What Clients are Saying about the Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Program...

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

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. -Nikki

I was immobilized with anxiety. I was hesitant but decided to attend. While my anxiety isn't gone, I have the 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. I’ll be able to apply the coping skills I learned in this program for the rest of my life. -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 L

Have patience with yourself as you go through this program. The first couple days of group are really tough but power through. Everyone has 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

With the tools I have learned at Renew, I am able to function each day without becoming overwhelmed with emotions that ultimately lead to isolation. Making the decision to take part in this program will be the best decision you make. Now that I have completed the Anxiety Center at Renew, I am no longer living negatively and focusing on not doing things but instead living each day for what it is. -Anonymous

You will probably get off to a bad start and it will be difficult, but keep going and things will get better. ~Anonymous

I would strongly recommend this program. Prior to taking this class I was suffering from anxiety that kept me from doing the things I wanted to do in life. After 6 weeks of this program, anxiety no longer has a hold of me. I was able to manage my anxiety and do the things I wanted to do. -CC

Listen and take in as much info as possible. You get out of the program what you put into it. -Jeff S

Celebrate victories-give yourself credit for punching your anxiety in the face. Practicing works-doing it for the little stuff makes the hard stuff easier.The idea of being in a place bad enough to come here and then come out 6 weeks later 100% able to keep it together all the time as the “expectation” is, again, like trying to climb a mountain after learning to walk; you’re going to fall down. It’s not wrong if you fall down; it’s expected.-EM

I was very anxious all of the time and couldn’t focus on anything. I am still anxious, I just choose to ride out the anxiety by deep breathing, listening to music, etc. -Dane

This is life changing. The skills and strategies you learn will help you be able to cope with your anxiety. What do you have to lose if this doesn’t work, because avoiding everything isn't the answer either. ~Anonymous

When you leave you will have so many tools under your belt to help you work through your anxiety. It may be scary the first couple of nights but push through because everyone in the group is so supportive and I promise no one is judging you. This is an amazing program that is definitely worth taking. ~Elia

For someone thinking about starting the program, I would say don’t stay surface level and skim the course. If you fulling dip into the program you will learn new angles for familiar topics. ~Anonymous

Before starting the program, I had very bad social anxiety. It kept me from doing things and it was a strain on my relationships. Now that I have completed the program, the anxiety is still there but the program has shown me how to deal with it so that it doesn’t totally shut me down. For anyone starting the program, I would recommend it. The program works as long as you apply yourself and give it a chance. ~Craig

Before the Anxiety IOP, I was really depressed and anxious. Now that I have completed the program, I am mindful every day without much effort. I feel mostly comfortable in my own skin, and I’m working hard at improving my skills of self compassion and defusion. I often remind myself that I am worthwhile and think positively about my life and relationships with others. I spend less time overwhelmed and anxious. ~Audrey

Before the Anxiety IOP, my days were filled with anxiety and depression. I could not see past it. Now that I have completed the program, I have learned ways to defuse from my negative thoughts and make room for my negative feelings. Most of the time, I feel comfortable in my own skin and no longer feel the constant need to punish myself. Instead I use my values to guide my actions. To anyone who is thinking about starting the program I would tell them it's hard and uncomfortable at times, but it has taught me many skills to help me live my life with anxiety as opposed to fighting it all the time.~Mary

Before the Anxiety IOP, there was so much fear in my life-worry, relationships, friendships, catastrophizing. Now that I have completed the program: my thoughts are manageable, I’m able to see the positive, live in the present, accept and defuse thoughts, know my values and who I am, be more open to relationships. To anyone who is thinking about starting the program I would tell them that if you are someone that constantly is stuck or stalled in one gear, Renew is perfect for you. ~Anonymous

I have learned to give up some control and realize trying to control everything around me pushes me from my values. For someone starting the program, it might seem like you don’t need to or want to but it really helps. There are a lot of tools you are given and you meet lots of people dealing with similar issues. - Anonymous

Before starting the Anxiety IOP, I was depressed and anxious constantly, afraid I was going to feel this way forever. Now that I have completed the IOP, I am able to accept my anxiety and I have learned to be patient and compassionate towards myself. ~Anonymous

I would say do it! This is such a beautiful opportunity and an amazing environment to grow, learn, and heal. You are with others that understand the way you think/feel, and they empathize with your pain.This is a safe place to challenge your unhealthy mindsets/behaviors. ~Grace

Before I started IOP, I spent about 90% of my day avoiding mental and physical discomfort.. I constantly felt like a failure – that I was not doing enough and I was not good enough. I felt helpless and could not find anything that made me feel better. Now I understand that I struggle with anxiety and I have gained a sense of self, and this has helped me get through a lot of difficult emotions because I know I am more than what I feel/think/see/accomplish at any given time.~Megan

To anyone starting the program, I would say it's a great program. I have learned great techniques to help when having a thought or feeling. You will always have anxiety but the group helped on how to handle it in a healthy way. I have now realized that I am not alone with having anxiety and negative thoughts. It’s common with the healing process to get worse before you get better. I recommend being fully engaged and finish the program for the best outcome. -Marcy

It is very helpful to be in a group that understands what you are going through and can relate. I gained the tools of acceptance and defusion that help me to live with my anxiety and I identified my values so I can live more fully. -Elizabeth

My life before IOP was an absolute trainwreck. I couldn’t function, sleep, or work. I would be in constant panic 24/7. My life now is a lot better. Yes, I still panic from time to time. But Renew gave me coping skills to get through my difficult times. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I still have to work on my recovery. -Megan

I was really reluctant and hesitant to do group therapy, but I have completely changed my opinion of group therapy. This has been the best experience, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Advice I would give to someone starting the program is to volunteer every chance you encounter in group. I believe you get as much out of the program as you put in, so push yourself and do as much as you possibly can. - Anonymous

Now that I have completed the program, I have moved to a place of stability, able to relax and enjoy time with my family. I have pulled back from the need to complete a list to relax, to feel a sense of accomplishment. I believe the improvement I have made and where I am mentally would take at least a year (if not ever) to get to where I am today. I truly thank the Lord for this course and my family does as well. ~Shelby

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. ~Grant

Before starting the Anxiety Center’s IOP I was not true to myself and those worries surrounding my identity caused a lot of anxiety and depression. Now that I have completed the program, I have been able to communicate with my social support and identify the aspects of my life that are causing me to not live in my values. I have been able to identify the values most important to me and develop a plan to continue to work toward achieving all my goals. For anyone starting the program, I would say that anxiety CAN be managed in healthy ways that allow for a fulfilled life. ~Anonymous

For anyone starting the program, I would say that even it it’s paralyzingly terrifying, interact with others (as cheesy at that sounds). Get involved. Your fears and worries are valid but they DON’T have to consume you. If you can get past the first day, you can get past the rest. The skills and notes you make here can help the people around you. This program not only affects you but everything around you. ~Haley

Before starting the Anxiety Center’s IOP, my life was an ongoing wave of anxiety that I was unable to emotionally cope with. I never felt that my behavior was a choice and certainly didn’t know how to sit with my painful emotions. Now,  I have been able to determine what my values are, and what the life I want to live looks like. I will always have the anxiety, but no longer feel like it defines me. ~Christine

Before starting the Anxiety Center’s IOP my life was a complete mess-at least mentally. Now that I have completed the program, I feel like I am in much more control of my reactions to my thoughts. For anyone starting the program, really take in the class and the information being taught. Learn from and value your group members too. Be consistent in attending and try your best to do your homework. Be patient and it will help.~Carmen

Before starting the Anxiety Center’s IOP, every morning I would wake up and immediately have a panic attack or I would wake up feeling fine and my mind would begin looking for something to worry about. Now that I have completed the program, I still experience anxiety, but I now have the tools to manage it. playing with my dogs, exercising and focusing on the things that are really important. For anyone starting the program, I would say it’s hard at first. I’d equate it to going to the gym. When you think about going, you try to talk yourself out of it, but once you get there, you’re really glad you didn’t skip it. It is beneficial and it’s nice to know you’re not alone.~Tara

Before starting the IOP, I was in a lot of despair. My life was turned upside down and I felt as though I was drowning. My thoughts and feelings were dictating my everyday life. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I have learned many things about myself and the strength I have. It really changed my thoughts of myself and how to deal with my anxiety. Learning about what my true values and beliefs are and accepting them and knowing how to move forward while living with purpose. ~Sharon

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. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, my day to day life looks completely different after having finished the program. I now direct my life with my values in mind and take action that align with my overall purpose and end goal in mind. Life is much easier. ~Hannah

Before starting the IOP, I was just really unconfident about myself.  Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, while I still have anxiety and issues with confidence, IOP has taught me a lot of ways to cope with it so that it doesn’t hold me back. For anyone starting the program, I would say that the most important thing is to allow yourself to be vulnerable. That is what is going to allow you to be the most successful. ~Shaina

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. ~Sahar

Before starting the IOP, I didn’t have any skills to cope with my anxiety. But now I have lots of skills to use in order to cope with my anxiety. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I have skills and tools to help me cope with my anxiety. For anyone starting the program, I would tell them it is worth the time and work. ~Holly

Before starting the IOP, my anxiety was so bad that I was barely able to function. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I have better coping skills with my anxiety by using defusion, separating myself from the emotions I feel and better grounding techniques. I have my creativity back and feel like I am thriving. ~McKenzie

Before starting the IOP, my anxiety was at a 10. Now my anxiety is at about a 2. Now that I have completed the Anxiety IOP program, I have time to do other things in my life. For anyone thinking about starting the program, I would tell them to stick with it and be open. ~Anonymous

Before starting the IOP, I felt like there is no hope for recovery. I was constantly afraid of things such as driving, social media, social situations, and life in general. Now, I feel like I can accept that my thoughts and feelings don’t run my life and may or may not be accurate. ~Courtney

Before starting the program my life was debilitating. I was always afraid of the next panic attack, I was terrified of dying, and I would never leave the house. Now that I’ve completed the program, I feel more confident in my life as far as living with my anxiety and being able to function with it. For anyone thinking about the program, I would suggest asking to consider it. The program is a life changer. - Anonymous

Before starting the program, it was almost constant physical anxiety. Now that I’ve completed the program, I can go about my daily life and not be constantly weighed down by anxiety. It hasn’t gone away completely, and I still have moments where I get anxious, but I have learned ways to cope and deal with it. Renew has taught me so much about anxiety and OCD and in turn, so much about myself. ~Hanna

Before starting the IOP, I would get anxiety over the smallest things. Now that I’ve completed the program, I have better tools and understanding of what anxiety is for me, and how I can overcome it. For anyone thinking about starting the program, I would say be open, honest and true to yourself. No one will judge you. You will even walk away with no connections and friends! ~Julia

Before starting the Anxiety Program at Renew I was anxious and on edge. Now that I’ve completed the program, I have learned tools and techniques to use when I’m having a panic attack or I’m feeling very anxious.~Anonymous

Before starting the Anxiety Program at Renew, I was sleeping all day everyday. Quality of life was compromised to say the least. Now that I’ve completed the program, life now isn’t perfect but I have learned some real skills that help make life manageable. I feel I’m on the right track. What I would say to anyone thinking about starting the program is what do you have to lose? You have much more to gain. -Sherie

Before starting IOP program my life was hell. I didn’t know how to express my emotions and I was so anxious and depressed I didn’t want to be alive anymore. Now that I’ve completed the program I have learned some great coping skills and I also have become self-aware as to when I’m avoiding tasks. Still a lot of work ahead but I feel my anxiety and depression have lowered tremendously. For anyone thinking about starting the program I would say do it and don’t look back.  -Gabe