Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOT) for Mental Health

What Is IOP?

IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. If you are having trouble carrying on with daily life, relationships and responsibilities, one of our specialized, comprehensive Intensive Outpatient Programs might be the right fit to help you get back on the right track. IOP can be a great solution for those looking for an alternative to residential treatment or hospitalization.

Three Unique, Impactful Programs

Encompassing issues like mental illness and trauma, substance use or process addiction, emotional distress and problems functioning in work, school or relationships, our IOPs offer three unique, eight-week tracks with a specialized focus and approach, each tailored to help you find and maintain healing and recovery. Between 10-15 treatment hours each week are spent working towards your wellness goals. This is a few hours more than the average IOP provides, and we feel the results are well worth the effort. An experienced psychiatrist serves as the Medical Director for all Ethos Intensive Outpatient Programs.

Flexible Hours And Virtual Options

Life is full of responsibilities like work, school and parenting. With flexible day and nighttime hours and virtual participation options available, clients can continue on with their daily lives, working towards healing and wellness with minimal disruption.

Prism Intensive Outpatient Therapy IOP


The PRISM IOP focuses on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to offer a skills-based curriculum for adults and adolescents who wish to…

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Developed by Program Director Martha Fontana for The PRISM Center, this program has been honed and perfected for over 15 years under her close supervision. It has helped thousands of clients, adults and adolescents alike, improve their lives.


Currently, the PRISM IOP is offered at Ethos Wellness – Prism and Houston Psychotherapists in Cypress, though clients may wish to participate in the program virtually, in-part or in-full, at no extra cost.

Pathos Mental Health IOP

People Served

The Pathos IOP works to help adults struggling with mental illness and co-occurring issues like trauma and addiction. Those who have experienced multiple treatments without success may find this in-depth program helpful for improved resiliency and/or relapse-prevention. This mental health IOP may be the right fit for you if you’re looking to gain insight and healing surrounding…

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Using psychodynamic therapy, a more holistic type of treatment that takes into account the breadth of our life experience, we work to increase insight and awareness to better understand oneself and one’s past and present, and to make connections that lead to positive, adaptive changes. Through twelve hours per week of group and individual therapy, along with special services designed for young adults and professionals and additional support for clients and families, we aim to restore hope through meaningful goals, create pathways forward and increase personal agency.


After founding The Lovett Center in 2014 with friend and business partner Will Davis, Ethos Behavioral Health Group Chief Clinical Officer Robert Hilliker saw a need for an Intensive Outpatient Program focused on an integrative path to wellness. He developed the Pathos IOP, which has since served thousands in the Greater Houston community. This desire to provide a complete system of care, including the importance of adolescent mental health care , has been the driving force for Hilliker and Ethos Chief Business Officer Will Davis, along with Chief Operations Officer Ceci Torn, as they worked to found programs that now include residential treatment, detoxification and aftercare, as well as two additional Intensive Outpatient Programs, each with a unique focus and approach.


Ethos Wellness – The Lovett Center, situated in Houston’s Montrose area, remains the physical location for Pathos at this time, but clients may choose to participate through telehealth at no extra cost.

Prairie Substance Use Disorder IOP

People Served

Whether as a stand-alone treatment or as transitional care following a residential recovery program, individuals 18 years or older may find that the Prairie Substance Use Disorder IOP is the right fit if they…

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Through psychodynamic therapy, addiction education and relapse prevention supplemented with 12-Step Recovery, SMART Recovery and Refuge Recovery treatment models, the Prairie SUD IOP aims to help clients develop the skills necessary to maintain long-term recovery while exploring any underlying issues relating to family, trauma, personality patterns or mental health issues that may have contributed to their addiction. In eight-week cycles, clients participate in twelve hours of individual and group therapy and supplemental recovery support each week. Additional services are available for family members and partners, and program graduates are encouraged to build on their progress by transitioning to our Supportive Outpatient Program.


Initially developed to help The Prairie Recovery Center alumni transition back into daily life with continued support and healing, we are proud to now offer the Prairie IOP’s comprehensive, in-depth curriculum to all individuals looking to achieve sustained, long-term sobriety and wellness.


The Prairie IOP is offered at Ethos Wellness – The Lovett Center in Houston, Texas and Ethos Wellness – River North in Chicago, Illinois. However, through our telehealth options, clients from all areas may wish to participate virtually, in-full or in-part, at no extra cost.

Meet The Program Directors

Dr. Bernard Gerber, Psychiatrist—M.D. Medical Director, Prairie Sud IOP, Prism DBT IOP

Bernard M. Gerber, M.D. is a graduate of the Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in association with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, followed by a residency in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts of the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. After completing his training, Dr. Gerber joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the Hauser Clinic in 2000 after serving the Houston community for many years. Since 1982, he has been in full-time private practice of psychiatry, currently focusing on outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults of a variety of psychiatric and mental health issues. In addition to Ethos Wellness – Prism and The Lovett Center, he also serves as a consultant to other behavioral health clinics at the Lighthouse of Houston. Dr. Gerber has held a number of leadership positions in medical organizations. He is a past president of the Houston Psychiatric Society, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Harris County Medical Society. He continues to serve on boards and committees of these organizations while maintaining his teaching activities at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Ernest Patterson

Ernest Patterson, MS, LCDC Program Director, Prairie SUD IOP

In addition to being a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Ernest Patterson received both his undergraduate degree in Business Management and his master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. For about 19 years, Ernest has worked in the field of substance use and mental health, helping individuals who struggle with the disease of addiction and their family members to heal and find recovery. In 2012, he was awarded The Houston Chapter TAAP Counselor of the Year award, as well as the Elves Smith Counselor of the Year award of Texas in 2015. Through the provision of education, relapse prevention, intervention and hands on treatment, and through teams of professionals in the clinical field, community and volunteer opportunities, Ernest has helped design proven treatment programs with successful results. Ernest has been a part of the Ethos Behavioral Health Group team since January of 2019.

Robert Hilliker, LCSW-S, LCDC Chief Clinical Officer

Robert is driven by a deep commitment to serve others and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, and the co-founding of Ethos Wellness – Lovett (formerly known as The Lovett Center) in 2014 and its parent company Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2018. Throughout his educational and professional careers, Robert has gained valuable experience. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and his education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic. His resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, The Menninger Clinic and The Daring Way LLC, where he worked with Dr. Brené Brown and served as the Chief Clinical Officer. Currently, Robert serves as Ethos Behavioral Health Group’s Chief Clinical Officer and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Robert’s career has been marked by meaningful recognitions. He earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree. In 2019, the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work honored him as a 50 for 50 Alumni for embodying the college’s social justice vision. Robert lives in Houston with his wife, Maria, and their daughters, Anna, Carmela, Mary and Emilia.

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Admissions Process

Our compassionate client care team is available to help guide clients and families towards the appropriate level of care to meet their needs by answering questions, understanding each unique situation and collaborating with patients to craft an individual treatment plan. Service offerings include in-network, out-of-network and self pay options; please contact us to learn more.

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