How do I know if I need treatment for my disordered eating?
If you are questioning or feeling uncomfortable around your eating patterns or your thoughts on food and/or body, then getting outside support can benefit you. There are no exact requirements, whether you have a present or past Eating Disorder diagnosis, subclinical disordered eating patterns, or some variation of distress around food and body, we can help. We are a resource in your journey towards restoration and peace with food and your body.
What are the different levels of care for eating disorder treatment?
OUTPATIENT: Weekly individual and/or group hour long sessions. Can move into maintenance with bi-weekly or less appointments as appropriate. You are both medically and psychiatrically stable.
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT (IOP): 9 hours of group per week and weekly nutrition and mental health counseling sessions. You are both medically and psychiatrically stable.
PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAM (PHP): 5 hours of treatment, 5 days per week. You are medically stable and require daily psychiatric assessment. Unable to function in life areas such as occupation, education, and/or social settings.
RESIDENTIAL: 24 hour care, living at the facility. You are overall medically stable though you require psychiatric stabilization.
INPATIENT: 24 hour care, in a hospital setting. You require medical and psychiatric stabilization.
How do I know if outpatient is an appropriate level of care for me?
Outpatient level of care is best when you are medically stable; vital signs are stable and you are not at immediate risk of serious health complications due to disordered eating behaviors. You are psychiatrically stable and able to function in social, educational, and vocational situations while continuing to make progress in recovery. Outpatient services can be used for the entirety of your recovery or utilized in step down/step up processes from higher levels of care to support you in recovery.
What can I expect during my initial appointment?
Prior to your initial appointment you will complete and we will review initial assessment paperwork so we will already have some background information. During your initial appointment, we will provide space to get to know each other, answer any questions you have, and to explore your main concerns, areas of focus, and your personal goals for recovery. It is our priority to make this a safe space for you to explore thoughts, behaviors, and emotions without criticism or judgement.
I am seeking gender - affirming care and/or a letter of support for gender-affirming transitions- Can you help with this?
Absolutely, we believe that everyone should have access to gender affirming care. We can help in this process by working on the additional nutritional needs that come up with HRT, body positivity work, and we are honored to be able to offer a mental health letter for gender affirming care as applicable in your care at Body Wise.