“What makes the dessert beautiful is that it hides a well somewhere...”
-Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Your Initial Appointment
When your first appointment is scheduled with one of our therapists, you will receive an extensive diagnostic interview, a brief (or long) neuropsychological battery depending on which you request, and some questionnaires to complete about your experience of your body. After gathering this information and consulting with our treatment team, we will then conduct a feedback session in which we indicate the level of treatment that is appropriate, the model of treatment, what you can expect about the length of treatment, and how you will be able to measure treatment progress.
Empirically Validated Treatments Implemented at the DCED
At the DCED, our therapists are trained in empirically validated treatments for the management of eating disorders. While we recommend these based on the clinical presentation of an individual, often individuals come to us requesting a specific form of therapy. We offer a brief description here, but are happy to answer questions about the nature of these therapies.
Family Therapy of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa based on the Maudsley Method
This treatment emphasizes the importance of the family unit in the management of a child and adolescent eating disorder. In essence, we help parents to conduct the form of supportive meal support that occurs in a more intensive eating disorder program while working with the family on approaching challenging situations.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Under the leadership of Dr. Rhonda Merwin, a certified ACT trainer, our therapists are trained to implement this acceptance-based cognitive behavior therapy that helps individuals to build a rich and value-guided life even in the presence of unwanted or aversive experience.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
This advanced cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on a theoretical model in which an individual's history of invalidation leads to a pervasive distrust and fear of emotional experience that sometimes promotes extreme behaviors to regulate that experience. We work closely with Dr. Zachary Rosenthal and his Cognitive and Dialectical Training Program to provide all the components of the DBT model.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Under the leadership of Dr. Noga Zerubavel, this treatment combines advances in cognitive-behavioral treatment with mindfulness based approaches. In so doing, it helps an individual to become more aware and accepting of ongoing joyous and aversive experiences so that life becomes more vital from moment to moment.
Relational Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
Under the leadership of Dr. Laura Weisberg, this treatment builds on what is known about physiological changes that occur with the experience of traumatic life events. By helping individuals to activate the restorative branch of their nervous system in the presence of aversive remembrances, the individual is taught to more fully experience the full range of emotions rather than being closed off due to past traumatic events.
Empirically Validated Treatments Developed at the DCED
We are also known as innovators of treatment development based on emerging knowledge about the developmental neuroscience of eating disorders under the leadership of the Center Director, Dr. Nancy Zucker. Some examples of the therapies we have developed and tested and that individuals can have access to include:
Appetite Awareness Training for the treatment of pediatric binge eating
“VOLCRAVO” craving exposure for the treatment of pediatric obesity
Group Parent Training for the management of adolescent eating disorders
Feeling and Body Investigators for children with elevated somatic symptoms and abdominal pain
Sensory Scientists is our treatment for individuals with selective eating or ARFID