Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center

Specialized Treatment of Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Specialized Treatment

What is an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorders (ED) are associated with a change in eating behaviors and often an intense fear of gaining weight. It is the most deadly mental health disorder. Eating Disorders commonly occur with depression, anxiety, OCD and trauma. People diagnosed with ED are four times more likely to have substance abuse disorders. Due to these co-occurrences, unique personal ED behaviors, and the high death rate, comprehensive assessment is crucial.

Questions to Ask

  • Are you terrified about gaining weight or being overweight?
  • Do you avoid eating when hungry?
  • Are your thoughts about food, calories, or thinness taking over?
  • Have you gone on eating binges? Have you ever been surprised by how much you ate?
  • Are there some foods that frighten you? Are there some foods you refuse to eat?
  • Do you feel guilty after eating?
  • Do you take longer to eat than others?
  • Do you eat in secret?
  • Does your weight effect the way you feel about yourself?
  • Does food dominate or control your life?
  • Do you count calories, read labels, or measure your food?
  • Are you always on a diet?

Did you answer "Yes"?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a mental health provider who specializes in Eating Disorders. Water’s Edge Counseling & Healing Center can help. Please call 952.898.5020 to schedule an appointment today.

Signs of Eating Disorders

  • Rigid or obsessive thinking about food
  • Lack of or flat emotions
  • Body image complaints
  • Intolerance for imperfections
  • Incessant talk about food or weight
  • Emotional or social withdrawal
  • Sudden weight change
  • Dry hair or skin
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Diets or chaotic food intake
  • Exercising for long periods
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Avoid eating in public
  • Denies difficulty with food or body image

Eating Disorder Services

Our providers are highly collaborative and work with each individual client and their treatment team, (such as primary care doctors, medication providers and dietitians) to asses, create and implement an individualized plan toward recovery and health.  This may involve varying levels of care from individual therapy, to intensive outpatient programs, to a combination of services designed to best address the needs of the client. 

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are a group-based, more intensive form of treatment for individuals who need more support than weekly individual therapy or are transferring out of higher level of care (residential care or hospitalization). Through this group, participants will receive education, skills teaching, meal support, nutrition education, somatic resourcing, spiritual guidance, and movement therapies specifically designed for those with eating disorders.

Adult ED IOP

Adolescent ED IOP

Family-Based Treatment

Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is the leading evidence-based approach to help families with adolescents struggling with eating disorders. The aim of FBT is to equip parents with the tools to help their loved one recover and return to normal life.

Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition counseling is essential in the treatment of eating disorders. Our team of Registered & Licensed Dietitians (RDN, LD) support and assist individuals in meeting nutritional goals and progressing in recovery by way of education, supportive groups and individual sessions. Clients learn to incorporate a new, balanced approach to eating that promotes a healthy mind-body connection.

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Reclaim your life. We can help.

Water’s Edge Counseling & Healing Center specializes in treating Eating Disorders. Please call 952.898.5020 to schedule an appointment or send us a message below.