• Programs for Eating Disorders

    Eating Disorders

    The Eating Disorders Program at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

    Helping individuals and families reclaim their lives.

    An eating disorder is not a phase or a choice. Eating disorders are not about will power or lack of motivation.  Suffering from an eating disorder can be very lonely and isolating. It is common to feel trapped, overwhelmed, scared, and ashamed. 

    Trying to get help can be a time of stress and anxiety. Making the decision to seek treatment can be intimidating and scary. It is important to know that with treatment, recovery is possible at any age. Starting treatment for an eating disorder is a powerful first step to reclaiming control over your life. The decision to start treatment is one of the most difficult steps in recovery. Many people experience mixed emotions at this stage.

    Choosing An Eating Disorder Program

    Choosing an eating disorder program is one of the most critical decisions you will make. As with any complex medical condition, it is important to obtain treatment from qualified specialists.  It is especially crucial with eating disorders to work with experts who treat eating disorders every day.  At SLBMI we have the expertise you need. We understand how important it is to trust your treatment team.  We value and respect you as a person, not an eating disorder. 

    Each person suffering from an eating disorder has taken a different path that lead to treatment. That is why it is not only important, but also necessary, that every person has a different journey to recovery that is uniquely their own. At SLBMI, we customize treatment for each individual. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, compassionate treatment for the individuals and families we treat.  Our goal is to provide you and your family with the necessary skills to achieve and sustain recovery.

    Recovery is Scary

    The prospect of change is often scary.  Many individuals fear weight gain or loss of control over weight. Others fear not having a way to cope with life problems and painful emotions.

    Eating disorders trap people. Symptoms rob individuals of time and opportunities.  Breaking free allows you to see yourself and your life in a different way.  You may not feel like you know who you are without an eating disorder.  Recovery involves practicing more balanced thinking and behaviors.  Recovery provides the chance to develop a broader identity. 

    Recovery is a Reality

    Life free an eating disorder allows the chance to live on your terms instead of limiting yourself by strict rules about food and exercise.   We believe that healing is associated with self-acceptance and tolerance for distressing emotions. Self-exploration allows for personal mistakes. During recovery, it is important to be kind and forgiving to yourself. Establishing strong relationships can help you beat an eating disorder. 

    About Us  

    The Eating Disorder Program at SLBMI is a specialized eating disorder treatment program that utilizes evidence-based therapies.  It is our mission to be your partner in recovery.

    When treating eating disorders, expertise matters! You are the best expert on you and your family. We provide highly personalized care and state of the art treatment.  Together with you, we work diligently to help you achieve your recovery goals!

     

     

    Laura Huff, Ph.D., Director of the Eating Disorders Program, welcomes you to our website.

     

    You and your recovery is our priority. Whether you are concerned that your child may be starting to struggle with body image and unhealthy weight control practices or you have struggled with a severe eating disorder for years, we can help! 

    We specialize in outpatient treatment so that you can stay at home with as little interruption to work or school possible.

    Our goal is to focus on you and your needs at all times, this is why we provide a small and intimate setting for groupsOur groups are small so that you can feel confident that you are our priority.  

    We are here for you!  We offer open-ended free separate Aftercare “Relapse Prevention” Groups for Adolescents and Adults who complete our Intensive programs (IOP). 

    We are committed to involving friends and loved ones in treatment with permission.  With children and adolescents, families are active participants in all levels of treatment.   We offer Parent and Caregiver Workshops that are free and open to the public. 

    We personalize treatment.  Treatment may target healthy body and self-esteem; provide real world practice with meal planning through restaurant and grocery outings; tailor exposure/response prevention protocols for anxiety; and address other problems, like depression, that may co-occur.