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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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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.