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HEAL Eating Disorder Program: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life at GenPsych’s Eating Disorder Program

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For clients enrolled in GenPsych’s Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program, an average day might be different than what s/he is used to. Clients at HEAL may be stepping down from an inpatient treatment program, stepping up from outpatient therapy, or experiencing an eating disorder program for the first time.

For frequently asked questions about GenPsych’s eating disorder program, click here.

So, what does an average day look like?

Group Meals

Clients begin every day with a group meal or snack. Group meals give clients the opportunity to utilize the skills that they learn throughout the rest of treatment, and begin to normalize eating behaviors.

For individuals in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) program, most days start with breakfast. (Thursdays start with lunch.) During the rest of the day, clients will also have a snack and lunch together.

During Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), clients receive a snack and one group meal (breakfast or dinner).

Group Therapy

After their initial snack or meal, clients will begin participating in a variety of skills-based, educational, and process groups.

Clients engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for which they will receive homework to help them learn and practice skills.

Groups also focus on nutrition, body image and self-esteem, relationships, and more.

Creative therapies during treatment include journaling and creative writing, art therapy, and music therapy. Clients also participate in therapeutic yoga.

Groups vary depending upon the client’s level of care and whether they are attending day or evening IOP.

Multi-Family Group

Our Multi-Family Group is open to all clients in program, and takes place every Thursday at 6 p.m.

During Multi-Family Group, the client’s loved ones will get the opportunity to work with the client to improve communication through DBT-based interpersonal effectiveness skills. Through education and understanding, family members will better be able to support the client when s/he is at home and outside of treatment.

*Teen clients will receive on-site homebound instruction during the day. For more information, click here.

For more information on GenPsych’s HEAL Program or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792 or click here.

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NJ Eating Disorder Facility

Eating Disorder Treatment

For those struggling with eating disorders, finding the appropriate treatment is crucial. Considered the deadliest of all psychological disorders, eating or feeding disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS) often require intensive medical care. A NJ Eating Disorder Facility can help an individual to regain control of their life and develop positive relationships with food and their body.

Types of Treatment

Inpatient Care

During an inpatient program, individuals are hospitalized and monitored 24/7. Patients live, eat, sleep, and attend program at a single facility. An inpatient program may be considered necessary for those who have co-occurring issues, such as depression, anxiety, or substance use, or if their condition is considered very severe. It is important to speak with your insurance company before entering an inpatient program to ensure coverage.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient eating disorder programs allow individuals to attend treatment during the day and return home in the evenings. Length and frequency of treatment vary upon the individual’s level of care. Clients will often participate in group meals during an outpatient program due to the importance of healthy eating skills for recovery. Some outpatient facilities, like GenPsych, will also treat co-occurring disorders.

GenPsych’s NJ Eating Disorder Facility

The Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Program offers a variety of services for those struggling with eating disorders.

Our Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs provide group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. (Click here for more information on program times and offerings.)

Participants receive education and skills to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), art and music therapy, writing, and yoga. Family education and support is available.

All private insurances are accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information on our Eating Disorder Programs or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Bulimia Treatment

One to three percent of Americans struggle with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by binging and purging. While this disorder is not uncommon, especially in individuals in their early to mid-twenties, many do not receive the treatment they need. For more information on NJ bulimia treatment and how you can get help, read below.

What is bulimia?

Unlike anorexia, those experiencing bulimia nervosa do not restrict their eating. Rather, individuals with bulimia eat normal to large amounts of food regularly before inducing vomiting to prevent weight gain. (Some may also overexercise or fast.) Like anorexia, bulimia manifests from a deep fear of gaining weight, and can co-exist with other mental illnesses.

Symptoms & Signs of Bulimia

It is a common misconception that those who struggle with bulimia are very thin. Rather, individuals may appear to be of average or even more than average weight and still practice bulimic behaviors.

Behavioral Signs

  • Binge eating
  • Habitually going to the bathroom during or after meals
  • Compulsive or impulsive behaviors
  • Withdrawn mood or isolation from others
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Apparent depression, anxiety, guilt, or self-esteem issues

Physical Signs

  • Dehydration, hunger, or fatigue
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Constipation or change in bowel activity
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath or tooth decay/cavities
  • Fluctuation in weight

GenPsych’s NJ Bulimia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program at GenPsych helps adults and adolescents (13+) who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders not otherwise specified (NOS).

Learn more about anorexia treatment here.

Levels of Care

We offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for three to five days per week depending on the individual’s need. (Click here for hours and more.)

Program Curriculum

During program, clients will have daily supervised meals, individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, vital sign and weight monitoring, and medication management.

Clients receive education and skills training through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help them decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy methods of coping with life stressors.

Clients in our NJ bulimia treatment program also participate in art and music therapy, therapeutic writing, yoga, and more.

The HEAL Program is currently offered for both adults and adolescents at our Bridgewater and Brick locations and for adults at our Lawrenceville location.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Anorexia Treatment

NJ Anorexia Treatment

In the US, seven million women and one million men struggle with an eating disorder. Among the most common of these disorders is anorexia nervosa, or simply, anorexia. NJ anorexia treatment programs are available to help decrease eating disorder behaviors and address the thought patterns associated with eating disorders.

What is anorexia?

Anorexia is best distinguished from other eating disorders by the restriction of eating. This obsession with and avoidance of food is driven by feelings of fear about gaining weight and a disordered desire to be thin. In many cases, anorexia is accompanied by body dysmorphic disorder, or a severe preoccupation with one’s appearance and its perceived flaws.

Symptoms & Signs of Anorexia

Behavioral Signs

  • Restricting food or food types, such as fats and sugars
  • Ritualized eating, such as moving, cutting, or hiding food
  • Below-average weight for that individual or for his/her age, height, or gender
  • Obsession with eating, food, or body
  • Overexercising
  • Refusal to eat around others; isolation

Physical Signs

  • Constipation, vomitting, or other changes in digestion
  • Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
  • Dry skin, hair thinning, and brittle nails
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • Delayed puberty

GenPsych’s NJ Anorexia Treatment Program

The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program helps individuals who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia to recover in a safe and encouraging environment free from judgment.

Who?

The HEAL Program is available to teens (13+) and adults. Teens will receive on-site homebound instruction with our NJ-Certified teachers during the school year order to keep up with their studies while in program.

When?

  • Partial Care Program is a full day, well-structured program that meets for 6 hours / 5 days a week, and includes two daily monitored meals plus a full array of specialized groups. Partial Care Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (no morning offered), Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3 to 3 ½ hour, 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal, plus select groups to target key areas of recovery. Daytime IOP Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Evening IOP Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where?

This NJ anorexia treatment program is currently available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville locations. (Note: Our Lawrenceville program is available to adults 18+ only.)

How?

The HEAL Program offers individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. Clients receive education and skills training on how to decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.

Therapies include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art and music therapy, writing, yoga, and more.

Read more about yoga and eating disorders here.

All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

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Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program for Eating Disorders

We help you make peace with food and live a balanced, happy life.

Eating disorders are complicated medical illnesses that can seriously harm your emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Beyond being obsessed with food and their body image, many with this affliction also suffer from depression, anxiety, or other overwhelming issues. Here at the GenPsych Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program, we help you break free from the debilitating rules and obsessions of disordered eating and thinking so you can have a more peaceful relationship with food, your body, and your life.

Eating Disorder Programs in NJ

The HEAL Program at GenPsych is a highly effective, research-based program specifically designed to help adolescents and adults suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Eating Disorders NOS (Not Otherwise Specified), and related disorders. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team of eating disorder specialists–including therapists, dietitian, nurses and physicians–work closely with you to interrupt destructive behaviors, face your fears, and put you on a path to recovery. Through individual and group treatment, you will decrease eating disorder symptoms, learn balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope.

Before entering our program, you will meet with a board-certified mental health provider for a comprehensive evaluation to determine the appropriate treatment that is right for you. For your convenience and specific care needs, we offer two different program tracks:

Hours of Eating Disorder Treatment Programs in Bridgewater and Brick, NJ

  • Partial Care Program is a full day, well-structured program that meets for 6 hours / 5 days a week, and includes two daily monitored meals plus a full array of specialized groups.
  • Partial Care Hours: Mon., Wed., 9:30 to 3:30 or 1:00 to 7:00, Thursday 1:00 to 7:00 (no morning offered)
    Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 3:00
  • Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3-3 ½ hour / 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal plus select groups to target key areas of recovery.
  • Daytime IOP Hours: Mon through Friday 9:30 -1:00
  • We also offer a multi-family group every Thursday at 6pm. Here, caregivers and family members of those struggling with an eating disorder will actually join the group and learn the skills necessary to help support their loved one in the home.

Transportation is available to qualified program attendees.

Please note: Program offerings differ by location.

Services Provided for Eating Disorder Treatment in NJ

Treatment in both programs includes meal planning with a registered dietician, daily supervised meals, individual and group therapy, vital sign and weight monitoring with a registered nurse, and medication management with a board-certified mental health provider. Participants receive education to foster recovery from their eating disorder, including groups such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Regulation, Relapse Prevention, and Body Image.

We also offer a wide range of supportive and creative therapies such as art, writing, and yoga/mind-body connection, plus education, support and therapy for the whole family. We will work closely with your primary care physician, behavioral healthcare providers, employer, school, and family members when needed to make sure you receive the highest level of consistent ongoing care.

Your comfort, well-being and recovery are our #1 concern. We strive to create a safe, relaxed, judgment-free setting to give you a better experience and positive outcome.

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