EDCMT programming, at IOP level of care is tailored as far as possible to allow continued participation in school and work. A typical schedule involves lunchtime meal supports, process groups, and individual/ family and nutrition counseling throughout the week. Appointments are spread throughout the week to provide regular support. Transitions to higher or lower levels of care are facilitated collaboratively with clients. Below is a list of the programming available through EDCMT. For patients in PHP, attendance is required between 8am and 7pm, Monday through Thursday and 8am and 4pm, Fridays.
Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and depending on the patient, may be from one to three individual meetings per week.
A major aspect of finding comfort with food and freeing oneself from an abusive or destructive relationship with eating is establishing a relationship with a nutrition counselor, also known as a Registered Dietitian (RD). Where psychotherapy helps to uncover the drives that hold the eating disorder in place; a nutritionist’s role is to help you figure out a relationship with food (moving beyond “safe foods” and negotiating “forbidden foods”). This is the path towards intuitive eating; eating according to being attuned to appetite, rather than what you think you ought to eat based on how much you ate earlier on or how much or how little you worked out. This is not about learning to eat “healthy,” it is about the dynamics of eating of which health, both psychic and physical, are the aim.
Meal support is a time and place to be understood and supported while allowing the body to be nourished. It is designed to address eating challenges as well as providing easy socialization.
Process groups are dynamic, interactive forums to share and explore personal experiences as well as connect to peer support. Process groups at EDCMT are intended to motivate recovery, build trust and community on the recovery path and foster respect, support and curiosity.
Art group is an experiential, interactive process group. Many different mediums are used to facilitate self expression and discovery through experience and metaphor. These modes of expression can allow clients to identify and articulate that which cannot be easily expressed in words
We all have stories of our lives, though the kinds of stories we have differ infinitely one from another. When a psychological symptom has developed, there is something missing in our story, something which is directly, embodiedly, and disquietingly experienced and expressed in the symptom. This is irrespective of one’s strengths, one’s gifts, one’s uniqueness. The current high frequency of eating disorders goes hand in hand with today’s societal pressures to be this way or that, to appear one way and another, in order to be esteemed. The last line of defense against the today’s tyranny of appearances is the family and the parents, who must try, in a terribly tall order, to inoculate each child against inestimable pressures. When an eating disorder occurs, something has gone overlooked. In a unique kind of dialogue between a psychotherapist and a patient, or a patient group such as a family or a couple, one tries to tell the rest of the story, and to find a freedom and a peace in that telling.
Once a month, we host a group for our patients and their parents, siblings, and partners. This interactive forum is an opportunity to experience the commonality of experience and to formulate an understanding of the nature of symptoms related to the eating disorder. Participants can learn more about their loved ones through interaction with others they ordinarily would not come into contact with. This group fosters an awareness of how symptoms arise within the family of origin and in the immediate and broader culture. Participants can expect to take away an understanding of the sufferer’s experience that is often impossible to glean from the child/adolescent who is usually confined and bound by the aggressive nature of the disorder.
Restorative yoga is taught by a certified yoga instructor who intimately understands the recovery process and the need for body mind connection.
Dining out at local restaurants as a group creates positive food and social experiences while encouraging different cuisines and exploring new tastes.
Grocery store outings provide a supportive environment to learn and shop in what is often considered a most challenging setting.