When you come to your initial appointment for eating disorder treatment, your Lakeview Center therapist will help you put together an individualized treatment plan that meets your needs. Depending on the severity of your eating disorder symptoms, your emotional state, your personality style, your level of outside support, and your schedule, you may wish to attend treatment from once a week to every day. Your eating disorder treatment may include the following options:
Individual eating disorder therapy
Our therapists take an integrative approach to eating disorder therapy. Typically, treatment begins by focusing on symptom reduction using cognitive/behavioral strategies and on substituting healthy coping skills. As eating becomes more into balance, therapy shifts to a focus on gaining insight into the meaning of the eating disorder and on addressing guilt, shame, and low self-esteem.
Group eating disorder therapy
In a small coed or women’s group, members will learn to express feelings, relate honestly, and support each other’s recovery. Group therapy reduces the shame that accompanies eating disorders by helping members recognize that they are not alone in these painful feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Family eating disorder therapy
For children, adolescents, and young adults, family therapy is an essential component of recovery. A child or adolescent’s steps toward recovery changes are aided by a family that understands the recovery process and who make their own efforts to change in order to solidify the changes in the child and the family system. An adult with an eating disorder can also benefit from the support and feedback of his or her adult children and/or spouse.
Couples eating disorder therapy
In couples eating disorder therapy we will focus on both the impact of the couple on the eating disorder and the impact of the eating disorder on the couple. Therapy will explore attitudes of the spouse around food, weight and appearance that may inadvertently reinforce eating-disordered thinking, and stress in the relationship that may lead the partner with the eating disorder to fall back on his/her symptoms as a means of coping. We will also help the couple cope with the impact of the eating disorder on the couple’s physical and emotional relationship. For more information on couples and eating disorders, click here.
Nutrition therapy is a critical component of treatment. Therapy with our nutritionist may includes education about the body’s basic nutrition requirements, discussions of food restrictions, food rules and fear foods, an individualized meal plan to stabilize weight and normalize eating, separating eating patterns from feelings and sense of self, and eventually tuning into the body’s cues of hunger, fullness, and specific nutritional needs. For more information on nutrition therapy, click here.
Medication for eating disorders can be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. Medication can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression that often accompany eating disorders and exacerbate eating disorder symptoms. They may also directly reduce urges to binge or restrict. For more information on medication for eating disorders, click here.
Medical monitoring by our medical advisor and her associates ensures that your eating disorder symptoms are not putting your health at risk. We will collaborate with your internist in order to prevent irreversible physical damage due to eating disorder symptoms. For more information on medical monitoring, click here.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for eating disorders
Research has demonstrated that DBT skills training groups helps teach clients new ways to manage their symptoms and decreases, bingeing, purging, excessive exercise, and maladaptive attitudes about eating, shape, and weight. Both group and individual DBT may be useful complements to our integrative individual eating disorders therapy. For more information on DBT, click here.
Expressive eating disorder therapy
Movement therapy provides opportunities for clients to communicate their feelings and experiences without using words. Movement therapy allows clients to begin to connect with theirs bodies in a positive way. We offer body-centered therapy and authentic movement. For more information about movement therapy, click here. Music and art-based therapy also provide alternative modes of communication and can facilitate access to emotion. Lakeview Center offers music and art-based individual therapy and groups.
Men and women with eating disorders tend to either exercise excessively, or to avoid exercise due to negative, painful past exercise experiences. Our nutritionist is also a certifid personal trainer with her own exercise studio who can help you delevop balanced exercise habits in a supportive environment.
Mindful eating instruction
Mindful eating is way to gently, compassionately, and skillfully change patterns of compulsive and binge eating. By maintaining non-judgemental awareness of the all the sensations of eating, you will be able to clearly discern your body's signals of hunger and fullness and to maintain the equanimity to honor these signals. Mindful eating instruction may be incorporated into therapy, taught by a separate therapist/instructor, or learned in groups and workshops. For more information on mindful eating, click here.
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