EATING DISORDERS Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs
Programs for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Obesity
The outpatient programs for eating disorder recovery are designed to provide intensive support for those experiencing difficulties with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, obesity, and other types of disordered eating. Our programs can be an alternative to residential care and are an affordable option for those needing specialized care for disordered eating issues. We offer evening programming for adults and after-school programming for teens.
The focus of our program is to help each patient build a healthy relationship with food while discovering the underlying or root causes of disordered eating, and learning coping techniques and strategies to remain in recovery. A cornerstone of the program is the nutrition group which includes meal support, nutrition education, mindful eating skills, and learning the intricate role that nutrition has on mind/body health. During the program, patients participate in nutrition outings to learn grocery shopping, healthy dining out, and body image exercises.
Individual and group therapy explore the life issues that are interconnected to disordered eating and help each patient understand the dynamic relationship between the two. Group therapy provides a safe and nurturing place for patients to find commonalities with others dealing with disordered eating, and gain support from those that share similar experiences.
Groups have a holistic focus combining the benefits of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and energy psychology techniques to address the multilayered symptoms associated with eating disorders. Each group consists of education, skill development, group process, emotional regulation skills, body image awareness, and stress management techniques.
Individual therapy provides a private one-to-one experience where patients can work more intensely on treatment goals, and address those issues that seem too sensitive to initially share in the group. During individual therapy, patients have an opportunity to experience unconditional care and guidance from a therapist skilled in the recovery process.
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers up to 30 hours of services each week and provides a more structured treatment environment for those that can benefit from a highly focused program. Our PHP programs are customized for each patient to address both their disordered eating and co-occurring issues, including mood disorders and trauma.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers up to 12 hours of services each week. Services include individual sessions with a therapist, group therapy, and weekly individual sessions with a dietitian. Additionally, patients in the Binge Eating program work closely with our holistic personal trainer throughout their program.
There are three phases of treatment. The first two phases of treatment are curriculum based and require a minimum of 8-weeks participation. These two phases focus on the treatment goals established by the patient and their treatment team, and learning skills for recovery. The last treatment phase focuses on relapse prevention and identifying recovery support in the community.
For our Adult Patients: Family members are encouraged to participate in the treatment process at the request of the patient and may join the patient’s individual session with their therapist. These sessions are dedicated to building effective communication skills and mutual support.
Teen Family Support Group – is available for parents and guardians of our teen patients. The family support group meets twice a month and is facilitated by one of our licensed therapists. Parents and guardians are given information to better understand the complexities of the recovery process and tools to interact with their teens in a meaningful and helpful way. This is also a time when parents have extended time with the therapists to discuss their teen’s progress and problem solve needed solutions. The teen family support group focuses on developmental issues, effective parenting, and the bonding/attachment dynamic.
Parents and guardians are required to participate in family sessions during the teen's individual therapy sessions. Frequency depends on the needs of the patient and their family and is established with the therapist.