Intensive Outpatient Treatment  


Admission for treatment at the EDRCA begins with a three-stage process consisting of an intake interview, a comprehensive psychological eating disorders assessment, and a follow up interview/feedback session conducted by one our intake staff.  We utilize validated assessment instruments to help us formulate the recommendations that will comprise the basis of the individualized treatment plan.


  1. Intake Interview: In the intake interview, medical history, psychological history, family history and the history and symptoms of the eating disorder are assessed.
  2. Psychological Assessment: Following the intake interview, the psychological assessment is administered.  The psychological assessment consists of empirically validated assessment instruments that examine both specific symptoms of eating disorders as well as general socioemotional functioning.  The information from the interview and the assessment are then integrated into a full psychosocial report.  This report is presented at our clinical staff meeting where recommendations are formulated. 
  3. Feedback Session: The client is then scheduled for a follow up session where the findings of the assessment are explained and the recommendations for treatment are presented.


Each individual presents their own unique set of characteristics and symptoms that can vary widely. EDRCA assesses each client as a single individual. Recommendations are based upon a synthesis of the many factors that contribute to the severity level of an eating disorder, how the disorder is being maintained and the probable response to treatment. 

All programs are designed around our treatment philosophy, which is that recovery from an eating disorder is most effective whenever possible when it occurs within the context of an individual's life. We work closely with our clients to design an individualized treatment program that accommodates a continuation of school, work, and family life with as little disruption as possible. 


If you are already getting help for your eating disorder from an outside therapist, but still need additional support you may still participate in our group treatments while still maintaining your outside therapist. Feel free to call our office to find out how his option will work for you.


Fees and Payment Schedules:

Most major insurances accepted.  Our office manager will assist you in verifying insurance coverage prior to your first visit.





Binge Eating/Healthy Eating

This group focuses on skills for intuitive eating which involves developing a healthy relationship with food and eating. Become aware of feelings of hunger & fullness as well as triggers of emotional eating.  Learn to cope with emotions, develop a respectful body image, and become aware of and trust your own inner guidance.


Body Acceptance

This group focuses on discussion and activities which help build a more positive body image and a more positive self

esteem, which is not based solely on external appearance.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
This group helps teach skills that can be used to understand, navigate, and manage emotions.  Begin to enjoy the freedom from overwhelming negative emotional states that block your relationships with others and yourself.

Meal Group
Members are encouraged to bring a meal in accordance with their meal plan.  Discussion focuses on any difficulties experienced in bringing and consuming the meal, ways to deal with anxiety around mealtimes, and ways to become more comfortable with feeling full after eating.

Process Group
This group is designed to help discover and explore the underlying issues associated with your eating disorder. The open format allows members to discuss any present issues with which they are struggling.  The goal is to discover new ways to relate to yourself and others.

Teen Process Group
This group is for adolescents (13 - 17 years) to receive support from others in their age group about various pertinent topics.  The group will provide support regarding relationships, assertiveness, coping skills to manage emotions, understanding one's behavior, achieving personal goals, conflict resolution, effective communication, and various other interpersonal skills.

Family of Origin Group
This group will allow members to explore issues related to the families they came from and how one’s family influences thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and cultural viewpoints. This is a group for individuals to discuss issues related to their families of origin.


Yoga Process Group
This group will introduce participants to the practice of yoga:  a comprehensive mind body training that has been practiced for centuries. Learn a different way of relating to your body through breathing, movement, and reflection.  This experiential group provides an opportunity to learn to accept and appreciate your body and yourself.

 Binge Eating Disorder Group
Often people struggling with binge eating disorder have unique needs.  Not only are they struggling with eating disorder symptoms but they are also sometimes coping with obesity as a result of binge eating.  They are conflicted by their need to develop intuitive eating skills and a desire to lose weight for physical health. This group often serves an older population of men and women that in the past been misunderstood and often neglected by health care professionals.  This group provides a unique path that involves a non-diet approach to healthy eating and living.



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