At the Eating Disorder Center, programming involves a variety of evidence-based treatment components, delivered in both group and individual sessions.
According to the goals and objectives of their individualized treatment plan, you or your loved one may participate in the following components:
- Behavioral activation
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)-informed skills
- Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
- Experiential therapy
- Family education and family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Medical management
- Nutrition counseling
- Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy
- Spiritual/pastoral care
- Substance abuse counseling
- Therapeutic passes and community outings
Behavioral Activation (BA)
With the help of behavioral specialists and the rest of the multidisciplinary team, you learn how avoidance and isolation can maintain depression. Increasing engagement in pleasurable, meaningful activities at a manageable pace helps you reduce depressive symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
A skills-based treatment, CBT helps you identify unhelpful behavioral patterns and beliefs that maintain the eating disorder. Guided by our compassionate treatment team, you will use CBT to develop new, more adaptive behaviors and beliefs for achieving wellness.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed skills
In group sessions two to three times per week, you learn DBT-informed skills including acceptance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills help you focus on developing resolutions and healthy coping strategies.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
ERP is a proven effective method that allows you to gradually and repeatedly confront your feared scenarios, related to food, body image or exercise. ERP is also useful for preventing unhealthy coping strategies including avoidance, escape and other “safety behaviors” commonly used in feared scenarios.
While in treatment, you may participate in a range of experiential therapy groups several times each week. Through creative expression, guided imagery, relaxation and grounding techniques, you develop trust and self-esteem, challenge body image distortions and incorporate a healthy balance of physical fitness into your lifestyle.
Family Education and Family Therapy
Eating disorders affect more than just the person with the disorder, and family plays a key role in the journey to recovery. In family sessions, typically once per week, the eating disorder is viewed within the context of family’s communication patterns, value and belief system, rules, roles and expectations. Families are encouraged to participate in the monthly Family and Friends program, offering presentations and activities.
In individual sessions, a primary therapist may help identify core issues related to the eating disorder that you are not comfortable addressing in group sessions and lets you work on more in-depth treatment goals. Patients may have individual DBT-informed skills training sessions with their primary therapists.
Registered nurses and an internal medicine physician work with you to address any physical health and medical conditions that are part of your eating disorder and could be holding back your progress.
Registered dietitians complete a detailed dietary assessment, which forms the basis for personalized meal plans at the Eating Disorder Center. The dietitians meet weekly with you to monitor your intake and weight trends and lead nutrition education groups.
As the team lead, the psychiatrist meets with patients to complete initial comprehensive psychiatric evaluations. In addition to meeting with you once or more per week, the psychiatrist monitors your medications, reviews medical status and uses psychotherapeutic techniques to help address errors in thinking.
An individual consult for pastoral support embracing the patient’s faith and a weekly spiritual reflections group are available. Local faith-based organizations also make services available.
Substance Abuse Counseling
A certified substance abuse counselor is on staff to provide assessment, treatment recommendations and therapy to patients struggling with substance abuse. You may also attend 12-Step meetings.
Therapeutic Passes and Community Outings
With physician approval, you can apply your new skills in less restrictive settings, such as supervised grocery shopping, cooking groups with registered dietitians, dining out and visits with family. These activities help you build confidence and transition into life outside our residential care.