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A Combined Approach to Care

Located on California ’s Central Coast in San Luis Obispo , SLO Eating Disorders specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues, such as mood disorders, trauma, life transitions and interpersonal struggles. SLO Eating Disorders offers a range of services, tailored to meet individual needs, including:

Individual therapy is the treatment modality with one client and one therapist. This offers the most attention to individuals concerns. Because the eating disorder individual usually struggles in his/her ability to identify and express feelings, this treatment modality is imperative in the recovery journey.

Individual therapy is limited in its ability to offer insight into family or social relationships. Interpersonal problems are involved in the maintenance of an eating disorder.

Family therapy includes all or as many as possible of a family. This helps identify maladaptive patterns of interacting that may get in the way of well being and recovery. In the treatment of eating disorders as the individual recovers, the family system changes. Family therapy provides a place for all to process these changes.

Group therapy is conducted with 3-8 clients together. This modality provides the client the opportunity to interact with other individuals who are also struggling with an eating disorder, giving both support and the feeling that one is not the only one struggling. This results in greater understanding of their own eating disorder and in greater compassion for both themselves and others. It gives them a chance to learn about their own unique relationship style.

Marital/Relationship therapy is conducted with couples in a marital or “significant other” relationship. The purpose of couples therapy is assist the couple in establishing realistic, adult expectations, and to communicate in a loving and compassionate way as they approach daily life. A dysfunctional relationship makes recovery from an eating disorder extremely difficult.

What is a certified Eating Disorder Specialist?

An Eating Disorder Specialist is a highly-trained and certified professional, who meets the following criteria: