Intensive Outpatient
Program (IOP) in San Diego

Individualized IOP in San Diego, CA

Monima Wellness Center offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for women in tranquil San Diego seeking part-time, intentional, and comprehensive treatment for challenges related to mental health and trauma recovery.

IOP is designed specifically for women ready for level of support above traditional once-per-week therapy, or as a stepping stone between a full-time recovery program – such as PHP or residential treatment- and returning to their daily routines full-time. Monima partners with Ohana Recovery Residences to provide optional safe housing and a sense of community for all clients.

IOP provides 9-15 hours of therapeutic engagement per week. IOP clients begin program with a combined three hours of group and individual therapy per day, with multiple individual sessions throughout the week, for five days a week. When clients are progressing towards their goals and becoming more confident with their transition to their daily routines, the schedule is adjusted to three hours a day, three days a week. IOP clients are offered a variety of therapeutic modalities with our expert clinical team to meet their unique needs.


How IOP at Monima is Different

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Intentional Care

We acknowledge that recovery is not one-size-fits-all. IOP at Monima is both intentional and individualized and we offer a variety treatment modalities to address the unique needs and recovery goals of each individual. The IOP schedule is structured so clients receive comprehensive care from a diverse team of clinicians specializing in various modalities.

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Part-Time Recovery

IOP at Monima is considered a part-time program. IOP often serves as the supportive step or bridge between PHP and returning to work or daily routines. IOP is recognized as the next level of care for clients seeking help beyond weekly or monthly sessions with their provider. IOP provides mental health treatment without the commitment of full-time care.

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Sense of Community

Monima and Ohana have partnered to provide clients with optional, women-only transitional housing during recovery. Located just a short drive away, clients are surrounded by a supportive and like-minded group of women in a safe, consistent, stable, and inclusive environment that feels like home.

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The IOP schedule includes between 9-15 hours of evidence-based therapy per week. Upon entry, IOP clients start with three hours of group therapy per day in addition to one hour of individual therapy per week, for five days a week (Monday to Friday).

When a client is nearly ready to return to their daily routines full-time, the IOP schedule is reduced from five to three days. From a daily perspective, the treatment hours and breakdown between group and individual therapy remain the same (three hours per “treatment day” in group and one hour per “treatment week” in individual). The length of the IOP program is determined on a case-by-case basis, but is on average 8-10 weeks.

The key differentiator between PHP and IOP is the amount of time clients spend per week engaging in therapy and with our medical providers. Monima acknowledges that every client has different goals for recovery and are entering treatment at various stages in their wellness journey. As such, PHP and IOP have been intentionally designed to offer two distinct levels of care that address the various medical, physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each individual.

Each client is individually assessed to determine their needs and is recommended to enroll in the program that provides the level of clinical support necessary to properly — and comprehensively — address their needs. PHP is considered the highest level of care available at Monima and is often thought of as a full-time approach to treatment. IOP provides a more moderate level of medical care and is only considered part-time. Both programs offer an array of group and individual therapy options led by masters and doctoral level clinicians across a variety of modalities.

Clients engage in treatment for over 30 hours per week in PHP and 9-15 hours per week in IOP. All lengths of stay are determined on a case-by-case basis and are influenced by a variety of factors including progress towards clinical goals, insurance coverage if using benefits, and ongoing client needs. PHP is often the step between a high-level of care program, like residential treatment, and beginning the transition back into a less structured care setting. IOP is frequently used as a transitional period for clients working towards returning to their daily routines from full-time PHP. It’s also common for people to join IOP as a means of support when weekly outpatient therapy doesn’t feel adequate to address mental health needs.

Yes, Monima works alongside Ohana Resident Services to provide optional safe housing for all women enrolled in their recovery programs. The two facilities are located just a quick drive away so clients become immersed in a recovery-oriented community when living at Ohana.

Monima limits the size of their IOP program to 12 women as we acknowledge the importance of empowering each woman to have a voice during treatment. Keeping groups smaller than 12 gives clients the opportunity to share as much or as little as they are comfortable with the group. Additionally, groups under 12 ensures all members have ample access to one-on-one help with any member of the clinician team.

Yes, every program at Monima has been designed for female-identifying clients. In addition, Ohana allows female-identifying clients to stay at their residences.

A range of trauma-informed therapy options are available in both a group and individualized – setting depending on the preference of the individual. This includes, but is not limited to: