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Trauma is far-reaching and expansive and the providers at TICC understand how trauma can impact every aspect of an individual’s life. With structured, culturally sensitive, inclusive, and responsiveness the providers at TICC offer well-informed evidence-based trauma assessments and treatment engagement.


Many individuals do not have the capacity to manage the trauma and PTSD symptoms they are experiencing. TICC is client-centered and strength-based, therefore, our IOP groups are designed to explore, process, and engage in self-reflection from an empowering and posttraumatic growth framework that encompasses skills derived from CPT, CBT, ACT, and DBT.


As a result, clients can better manage what once felt overwhelming.


"When we deny the story, it


us. When we own the story,

we can write a


ending."    – Brené Brown

What is the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC?

The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program at TICC is a specialized intensive outpatient treatment service implemented to address the impactful symptomatology of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. TICC’s primary focus of the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs are to implement intensive outpatient counseling services to individuals in need.

What is the difference between an IOP and a PHP?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) that is trauma informed is designed to provide treatment and support to individuals who have experienced traumatic events and require a more intensive approach to their healing while still being able to maintain their life in an outpatient setting. This is especially helpful for those who are unable to commit to an inpatient program because of family responsibilities, work, or simply because they don’t meet the necessary criteria for an inpatient program. Partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a substance use/abuse or addiction treatment program that is geared towards treating substance use and is even more intensive than an IOP but less intensive than full inpatient or residential rehabilitation, essentially PHP is the middle ground between full hospitalization and an IOP. Additionally, partial hospitalization requires even more sessions per week.

Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs



(adolescents 11-18 years of age

in the court system)



(adolescents 11-18 years of age

NOT in the court system)


(adults 19 and older)

How are the Trauma Enlightenment
IOP Programs designed at TICC?

The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC are unique and the only one of its kind within the Lexington, Kentucky area. The specialized programs have been designed to provide intensive, evidence-based therapeutic treatment to individuals in a small group setting. The creators of this program are clinically trained in cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Therefore, the facilitators will be using well established pre-developed materials for the trauma informed IOP group. The book titled “A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT: Overcoming Trauma and PTSD” will be employed to provide foundational tenants of evidence-based intensive trauma informed clinical counseling.



TICC is currently accepting provider- and self-referrals for

the upcoming Adolescent Trauma Enlightenment IOP

Program Details:
Next Group Dates: Starting Monday, May 6, 2024
Monday through Thursday, 9 AM - 12 PM
3-Weeks, In-Person G

TICC is currently not accepting referrals

for the Adult Trauma Enlightenment IOPs.

Who are the best candidates for IOP Programs at TICC?

The best candidates for the IOP programs offered at TICC are any individuals who do not meet criteria for inpatient treatment but are seeking to receive increased support and connection through counseling services in an outpatient setting. The Trauma Enlightenment IOP Programs at TICC are not for clients who are actively engaging in substance use behaviors. Clients should be at least in early recovery (14 to 30 days of recovery). 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Substance abuse (not actively but in early recovery)

  • Mood disorders

  • Eating disorders including distorted body image

  • Self-harm and suicidal thinking

  • Interpersonal and childhood trauma

  • Severe psychiatric symptoms like depression, anxiety, and extreme mood swings

  • Behavioral issues such as peer difficulties, social anxiety, impulsivity, and impaired academic performance

  • General confusion

  • Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep

  • Feeling numb or emotionally disconnected

  • Withdrawing from others

Symptomatology Individuals in need of IOP may present with:
Physical Symptomatology of Trauma
  • Bodily aches and pains

  • Headaches

  • Stomach aches

  • Cramping

  • Jittery

  • Shaking

  • Muscle tension

  • Agitation

  • Irritability

Many individuals who have experienced trauma also present with physical symptoms.

What Insurances are Accepted?

*If your insurance does not cover IOP services, a sliding scale fee or payment plan can also be arranged.


  • WellCare

  • Anthem Medicaid

  • Aetna Better Health of KY

  • Humana Medical Plan

  • Passport (Molina Healthcare)

  • United HealthCare

  • Medicaid of KY


  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

  • Cigna


  • Humana

  • Humana CareSource KY

  • United Healthcare/Optum

Steps to beginning a Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program


A self or community referral is REQUIRED. This referral be completed on the website by clicking here:


The client/caregiver will be contacted, and an extensive intake as well as trauma-informed assessments will be conducted with the client by one of our trained and licensed staff members.


Once the assessment is complete, the treatment team will determine if the referral is an appropriate fit for the Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program.


After this decision is made by the clinical team, the client will be scheduled to begin the IOP services the following week.

Have more questions? Send us an email at or call us at (859) 309-2877.

Meet the co-creators of the
Trauma Enlightenment IOP Program


Dr. Lauren E. Downey, LPCC-S

Founder & Clinical Director

Dr. Lauren E. Downey is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor and she possess a doctorate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in counselor education and supervision. Dr. Downey has served in various counseling capacities in the central Kentucky area for the last 13 years. Dr. Downey is a certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral counselor and the owner and founder of Trauma-Informed Counseling Center and the Trauma-Informed Counseling Center Foundation. Dr. Downey’s purpose and professional passion in life has been to help treat the diverse and multifaceted trauma needs of individuals in her community from a culturally responsive and inclusive clinical framework.
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Dr. Brittany Gentry, LCSW

Co-Director & Clinician

Dr. Brittany Gentry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and supervisor (LCSW) in Lexington, KY. Dr. Gentry received her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Kentucky in May 2022. Dr. Gentry has been a Mental Health Clinician with TICC since 2019. Over the last ten years, Dr. Gentry has provided therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families in various therapeutic settings (in-home, outpatient, and school-based). Despite her experience with various populations, Dr. Gentry’s passion remained working with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system.  
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