About the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 

NH Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to support, heal, and elevate the lives of individuals, creating a pathway to productive and peaceful living. Our team provides quality care including individual, family, and group therapy services based on an individualized treatment plan.This program is offered in-person or fully online to provide care that is comfortable, convenient, and consistent with our patient’s needs.

As individuals progress through the IOP program, they will develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance, become empowered to make changes to enhance their lives, implement healthy and effective daily practices, and improve their relationships with others.

The Benefits of IOP 

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides a level of treatment that is related to improved recovery outcomes based on its intensive-nature. Individuals have opportunities to collaborate with others, learn new information, and apply skills to their lives. Individuals work with a licensed clinician to determine, work towards, and achieve their desired goals to improve their overall functioning. The IOP program offers flexibility and convenience for individuals to optimally balance other life commitments. Individuals can receive treatment in the morning or evening time, whichever best suits their personal needs.

What We Treat 

Our IOP is an effective treatment option for mental health and substance use related concerns. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Stress-related and anxiety-related disorders
  • Trauma and/or post stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Mood disorders
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Relational issues

What To Expect 

Group therapy provides a safe space for patients to explore parts of their lives that need improvement, create new healthy and helpful thoughts and behaviors, implement effective ways of coping with life’s challenges, and enhance daily living with the support and guidance of group members and clinicians.
The small group format for a minimum of 9 hours weekly (adults) or 6 hours weekly (adolescents) provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals to learn, apply, and grow. Our licensed clinicians apply principles of evidenced-based models such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). We also use elements of Experiential Learning so individuals can apply what they’ve learned in a supportive space.

Getting Started 

Admission into the IOP program starts by meeting with a qualified licensed professional to discuss the individual’s current needs and map out a plan for recovery. This is a collaborative process in which the client is actively involved in planning their treatment. Individuals will determine specific, attainable goals with the support and guidance of the licensed clinician. These goals may be related to improved mental health, relationships, daily functioning, and/or sobriety.

To get started, contact NH Hospital – IOP Department at (281) 397-1530 or info@newhorizonhouston.com

Sana Vawda, MA, LPC

Director of IOP

“I am deeply committed to encouraging and supporting others on the journey of living a life they are happy and comfortable with. This includes discovering a deeper understanding of oneself, appreciation for the present moment, awareness of personal strengths, feelings of control and confidence, a sense of independence, and purpose. I strive to be the best clinician, support person, and advocate for our clients. You deserve that.”

Sana is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various therapeutic settings. She has received her BSA in Human Development from the University of Texas, MA in Counseling from Houston Baptist University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. She is also an instructor at the University of St. Thomas – Chemical Dependency Counseling program.