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Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programs at Salt Lake Behavioral Health

The intensive outpatient programs (IOP) benefit many walks of life. Adults who have attempted general outpatient therapy and found that it has not been successful in meeting all of their needs or for individuals who have been hospitalized for any psychological or addiction issue and may require extra support when returning to their everyday life. Programs are also available for those who have experienced severe trauma, and those with persistent behavioral issues, personality disorders, and others behavioral and/or mental struggles.

Watch our IOP testimonial video to learn more about treatment first hand.

IOP Testimonial

Below are some of the symptoms that our programs help to treat.


Anxiety is persistent and excessive feelings of fear and obsessive thinking, including somatic symptoms/responses that disrupt social and occupational functioning and can greatly affect physical health. Watch our IOP Anxiety video to learn more.


Depression is persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness and disinterest for extended periods of time that are disruptive to social and occupational functioning. Depression can branch off of grief, circumstances, loss or simply be persistently present. All types of depression can be effectively treated by Salt Lake Behavioral Health IOP. Watch our IOP Depression video to learn more.


Traumatic events there can cause both physical and emotional changes in the body. Sometimes recovery from traumatic events requires medical or therapeutic interventions; this can be symptoms of extreme anxiety, flashbacks of the trauma, avoidance behaviors or disassociation. Recovery is possible with treatment. Watch our IOP Trauma video to learn more.


Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. With treatment you can achieve recovery. Watch our IOP Addiction video to learn more.

Suicidal Thoughts

To someone having suicidal thoughts, suicide is often seen as the solution to the suffering they are experiencing. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out. Recovery and treatment for suicidal thoughts is possible. Watch our IOP Suicidal Thoughts video to learn more.

Mood Issues/Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a condition which is characterized by periods of manic highs and depressive lows. Bipolar disorder affects thoughts, emotions and behaviors in harmful ways. Our IOP can treat both Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Watch our IOP Mood Issues video to learn more.

Meet the IOP team.

Kelly Tipton
Director of Outpatient Services at Salt Lake Behavioral Health

Kelly has worked in the Mental Health and Addiction field for over 25 years in a variety of capacities. His career has been focused on and dedicated to helping others gain knowledge in regards to Mental Health or Addiction challenges they may face and then helping them to apply that knowledge into action in order to manage and hopefully overcome their challenges. Developing a strong foundation is critical to enduring the change and recovery process long-term. In his capacity as Director of Outpatient services, Kelly believes in leading the team in helping patients build that strong foundation so that anything they choose to place on top of their newly built foundation will be sustainable well into their healthy futures.

Jason Pugh

Jason is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, and his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. Jason has experience working with various disorders including domestic violence, anxiety, depression, chemical dependency/addiction, and many other acute and long-term mental illnesses.

Drew Cannon

Drew attended the University of Utah for his BA in Sociology and Criminology after which he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He worked in the Criminal Justice area while working with the Salt Lake Public Defenders and Juvenile Court. He has been working with adults as individuals, couples and groups throughout his career. He has a diverse background from working in several countries and USA cultures. He has experience working with companies and developing wellness programs for employees. While working in the Gulf Region States, he was a first responder to natural disasters and industrial incidents. He has a passion for working with those suffering from addiction and helping them manage their disease.

Miriah Ikemiyashiro

Miriah graduated with her Bachelors of Science from Utah State University, and received her Master’s from Arizona State University. She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked in nonprofit, government and private sectors. Miriah specialized her research in first responder trauma treatment, and has worked with families, couples and individuals. She is able to provide a variety of treatment modalities, and especially recommends CBT and CPT treatments, as well as multiple mindfulness practices. Miriah is a mother of three and finds great meaning and personal satisfaction in motherhood, physical fitness and literature. One of her favorite mantras is “If you cannot find faith in humanity, BE the faith in humanity.” Miriah is known for her energy, enthusiasm, work ethic and empathy.

Sky Wolfe

Sky received her Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University. She has experience working with substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence. Sky is passionate about personal growth and healing and helping people learn to do both. She loves meditating, hiking, eating baked goods, and playing board games with her family.

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We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling, or recommendations online, but an assessment and referral specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 801-264-6000. You can also send us a message by filling out the contact form. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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