What causes eating disorders?
It is important to understand that Eating Disorders are not caused by any single person or event. Eating disorders usually take months and often years to develop, evolving from a combination of psychological, social, environmental and genetic components. At their start, eating disorders are an adaptive response to help manage more severe experiences, losses, circumstances and psychological needs. The use of food or control of food is an attempt to compensate for events and emotions that are perceived as extraordinarily debilitating.
What is the best treatment and does it really work?
Though eating disorders are complex diseases, they are highly treatable. Psychotherapy, with close attention to medical and nutritional needs, is the most effective form of treatment. When detected early and treated properly, people with eating disorders have an excellent opportunity for long-lasting recovery. Treatment may fail when clients withdraw early or when clients are under-treated from the start. Please visit our About Eating Disorders page to learn more about types of treatment/levels of care.
How do I know if I need Treatment?
Eating disorders are cunning diseases that sneak up over time and symptoms can be difficult to assess by the person experiencing them. Sometimes friends, family or a medical practitioner may express concerns which could indicate that you or a loved one needs treatment. Research shows that early intervention is key to achieving true recovery and preventing life-long consequences. If you suspect that either yourself or a loved one may be struggling with an eating disorder, take our client symptom quiz or parents/friends quiz for guidance. You may also want to contact us to discuss your questions and concerns.
How do I know if EDCSD is right for me?
Our programs are appropriate for clients stepping down from a higher level of care, such as a hospital or residential treatment center, or for clients seeking to increase care by adding to individual sessions with a therapist or dietician. We also work with individuals who have never before had any type of outpatient therapy or support. Because our programs are customized to meet your needs, we work closely to create individualized care that provides what is needed to support your recovery. We are whole person focused, meaning we support and encourage recovery through various therapies that address one’s physical, emotional and mental experiences and challenges.
What are the first steps of treatment with EDCSD?
The first step in considering treatment is to contact us. You will speak with our admissions director who will gather information, talk to you about our program and answer any questions you have. Should you choose to move forward, we will then set up an initial one-on-one consultation with one of our eating disorder specialists so that concerns, questions and symptoms can be discussed and you can be informed. For teens, a parent will participate in a portion of this meeting. After the initial consultation, recommendations will be made to you (and parents of teens) about how to best move forward to support recovery and healing from an eating disorder. To set up an initial consultation, please call us at 858.353.2386 or email us.
Do you treat co-occurring disorders or conditions?
Eating disorders are often accompanied by other psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, addictions, and also trust, abandonment and relationship concerns. Our experts are trained in these conditions and our program is designed to treat the whole person should these conditions arise or exist.
Can I continue to see my therapist/registered dietitian while participating in EDCSD programs?
For those who are already working with a therapist or dietitian, we encourage integrating our care with these treatment professionals rather than suspending these relationships. We will work closely with these specialists to ensure consistency in care and prevent unnecessary gaps in treatment. This will allow clients to re-integrate into their community once treatment at EDCSD ends.
How much does treatment at EDCSD cost and do you take insurance?
At EDCSD, treatment is customized to respond to your specific symptoms, challenges and goals. As such, cost for treatment varies from client to client. We accept most insurance and the majority of plans do provide some type of coverage for eating disorder treatment. To find out more specific information, we recommend setting up a consultation, in which you will collaborate with our treatment professionals to develop a plan that is both effective and affordable.
What is the typical group size and what is the average age of participants?
We have found that smaller groups better provide a rich atmosphere and positive experience for all involved; therefore, we keep group size to about 6 clients. This allows each client to receive individual attention and participate actively in successfully working toward recovery. Clients in EDCSD teen program are between 13 and 19, and our adult clients tend to be between 20 and 45 years of age.
How does treatment at EDCSD prepare me for real life?
In addition to traditional talk therapy, our treatment model has a strong emphasis on experiential work that prepares you for everyday life. We have seen that the key to sustaining recovery is being able to utilize what you learn in treatment within the pressures of your day to day routine. Our programs are designed to engage your participation and insight while providing real world strategies to manage uncomfortable feelings, respond to urges and impulses, transform body image discomfort, improve healthy coping and move into life beyond the disorder. In addition to psychotherapy, these experiential elements include nutrition therapy, expressive arts and movement therapies, mindfulness training, body-mind techniques and group therapy. Please visit our Programs and Services for specific program details.
How long can I expect treatment at EDCSD to be?
Due to the individuality of each client and the varying nature and severity of challenges, it is difficult for us to predict what the length of treatment or therapy will be. It will depend on the specifics of your treatment plan, the complexity of concerns presented and your progress. Generally, the IOP program is a 14-18 week commitment. Because we offer a range of programming, more intensive services may be needed for a time, following with fewer services during recovery maintenance. Throughout treatment, we will collaborate with you to discuss your progress, goals and the appropriate timing of termination.
How are families and loved ones involved in treatment?
The pain and suffering caused by an eating disorder extends far beyond the individual experiencing it, which is why we encourage the participation of families and loved ones throughout the recovery process. Families and loved ones of those afflicted by an eating disorder often experience feelings of guilt, anger, helplessness and resentment that also need addressed for successful recovery. Our team of caring professionals provides support and guidance on what families and loved ones can do, what they can expect during the recovery process, how to set appropriate limits, and how to take care of themselves. Please visit our For Families for information and tips about relating to a loved one who is experiencing an eating disorder.
What are staff credentials?
Our team of treatment professionals have all been awarded advanced degrees as well as licensure and/or certification in their specific discipline. We do not employ interns or pre-licensed clinicians who are still in training. Learn more about the background and specific credentials of each of our professionals on our Treatment Team.