Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

At Anxiety & OCD Treatment Specialists, we offer a unique intensive outpatient program where the client can mostly make their own therapeutic schedule depending on provider availability. The IOP allows for more hours of treatment per week, allowing the patient to progress at a more rapid rate. In the IOP setting for OCD and anxiety disorders, the client will do exposures directly with the provider and on their own with the provider supervising. Doing exposures independently prepares the client to do more difficult exposures on their own at home. The client will do exposures at home daily throughout the entire treatment process. The client will learn how to create exposures and make them easier or more difficult when appropriate. The client will also learn about relapse prevention. Rate of progress depends on patient compliance and whether the patient is properly medicated. We do not provide medication management but have many psychiatrists we can refer clients to. We also do not require that clients are medicated, however, we will be transparent about chances of reaching remission depending on patient symptom severity and ability to be compliant.

Our IOP stands apart from other local services in Tampa Bay in several ways. First, we are fully licensed providers and highly specialized intreating anxiety and OCD. Second, we will not dilute your treatment with other therapeutic modalities simply to fill your time and slow your progress. Lastly, because we don’t accept insurance, we do not have to provide a cookie cutter treatment approach. Instead, each client has a treatment plan that is entirely individualized for them. Many clinics that accept insurance ensure that your treatment lasts for as many days as your insurance carrier is willing to pay. We will not waste your time!

For clients in need of intensive outpatient services, we offer treatment packages at a reduced hourly rate compared to regular outpatient costs.


IOP is offered both in-person and virtually. In-person sessions are available in Tampa, Florida. Virtual sessions are offered in the states of Florida and NY.

A minimum of two consecutive weeks is required to participate in our IOP program.

  • If you plan on using your out-of-network benefits, it is best to call your insurance company in advance to confirm your benefits and coverage.
  • Payment in full for the two-week IOP packages is due upon scheduling.
  • Session hours cannot be transferred to other weeks.
  • Times when there might be more than one patient in the IOP program at one time, group sessions can be offered within the program with all clients’ consents. However, clients will always complete exposures with the provider or on their own in the privacy of their own office, not in a group setting. A maximum of three clients might be assigned to one provider at any given time. Again, clients will have their own office to complete their treatment and will not interact with other clients unless they choose to.
  • Prospective clients are aware of provider availability at any given week prior to purchasing the packages.
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian with them regardless of whether the sessions are in-person or virtual. Parent and legal guardians can stay in the waiting area and internet access is available.
  • The purchase of packages is non-refundable. Cancellations will result in the loss of those specific treatment hours with no refund.

Meet Your Counselors

Headshot of Natalie Noel, LMHC & Owner


Mental health specialist


Mario Juster-Kruse, LMHC, Anxiety & OCD Specialists.


Mental health specialist


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