Eating Disorder Treatment Center at Walden Behavioral Care
The Eating Disorder Treatment Center at Walden is among the first anywhere to offer a complete “continuum” of care.
The Eating Disorder Treatment Center offers inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care all on one campus. The Eating Disorder Treatment Center follows this approach because:
- Treatment needs change as the patient progresses
- Patients sometimes have setbacks and should have an opportunity to return to their previous level of treatment
- Everyone responds differently to treatment
- Different patients have different types of eating disorders; what works well on one patient at the Eating Disorder Treatment Center may not work well on another
What Walden’s Eating Disorder Treatment Center Offers
The Eating Disorder Treatment Center at Walden offers:
Inpatient care for patients who require medical and psychiatric stabilization. The treatment center’s team of eating disorder specialists evaluates each patient and a case manager is assigned. Disordered eating patterns are interrupted and patients are monitored continuously. A treatment plan is developed for each patient that includes behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling and medication.
For those with advanced eating disorders, medical stabilization, and 24-hour monitoring and care, are essential to the patient’s health. Walden’s Eating Disorder Treatment Center is one of only a handful of hospitals to offer inpatient care in a specialized, dedicated unit.
Residential care for patients who are ready to make a step toward independent living. The Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s residential program at Walden Place provides recovering residents with a home-like setting where they can practice the coping skills they learn in therapy sessions, even while they are in a structured, supervised program.
Partial hospitalization for patients who are ready to begin the transition back to independent living, but still need a structured program to stay on track. Partial hospitalization at the Eating Disorder Treatment Center focuses on coping skills, such as teaching patients to deal with the triggers that cause disordered behavior.
Intensive outpatient care for patients who are recovered to the point where they can live independently. Patients continue to receive psychotherapy and support from the Eating Disorder Treatment Center, ongoing education about coping strategies, structured meals and planning for relapse prevention.
Walden’s Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s “Continuum of Care”
The Eating Disorder Treatment Center provides discrete, highly specialized treatment of patients 13 and older with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and other eating disorders. Because of the range of services we offer, patients can move from one treatment option to another as they progress toward recovery. They can also receive more intensive care in case of a setback.
Because the Eating Disorder Treatment Center provides this full range of treatment options, we can treat patients who are at any stage in their eating disorder. As a result, patients can stay at the Eating Disorder Treatment Center and receive the medical care they need from the same team even as they advance toward lasting recovery.
This continuity is important. When patients have to move from one program to another, it’s almost like starting over. Practitioners who treat them have to get to know them and gain their trust. That can take time and can result in setbacks.
Patients with eating disorders have both mental health issues and medical conditions that need to be addressed as part of an overall wellness program. An individual with an eating disorder may, for example, also have depression or an addiction. The Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s “whole health” approach concurrently addresses the patient’s mental and physical illnesses.
The Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s multidisciplinary team helps patients develop the skills necessary to gain control of destructive eating behavior, improve their support system, increase self-esteem, and establish a stable foundation for long-term recovery.
Helping Someone With an Eating Disorder
If you suspect you or someone you know has an eating disorder, contact us at Walden Behavioral Care at 781-647-6727 or online.
Besides our Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Program, Walden offers inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization programs, providing discrete, highly specialized treatment for patients 12 and older with anorexia,bulimia, binge-eating disorder and other eating disorders.