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Suggestion To Attend an IOP (Intensive Out-Patient Program)

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Sometimes I need to reassess how much therepy I need at the given time.
Do I need an IOP, group therapy, more sessions per week in talk therapy?

I recently sought out a new therapist as I want to specifically work on childhood trauma. I believe there is something in my past that is affecting me today. I chose someone who works with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing Therapy) to help individuals to work through trauma. I was having a particularly rough day with my depression the day we met for an initial visit. For months I was in a mixed episode, bouncing back and forth between mania and depression, and then it turned into a few weeks of depression only. I was very emotional and cried throughout the entire initial assessment. This was a glimpse into what I have been dealing with within this depression, not the whole story. As I presented as very unstable, the therapist told me I need more help than a once-a-week, one-hour, therapy session and he recommended an IOP.

I have been in a few IOPs after lengthy hospital stays, which was needed and fruitful. I contacted my psychiatrist and he thought it might help me. Since I was considering hospitalization or a stay at a respite house, I too initially thought this IOP might be a good idea. I know I need more than one hour of therapy a week and I don't think I need six hours of therapy a day, five days a week for six to eight weeks. I am planning on looking into support groups that meet once or twice a week. I can always change my mind, today, tomorrow, or next week and look into entering an IOP.

Take good care,


"Who is out of sync - the rest of the world or me? -- Courage To Change

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