Our fast-paced, hectic daily lives present a multitude of responsibilities and challenges -- earning a living, raising children, providing care to extended family members, participating in community activities, as well as dealing with loss and change. These pressures can be frustrating – and occasionally may even become overwhelming and difficult to manage without support and help.

Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology can help people in distress develop skills to deal with life’s difficulties more positively. Our wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs deliver personalized care to help individuals with psychological, emotional and social difficulties and are designed to address even the most complex issues with compassion, respect, dignity, sensitivity, and understanding.

Do you need help?

Adults exhibiting any combination of the following could benefit from our services:

  • Feelings of depression.
  • Inability to handle stresses at home or work.
  • Abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
  • Interpersonal relationship problems.
  • Loss of interest in sex.
  • Unexplained fearfulness.
  • Mood swings.
  • Being angry much of the time.
  • Memory lapse.


To make an appointment, please call 216.636.5860.

IOP Groups for Mood Disorders

IOP Groups for Mood Disorders

Cleveland Clinic Center for Behavioral Health has added the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to our extensive service offerings. This comprehensive, adult behavioral health program, which is conveniently delivered at Lutheran and Marymount hospitals, has been created to address the unique needs of patients who can benefit from more concentrated services while maintaining active lives in the community.

Innovative Program Design

The IOP has been designed to treat adults who are suffering from mood disorders and varying levels of depression but are still functioning in their daily lives. Our supportive, caring and structured approach allows us to help our patients reduce mood disorder symptoms, regain their lost confidence and achieve greater levels of functioning. Overall, we aim to help our patients return to work, resume their daily activities and restore their role as a contributing member of their family and community.

The IOP is an ideal fit for those who need additional support beyond a weekly therapy session. The program is available four days per week and requires attendance for three and a half hours each day. The program is generally four to six weeks in duration, but may be shortened or extended based on a patient’s individualized needs, treatment plan and assessment results.

Individualized Treatment

The hallmark of the IOP is our commitment to delivering high-quality, personalized behavioral health care. Our first step in treating a new patient is to conduct a complete psychosocial assessment to determine their personal goals for completing the program. This comprehensive tool also enables us to evaluate the patient’s symptoms, personal and family psychiatric history and suicide risk. We also use the assessment to measure family support and identify stressors and individual strengths.

Other features of the program include:

  • Individualized medical monitoring by a nurse.
  • Individualized coordination of medical and behavioral monitoring with each patient’s private physician.
  • Transparent and frequent communications with referring physicians, including regular patient progress reports.
  • Group therapy focused on illness management as well as behavioral and emotional life skill development.
  • Family support and discharge planning.

Group size, which generally ranges from eight to 12 patients, is limited to 15 participants to ensure that patients receive the personal attention of our staff.

Our program staff is a team of experienced licensed independent social workers, counselors and psychiatric nurses who have access to the treating psychiatrists.

Our patients consistently rate our program’s overall quality as excellent.

Flexible Program Schedule

To accommodate our patients’ independent lifestyles, we deliver a flexible program schedule with daytime and late morning sessions. Our daytime programs are held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and our late morning sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Convenient Service Locations

The IOP is delivered at two of Cleveland Clinic’s most accessible regional hospitals, Lutheran and Marymount. The Lutheran IOP is held four days per week during the morning hours; the Marymount IOP is held four days per week during the morning and four days per week in the late morning hours.

Referral and Contact Information

To refer a patient to our IOP program or to obtain more information about sessions at each location, please contact the following: