Center for Integrated Behavioral Health’s Eating Disorder Center is designed to offer cutting edge treatment for Eating Disorders in the Lehigh Valley. Eating Disorders are serious health problems and are linked with other mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Due to the fear and shame many people experience when suffering from an eating disorder, they may be reluctant to seek help. For children and adolescents, parents may suspect something is wrong but are uncertain of where to turn or what to do. Seeking professional help is an important first step to recovery and will help achieve a lifetime of good mental and physical health.
Our first priority in treating clients is to develop a treatment plan guided by scientifically determined front-line treatments for eating disorders while simultaneously tailoring the plan to the individual’s unique situation. Successful treatment of an Eating Disorder requires multi-disciplinary treatment and support. We collaborate with your primary care physician to assure the medical stability of all our clients. We specialize in a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called CBT-E or Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, we offer the full model Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for those who may be appropriate for this form of treatment.
Disorders we Treat
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Subthreshold eating disorders (Not Otherwise Specified)
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Emotional eating
- Compulsive eating
- Compulsive exercise
- Night Eating Syndrome
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Body image dissatisfaction
- Eating Disorders and Anxiety
CBT-E for Eating Disorders
“Enhanced” cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-E) is based on the transdiagnostic theory of eating disorders and is designed to treat eating disorder psychopathology rather than an eating disorder diagnosis. CBT-E is designed to be delivered on an individual basis to adolescent and adult patients with any eating disorder of clinical severity who are appropriate to treat on an outpatient basis. It is described as “enhanced” because it uses a variety of new strategies and procedures to improve outcome and because it includes modules to address certain obstacles to change that are “external” to the core eating disorder, namely clinical perfectionism, low self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties.
Family Based Treatment (FBT) for Adolescent Eating Disorders
FBT is based on the principle that parental involvement in treatment is vital to therapeutic success and that mobilizing and empowering parental strengths is central to changing the behaviors of adolescents with eating disorders. In FBT, parents take on a crucial role in ensuring early and lasting weight restoration for those patients who are underweight and stabilization of eating behaviors in normal and overweight individuals with eating disorders. FBT is structured into three phases with distinct goals: (1) phase 1 focuses on restoring the patient’s weight; (2) phase 2 returns control over eating back to the adolescent; and (3) phase 3 addresses adolescent development and treatment termination.
Center for Integrated Behavioral Health offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Please click above for more information.
Pre-Bariatric Surgery Evaluations
Most bariatric surgeons and insurance companies require a psychiatric evaluation prior to approval for bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Evaluations entail an assessment of past and present psychiatric difficulties, weight history, current eating/exercise habits, current social support, and an understanding of post-surgical lifestyle expectations, among other topics. Feedback is provided. A confidential report will be generated from this evaluation and will be provided to your surgeon’s office.