Teen Eating Disorders

When your teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, you might barely recognize the person they’ve become. 

Eating disorders strip teens of their personalities, interests, and light, while putting them in significant danger for nutritional and medical problems.

Galia Collaborative works with teens and their families to make lasting recovery a reality. Drawing on our years of clinical practice, the most up-to-date evidence in our field, and heart-centered wisdom, we work with you to develop a comprehensive care plan to bring your child back to their life.

We believe…

  • Families do not cause eating disorders; they are an agent to healing from eating disorders. 
  • Families need comprehensive, expert support to help bring recovery to their child. 
  • Eating disorders disrupt an entire family and every person deserves support. 
  • All bodies are good bodies and deserve to be nourished and cared for. 
  • Lasting recovery is possible with effective treatment.

What we treat:

We work extensively with patients with eating disorders and disordered eating patterns to help recover their lives. We have specialization in working with patients with: 

  • Binge eating 
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Restrictive eating 
  • Orthorexia 
  • Compulsive exercise 
  • NIght eating 
  • Guilt and shame around eating
  • Body image concerns
  • Chronic dieting

Our team of eating disorder professionals have received the highest level training and worked with individuals at all levels of severity. We know that a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective path to recovery, and so we are dedicated to offering psychological, psychiatric, and nutritional services.

How we treat:

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT)

RO-DBT is an approach that targets some of the core personality traits and conditions that promote eating disorders, such as overcontrol, perfectionism, and interpersonal challenges. It is based on 30 years of clinical evidence and provides a strong framework for new ways of engaging with the world.

Family Based Therapy (FBT)

FBT is the leading treatment for eating disorders in adolescents and is generally recommended as the first-line approach. In this model, caregivers are empowered as a vital part of the treatment team and help to interrupt eating disorder symptoms through skills learned in therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a more updated form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on helping teens build a life aligned with their values instead of the eating disorder. It helps teens approach difficult feelings and experiences with a new strength and focus.

Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

EFFT is an approach that empowers caregivers who have felt like their power has been stripped away by the eating disorder. It helps parents and teens engage in new and more effective and emotionally validating ways, while also helping parents address some of the tricky behavioral issues that might be occurring.

When it comes to eating disorders, food is medicine. Learning how to develop a healthier relationship with food and to nourish one’s self well are important parts of the recovery process. By working with a registered dietitian, clients will develop confidence and competence in recovery.

Learn more about Nutrition Therapy.

Eating disorders generally occur alongside other mental health conditions. Recovering from the eating disorder requires well managing these disorders, which often requires a combination of therapy and medication. Our psychiatrist provides detailed assessment and medication management to help restore mental wellness.

Learn more about medication management.

Eating Disorder Team

With some of the most experienced eating disorder clinicians in the region, our Galia Eating Disorder team is well-equipped to support individuals navigating these illnesses.

Consultative Services

Eating disorder care requires a high degree of specialization, and we are happy to be able to offer consultation to other providers working with clients with eating disorders. We love supporting the care of patients with eating concerns and ensuring these individuals are receiving evidence-based and effective support. We can provide consultation regarding a client or provide a one-time evaluation of eating concerns for assessment and treatment planning purposes.

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