Evolve’s Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) support adolescents 12-17 years old who live at home and attend school but need extra support for mental health, addiction, and behavioral issues. We have outpatient locations throughout California including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Jose.

Sustained Support

At the intensive outpatient level of care, teens receive a half-day of professional treatment at Evolve, but continue to live at home and go to school. The intensive outpatient approach is an effective alternative to residential or partial hospitalization programs, and may be appropriate for teenagers who need more structure than a typical outpatient program or private psychotherapy.

The IOP level of care provides three hours of treatment, three to five days a week.

Experienced, Professional Staff

Our staff is handpicked to provide the highest level of care available. On-site staff includes nurses, residential counselors, and licensed therapists. Our counseling staff is made up of experienced clinicians, masters-level interns, and certified recovery coaches who bring a diverse and eclectic background to the treatment experience. While it’s not always possible, we do our best to have one staff member on-site who has kids of their own. We understand the experience of being a parent goes a long way when helping teens through the challenges of substance issues, behavioral problems, and emotional challenges.

Individualized Programs

Our adolescents receive solution-focused, data-driven, evidence-based, results-oriented therapy. Everything we do is geared toward changing behavior and finding the right combination of therapy and support. Since no two teenagers are alike, no two treatment plans are alike. During the admissions process, we conduct a thorough assessment, establish a baseline, and create an Individual Recovery Plan based on specific needs and goals. Recovery Plans include a combination of the following therapeutic modes:

Individual Therapy

Group Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindful Walking


Mindful Cooking


Our teens also take part in a wide range of innovative experiential therapies, such as:

Equine-Assisted Therapy (Horses)

Social Outings


Music, Art, and Dance


Physical Fitness


We know the rest of the world doesn’t pause for our teens or their families during treatment. In our intensive outpatient program, we offer career and college counseling, vocational opportunities, educational support, and student advocacy. Each center is equipped with a state-of-the-art computing facility that enables students to access public and/or private online learning programs and resources.

From the moment a family commits to us, we commit to them. We immediately begin work on a transition plan, with a focus on personal growth, achievement, and stable, sustainable integration into the most positive situation possible after treatment.

Evolve works closely with parents, schools, and referring providers to ensure a seamless continuity of care between levels of therapy. The Evolve Intensive Outpatient Treatment team gathers critical data and engages in dialogue regarding problem and treatment history, strengths and deficits, and avenues for growth.

Evolve Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Locations