Treatment at the Eating Disorders Center begins with a detailed assessment to identify the complex array of variables – from lack of self-esteem to co-occurring psychiatric disorders – that underlie your eating disorder. You will also receive comprehensive medical testing to ensure your overall health. A treatment plan will then be developed to meet your individual needs and goals.
Your treatment plan is designed to help you identify the core beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that have kept you trapped in an unhealthy relationship with food and weight. The overarching goal is to interrupt negative behavior patterns, emotions and beliefs that have limited your life and caused suffering – and to replace these with new behaviors that reduce suffering and increase emotional and behavioral flexibility in your life.
We strongly value teaching our residents new behaviors and skills, and helping them practice these new habits each day. Throughout the program, you will learn and practice skills to help you
Manage difficult emotions
Reduce fear, self-criticism and judgment
Challenge negative beliefs
Change unwanted behaviors
Discover your values
Pursue valued goals
A cornerstone of our eating disorder treatment philosophy is to provide opportunities for residents to experience themselves and the world in new ways. For example, we have built a state-of-the-art fully equipped kitchen, where our residents participate in cooking demonstrations and create meals. Rather than being a source of anxiety and tension, we want the kitchen to become a place to connect, share, and relax.
Our evidence-based, patient-focused treatments include:
You will reside in Hill House, an 8-bed residence nestled in the woods that fosters a family environment. The house has a private backyard with a deck and a view of the woods behind. Most bedrooms accommodate two people. (Private rooms are available at an additional cost.) There is a washing machine and a dryer on premises for laundry. While personal cellphones and computers are not permitted, you will have access to iPads and computers within the residence. An on-campus fitness center, large gymnasium, and indoor pool are available to residents. Visitors are welcome during regular visiting hours.
Each day is structured around a 14-hour schedule that includes:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Individual and group counseling
- Psychopharmacology, when clinically indicated
- Pre- and post-meal distress tolerance groups
- Skills training, experiential and psychoeducation groups
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Movement and body/mind therapies
- Nutritional counseling
- Meal preparation, cooking skills, food shopping and restaurant outings
- Recreational activities
- Visiting hours
Upon discharge from residential treatment, you are invited to join us weekly for our Alumni Support Group at Hill House, Thursdays at 7pm. It’s a great way to receive group support, stay connected to the hospital and your peers, and to share your recovery story. Recovery is a process—your story may be filled with detours, set-backs, come backs, and triumphs. All former residents are welcome.
Patients may also purchase our Wellness Services which offer a holistic approach to recovery in recognition of the integration of body, mind and spirit. Services include yoga, acupuncture, personal fitness training, meditation and massage therapy. These alternative therapies are meant to be complementary to traditional medical care, not a substitute for it. They are most effective when combined with medical treatment to help alleviate symptoms of pain and anxiety. The benefits, both short term and long, help promote a feeling of wellness.
We recognize that the entire family can be affected when one member suffers from an eating disorder. That’s why we encourage families to meet with members of the patient’s treatment team and participate in family programs to help them build stability and develop concrete coping strategies.
We host a weekly Eating Disorders Family Program on Tuesdays from 5:45—7:15 pm that provides information about the nature, course, and treatment of eating disorders. The program includes education about relapse prevention, aftercare, communication strategies and conflict resolution. Participants also have the opportunity to share personal experiences and offer peer support. The goal is to equip families with tools to facilitate the patient’s continued growth and recovery, and reduce the likelihood of relapse.
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New Canaan is located in Southern New England and weather conditions change seasonally and sometimes during the day. We recommend that you bring one week’s worth of clothing, in one small suitcase and that you be prepared to “layer”.
To learn more about our Eating Disorders Center get a copy of our brochure.
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Allow us to help you get better. Contact us today to find out which program might be right for you, or to begin the process of arranging for treatment.