Intervention Methods for Eating DisordersFebruary 12th, 2018

Intervention Methods for Eating Disorders

By Dr. Teri McCann, PhD, CEDS

Every path to recovery is different, no matter your disease. Regardless of which tactical method works best for you, the most important thing to remember on the journey to recovery is that compassion is crucial, and healing is not a linear process. 

Below is a list of some of the most effective methods we've found in treating eating disorders, along with a brief explanation of each. 

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a solutions-focused therapy that encourages patients to challenge their thinking patterns and change the destructive behavior that results from it. This often happens in a one-on-one environment or a group setting. 
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model. The IFS model has evolved into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples and families. It represents a synthesis of two paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. Psychology Today stated that many of these "sub-personalities consist of wounded parts and painful emotions… that try to control and protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts." The IFS Model focuses on healing the wounded parts to restore a healthy perspective within every aspect of the client's attitude or personality.
  • Trauma-focused or trauma-sensitive yoga is a form of evidence-based therapy that has shown to be particularly helpful to teens in residential treatment programs, as well as military veterans suffering from complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The classes are geared toward the specific needs of the client and focus on the relationship between trauma and the body and the unique ways yoga can help encourage healing
  • Narrative therapy is a way to separate the person from the problem, and often involves the client imagining their lives independent of their eating disorder. 

At Fairhaven, we understand that each of these methods can greatly improve the lives of our clients; however, we pride ourselves on finding the unique combination of these and other methods in order to treat the individuals that trust their healing to us. 

Our priority is not just symptom control, but rather long-term recovery. By getting past symptom control and accessing emotional truth, our clients are able to heal their trauma and reclaim their joy in life. 

If you'd like to talk to someone about an eating disorder, contact a specialist or a counselor at Fairhaven Treatment Center today.

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