Intensive Outpatient Program - PROFESSIONAL TRACK
Pro Track IOP
The Lotus Collaborative's Professional Track IOP ("Pro Track") offers clients 3 hours of therapeutic group and meal support 3-4 evenings per week (a total of 12 hours per week). This is best-suited for clients who need the support of a treatment program while continuing to maintain a busy work, school or family schedule.
Our Pro Track is also a great option for clients who are stepping down from our intensive and longer-day programming as they progress in their recovery towards outpatient. Our Pro Track offers a supportive bridge to clients who are steadily advancing in their recovery but would like more structure and support than outpatient therapy alone can offer.
Treatment evenings for Pro Track include skills and process groups, supported meals, and an evening devoted to nutrition education and experiential outings and cooking. Pro Track clients receive weekly individual therapy with a Lotus primary therapist and a dietetic evaluation and nutrition treatment planning with our registered dietitians. TLC will also collaborate care with a client's outpatient team and any referring providers. Clients must be medically stable and see an outside medical doctor or psychiatrist on a monthly basis, or as determined by a client's medical and psychiatric team.
Pro Track requires a minimum attendance of 3 days a week, and Tuesday evening is a required day for all Pro Track clients. The number of days each client attends per week will vary and is determined by multiple factors including, but not limited to, results of their clinical assessment upon admit and week-to-week progress evaluations. If you have schedule restrictions, accommodations may be possible - please consult with a TLC clinical director.
Treatment Philosophy & Approach
Dr. Esalen believes that treatment should provide connection with oneself, others and a recovery community. She believes we must align our hearts, bodies, minds and souls, and experience mastery opportunities including the chance to mentor others earlier in recovery. TLC provides treatment that is "just right," balanced between evidence-based skills approaches, with deep, interpersonal, psychospiritual process work. True healing cannot come exclusively from quantitative, impersonal, outcome-focused, "expert" and "sick patient" practices. And conquering an eating disorder cannot come from solely a kind, well-intentioned listener-therapists. The Lotus Collaborative believes recovery is best achieved by providing solid education, teaching loving awareness of oneself and others, skills training, and strategies to substitute eating disorder behaviors with is what one truly needs.
The Lotus Collaborative's offers a unique blend of therapeutic approaches within our programming. While The Lotus Collaborative is not strictly a DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) program, the structure of our programming is influenced by DBT principles. DBT is a validated therapeutic approach that focuses on the development of healthy coping skills and emotional regulation. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment approach here is a helpful resource link: What is DBT?
TLC also incorporates the Internal Family Systems model into it's programming. IFS is an evidenced based practice rated effective for improving general functioning and well-being. In addition, it has been rated promising for improving phobia, panic, generalized anxiety disorders and depression and depressive symptoms. For for information on IFS, please visit the Center for Self Leadership website.
Another treatment approach we incorporate into our programming is EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is widely recognized as an effective treatment for reliving the distress associated with traumatic memories. If you are interested in learning more about EMDR here is a helpful resource link: What is EMDR?
Staying true to our philosophy around the importance of mind and body alignment, TLC also integrates yoga therapy as well as Somatic Experiencing (SE) techniques. If you are interested in learning more about SE and eating disorders here is a helpful link What is SE? If you'd like to read more more the use of Yoga Therapy and eating disorders here is a wonderful article written by a former TLC dietitian and Registered Yoga Instructor Christina Gaunce: Yoga and BED