At Forward Counseling, we offer Alternative Medicine, Minimal Medication, or Psych Med Free Intensive Outpatient Programs with Custom Treatment Plans including Personal Training, Yoga, Nutrition assessment and planning, Trauma Resolution, Expressive Arts, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Based Interventions

If you have never before been a client in a mental health program, taking the first step to seek treatment can be a big step.  Starting anything new can be anxiety provoking, even if we’re feeling well. Throw some depression into the mix and it can seem down right impossible.  Below find an explanation of IOP and everything to expect from the time that you call Forward Counseling to schedule an assessment, all the way through treatment and discharge.  Our hopes are that those who might be struggling with emotional distress will feel a little more at ease with the process and feel empowered to take steps to reach their personal goals.



An assessment can also sometimes be called an intake.  Either way, you would start by calling our office at 901-930-7397 or by completing an appointment request form here.  You will give the office manager a bit of background information and they will schedule you to come in for an initial appointment with one of our Counselors.  This can usually be scheduled within 24 hours of your call or sometimes even the same day.  If you’re 18 or older, you’ll have to call yourself.  Adolescents will have there appointments scheduled by their parents or caregivers.



Once you enter our office, you’ll check in and be given a small amount of paperwork to fill out.  You’ll then be greeted by our office manager and the Counselor who will be conducting your assessment.  They will offer you some coffee or water and take you to their office to give you all of the information you will need and answer any questions you might have (Ask as many as you like).  The Counselor will ask a number of questions from how much sleep you are getting, to what different symptoms you may be experiencing.  If the assessment is for an adolescent, the provider will also spend some time with a parent or caregiver in order to gain further insight.

The goals of the assessment are to:

1) Determine the level of care needed (either outpatient or intensive outpatient)

2) Determine a Treatment Plan that will be most helpful based upon your symptoms.



The Intensive Outpatient Program is a step up from our Outpatient Program for when symptoms are at a high and distressing level.  Our IOP program is 3 hours per day, 3 days per week.  During those 3 hours clients will be working on meeting the goals of their personal treatment plan.  Each client and their Counselor will create an individualized treatment plan and an assessment method so that you can track your progress.  Clients will engage in individual and group therapy, as well as one on one exercise and nutrition counseling.  We utilize CBT, DBT, Rapid Trauma Resolution, EMDR, Family Systems Theory, Gottman Theory, Positive Psychology theory and techniques in our IOP Program.  Clients will be working with a team of providers including their Counselor(s), a Physician and a Personal Trainer.  The average length of stay in an IOP program is anywhere from 2 to 3 months.

Adults Pick 3 sessions per week from these times: 

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 12 pm, or choose to attend in the evening from 5pm to 8pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

Adolescent Pick 3 sessions per week from these times:   

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 12pm 



So…you’ve made it! Your treatment in program has come to an end and it’s time to discharge.  It is our responsibility to make sure you schedule an appointment with an outpatient therapist and outpatient provider.  Usually, you will see your therapist once a week for a one hour session and your provider once a month for medication management, if you are on medications.  You can either see a Forward Counseling Counselor for follow up outpatient counseling or seek treatment outside of our facility.