If you’ve been feeling out of control with eating-related behavior, we’d like you to know about our eating disorders treatment program. It’s an intensive, low-cost service that is open to the community, available through the Center for Psychological Services.
Groups meet Mondays 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. Each group is run by two advanced doctoral candidates under the supervision of senior faculty.
Who Is Group For?
Current and past group members have come to work on overeating (binge eating disorder), restricting (anorexia), and purging (bulimia or exercise bulimia). Many group members are working to address a combination of these symptoms and accompanying issues including body dissatisfaction, family conflicts, and adjustment to work.
Our members are from both the surrounding community and the University.
Most group members have had prior treatment either in an inpatient unit or intensive outpatient treatment program, or from practitioners in private practice. Some members are still symptomatic, and struggling to stay in recovery.
All group members are also in weekly individual treatment. If you are not currently seeing someone, we can arrange for a therapist through our clinic, or provide referrals to practitioners in the community.
How Does Group Therapy for ED Help?
In group, we try to focus on the difficult feelings that trigger eating disorder symptoms, and find new ways of addressing them. Stress, sadness, anger, and feeling let down are just a few examples of challenging feelings that can lead to eating disorder symptoms. By learning new ways of managing these feelings, group members gradually lessen their desire or need to use food to control symptoms. Group members work with the therapists and with each other to develop new coping strategies.
Group members report they derive many benefits from coming to group, including:
- Feeling understood by people who have similar struggles
- Knowing they are not alone with eating disorder symptoms
- Having a place where they can feel accepted and talk without feeling judged
- Learning about their personal triggers to eating disorder symptoms
- Having a forum to try out new or difficult behavior, like being direct about feelings and needs.
- Feeling proud about being able to help others
Want To Learn More?
For more information about the groups, or to find out how to join a group, please contact:
Dr. Jonathan Jackson
Director of the Center for Psychological Services