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
The rehab I went to was really good. I went to Avery's House. It was welcoming, accepting, and they really do care about us. It was literally a house so it didn't feel like a hospital or treatment center at all.
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.
Anxiety is the second most diagnosed mental disorder in children ages 3-17
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.
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.
Avery's House promotes healing and growth through the work of our team and the excellence of our program.
Josh Lemieux – Admissions