The Anxiety Center Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Designed to support all anxiety disorders, the short-term intensive program strives to teach patients to accept anxiety, choose to move beyond it and take action using evidence-based treatments.  Psychopharmacological consultation and referral to community partners for Psychological testing as needed.
Has anxiety stripped you of your ability to enjoy life? Have overwhelming emotions robbed your sense of joy? Maybe the shadow of shame is so long and dark you can’t recognize the person you once were. You may wonder what change looks like or what help is available to navigate the seasons of life. What if there was a program specifically designed to help reduce anxiety symptoms and give you the life you always wanted?
The Anxiety Center at Renew offers effective, research-based treatment for anxiety issues when individual counseling is not enough. The state of the art intensive outpatient programs teach clients to accept anxiety, choose to move beyond it and take action using evidence-based treatment options (ACT, DBT-S, ERP and MBCT).
It is time to stop striving and start living again. It is time to do something for you, to get you back.  You are worth fighting for.

Evidence Based Treatments


Exposure & Response Prevention

A treatment method available for a variety of anxiety disorders, especially Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The method is based on the notion that a therapeutic effect is achieved as clients confront their fears and discontinue their escape response. An example would be of a person who fears touching door knobs. The person would carry out a program or exposure to their feared stimulus (touching a doorknob) while refusing to engage in any safety behaviors (e.g., hand washing). Exposure therapy for phobia operates in much the same way as ERP by exposing the individual to the feared object until symptom reduction is achieved.


Adult Program Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm
5:30 Mindfulness- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ACT
5:45-6:30 Check-in - Review Homework from Outside of Group implementing ERP, DBT and/or ACT
6:30-7:15 Education Group - Learn the 6 Core Components of ACT
7:15-7:30 Break
7:30-8:10 Skills Group - Practicing Applying ACT to your life
8:10-8:30 Challenge Group - Create homework assignments in service to your values


This daily group enables patients to talk about your previous evening’s events, how you are feeling and review progress on treatment assignments. This group also sets the tone for the day by helping you set daily treatment goals. A mindfulness exercise will be used daily to help you practice attending to the present moment.

Education and Skills Group

These groups cover a wide variety of topics meant to increase your coping skills, practice what you learn and enhance your recovery.




Wrap-Up Group

This is the last group of the day. During this group you will review your daily treatment goals and identify coping skills to utilize throughout the evening and the following day. This group will also help clarify your homework assignment for the day.

Weekend Planning

This group helps you plan for and identify specific goals to accomplish over the weekend. Planning and implementing healthy behaviors while you are away from the structure and support of the program is an important aspect of the recovery process.

The Adult Intensive surrounds you with a Multi-Disciplinary Team made up of:

  • You: Yes, this means you! You are the expert of your life, experiences, thoughts and feelings. It is imperative that you participate fully in the treatment planning and process.
  • Psychiatrist: during the psychiatric assessment and ongoing consultations, Dr. Moses Ambilichu, M.D. will assess your mood, treatment goals, and possible benefits of medication.  If you already see a psychiatrist, you will return to him/her upon completion of the program.
  • Clinical Therapist: In addition to the scheduled groups, you will need to attend weekly individual and/or family therapy with your clinical therapist.  You may choose if you would like to see an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist at the Renew Anxiety Program or your individual therapist outside of the program.
  • Contact Person:  You will be assigned a therapist at the Anxiety Center to check in with regularly regarding any questions you have while in the program.

Kori Hintz-Bohn, MA, LCPC

Founder & Executive Director 

913-768-6606, ext. 302

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Anna Dietz-Henk, LSCSW


913-768-6606 ext. 309

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Kari D'Amato

Clinical Intake Specialist

913-768.6606 ext. 341

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Stacy Pruett

Office Administrator

913-768-6606 ext. 301


Erika Marker

Adult IOP Coordinator



Request a Free IOP Assessment

Hope starts here.  Click on the "Request an Assessment" button and our Intake Specialist will contact you to schedule an assessment to see if the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program can help.  You will be asked to complete an Intake Package and bring to the assessment.  It can be downloaded from the button below.

While attending IOP, you will need to attend weekly individual and/or family therapy with your clinical therapist.  At the conclusion of your time in IOP, Renew will offer a weekly outpatient ACT group to assist you as you continue your outpatient care with your therapist.  If you don't currently have a therapist, the Intake Specialist can connect you to one of the excellent counselors at Renew.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Overall feelings of anxiety and worry throughout the day in a variety of situations. These thoughts and feelings create a cycle of constant and uncontrollable anxiety, worry and fear.
Do you:
  • Feel overly and uncontrollably worried
  • Become easily tired, fatigued, irritable or unable to concentrate
  • Constantly feel stuck, worthless, or depressed
  • Have these feelings/actions caused impairment in your daily life?
Click here for a Generalized Anxiety Disorder Screening
Panic Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
A Specific Phobia

Although widely accepted as the most common mental illness in the U.S. affecting 18% of the population (40 million adults) (NIMH, 2016) (Kessler, Chiu, Demler, & Walters, 2005) and one of the most physically and financially costly ($65 billion annually in the US in 1994) (Rice, 1999), Anxiety Disorders are frequently bundled and treated under the “General Mental Health” classification with substance abuse or depression while specialized, targeted anxiety treatments are considered gratuitous. While conceding that co-morbidity with other disorders is both high and challenging to demarcate cause from effect, almost $23 billion of the costs noted above are associated with the repeated use of health care services as people with anxiety disorders seek relief for symptoms that mimic physical illnesses (Rice, 1999; The HSM Group, 2012), instead of receiving targeted, evidence-based treatment for the actual cause: an anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety Center strives to teach clients to accept anxiety, choose to move beyond it and take action using evidence-based treatment options.

Anxiety disorders happen when excessive anxiety interferes with everyday activities such as going to work or school or spending time with friends or family. Anxiety disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting more than 40 million Americans (18% of the adult population). That would mean that approximately 234,000 individuals are struggling with a diagnosable anxiety disorder within an hour drive of The Anxiety Center at Renew Counseling. (According to the US Census Reporter approximately 1.3 million adults (18-64) live in the KC metropolitan.) Research has also discovered that anxiety disorders are more than twice as common in women (who make up 51% of the local population) than men. Sadly, regardless of gender, the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City found that 41% of anxiety disorders go untreated (The HSM Group, 2012).

You should absolutely go. It’s amazing the skill/tools one can learn while building a foundation for your mental wellness.

~ Jessica

I think that the program is great and very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone that are struggling with her anxiety and then skills to deal with it.

~ Piper

I would say keep an open mind. Group therapy in itself can be scary and intimidating, but this has honestly been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Keep perspective on the situation as well, what is six weeks versus a full lifetime of skills and healthy coping mechanisms you can use to take back control of your life. The structure the program brings helps wonders as well. I’m going to miss the ladies of Renew, both in group in those teaching group.

~ Nikki

I was immobilized with anxiety. I was hesitant but decided to attend. While my anxiety isn't gone, I have tools to deal with the pain it was causing me.

~ Tina

Do it! Don’t wait-start now. If you struggle with anxiety, this program is for you. You’ll get so much out of it, and maybe even make a few friends. I’ll be able to apply the coping skills I learned in this program for the rest of my life. I plan to continue with the aftercare group to help reinforce and practice the skills. I’ve learned so I do not become a “master of my emotions.” (Or at least I try)

~ Angie

I would tell them to know that in time, thought processes can change so to keep practicing skills.

~ Bernadette

Do it! Anyone struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, etc should invest in this program. The instructors are very compassionate, supportive and incredibly knowledgeable! This was a life saving and life changing experience for me.

~ Amanda

Have patience with yourself as you go through this program. The first couple days of group are really tough but power through. Everyone as felt that way, but after a few sessions sharing becomes easier and it is helpful to talk through your issues.

~ Anonymous

I’ve been to other mental health IOPs and feel this was the best one for me yet. I have learned skills I can use life long. I encourage you to take a step out of your comfort zone and do it! It is a life changing program.

~ Anonymous

Before starting the IOP, I went days without eating or drinking anything. I couldn’t get out of bed or go to class sometimes. My relationships were failing because I couldn’t love myself first. My mind was constantly blank, but would only race with negative self talk. I had awful panic attacks on random nights which lasted 2-3 hours per night (violent shaking and increased heart rate, followed by extreme/severe weakness). Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I know how to stop my panic attacks before they happen with the techniques I’ve learned at Renew! I’m not anxious day-to-day like I used to be, For anyone starting the program, I would tell them to stick it out even if it doesn’t seem like something that you would usually do, or feel like is something that would help.


Before starting the IOP,  my days were filled with constant worry and uneasiness. My thoughts controlled my mind and daily activities. I was constantly irritable and lashing out at loved ones, followed by intense guilt and shame. I did not understand my thoughts or why they were happening and saw no light at the end of the tunnel. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I am able to better understand that thoughts are just…. Well, thoughts! Those thoughts will always be there so fighting them does nothing for me. I’ve learned to just accept those thoughts and carry on living life. I’m able to diffuse negative thoughts, and although I do still engage in the hamster wheel from time to time the rides are much shorter. Overall what I truly gained from Renew are life skills which I hope to always carry with me. For anyone starting the program, you will get out of it what you put into it. The program is time consuming and at times uncomfortable but it does put some light at the end of the tunnel. And I don’t feel as if after six weeks suddenly I am cured of my anxiety. But I do feel like now I have the tools to better understand and cope with my anxiety. There is no magic button, but Renew definitely points you in the right direction. - S

Before starting the IOP, I was dissociating all the time, shaking at random and constantly worried about how I was going to survive the day. I was in so much denial about the role anxiety played in my life. I had stopped living and was on complete survival mode. My therapist was hesitant to proceed in helping me work through my trauma because I was coping in such destructive ways and unable to tolerate any real emotion. I was bingeing and purging all the time or cutting-I was spiraling and I wanted to die. Depression and anxiety had completely taken over and I forgot I had a purpose. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, my day to day life looks completely different after having finished the program. I have stopped dissociation and maladaptive coping. I now face my feelings and have learned ways to deal with extreme thoughts and distress. I now direct my life with my values in mind and take action that align with my overall purpose and end goal in mind. I don’t fear my feelings like I used to, and when things get tough, I know I have been given the tools to deal life without completely falling apart or avoiding it. Life is much easier. For anyone starting the program, I would say stick with the program and learn to be vulnerable. You’ll get the most out of it if you participate, keep an open mind and challenge yourself to do the difficult things asked of you.

Before starting the Anxiety Center’s IOP I had no way to cope and/or manage my anxiety and depression. Now that I have completed the program, I have techniques and skills to use in my everyday life. For anyone starting the program, I would say that if it would be beneficial at all, then do it.

I struggled with everyday tasks like eating out, going out with friends and going to school. Now that I have completed the program, things aren't easier, but more manageable. They everyday tasks come easier, and the larger things I know I have the skills to back them up with. For someone interested in starting the program, it is really helpful to hear from people struggling with the same problems find things that work, give feedback and support, and know you are not alone.