Sentier offers an outpatient level of care for clients ages 14+ who have disordered eating, body image concerns, and eating disorders that are within the scope of outpatient treatment. Therapists refer to a higher level of care when clients are significantly underweight or at risk due to increasing symptoms of eating disorders. Some clients do therapy at Sentier while they are in a higher level of care for eating disorders elsewhere or as a form of aftercare following intensive eating disorder treatment.
People with disordered eating and eating disorders often have an over-evaluation of their body shape or weight. Therapy removes the emphasis of shape and weight for clients. Therapy can help people assess their thinking and behavioral patterns related to body image. Therapy can help clients work towards intuitive eating, which involves being attuned to one’s own hunger and fullness cues. For clients who engage in emotional eating, treatment will also include assistance with identifying and naming emotions and increasing knowledge of coping skills. Depending on the age of the person with an eating disorder, and if the person is underweight, parents will often be enlisted to help clients regain weight.
It is important to eliminate words such as good, bad, junk food, clean food, etc. when talking about food so that kids do not feel guilty about what they are eating. Teach kids about how food is fuel and supports overall wellbeing.
The Emily Program has a helpful resource on what to say. Please see that here
Here are some common warning signs:
Yes, people can have a problem with food or body image without having an eating disorder. Many subclinical disordered eating behaviors in our society are normalized, such as dieting, fasting, or exercising to burn off calories consumed. It is also very common for people to have insecurities about their appearance. While these challenges do not meet full criteria for an eating disorder, they can still be problematic.
Andrea Schroeder is a therapist at Sentier who specializes in work with clients who have eating disorders, disordered eating, and significant concerns with body image. To inquire about outpatient therapy for eating disorders at Sentier, contact our Client Care Coordinator at [email protected] or call 763-913-8261.
Sentier stands behind the HAES movement. HAES principles promote health equity, support ending weight discrimination, and improve access to quality healthcare regardless of size (asadh.org).