Treatment of Eating Disorders
By Susan Cowden, MS, About.com Guide
If you are just beginning your journey to seek treatment, this is the place to start. Learn more about what treatment entails and how to determine what level of care would be the best fit for you.
Types of Psychotherapy
Most treatment for eating disorders includes some type of psychotherapy (counseling) provided by a mental health professional such as a psychologist, therapist, counselor or social worker. Learn more about who these therapies are appropriate for and how they can help you recover.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
- Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia (Maudsley)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders
- Interpersonal Therapy for Eating Disorders
Levels of Care
Within the treatment of eating disorders are multiple levels of care. Each one is able to provide different services and is best suited to people at a specific place in their recovery. Navigating all of these terms can seem daunting. Learn more about each level of care and find out which one is best suited for you.
- Levels of Care for Eating Disorder Treatment
- Outpatient Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
- Residential Treatment Centers
- Inpatient Hospitalization
Your Treatment Team
Treatment for eating disorders typically uses a 'team approach' with one or more therapists, a dietician, and a physician and/or psychiatrist. Learn more about the qualifications of each member and how they will help you in recovery.