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Treatment Philosophy at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt


Since 1989, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt has been committed to the pursuit of emotional and physical wellness for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders.  These goals are accomplished in conjunction with a respect for life and the support of individual dignity.  To this end, The Center combines a behavioral program to assist in the management of eating disorder impulses with an evidence-based, multi-modal therapy program. Individual and group therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapydialectic behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, body image therapy, art therapy,  occupational therapynutritional counseling and mindfulness approaches including breath work and creative visualization. Family therapy at The Center is guided by a Family-Based Treatment approach (Maudsley model) and family systems theory.

The Center’s philosophy involves a definition of recovery that includes the achievement of medical, nutritional and psychological stabilization. The Center supports the development of healthy coping mechanisms as a replacement for eating disorder behaviors and is guided by research and evidence on best-practices for treatment and care.

The Center also maintains a strong commitment to the community. In addition to patient care, our staff is dedicated to providing quality outreach, education, and community events that support eating disorder prevention efforts and spread messages of hope and recovery. Furthermore, The Center remains active in research initiatives and the academic training of medical professionals to help advance the field of eating disorder treatment.      

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Free Weekly Support Group

Join us each week from 7:00 to 8:30 PM for a recovery-focused support group open to anyone struggling with any type of eating disorder as well as friends, family and support people. This group is FREE and facilitated by a licensed clinician.

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