How We Treat

Pediatric * Adolescent * Adult

How We Treat

The Resilience DBT & Eating Recovery Program offers expert assessment and evidenced-based treatment for the full range of eating disorders and body image problems. We are experienced and certified to treat pediatric, adolescent, and adult eating disorders with boys and girls, and with men and women. We are trained to recognize the biological and brain-based underpinnings of eating disorders and utilize the Evidenced-Based treatments – Family-Based Therapy (FBT) or Maudsley Approach, CBT-E, and DBT for Eating Disorders. Parents are always included as an essential and an integral part of a child or teen’s recovery from an eating disorder.

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FBT - Family Based Treatment

The gold standard for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, particularly for early onset Anorexia, Bulimia, or ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). FBT is now considered FIRST-LINE-OF-TREATMENT. In this method, the parents play a major role in the re-nourishment and weight restoration of their starving child, under the guidance of the trained and certified Family Based Treatment practitioner and in medical collaboration with an outpatient Pediatrician or Adolescent Medicine Specialist. The Child or Adolescent, and his or her parents, are carefully screened to be appropriate candidates for this protocol, conducted in the least-restrictive-environment - your home!

CBT-E for Eating Disorders

An evidenced-based treatment that is transdiagnostic, for all eating disorders. It is most suitable for an older adolescent or adult. It is a time-limited CBT treatment, 20-40 weeks, that aims to resolve problematic eating disorder thinking and behaviors, in an efficient and compassionate manner. The CBT-E practitioner requires of the client, daily Real-Time Monitoring of food and feelings to observe and track progress. Regular eating patterns are encouraged as an antidote for the dysregulation of eating behavior and cognition, in anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders. This method is used to resolve the eating disorder itself as well as the problems and distresses – body checking, body avoidance, obsessions with shape and size, and body dysphoria.

DBT - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

The treatment of choice for individuals that struggle with co-occurring mental health issues in addition to the eating disorder; such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation or PTSD. This comprehensive treatment method addresses the complexity of these mental health issues, in concert, prioritizing the most dangerous symptoms first. DBT Skills Training is excellent method for follow-up Aftercare and Relapse Prevention after a residential or intensive Eating Disorder treatment program.

The Expressive Arts Therapies

Expressive Arts therapies are powerful and effective modalities in the treatment of eating disorders. Unexpressed emotions and thoughts out of awareness, interfere with true recovery. Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, music, and psychodramatic role-play make emotions, bodily-felt sensations, and cognition more accessible. Once emotions and thoughts are accessible, one can better utilize the problem solving  methods in CBT and DBT.

Health at Every Size (HAES)

The practitioners are the Resilience Therapy Collaborative and the Resilience DB-ED Recovery Program, are Health at Every Size practitioners. HAES looks at the genetic and cultural components to body size and shape and celebrates body size diversity. HAES supports and counsels individuals who wish to maximize their mental and physical health at any size. We live in a society that is hyper focused on size and appearances. Our philosophy and methods help chronic dieters reshape their thinking, shed unhealthy habits, become mindful and conscious about their eating behaviors, seek new enjoyment in physical activity, thus increase their sense of self-esteem and self-worth.

Research has show that individuals of every size can improve their overall physical and mental health by increased activity alone.

Yo-You Dieting is not only a “gateway drug” to eating disorders but can result in life-long body image dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. Learning to recognize and follow the body’s natural, internal cues to hunger and satiation, and finding enjoyable physical activity, can help end yo-yo dieting and body dysmorphia.

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