Eating Disorder treatment comes on many levels, and in different settings – there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It includes a combination of psychological counseling with nutritional monitoring, and if some cases,
medical and psychiatric intervention as well. Treatment depends on each individual’s history with food and body image concerns. Before beginning your quest to find a treatment provider or other kinds of support, it is extremely important to educate yourself about what different types of therapy and other treatment options entail.
Psychotherapy is the most common type of treatment for someone with disordered eating patterns and related issues. Different types of psychotherapy work differently on everyone, and you should discuss these with your
treatment provider before getting started.
While this isn’t a specific type of psychotherapy, it is the most widely accepted form of eating disorder treatment. Evidence-based treatment simply means that this approach to therapy has some research supporting its use in
patients with eating disorders. It also means that this approach has been found to be effective in reducing eating disorder symptoms, while not promising that it works for everyone!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a short-term therapy option, focused on the cognitive process, beliefs, values and principles of an individual that allow eating disorder behaviors to thrive in them. The focus of CBT is to break these thought cycles
and re-establish beliefs about appearance, shape and size.
Dialectic Behavior Therapy
DBT also focuses on behavior changes to attack disordered eating patterns. By the end of a DBT treatment cycle, you will leave with a skill set of practicing mindful eating, emotion regulation, stress tolerance etc. that
will help you replace your disordered eating behaviors.
Therapy can be a slow process, and might require some trial and error. Each individual’s journey with therapy looks different. It’s important to understand that anyone seeking therapy has full control over what they wish to share, and at what pace. Everything is strictly confidential and there is flexibility when it comes to choosing the right therapist that fits someone’s needs. It is totally normal (and common) to try out multiple therapists and see which feels the best.