Mindfulness is a core component of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Our Mindful Nutrition Group focuses on applying the components and skills of core mindfulness to one’s relationship with food, eating pattern and beliefs systems, while counteracting self-judgments that arise. The primary goal is to provide support for disordered eating and to develop coping skills to help address ineffective behaviors through an emphasis on DBT. Open discussion and participation are strongly encouraged in this group environment.
Our Meal Support Group is a structured lunch setting, where support is offered for anxieties related to eating. Group sessions focus on mindful eating and socialization during meals. Patients learn to recognize urges for ineffective behaviors related to food, and participants re-acclimate to healthier eating patterns in a supportive environment. Group members are encouraged to set goals for each meal, challenge phobias, and apply learned skills when ineffective thoughts or urges arise. Lunch is provided.
Nutrition and Mental Health
Understanding the impact of nutritional intake on body and mind can be a great tool in learning to take healthy control of eating patterns and relationships with food. This group focuses on learning facts about food and necessary caloric intake, understanding how different types of foods both positively and negatively impact mood, and learning how to use a nutrition regimen to improve energy and cognitive functioning.
Finding healthy and effective outlets for emotional expression can help regulate mood and impulses. Our Expressive Groups teach the benefits of journaling, painting, scrapbooking, gardening and other creative outlets as a coping mechanism. Group discussions allow for honest, unfiltered emotional expression. The ideal group participant does not need to be exceptionally creative, but must have an open mindset and a willingness to honestly confront their problems, hopes, and desire for change.
Closed Trauma Group
Trauma, shame and guilt often accompany eating disorders of all types. This closed group is intended to provide a safe and confidential place for patients to address issues including addiction, traumatic events that drive eating disordered thoughts and behaviors, forgiveness of self and others, and the building of a healthy lifestyle. Enrollment is only at the recommendation of the primary therapist. Having a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental environment allows for greater sense of self-acceptance, and increased ability to effectively change behaviors.
Narrative Therapy Group
Our Narrative Therapy Group helps those struggling with eating disorders to de-personalize their individual identity from the behaviors, routines, rituals and consequences of an eating disorder. The group interventions increase focus on strengths, abilities, skills and resiliency, while teaching clients that they can function independently of their “problem.” Group topics often include exploring and understanding the “stories” and myths clients come to accept, and how they can “rewrite” their own story.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Group
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Group helps those with eating disorders to identify and challenge core irrational beliefs that influence eating disordered behaviors and rituals. Clients gain an understanding of how thoughts impact emotional states, and how these emotions often lead to disordered eating behaviors. Clients learn new ways of viewing and accepting their relationship with food and their bodies. This group teaches patients how to distinguish between rational and irrational beliefs, and how to utilize flexible and adaptable thinking patterns.
People who struggle with eating disorders often experience self-judgments and poor self-image, which impacts many areas of their lives. Group topics include awareness of self-defeating thoughts, the challenging of self-judgments, attending to one’s core self, assertiveness training and developing a healthier self-concept. When individuals improve confidence and see greater value in themselves, they rely less on ineffective control over their environment.
Body Image Group
Body image issues affect people on many different levels and can lead not only to eating disordered behaviors, but also to low self esteem, poor interpersonal relationships, and ongoing physical health concerns. This group is for patients struggling with body image issues who wish to learn new and healthier ways of seeing and accepting themselves. Those with current or past unhealthy eating or weight control habits (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating), as well as those who are generally struggling with body image, are encouraged to participate. Topics include self-esteem, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, relationship issues and one’s relationship with his or her body.