Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers support to clients who are struggling with weight loss, overeating, or other eating habits and those who are looking for behavioral support to enhance the success of their medical weight loss interventions (surgery, medications, etc.).

Unlike “quick fix” diets, the Bariatric Counseling Center’s program helps clients to prioritize their health and happiness long-term by implementing sustainable habits related to eating, movement, and self-care. We help clients align their relationships, self-esteem, and schedule with their health goals and values so that their new habits are well-supported throughout their lives. It takes time and support for our clients to incorporate the necessary tools and skills into their regular routine; our program provides clients with individualized and group support in doing so over the course of several weeks. Our unique program offers a full range of daily counseling, nutritional, movement, dining, and culinary experiences.

Program Features

Meet with Licensed Therapists

Every client meets regularly with our Licensed Professional Counselors and Clinical Psychologists, both in group psychotherapy sessions and individually, to understand the role that food has played in their lives and what changes can be made to achieve improved quality of life. These therapists can help to address underlying depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health conditions that can be contributing to eating habits.

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Meet with Registered Dietitians

Every client meets regularly with our Registered Dietitians (RD), both in group sessions and individually, to receive dietary support. Our dietitians work with clients to create a plan to meet their nutritional needs and goals, whether those have been provided by another medical provider (bariatric surgeon, cardiologist, etc.) or are developed directly by the client and RD together.

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Coordinate with Medical Providers

Bariatric Counseling Center will coordinate care with any providers that a client wishes. We also can provide referrals to psychiatrists in the community for any client who could benefit from medical treatment for their mental health.

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Enjoy Movement

Our team of professionals lead movement sessions and provide education on the benefits of regular movement on mood, mobility, flexibility, and overall quality of life. We dance, do yoga, stretch, increase strength, and have fun doing low impact, easily modified movements that you can incorporate into your life. Each client receives a directory of low-cost opportunities for movement in the San Antonio area and online resources to do a variety of exercises at home.

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Learn to Cook Differently

Our Executive Chef demonstrates how to cook high protein, low-carb meals daily in our expansive teaching kitchen. These healthy meals are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and incorporate both novel and familiar ingredients that the whole family will enjoy. Our culinary and dietary teams work together to teach clients how to plan and prepare delicious, healthy meals that can save them money, time, and effort. Clients leave the program with a collection of healthy recipes (nutrition information included!) and many new favorite meals.

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Dine Together

After preparing the meals, clients and staff eat together in a family-style setting, implementing Mindful Eating skills to help clients identify their hunger and fullness cues and emotional needs. Those who have had bariatric surgery are supported in the eating practices necessary for their comfort and safety.

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Practice in the Community

Our Registered Dietitians, Executive Chef and therapists regularly take clients on outings into the community to learn and to practice. Restaurant and grocery store outings allow opportunities for clients to practice their skills in a new environment and learn more ways to successfully change their habits. We also often bring in leading community experts to share their medical, psychological, or other relevant knowledge with our clients.

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Bring a Friend

Clients are encouraged to bring a loved one with them to program on regularly-held “Family Nights.” Support from loved ones is crucial to sustaining the habits necessary for a healthy relationship with self, food and movement. Family Night  helps clients learn how to ask for help and helps family members identify how to be supportive on this journey.

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Stay Connected

After “graduating” from the IOP, clients are invited to attend monthly alumni support groups and to participate in an alumni-only Facebook group.

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After completing the admission process, IOP sessions are available to clients throughout Texas onsite at our beautiful San Antonio facility or virtually.  Insurance typically requires clients attend 2-3 sessions per week (varies by insurance policy). We advise clients to participate in approximately 30 sessions of our program. The level of accountability, support, trouble-shooting and success you will experience during that time, increases the likelihood of sustaining your new habits long-term.

IOP sessions are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Tu-F) and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (M-Th), as well as Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Clients can choose to attend any day or time, depending on their schedules.

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Other Services

Psychological Evaluations for Bariatric Surgery

Our licensed mental health professionals are all qualified to perform psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery. These thorough assessments help to identify conditions, habits or patterns you may need to change in order to have a safe and successful surgery.