Our multi-pronged approach

We believe that in order to achieve full recovery from an eating disorder, it is necessary to not only address the food and eating disorder behaviors, but the whole person. Our phase-based approach focuses on the following:

Stabilization

Maintaining factors

Life integration

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Stabilization

We help you create a foundation of recovery through the following:

  • Nutritional stabilization
  • Symptom management
  • Weight restoration (if indicated)
  • Specific therapeutic exposures related to the eating disorder (fear foods, cooking, going to the grocery store, etc.)
  • Decrease isolation 
  • Strengthen the part of YOU that wants to recover
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Maintaining factors

While stabilization is a crucial first step, it is only the beginning.

Maintaining factors are a combination of traits & temperament, internal & external stressors, and co-occurring mental health issues that keep the eating disorder alive. Examples of maintaining factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Perfectionism 
  • Cognitive inflexibility
  • Obsessionality
  • Beliefs about positive function of eating disorder
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Over-evaluation on weight and shape
  • Difficulty tolerating negative emotions, conflict resolution, social anxiety, perceived inability to handle distress and discomfort, etc.
  • Co-occurring anxiety, OCD, & mood disorders
  • PTSD and complex trauma
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Integrating recovery & life

Finally, we partner with you to instill hope for the future. We walk alongside you to help you do the following:

  • Maintain meal plan compliance while managing daily structure
  • Increase internal motivation and accountability to self
  • Mindfulness and self-care
  • Stay engaged in recovery
  • Manage daily stressors utilizing new coping skills instead of going to the ED default
  • Executive functioning skills—assist you in attending appointments, medication compliance, work on educational and occupational goals that create anxiety
  • Create a full life that frees you of the shackles of the eating disorder

Ready to start your recovery journey?

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