Intensive Program

Our intensive program combines advanced medical and psychiatric expertise. It is meant for people who need more structured treatment than you get in weekly regular outpatient therapy. This program is often a good step-down if you or your loved one has recently been in psychiatric hospitalization or residential living programs and can offer follow-up care to your previous programs. Our typical patients are male and female and range in age from 12 to 22.  We have additional tracks for adults with adequate medical stability. Our specialists encourage you to continue working with your outside health care providers while in our program. We are happy to communicate with your outside providers during and after your participation in our program.

We also teach families how to manage the recovery process and cope with abnormal eating behaviors. We prepare family for any accompanying psychiatric problems.

This program combines a variety of treatments. The most common approaches are family-based therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

In addition, we provide help with mealtime. The program provides clinically trained staff for meal support during the mid-morning snack and lunch. Our registered dietician tailors meals to your needs. 

Program Overview

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

Treatment involves the following activities:

  • Two meals and one snack per day
  • Weekly multi-family groups and parent support group
  • Meal support at every meal and snack by trained staff and clinicians
  • Daily medical monitoring, which includes weighing and checking vital signs
  • Weekly staff psychiatrist session, which can include medication management or diagnostic assessments, as needed
  • Daily group therapy using evidence-based therapies to treat the eating disorder and associated mood problems, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • A variety of therapies, as appropriate, such as:
    • Acceptance and commitment therapy: A type of psychotherapy that encourages mindfulness and commitment to make positive change
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy: A form of talk therapy that helps you change harmful behaviors by altering your thinking about eating
    • Cognitive remediation therapy (flexible thinking group): An approach that addresses the type of inflexible thinking that affects mental health and eating disorders
    • Dialectical behavior therapy: Psychotherapy to help identify and change negative emotions
    • Family-based therapy: Type of therapy that involves family in the treatment of patient’s eating disorders
    • Interpersonal therapy: An approach that helps you develop interpersonal skills to assist in overcoming eating disorders

You may find you need more assistance. If you do, we can provide additional therapy sessions such as:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Parent skills training group
  • Mirror exposure treatment
  • Nutritional counseling services