In 2009, Dr. Sutton began hosting one way mirror trainings in San Francisco, providing family therapy. His colleague, Jim Keim, joined him from the Mental Research Institute to teach, and Dr. Sutton soon added two more one way mirror trainings, one in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and one in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
The trainers enjoying sharing cases, keeping each other up to date on research and new developments in the field of therapy, and decided to start a group practice. Since each clinician was established and experienced, they all decided to keep their own offices, and create a hybrid group practice where they could see clients in their own offices, and come together to discuss cases and research.
Dr. Sutton started IAP's first clinic, the Bay Area Center for ADHD, which grew out of a collaboration of psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, educational therapists, and educators dedicated to helping children and adults with ADHD. James Keim began the Bay Area Oppositional and Conduct Disorder Clinic, based on his four stage approach he had published. Due to the comorbidities of these two disorders and the populations they affect, the Center for Anxiety, Center for Couples, Center for Children, and Center for Adolescents were created. Each Center was grounded in the most effective, evidence based treatment for the particular special issue or population served, so clinicians in those were added that specialize in those area.
In 2011, Dr. Sutton started Bay Area Community Counseling, in order to provide low fee services to clients who could not afford the full fee, expert clinicians of IAP. BACC provided internship for clinicians seeking to learn how to provide evidence based treatment. Clinicians were trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Since its beginnings, IAP has grown to provide more training, more therapy for clients, and is made up of clinicians dedicated to keeping up on the cutting edge of treatment. Many of the clinicians have been teaching, publishing their work, and training other clinicians, in order to advance the field of psychotherapy.