Structured Outpatient Programs for Trauma at Icarus in NM
An intensive outpatient program is less intensive than PHP but more intensive than traditional outpatient therapy. Our PTSD IOP services are here to help you or your loved one get personalized treatment for trauma while staying involved in your everyday life. So, what should you know?
Let’s talk about how a structured treatment program can help you heal from trauma and a little bit about what to expect from the PTSD IOP services at Icarus Behavioral Health. Call our admissions line at your earliest convenience if you have any questions, and keep reading to learn about our acclaimed outpatient trauma treatment services.
How Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Can Help You Heal
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, can present itself or develop after any kind of traumatic event. Traumatic events take many forms, including but not limited to emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, natural disasters, war, illness, or the unexpected death of a loved one.
The symptoms of PTSD might range from mild to severe. PTSD symptoms can impact your occupational, educational, and social functioning, interpersonal relationships, self-perception, physical health, and any other aspect of your daily life.
To meet the criteria for PTSD, you must experience symptoms in the following four categories.
- Avoidance: Avoidance of or efforts to avoid either external or internal reminders of the event.
- Re-experiencing: Unwanted or upsetting memories, flashbacks, emotional distress following reminders of the event, nightmares, or physical reactions following reminders of the event.
- Hyperarousal: hypervigilance, heightened startle response, risky or destructive behaviors, irritability or aggression, trouble concentrating, or difficulty sleeping.
- Negative changes in cognition or mood: Feelings of isolation, trouble experiencing positive emotions, decreased interest in activities, negative affect, exaggerated guilt and blame placed on oneself or others regarding the event, overly negative thoughts about self, others, or the world, or inability to recall key features of the traumatic event.
Specifically, you must experience at least one avoidance symptom, one re-experiencing symptom, two symptoms of hyperarousal, and two symptoms of negative changes in cognition or mood for a diagnosis of PTSD to occur.
A treatment program like our intensive outpatient program for PTSD can help you find healthy ways to cope, reduce overall PTSD symptoms, lower scores of depression or anxiety, and create the life you want after trauma.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Schedule
Our intensive outpatient programs in New Mexico (IOP) consist of nine hours per week in total. You can expect to attend treatment three days weekly for three hours per treatment day.
One of the main benefits of IOP for trauma treatment is that it provides optimal flexibility. Since the time commitment of intensive outpatient programs is manageable, you can tend to external obligations such as work, caring for your family, or school. The structured nature of IOP helps you stay focused on your healing process while balancing daily life.
Icarus Behavioral Health offers day and night sessions to IOP program participants so that they can opt for the treatment schedule that works for them. Our experienced providers use a set of therapies and treatments that help you build and maintain a sense of safety.
Therapies and Treatments Used in Our PTSD IOP Program
Various therapeutic modalities and approaches have been scientifically shown to treat PTSD effectively. All clients in our intensive outpatient treatment program get an individualized care plan. With that in mind, here are some of the therapies and treatments the experts at Icarus Behavioral Health use to address traumatic events and PTSD.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is known to help treat depression, trauma, anxiety, stress, and a range of other mental health concerns. CBT focuses on helping you modify cognitive distortions and develop thought patterns that better serve you and support your day-to-day life functioning.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Cognitive processing therapy, or CPT, is strongly recommended for trauma treatment. CPT is considered a type of CBT that focuses on reducing PTSD symptoms by re-conceptualizing traumatic events.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is an excellent form of therapy for finding new coping skills. In DBT therapy approaches, therapists work with group participants or individuals on interpersonal effectiveness and skills, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a form of therapy that involves following movements provided by a therapist with your eyes to reprocess traumatic memories. Most often, this involves following a therapist’s finger with your eyes, but it can also include other stimuli, such as a pointer. EMDR is an eight-stage process and is regarded as a highly effective form of therapy for trauma.
Family Therapy Sessions
Family involvement can aid the healing process in many ways. During family therapy sessions, family members will meet with you and your assigned family therapist to get supportive mental health education, learn to communicate more effectively, and work through other concerns unique to your family unit.
Admissions and Insurance Information
Our admissions process is simple and easy for incoming clients. When you reach out about treatment, we will schedule an intake assessment to help us get a better idea of your treatment needs. During the assessment, we will evaluate your current symptoms and talk through other individual needs as they relate to treatment.
Some trauma clients with PTSD have one or more additional concerns. If this is the case, it is ideal to address them holistically. If you experience a co-occurring condition alongside PTSD, such as substance abuse, depression, other mood disorders, or anxiety, we can help.
After you have determined Icarus Behavioral Health is the right treatment center for you, we can help you prepare for treatment and verify your insurance coverage. We accept most forms of health insurance for treatment programs. However, if we don’t work with your insurance company, other payment options are available.
Getting treatment in an outpatient setting gives you the ability to live at home while in treatment. That said, some program participants choose to stay in supportive housing nearby or move while in treatment. If you have questions about finding a living situation in the New Mexico area as an incoming or prospective IOP client, just let us know.
And if you or your loved ones have questions about the costs of an IOP using insurance, a quick and confidential call can answer any questions and give a breakdown of costs (if any apply, as treatment can be fully covered by many insurers).
Get Help for Traumatic Events at Icarus Behavioral Health
The mental health programs at Icarus Behavioral Health can help you overcome trauma and heal. Our staff members are here to answer your questions and empower you to change your life for the better. If you’re ready to get help for traumatic events, call Icarus Behavioral Health’s admissions line today.
FAQs on Intensive Outpatient Programs for PTSD
Does an IOP treat PTSD effectively?
An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is an ideal solution for those working toward trauma recovery who do not require the 24/7 supervision of an inpatient program. You may use an intensive outpatient program as an initial form of treatment or to help you transition back into daily life after a higher level of care.
What are the 17 symptoms of complex PTSD?
Complex PTSD, or C-PTSD, is a possible result of chronic or prolonged trauma. If you have C-PTSD, you will meet the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis but will also experience additional symptoms. These additional symptoms include trouble regulating emotions, challenges related to identity or sense of self, and patterns of relationship problems.
What does a PTSD episode look like?
PTSD symptoms and episodes differ from person to person. Most people relate to either the fight, flight, or freeze response when affected by PTSD triggers. You may experience notable hypervigilance, emotional distress, flashbacks, or another re-experiencing symptom during a PTSD episode.