Group Therapy

We run a number of treatment groups for different types of eating disorders and for various ages. We begin each group as soon as we have a critical mass of participants (e.g., at least four). The groups are expected to run for 20-24 sessions (one time per week) and focus on teaching members concrete skills to manage and reduce eating disorder symptoms.

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy Skills Group (DBT)

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy Skills Group (DBT) is a skills-based treatment with four modules:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

Group therapists teach and facilitate discussion of these skills along with homework practice. The skills are tailored for use with clients who experience binge eating, with or without compensatory behaviors (i.e., purging). The group focuses on enabling individuals to actively regulate difficult emotions and find alternatives to engaging in eating disorder symptoms over time.

Participants include adults (18 and over) with eating disorders of the BN/BED/EDNOS type (i.e. not AN) who meet the following criteria:

  • Normal weight or overweight (not underweight)
  • Medically stable
  • Have a primary individual therapist (or who are willing to be
    seen for individual therapy at Mount Sinai)

Acceptance Commitment Therapy Group (ACT)

Acceptance Commitment Therapy Group (ACT) commonly employs six core principles to help clients develop psychological flexibility. The group is also skills-based, and teaches participants strategies that include accepting rather than reacting to negative thoughts, letting go of control in one’s life, identify values, and engaging in actions consistent with one’s values.

The notion of relinquishing control and developing value-directed actions allows individuals to see the bigger picture beyond an eating disorder and develop a more balanced life. This is particularly useful for anorexia nervosa, and we are piloting this approach with adolescents who experience symptoms of restricted eating.

Participants Include clients with Anorexia (or EDNOS, AN type) who meet the following criteria:

  • Normal weight or underweight
  • Medically stable
  • Have a primary individual therapist (or who are willing to be
    seen for individual therapy at Mount Sinai)

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment:
Tel: 212-659-8724
Fax: 212-849-2561

Address
1425 Madison Ave. (corner or 98th St. and Madison Ave.)
ICAHN Building, Floor 6, Room 32
New York, NY 10029