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June 11, 2019

Keeping it Simple – Outpatient Therapy

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Contributed by Brittney Williams LPC, MHSP with Canopy Cove

Why outpatient therapy? My clients ask me this question often, especially when making the decision whether to start treatment at the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Level of Care. Clinical care guidelines always inform the level of care decisions, but most often, I do try to keep my clients in the outpatient versus intensive outpatient setting if at all possible.

The commitment to participate in an IOP generally means a commitment to treatment three or more days a week for several hours a day. The time commitment required of IOP can be burdensome and interfere with school and work schedules.

At times IOP even interferes with scheduling the pleasurable activities that define a healthy recovery. Flexible outpatient therapy can provide more constant support when needed but without the same time commitment as IOP.

Along with the commitment of time comes a significant financial burden associated with IOP. Conversations about the relative cost of one service versus another and the bundling of services become quite complex.

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In general, the services of a single provider are more affordable than the services offered at the IOP level, which are often charged to insurance and applied to yearly deductibles and out of pocket maximums.

With outpatient therapy, the consumer, in this case, the client, exactly knows what the service they are paying for in advance and can make informed decisions. The cost of individual psychotherapy is often covered by insurance, and the cost to the client is a copay.

Perhaps the most significant advantage of the outpatient relationship in treating an eating disorder is the availability of a long-term relationship in which to the very difficult work of recovery. By definition, the IOP setting is a time-limited treatment experience, and the relationships with a therapist developed during IOP treatment will be time-limited.

Woman in outpatient therapy and smelling flowersThe outpatient treatment setting allows a secure attachment to a therapist who can be available on the client’s journey toward recovery for months and perhaps years.

The outpatient setting presents a unique opportunity to treat attachment trauma and provides an opportunity for creating a safe environment where there can be strong therapeutic work done at a lower level intervention.

An excellent eating disorder clinician will know clinical guidelines and will make a referral to the IOP level of care when ongoing treatment by a team is needed. On occasion, the outpatient therapist is part of that team.

One goal of finding an excellent eating disorder therapist is to find someone who understands that eating disorder recovery is a process, not an event.

This therapist understands that at times, eating disorder treatment takes a team but that it is important that in long-term recovery one looks at the financial and practical considerations when determining the appropriate level of care of clients.


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About the Author:

Brittney Williams Headshot - 6-5-19Brittney Williams LPC, MHSP – Fairhaven Treatment Center

Brittney received her bachelor of science in Psychology at Mississippi State University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Marriage/Couples, and Family counseling at the University of Alabama.

Brittney is a National Certified Counselor and a licensed professional counselor mental health specialist currently under licensure supervision.


The opinions and views of our guest contributors are shared to provide a broad perspective of eating disorders. These are not necessarily the views of Eating Disorder Hope, but an effort to offer a discussion of various issues by different concerned individuals.

We at Eating Disorder Hope understand that eating disorders result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors. If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, please know that there is hope for you, and seek immediate professional help.

Reviewed & Approved on May 6, 2019, by Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC
Published May 6, 2019, on EatingDisorderHope.com

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