Clinical Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment
Our program uses a systematic approach using certain therapeutic modalities that are effective in interrupting the defeating patterns of eating disorders, addressing the underlying issues for the client and providing them with new healthy patterns, habits and approaches for a healthy recovering lifestyle. Our program offers individual and group therapies such as:
Individual Psychotherapy Treatment
We assess each client carefully to assign them a primary therapist who meets with them individually and manages their care and progress while in treatment. Individual therapy sessions will help the client discover self-deafeting behavioral patterns and the underlying issues that created the patterns. In addition, during their eating disorder treatment the client will be supported and challenged to drive awareness and learn some new beliefs, motivation, balance and strategies for change.
Group Psychotherapy Process Group
Our Process groups are facilitate a sense of hope and belonging; foster optimism, empathy and self-awareness. These groups tend to be deep, moving groups where our clients really find the meaning in the shift they are creating in their lives.
Body Image Group
Body Image Group challenges clients to identify and take action toward body acceptance through body desensitization. Our clients find these groups help them to challenge and replace dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors related to their bodies, food, and the displacement of emotional concerns onto appearance and body image. Our clients find these gentle groups provide relief from the mental energy and obsession they carry relating to their body image.
We run a series of different nutrition groups each focusing on teaching clients intuitive eating skills, eliminating nutritional myths, and facilitating a new approach to achieving a balanced style of eating. Our nutrition groups are a blend of nutritional education be our Registered Dietitians and the Diet’s Don’t Work Program, by Rebecca Cooper. All foods are legal and we refrain from "counting" rituals. Our goal for our clients is to overcome the need to FEEL as though food must be controlled.
Spiritual Growth Group
We support our clients in exploring their spiritual beliefs to develop a universal connectedness greater than one's ego. Many of our clients come to us with a foundation of faith or religion; we encourage them and guide them to use their faith to support their recovery. For those that come to us without a foundation of spiritually, we help them find what can work for them that support the balance of self and something greater than self. It is an important aspect of a balanced, healthy life. The group will not espouse any specific religious principles and regards all faiths as valid expressions of the desire for a spiritual connection.
Psycho-educational classes are structured and semi-structured small group classes that are geared toward particular stages of readiness and are content-specific to some of the hallmark issues of recovery from eating disordered behaviors.
Healthy Living Skills
Eating disorders serve a coping skills function. These groups teach skills to include: stress management, personal boundary recognition, affect management, reconciliation of cognitive distortions, and positive relationship building.
Compulsion & Addiction Management
Certain eating disorder behaviors have a compulsive or addictive quality that needs to be addressed. In addition, some of our clients have other addictions; including, process addiction such as shopping, love/sex, codependency and others. These groups teach our clients about models of addiction and provide them the tools to break free from these balance-inhibiting addictions.
We use the following forms of therapy in our group and individual sessions: