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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Butterfly's Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a fee for service Treatment Program inspired by the work of Carolyn Costin.

The IOP aims to empower each person's healthy self and instil a strong belief in the hope of recovery.This program represents a unique and different approach to eating disorder treatment in Australia.

Butterfly's IOP Brochure

Program Outline

Using combined elements of a strong clinical team, high staff to client ratio and individual treatment plans, the IOP works to enhance the ability for the individual to deal with his or her eating disorder by:

  • Developing individual skills and strategies
  • Identifying underlying psychological issues that may be interfering with recovery
  • Improving social and relationship dynamics
  • Educating and guiding family members and significant others


The environment of the IOP is designed to reflect real-life situations that are encountered in daily life.

This includes:

  • Cooking and eating meals at home
  • Eating away from home 
  • Managing relationships with people as well as food

The IOP staff provide meal therapy where staff support patients through the meal process and act as role models by eating themselves.

The staff work closely with clients in an open and non-judgemental way, placing significant emphasis on forming respectful and trusting therapeutic relationships.

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Download the IOP Weekly Structure

The IOP Team

Rachel Simeone - Clinical Manager

Rachel Simeone

Rachel is a registered psychologist and Clinical Manager of Treatment. She provides therapeutic intervention in both the IOP and the Youth Program. Her background is in community acute mental health services specialising in treatments for trauma, self-harm and eating disorders. Rachel comes to the Butterfly Foundation with an eclectic treatment approach including DBT, CBT-E, IPT, ACT and a cup of tea. She believes in creating strong therapeutic relationships and supports her clients to develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies through skill development, role modelling and instilling hope that full recovery is possible.

Rachel also works as a registered psychologist at Shape Your Mind which is a specialised eating disorder treatment service.

Ashlea Hambleton - Therapist

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Ashlea Hambleton is a provisionally registered psychologist, currently completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology.  Ashlea has completed research with the University of Newcastle exploring generational patterns of anxiety as well as the lived experience of self harm.  Her passion is working with individuals and their families whom are effected by eating disorders.  Ashlea works in both the IOP and the Youth Program and has a compassionate, authentic approach with a readiness to be flexible in supporting her clients to build rich and meaningful lives.  Ashlea utilises various treatment models; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Claire Russell - Clinical Support Officer


Claire has worked for not-for-profit and health based organisations for the past 10 years. Her passion for health and wellbeing began after completing a project with a local charity, in rural India. Since then, Claire has spent a considerable amount of time working in developing countries. She is an enrolled nurse with many years’ experience in medical administration and management. When Claire is not working at The Butterfly Foundation, she is busy studying a degree in natural medicine. 


Please call (02) 8456 3915 or email to find out more about the program. You can also fill out our enquiry form and someone from our team will be in contact with you. You can now make payments for the IOP online

The IOP is offered in person in Crows Nest (Sydney, New South Wales). To find out about treatment options for other states and territories, please contact the Butterfly National Helpline (1800 ED HOPE).


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