Lorenz Clinic to Provide Intensive Outpatient Programs

Lorenz Clinic is excited to announce the launch of Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for current and future clients. The vacuum in the Twin Cities metro area for IOP programs such as these has become overwhelmingly apparent. As a leader in providing and expanding access to mental health resources for the communities the Clinic serves, Lorenz has worked quickly to make staff and space available to accommodate this immediate need.

An Adolescent IOP began in December 2022 out of the Rosemount clinic location. Space for the Adolescent IOP group is still available. Lorenz is working towards adding an Adult IOP, which will begin in Rosemount, in spring 2023. As staffing and resources become available, Lorenz will expand these services to additional locations.

Why IOP at Lorenz

The program’s purpose will be to treat problems, not just symptoms. The clinic’s systemic focus will differentiate this program from others in the area in that the IOP will feature concurrent parent education, family therapy, and robust, eco-systemic discharge and step-down planning. There will be close integration between the IOP and the Clinic’s other services including psychiatry, psychological testing, and outpatient psychotherapy.

Who might benefit from IOP

  • Client is struggling to see progress in current outpatient psychotherapy.
  • Lorenz Clinic’s Adolescent IOP is specially built for adolescents ages 13-17 who may be experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, school, and relationship difficulties.
  • The Adult IOP will be well-suited for individuals ages 18+ who may be struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and occupational stress impacting one’s mental health
  • Average length of stay in IOP is 4-6 weeks with treatment including group therapy, psychoeducation, family therapy, medication consultation, family support, and thorough aftercare planning.
  • IOP is specifically designed to offer professional and peer support, to aid both the client and the family as a whole.
  • Lorenz is building a community for families and clients to engage with one another in order to better normalize and support clients in achieving their goals.

Accessing the Service

Care and assessment begin with a call. Clients will be scheduled with an intake appointment to determine if IOP is the right level of care. The clinic will work with potential clients to determine insurance eligibility and scheduling.

Anyone interested in Lorenz Clinic’s IOP services should call 952-443-4600. Questions can be directed to the Director of Outpatient Psychotherapy, Lindsay Fiedler-Schiel.

Lorenz Announces Early Childhood Day Treatment

Lorenz Clinic has initiated a significant expansion plan at its Chaska location, where the clinic has been actively pursuing the development of added service lines including early childhood day-treatment and family-focused home-based services in addition to its existing outpatient psychotherapy and medication management offerings.  Overall, the initiative will provide notably expanded access to early childhood mental health services in Carver County and outlying areas where such services for very young children have been conspicuously lacking.  The program will open 3/1/20.

The new Day Treatment and its companion Home-Based program will feature high treatment fidelity and demonstrable clinical outcomes.  Young children often require access to various levels of care, and these changes will offer families a more seamless experience of what for many has become an inaccessible and
all-too-fragmented system.

The expanded clinic will features four service lines:

  • Outpatient Psychotherapy for all ages
  • Early Childhood Day-Treatment
  • Family-Focused Home-Based Services
  • Medication Management

In order to add day-treatment and home-based services, the clinic has been preparing for Children’s Therapeutic Support Services (CTSS) certification with the State of Minnesota.  The addition of CTSS certification will allow providers to serve families outside the four corners of the clinic and will enable them to provide a higher level of care that includes more than the typical one hour per week of therapy commonly found in outpatient settings.

About Day Treatment 

The day treatment program will be based on the treatment practice of Developmental Repair, an intensive treatment model that was developed by Dr. Anne Gearity to treat children who have experienced early complex trauma and are displaying aggressive and disruptive behaviors (Gearity, 2009).  The treatment model will be used to treat children ages 3-7 in a day treatment program, three hours a day, five days a week.  Through Developmental Repair, day treatment will target 4 main areas of functioning: relating, feeling, thinking, and acting.  With a combination of group therapy and group skills training, children will move through a daily routine that includes art projects, snack, large motor play, structured learning activities (books, puzzles, and games), and school work.  Each child will have individual goals created through collaboration among mental health professionals, clinical trainees, and/or mental health practitioners, and caregivers.

Each day treatment room will be comprised of up to 6 children and 2-3 trained staff.  The day treatment team will have day treatment specific consultation at least one time per week for 1.5 hours. Consultation will be provided by a mental health professional trained in Developmental Repair. 

Children participating in day treatment will attend either the morning session (9am-12pm) or the afternoon session (1pm-4pm).  A premier goal of Developmental Repair is to support continued inclusion in the community and prevent social isolation due to challenging behaviors (Gearity, 2009). Collaboration between day treatment staff, caregivers, and educators will work to support attendance in both preschool and day treatment for the younger children, and day treatment and kindergarten for the older children.  Ongoing collaboration between day treatment staff and educators will also support use of common language and goals.

Mental Health Professionals and Practitioners working in day treatment will work to build a partnership with families of clients in day treatment.  Clinicians will encourage weekly family therapy that will include sessions with caregiver and child, and/or caregiver without child.  Family therapy will happen in-center or in-home based on medical necessity.   The Developmental Repair model will be utilized in family therapy and work to partner with caregivers to improve the child’s functioning in the community. 

For More Information

For more information about the program, interested parties should contact Anne Fleming, the Assistant Clinical Director in charge of the program’s implementation and overall direction, at (952) 443-4600.


Gearity, A.G. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.washburn.org/pdf/WCCDevRepairGrayscale-singlepages-smallerfile.pdf, on 11/14/19.