Behavioral Health

Our Programs

The Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders offers a variety of assessment and treatment options. Our team includes licensed psychologists, child psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and dieticians. In addition, we are committed to training the next generation of eating disorder specialists. As a result, advanced post-doctoral fellows in psychology and advanced psychology externs also provide treatments at our program. Fellows and externs are under strict faculty supervision. We charge a lower fee for treatment by fellows and externs.

We offer comprehensive outpatient services at our location at 53 East 96th Street, as well as our recently launched Intensive Program.

If you have a diagnosis of obesity or obesity-related health issues, you can participate in our bariatric surgery evaluation program to provide surgery authorization.

Outpatient Program

Our outpatient program provides evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with feeding and eating disorders, including obesity. As an outpatient, typically you visit once or twice a week for individual or family treatment sessions.

Our experts are skilled in providing evidence-based treatments for eating disorders including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E) — A form of talk therapy that helps you change harmful behaviors by altering your thinking about eating.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) —Psychotherapy to help identify and regulate negative emotions, behaviors, and relationships.
  • Family-based therapy — Education and therapy to train parents and caregivers to help with refeeding (reintroducing food after malnutrition). We also help with other psychological and physical aspects of returning to health.
  • Mirror exposure treatment — A form of therapy that uses mirrors to improve and regulate bad thoughts and feelings about body image. 
  • Prescribed pharmacological treatment — Used alongside other therapies for eating disorders and other medical or psychological conditions you may have. 

Our doctors customize each treatment plan to meet your individual needs. We consider the type and severity of the disorder, your age, and any other conditions you may be experiencing. These might include depression and anxiety. We strive to meet your needs with treatments that help you set and reach healthy goals. Treatment options may be geared to the individual or the entire family.  

Intensive Program

Our intensive program combines medical and psychiatric services. This three-day outpatient program is intended for patients ages 12 to 22 who need more concentrated treatment than weekly therapy. This program can also be helpful after residential or inpatient hospitalization. All our treatments are based on scientific research. These include family-based, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Our clinically trained staff also offer meal support during the mid-morning snack and lunch. A registered dietician is also on site to offer nutritional guidance.

While you are in our program, we encourage you to continue working with your outside health care providers. We are happy to collaborate with them during and after the Intensive Program.

In addition, we teach families to manage the recovery process. Family members learn how to cope with abnormal eating behaviors and any accompanying psychiatric problems.

Program Overview

The core treatment program takes place three to five days per week for five hours per day.

Treatment involves the following activities:

  • Two meals and one snack per day
  • Weekly multi-family group lunches at noon
  • Meal support at every meal and snack by trained staff
  • Daily medical monitoring, including weighing and checking vital signs
  • Weekly staff psychiatrist session, which may include medication management or diagnostic assessments, as needed
  • Daily group therapy using interventions with evidence-based therapies to treat the eating disorder and associated mood problems, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • Appropriate therapies, including:
    • Acceptance and commitment therapy — A type of psychotherapy that encourages mindfulness and commitment to make positive changes
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy — A form of talk therapy that helps you change harmful behaviors by altering how you think about eating
    • Cognitive remediation therapy — Group therapy that addresses the inflexible thinking that affects mental health and eating disorders
    • Dialectical behavior therapy — Therapy that teaches new approaches to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships
    • Family-based therapy — Group therapy that involves the family in treating eating disorders
    • Interpersonal therapy — Group therapy that aids you in developing interpersonal skills to help overcome eating disorders

Our intensive outpatient program offers opportunities for additional therapy sessions including:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Parent skills training group
  • Mirror exposure treatment —  A form of therapy that uses the mirror to improve and regulate negative thoughts and feelings about body image
  • Nutritional counseling services