Eating Disorders Treatment

For adolescents 11-18 years old

  • Understand how teen eating disorders treatment works
  • Learn to cope and manage it
  • Get the relief you need
  • Make positive change that lasts
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Avery’s House provides child and teen therapy for those struggling with eating disorders. Eating disorders include a range of unhealthy relationships with food and concerns about one’s weight. Our country has seen a spike in the number of children, particularly girls, seeking treatment for eating disorders during and post-pandemic. According to the CDC, emergency room, visits relating to eating disorders increased in children and teens in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Treating Eating Disorders

Since the cause of eating disorders is complex,

the treatment approach should also be multifaceted.

Medical professionals recommend using a combination of psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, and medications, when necessary, to treat eating disorders. Alternative therapies also promote overall wellness for those struggling.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most common methods of psychotherapy. It seeks to address negative patterns of thinking that lead to negative emotions and behaviors.

During CBT, positive behaviors are promoted by learning to recognize negative thinking that leads to issues. CBT is commonly used to treat eating disorders.

CBT can be conducted one-on-one between a patient and therapist. This allows a safe environment for a person to share their thoughts and feelings.

Group therapy is another method used. In group therapy, adolescents can connect with peers facing similar challenges. It also offers an opportunity to work on social skills.

Family therapy sessions are helpful in repairing any issues that may have emerged due to the eating disorder. Conversely, there may be family issues contributing to the root cause of the eating disorder that needs to be addressed.

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Nutritional Counseling

Providing information about healthy eating habits is important in treating eating disorders. Nutritional counseling by a registered dietician is essential to supporting a healthy lifestyle beyond any treatment program.

Understanding one’s body and what is required nutritionally can help a person overcome eating disorders. This includes understanding the digestive system and the physical consequences of not eating properly.

Adolescents should learn a healthy weight for themselves and define what a healthy meal should look like.

Whether the adolescent is overweight or underweight, these skills will be valuable long into adulthood.


Sometimes, there may be underlying mental health disorders that are contributing to the cause of the eating disorder. Medication may be appropriate to help treat mental health conditions in some cases.

Medications can be prescribed for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Anytime a medication is used for the first time, a patient is carefully monitored for side effects and how they respond. Dosing and drugs are modified as needed.

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Alternative Therapies

Beyond psychotherapy and medications, other types of therapy have been used to treat eating disorders in children and adolescents.

Art therapy can reveal insights into how a person views themselves by the artwork they create. Creating art is also therapeutic, producing a calming effect and providing a way to express emotions.

Yoga therapy creates an opportunity to connect more deeply to one’s body. Awareness of one’s body has been shown to promote a more positive body image. Participating in yoga has also been shown to promote a more positive mood.

Music therapy, listening to or creating music, has been shown to reduce anxiety in people with eating disorders. Music can serve as a distraction from negative thoughts. Research has shown that participating in music therapy can lead to greater self-confidence and empowerment.

All these therapy modalities are offered during treatment programs at Avery’s House.

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Our Treatment Programs

We have experience treating children and young adults struggling with eating disorders at Avery’s House. Our professional, certified staff can assess, diagnose and stabilize a wide variety of mental health disorders in kids and teens.

Our program is family-centered. This means we invite families to actively participate in their child’s treatment.

We hold a weekly visitation where we invite families into our facility. There is also a weekly virtual support group for families to attend to connect with other parents going through similar challenges.

Avery’s House customizes treatment plans to meet our patients where they are. You will receive regular updates on your child’s progress and modifications to the treatment program as they are needed.

We are proud to offer a variety of treatment methods to provide a comprehensive program that supports the physical, emotional, and mental health of all of our patients. We equip you and your child with the tools and strategies to be successful after you leave our facility.

Academic Services

We understand the importance of continuing education while receiving treatment. Clients in our residential program must be enrolled in an accredited school or online program during the fall and spring semesters.

Avery’s House works closely with local school districts to maintain learning at our facility.

If, for some reason, the school is unable to meet our requirements, your child will be enrolled in Brightmount Academy, an online learning platform.

During the summer months, we provide an educational program to maintain academics. Participation in this program supports developing social skills, confidence in presentations, and managing responsibilities.

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Treatment Costs

Cost should never prevent someone from receiving the care that they need. Our admissions specialists work with you to verify your insurance coverage and discuss treatment options.

We accept most major insurance plans. Insurance carriers commonly cover all or some of the cost of mental health-related treatments. Using your insurance benefits will reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.

There are also other financial assistance resources available.

Our team takes the time to make sure every client has a clear understanding of their financial obligations, so there are no surprises along the way.


Avery’s House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.


Josh Lemieux – Admissions

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Avery’s House Offers Eating Disorder Therapy for Teens

Taking the first step and reaching out for help is the hardest part of getting better. You and your child may have many questions about treatment and what to expect.

Our caring and knowledgeable staff are available 24/7 to provide no-cost, confidential support to families needing assistance.

We can answer your questions and help you make an informed decision. If you are just starting to seek help or have been down this road before, Avery’s House specializes in helping adolescents get back to feeling their best.

Contact us today to get your child on the path to recovery!

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