access to treatment such as schedule, transportation, geography, or time constraints. Our Los Angeles-based team is knowledgeable and skilled, but we take it a step further by using our lived-experiences in order to relate to clients and ensuring that they feel supported and genuinely cared for. Clear has fostered an environment of non-judgment and encouragement that allows individuals to experience themselves wholly and return to their previous level of functioning.
How to get started with Virtual IOP in 3 easy steps:
- Call 877.799.1985 and speak to a member to our care team who will walk you through our program, answer any questions, and verify your insurance benefits.
- Once insurance has been checked, a brief virtual assessment will be scheduled with our clinical team who will then set up an intake date, usually within one to three days.
- Meet your clinical team and hop into treatment right away!
Ready to make the first step towards a life of health and mental wellbeing? Contact Clear Recovery today to learn more about the virtual programs we offer..