Female Eating Disorder Outpatient Treatment

At Carolina House, we know that participating in successful treatment for eating disorders is a journey, and we have designed specialized programming to support our clients every step of the way. Along with our excellent residential treatment program, we also provide outpatient programming for women in the forms of our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Our PHP and IOP programs, located at our treatment center in Raleigh, North Carolina, are carefully structured and designed to best help our clients heal and recover. We use the following interventions during within each of these exemplary programs:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Insight-oriented therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapies

Clients typically stay in our outpatient programs for 30-60 days. Below is more information about our transformational PHP and IOP program:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Carolina House’s PHP is designed to be a stepping stone to independence. Appropriate for women who are being discharged from a residential treatment program, such as our residential program in Durham, North Carolina, or for women who simply need more support than can be provided in an intensive outpatient program, our PHP treats women, ages 17 and older, who are struggling with primary eating disorder diagnoses. We also welcome women who have secondary co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

The goal of our PHP is to provide a beautiful, safe, and nurturing environment where our highly-trained and compassionate staff can help our clients move into lives that are free from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. We accomplish our goal through the following interventions:

  • Medication management: We understand that many of our clients struggle with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, so our PHP clients are provided with 1-2 weekly visits with our staff psychiatrist. In addition, clients can meet with our staff physician 1-2 times per week to address other medical needs.
  • Individual therapy: Each client meets with her primary therapist once per week for a full session and 1-2 times per week for brief check-in sessions with the same therapist.
  • Family therapy: Each client receives one family therapy session per week, which is conducted by her primary therapist. Therapists are also able to provide more frequent family therapy sessions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Group therapy: PHP clients typically attend 4-5 group sessions per day on weekdays and weekends. Two of these groups are Food and Feelings groups that are centered around mealtimes. Other possible group topics may include:
    • DBT skills
    • Spirituality
    • Body movement
    • Body image
    • Interpersonal process group
    • Addictions education
    • 12-Step
    • Body image
    • Media awareness
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Relapse prevention
    • Nutrition
    • Guided self-care
  • Experiential therapies: In addition to traditional groups, PHP clients may participate in experiential interventions once per week. Some of these groups may include yoga, art therapy, culinary group, and restaurant outings.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Carolina House’s IOP is intended for women who are nearly ready to live independently and are in the process of transitioning back into life within their respective communities. Our IOP consists of many of the same interventions as our PHP, such as individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and experiential therapies. IOP clients engage in programming for three and a half hours per day and have a choice of a morning track or an afternoon track to accommodate their work or school schedules.

If you or your loved one would like more information about outpatient treatment at Carolina House, please give us a call today. Today could very well be the first day of a journey towards healthy living.

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