Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or a personality disorder (such as borderline personality disorder) weekly sessions may not be effective in helping you build a more rewarding life. Being emotionally miserable is painful and can even affect your physical health. At the same time perhaps hospitalization is not an option or not indicated, or you are being discharged from a hospital stay and need a step-down program. An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) may be the right treatment option for you.

The DBT Center offers an adult  intensive outpatient program (IOP) and has offered the program for over 15 years. We’ve worked with adults from  18 to over 70, with many different diagnoses and  from different countries. Our IOP focuses on teaching effective skills for coping with life, particularly if you are an emotionally sensitive person who feels emotions intensely.

Adult DBT IOP Program in Houston

More About The Adult IOP Program

DBT has proven to be effective for treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including:

  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorder
  • Eating disorders, specifically binge eating disorder and bulimia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Skills Taught in IOP

In the IOP you’ll learn Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, including how to ask for what you want, how to say no, how to ask for help, and how to regulate your emotions during interpersonal conflict.  You’ll also learn Emotion Regulation Skills. Emotion regulation skills include learning how to get off the emotional roller coaster of ups and downs and be less reactive to people and events that happen. Distress Tolerance Skills  are ways to get through difficult situations without making them worse. Sometimes you need to tolerate difficult emotions for a time or get through a difficult situation. Mindfulness Skills help you stay in the present moment without your mind obsessing on the future (often creating anxiety) or the past (often creating depression).As part of mindfulness we offer a yoga group that is DBT based, and is adapted especially to the individuals in the class and their needs. Yoga breathing is helpful in many different situations.

IOP Schedule

The IOP is 9 hours a week, meeting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  An individual session is scheduled by the individual therapist, either a therapist at the Center or a therapist outside the Center. If you are currently seeing a therapist who is not affiliated with the Center, you can continue working with your therapist.


$1090 per week. ($121 per hour)

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna

If we are not covered by your insurance, check with your insurance company. You may have out of network benefits that would help with the cost.  We can give you a receipt to submit for reimbursement.

Contact Stephanie at 713-973-2800 for additional information.