Services for adults and adolescents
Meal support provides therapeutic and emotional support to help you stay on track with your meal plan. Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists provides personalized 1:1 meal support tailored to help you meet your unique recovery goals.
Delivered by highly qualified, licensed professionals, our recovery specialists will meet you at home, virtually, at a restaurant, school, campus, or in-office for supported meals.
For clients who need more than 1 meal support a day please check out our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Service.
We Support Clients with Meal Support in the Following Ways:
- Meals made at home
- Ordering take-out
- Restaurant meal support
- Challenge meals and snacks
- Assistance and accountability with portioning
- Cooking together & eating a meal
EDRS Meal support is a structured, therapeutic session that has 3 parts:
- Pre-Meal Check-in
- Eating the Meal
- Post-Meal Check-in
Benefits of meal support
- Decreases anxiety around eating “fear foods” at home and at restaurants
- Therapeutic exposures to challenge meals and eating at restaurants
- Challenges eating disorder rules and rituals
- Allows clients to practice ordering off of a menu
- Allows your home and community to become a safe place for meals
- Increases mindfulness around eating pace and hunger/fullness cues
- Creates and ensures accountability for following meal plans
- Assists with weight restoration
When is meal support helpful?
- Additional support: For clients in outpatient therapy and nutrition who need help completing their meal plan goals and/or weight restoration.
- Adjunctive support: For clients in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) program and need 1:1 support outside of program.
- At-Your-Pace support: Clients who need a higher level of care, but are not ready to tolerate the pace of a traditional group treatment program.
- Transition support: Clients who are stepping down from inpatient or residential into a PHP or IOP program and need help during the transition in levels of care to maintain progress.
- Preventative support: Clients who have never been in a treatment program and want to implement 1:1 support as an alternative to being in a formal program.
- Alternative treatment support: Clients who have been in traditional treatment and need highly individualized support .
We are here to walk alongside you on your path to healing. We work with clients who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, and co-occurring anxiety, mood, and trauma-related disorders.
Every client is unique and there isn’t one approach that is right for all. We use an array of therapy modalities to help best support you. Our team of eating disorder specialists are trained in the following modalities:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Relational & Parts Work
- Somatic therapies
- Expressive therapies
EDRS provides individual nutrition therapy to help you develop a better relationship with food, and provide accountability and support in meeting your personal nutritional goals.
Following an initial assessment to review your food, exercise, lifestyle, and medical history, we offer weekly and biweekly sessions to support your goals. Our registered dietitian will develop a plan of support with you and will review the plan each week.
Sessions look different for each person depending on where they are in their recovery process. Here are examples of what sessions may include:
- Decreases anxiety around eating “fear foods”
- Creating a food plan that meets your needs and lifestyle
- Challenging fear foods and food rules
- Reducing eating disorder symptoms and behaviors
- Identifying and listening to hunger and fullness cues
- Reducing labeling of foods as “good” or “bad”
- Increasing food variety
- Selecting recipes and creating grocery lists
- Helping you move towards intuitive eating
- Therapeutic exposures for grocery shopping
Early recovery from an eating disorder is a vulnerable time. Working with a recovery coach can help you stay on track and have additional support and accountability outside of therapy sessions or your treatment program.
Based on you unique goals, recovery coaching sessions may include:
- Skills to work on body image and body anxiety
- Identify relapse warning signs and action steps
- Strengthening your “Recovery Self”
- Creating recovery goals that are separate from food
- Sessions to help build internal motivation
- Accountability check-ins for using recovery skills
- Identifying and practicing coping skills, such as CBT & DBT
- Assisting you with managing life and recovery simultaneously
- Creating a strategy for specific activities and events that create stress and social anxiety
- Support around life skills, organization, educational, and occupational goals
- Therapeutic exposures around tasks that cause anxiety & avoidance
We offer eating disorder groups related to coping skills, recovery support, and process groups.
Group therapy offers:
- Space to connect with others who are struggling in similar ways to you
- Decreased sense of shame and isolation, knowing you aren’t alone
- An increased sense of community
- Empowerment and hope that healing is possible
Sign up for the Free Adult Virtual Support Group every Wednesday HERE
We understand that eating disorders affect the entire family. The power of eating disorders leave family members feeling helpless, exhausted, and walking on eggshells, unsure as to how to help or what to say. We are here not only to help you support your loved one who has an eating disorder, but also to provide you with support for yourself.
We offer individualized 1:1 sessions to provide skills and support to help you navigate the recovery process of your loved ones.
In addition, we offer a FREE Virtual Bi-Weekly Family Support Group for existing EDRS client family members.
When: Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm EST.
Facilitated by: Melissa Adams, LMHC