Learn more about Medical and Psychiatric Treatment Model
Eating Recovery Center of California acknowledges the importance of several factors in the treatment of eating disorders:
- Thorough Assessment: Master’s-level therapists from the Clinical Assessment team conduct extensive pre-admissions interviews with patients, families and outpatient treatment teams to paint a holistic picture of the unique needs and challenges of each individual. This information aids a team of senior clinicians in the development of an individualized treatment plan, including identification of the appropriate level of care for admission and assignment of a multidisciplinary treatment with experience in treating co-occurring medical conditions and psychiatric illnesses.
- Comprehensive Medical Management and Support: Eating disorders are often accompanied by significant medical and psychiatric complications, which highlights the important role of both medical and psychiatric physicians in the treatment process. Eating Recovery Center of California’s medical team includes two full-time psychiatrists, one part-time internist and three full-time nurses. The initial objective of treatment is psychiatric and medical stabilization, which must be achieved before patients can meaningfully engage in the therapeutic recovery process.
- Evidence-Based Therapeutic Interventions: Eating Recovery Center of California leverages several evidence-based therapeutic interventions in the treatment process:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT is a third generation behavioral therapy that moves away from the notion of “changing cognitions” and toward how people can live a valued life in the presence of negative thoughts and feelings. The goal of ACT is to help patients create a rich and meaningful life while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. ACT swiftly and effectively addresses the major maintaining factors of an eating disorder, including rigidity, inability to see the “big picture,” isolation and, most importantly, emotional avoidance.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. DBT helps identify and address thoughts, beliefs and assumptions that make life seem more challenging.
- Family-Based Treatment (FBT): FBT is a treatment intervention for adolescent patients and families that educates parents and loved ones about eating disorders and enables them to manage the weight restoration and re-feeding processes until the child or teen can assume responsibility for these tasks (when developmentally appropriate). Contrary to earlier family therapy models that viewed “family problems” as part of the etiology of the eating disorder, FBT considers families to be an essential part of the recovery process, both during treatment and following discharge.
- Experiential Therapy: While the foundation of the treatment philosophy is rooted in medical support and evidence-based interventions, Eating Recovery Center of California understands the importance of treating not just the mind and body, but also the spirit. To that end, a variety of experiential, hands-on treatment approaches are utilized that emphasize the importance of re-discovering a patient’s identity and values. Experiential therapies include movement and activity therapy, art therapy, cooking groups, family meals and more.
- Treatment of Co-Occurring Issues and Disorders—Due to the biological, psychological and sociocultural implications of eating disorders, individuals struggling with these illnesses often have other experiences or illnesses that go hand-in-hand with the eating disorder. Eating Recovery Center of California’s diverse team of experts has experience in treating these co-occurring issues, and individualized treatment plans recognize and address each patient’s unique recovery challenges, including:
- Exercise abuse/compulsion
- Substance abuse
- Spiritual/religious issues
- Psychiatric complications/mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
- Atypical eating disorders, including picky eating syndrome and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)
- Medical complication, including diabetes
- Family Involvement in the Treatment Process: In addition to providing the structure and support to help patients experience lasting eating disorder recovery, Eating Recovery Center of California’s programs include a strong family/support system program, where loved ones are actively engaged in the treatment process. Family meals, family education groups, counseling and treatment team meetings are designed to aid in the process of recovery—not just for the individual struggling, but for those in a supportive role as well. For loved ones, the goal is to increase understanding and awareness of eating disorders and to educate loved ones about how to support lasting recovery.
To learn more about the treatment philosophy at Eating Recovery Center of California, call 916.574.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or chat confidentially via the button in the upper right hand corner of your screen to speak with a Master’s-level eating disorders therapist from the Clinical Assessment team.