Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11 – 4:00 p.m.             
Supervised Lunch & Snack, Meal Challenges

Art Therapy, Body Image Therapy, Movement, Yoga
Nutrition Education & Meal Planning Groups
Group Psychotherapy & Community Outings



Our program is designed for adolescents and adults in need of more support than weekly therapy can provide, and is an excellent alternative to inpatient hospitalization for individuals who are medically stable and at least 80% ideal body weight. Medical clearance may be required.

IOP is also an appropriate “step-down” from more intensive services, whether inpatient, residential, or day hospital programming. We welcome individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. Because of the small size of our program we are able to be creative with programming in order to meet individual needs.

Our therapists are providers with Priority Health, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross, Aetna, Cofinity, Medicare and Magellan, which will generally cover group and individual therapy. Some insurance plans will reimburse for the dietitian’s services. Additional (out of pocket) expenses average $150/day.  In some cases we have been successful negotiating a single case agreement with insurance companies; we hope to develop contracts soon.


    Liz Hanson, RD, IOP Dietitian                                                             Ashley Ransley, LLMSW

                                                           IOP Program Coordinator

        Liz and Ashley are two cornerstones of our IOP program.  Liz is the program’s primary dietitian: her years of experience and steady presence are an integral part of the IOP treatment process.  Ashley wears a variety of hats, from intake coordinator to experiential group leader to communication specialist & team leader,  she keeps the team all on the same page.


Support Groups       


CTED sponsors a free community support group for anyone in recovery from an eating disorder as well as their family members and friends. The group meets from 7 – 8:15 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
Kasssidy Witnauer, LMSW, is the current group leader, partnering with Karen Holmquist, AT, a Forest View employee. On the 4th Monday, Monica Willson, LMFT, attends and leads a separate forum for family members and support individuals. The group meets in the community room of Forest View Hospital, 1055 Medical Park Drive SE. Please park on the south side and use the Community Room/PHP entrance. The group is free; no preregistration is required. For more information on the group, please call 616-957-7700; or   e-mail