We focus on helping young adults build healthy relationships with food and eliminate harmful behaviors through a variety of services, groups and therapeutic support. From body dysmorphia and anorexia to binge eating disorder and exercise compulsion, we provide expert treatment for all forms of disordered eating with registered dietitians and specialized therapists on staff. We work with any current or ongoing providers to maintain continuity of care, offer 1:1 meal support up to three times a day and provide in-home support for partial residential clients that may need additional care.
Eating Disorder Treatment At The Dorm:
Individualized Approach, Robust Treatment
Treating eating disorders is a highly individualized process, unique to each client and their current relationship with food and their body. Every client we support receives individual nutrition counseling sessions with a registered dietitian as well as individual therapy sessions with a clinical eating disorder specialist. Our dietitians and therapists will coordinate with all outside medical and clinical providers and provide on-site lab testing if indicated. Individual support can also include supported grocery shopping trips, meal planning and exposures as well as up to three one-on-one meal support sessions daily. For partial residential clients, care can include apartment checks to monitor groceries and to check for items that are indicated as therapy-interfering or unsafe by the treatment team (scales, mirrors, diet foods, diet pills, laxatives, etc).
Groups & Community Support
Supportive and compassionate socialization around eating, preparing and discussing food can be transformative for our clients. We offer group therapy, outings and community support groups that are varied and extensive to meet a broad range of needs. These include (but are not limited to) 14 supported weekly group meals including daily staff-supported on-site breakfasts, cooking groups and nutritional psychoeducation groups, “Food and Mood” process groups and sessions focused on exploring feelings related to body image, body movement and mindfulness. We also plan progressive exposures including farmer’s market outings and local restaurant outings.
1:1 Personalized Meal Support
For clients who need more individualized support or who are not clinically ready to participate in group meals, The Dorm offers personalized 1:1 meal support with licensed eating disorder recovery specialists (EDRS). Each meal support session is tailored to a client’s unique challenges and goals, with the ultimate goal of reducing anxiety around meal times and replacing harmful food behaviors with healthier coping skills.
- Meal support is available up to three times daily.
- All 1:1 meal support services can take place in the environment that most makes sense for our clients, be that on campus, at home, out in the community, at the treatment site, or through a virtual visit.
- Sessions are structured around a pre and post-meal “check-in,” allowing our clients to utilize emotional support as needed while normalizing eating patterns.
At The Dorm, we are able to address multiple mental health issues at one time and alongside treatment for disordered eating, offer intensive treatment for co-occurring disorders including substance use, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, learning disorders, spectrum disorders and personality disorders.
Intuitive Eating Philosophy
Our goal is to help each client reconnect to their body and learn to trust what the body is saying so they can be free from preoccupying thoughts around food and weight. Through mindful eating, we hope to instill more flexibility and freedom.