Flexible support to fit your busy schedule.
At Walden Behavioral Care, we are proud to offer one of the nation’s only full systems of specialized eating disorder support. Our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) provide flexible care for teens and adults of all genders at each of our locations across Massachusetts, Connecticut and in Georgia.
We’ve designed our IOP to complement outpatient treatment teams. Your current provider will help guide us in creating the best treatment plan for you, your unique needs and your recovery goals. If you do not currently have an outpatient team – that’s okay! One of our goals will be to help set you up with providers in your area to help you continue your recovery after your time with us. Together, we can then focus on addressing everyday stress that can often contribute to eating disorder thoughts and behaviors.
Our IOP runs three mornings (or three evenings in many locations) a week for 3 hours each day, allowing flexibility for most people to continue with work or school.
The primary goals of IOP are to:
- Establish (or re-establish) normal patterns of eating
- Learn and practice coping skills to replace disordered behaviors
- Problem solve day-to-day stressors and triggers that may be getting in the way of lasting recovery
Your care team will include a diverse group of professionals including a case manager, therapist and mental health counselors. With their support, you will learn skills and coping techniques that have been proven to support lasting recovery.
“The intensive outpatient program allowed me to connect with others (an initial fear of mine), take risks, be vulnerable, use my voice, sit with my emotions and learn skills to manage life, ed, and all of the above. I am so lucky to have had this fantastic team on my side and I couldn’t have gone to a better place for what I needed.”
Group therapy is an important part of our IOP. Group sessions provide the unique opportunity to connect with others who understand what you are going through. The impact of these connections are often felt way beyond the walls of Walden.
Group topics include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Family-Based Treatment (for adolescents)
- Expressive Therapy
- Nutrition Education
- Relapse Prevention
- Communication Skills