Teen & Child Eating Disorders
At Center For Discovery we utilize empirically supported treatments tailored to each client's needs. During residential treatment, clients meet with their therapist 2-3 times per week for individual therapy, 1-2 times per week for family therapy, and 4 times per week for Process Group therapy. During these sessions, therapists integrate principles and exercises from:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT targets the destructive thoughts that fuel eating disorder behaviors through problem-focused and action oriented exercises.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – While pushing for change is obviously important with someone with eating disorder behaviors, attempts to change are often unsuccessful without a counterbalance of understanding, acceptance, and validation. DBT allows for both change and acceptance and teaches important emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness skills that clients can use instead of turning to eating disorder behaviors.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – As the name suggests, ACT encourages clients to accept thoughts as they come and go while staying committed to the goals that will lead them to recovery. By teaching clients that thoughts and emotions are temporary and do not make up our identity, clients learn to observe the eating disorder thoughts without engaging in eating disorder behaviors.
- Process Experiential Therapy – People with eating disorders have a hard time regulating their emotions—often pushing them down or hiding them, which can sometimes be followed by emotional outbursts. Process experiential therapy helps clients become aware of and productively use their emotions as a source of meaning, direction, and growth.
- Narrative Therapy – For many people with eating disorders, the eating disorder makes up a large part of their self-identity. As our identities are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves about our lives, narrative therapy helps clients retell their stories and subsequently reshape their identities outside of their eating disorder behavior.
- Psychodrama – Sometimes it is hard for people with eating disorders to find the right words. Psychodrama allows clients to use dramatization and role-playing to understand their feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and interactions. With spontaneity and creativity, psychodrama allows clients to gain insight into their lives and verbalize important information to help them on their path of recovery.
- Psychoeducation – In addition to the many types of therapy used in individual, group, and family therapy, Center For Discovery also provides multiple educational groups per day on topics relevant to eating disorder recovery and living a rich life. These topics can include nutrition, body acceptance, co-dependency, substance use, media influences, mental health, and general life skills.