Our Treatment Approach
We specialize in outpatient treatment, including separate adult and adolescent intensive daily treatment (Intensive Outpatient Programs), so that you can stay at home with as little interruption to work or school as possible.
We design treatment plans based on exposure with response prevention (ERP) protocols and incorporate this research supported treatment approach in our IOP programs. We are committed to developing interventions that generalize beyond the office setting and into your life.
Behavioral Exposure with Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
Food avoidance and restricting behaviors are treated utilizing research supported ERP. The necessity of restoring nutrition and weight often dictates the pace of exposure work. We individualize plans with sensitivity to pre-existing eating concerns (e.g. sensory aversions) while also recognizing that flexible eating is adaptive and critical for full recovery.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)
The focus of CBT is to help create more flexibility in thinking by learning to challenge and restructure unhelpful or distorted beliefs associated with body image concerns and other beliefs or rules associated with eating disorder behaviors. CBT is also effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression that often accompany eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of CBT and contributes mindfulness practices and specific skills to assist with emotional self-awareness, distress tolerance and self-regulation. Learn more about our DBT programming here.
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT strategies are mindfulness-based and incorporate awareness of individual reactions to thoughts. A focus of therapy is changing this relationship rather than the thoughts themselves. ACT helps support individuals in this process as they learn to identify values beyond those dictated by their eating disorder.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
IPT addresses the significant role of interpersonal factors on development and maintenance of eating and mood disorders. Therapy focuses on enhancing interpersonal functioning by examining primary roles, role deficits, role disputes, role transitions, as well as grief and loss of important roles and relationships.
Prolonged Exposure (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Not all individuals with an eating disorder will have had a traumatic experience. However, for those individuals who have experienced a traumatic event or have been diagnosed with PTSD, it often can become entangled with the eating disorder which requires treatment of both the trauma and ED in order to recover. In the eating disorder program, we recognize the importance of addressing the trauma and provide a wide variety of trauma therapies: EMDR, PE and CPT. Our IOP program uses an integrative approach to help alleviate trauma symptoms, as well as address the eating disorder behaviors.
Expressive Therapies are based on the idea that people can help heal themselves through art, music, dance, writing, or other expressive acts.
Incorporating spirituality into the healing process can be a powerful addition to the recovery journey. Spiritual Counseling and Guidance encourages exploration into the role of spirituality in both maintenance and recovery from eating disorders.