Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12 – 5:00 p.m.             
Supervised Lunch & Snack, Meal Challenges

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



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 $120/day.  In some cases we have been successful negotiating a single case agreement with insurance companies; we hope to develop contracts soon.

Karen Holmquist, Activity Therapist

Karen has recently joined the staff of CTED. As an activity therapist, she can provide the opportunity for patients to learn and change by doing, not just by listening and speaking. In essence activity therapists provide an environment in which new life skills can be practiced. Karen’s groups might find patients being led through an obstacle course; working on body image via life-sized body tracings; or going on a mindful nature walk.

          Liz Hanson, RD, IOP Dietitian

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.
Jennifer Wisniewski, MA, LLP, is the current group leader, partnering with Karen Holmquist, AT, a Forest View employee. On the 4th Monday, Monica Willson, LLMFT, 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