Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders
Focus provides intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and associated eating disorders in a cozy, home-like setting with experienced and compassionate Masters and PhD level practitioners.
Every Woman is Valued for Her Unique Journey
We believe that food and body struggles emerge for a reason, yet the specific chain of life events, beliefs, genetics, and brain chemistry differs for each unique women. Regardless of the reason(s), we notice that food and body patterns can mirror what is happening within the self and in relationships with others. In other words, eating disorders are often windows to the soul, and when explored in a safe and supportive environment, can shed light on deeper struggles in need of healing. Immediate relief, as well as lasting recovery, are both possible at Focus.
The Focus IOP program for eating disorder treatment consists of 3 three-hour group sessions per week with 5 to 10 women per group. The sessions are in the late afternoon / early evenings for the least amount of disruption to work, school, or family schedules. The groups are “open,” meaning women start and end their IOP journey at different times.
Focus practices clinical excellence through established and empirically-validated therapeutic models. Our philosophical framework utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support our patients in achieving long-lasting behavior changes based on acceptance and mindfulness practices. We also engage our patients in intensive shame resiliency and self-compassion work, and skill building groups based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Our nutrition program is founded on the belief that Food IS Medicine. By using evidence-based treatment, our staff supports each woman by creating an individualized meal plan to meet her specific needs. Treatment focuses on:
Normalizing eating patterns and the eating process
Repairing relationship with food and body
Learning to trust the body’s internal signals of hunger and satiety
We understand that there are many underlying obstacles and struggles regarding the appropriate intake of food. We also recognize it’s about more than just the food; therefore, individual nutrition counseling and therapy is an integral part of the eating disorder recovery process. Nutrition groups are designed to improve knowledge about the importance of meal planning, incorporation balance and variety into meals, and encouragement to challenge fear foods and dispel food myths.
Process group led by a Master’s or Ph.D. level psychotherapist
Nutritional counseling by Registered Dietitian
DBT and life skills training
Didactic and experiential groups
Supportive, supervised meals and gentle / mindful eating exercises