Greater Houston Psychiatric Associates offers a Physician Directed Intensive Outpatient Program (PD-IOP) at three locations. The PD-IOP is designed for patients with significant stress, anxiety, or depression whose needs cannot be met by traditional outpatient psychotherapy and medication management. It is not intended for patients who require inpatient hospital treatment.

Patients participate in psychotherapy groups three hours each weekday. Individual and family psychotherapy sessions are also included in the comprehensive program, as is ongoing psychiatric assessment and medication management by the supervising psychiatrist.

The duration of treatment is determined by individual need and progress toward established goals based on symptoms and functioning.

The Treatment Team

Groups are led by experienced licensed therapists and focus on overall wellness. Patients are actively involved in developing specific treatment goals and monitoring progress toward them. Family members are encouraged to participate in each patient’s experience through family therapy sessions. The PD-IOP is directed by a board-certified psychiatrist who coordinates the patient’s overall care and provides medical treatment and patient education.

Topics addressed
  • Coping strategies
  • Communication
  • Healthy living
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Family of origin issues
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Grief
  • Anger issues
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Eating disorders
  • Healthy boundaries in relationships
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • What to expect from medication
  • Understanding your diagnosis

Getting started

Intake assessments can be promptly performed and patients appropriate for the program may promptly begin treatment. The program is covered by most major insurance plans.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call our administrative office, 713-346-1555, or contact the PD-IOP program therapist at the most convenient location listed below.