Treatment Approach to Eating Disorders

Evaluation & Assessment

Aurora’s experts understand that your needs are unique and that your healing process must also be unique. Our holistic approach to treating anorexia, binge eating and bulimia begins with a thorough introduction and evaluation. Together, we’ll assess your condition and goals, creating a personalized eating disorder recovery program. 

You and your treatment team may choose from our three levels of care for adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders: inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming. We also provide a variety of therapy options and programs.

Psychiatric Treatment

At the start of your treatment, you’ll meet with your psychiatrist who will oversee your care, manage any medications that may be prescribed and support your  treatment goals. You’ll meet with your psychiatrist every day in the inpatient program or one to three times a week in the partial hospitalization program. 

Individual Therapy

You will be assigned an individual therapist and will meet with your therapist within the first day of your treatment program. Your therapist will help you develop treatment goals, provide opportunities for you to learn new coping skills and address issues that may be contributing to your eating disorder.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery from an eating disorder. You’ll work closely with your team of Registered Dietitians to develop a personalized meal plan based on your individual needs and preferences. You’ll learn to trust your body’s hunger and fullness cues through meal experiences and food exposures. By Meeting with your dietitian and attending nutrition education group sessions each week you will create a new relationship with food and restore a healthy body image. 

Family Program

Family really matters ¬– especially during the healing process. At Aurora, we place a strong emphasis on involving family in treatment. For adolescent patients, our program uses a Family Based Treatment approach (FBT) and you’ll work with a family therapist for a weekly session with members of your family. For our adult patients we believe your “family” can consist of anyone you identify as your support system, including friends or colleagues (family sessions can be conducted on the phone for out-of-town family members, too). We also encourage your family and support team to attend our weekly family support group.

Group Therapy Options

Group therapy is designed to provide information, decrease isolation, and practice new skills. We offer education, activity and therapy groups for eating disorder therapy including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders (CBT)
  • Nutrition education
  • Coping Skills Training (DBT and CBT)
  • Art therapy for eating disorders
  • Family therapy for eating disorders
  • Movement and leisure skills
  • Meal Planning
  • Eating disorder relapse prevention

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