Eating Disorder Assessments/
Eating Disorder Assessments
Over the years, countless concerned clients (and/or their parents) have reached out to me seeking guidance around the possibility that they (or their loved one) may have an eating disorder, worry about what that possible eating disorder could mean, and uncertainty about how to seek help in the event that treatment is needed. Many clients feel overwhelmed by the prospect of seeking treatment following an eating disorder diagnosis and/or identification of disordered eating patterns. This process can be confusing due to the numerous treatment centers and levels of care available.
Since leaving the higher level of care treatment world and transitioning into a private practice setting, I have discovered a passion for helping clients connect with treatment settings that will best meet their unique needs. I take factors such as gender, age, and co-occurring mental health conditions into consideration when making treatment recommendations. My hope is to help clients find the best fit for their treatment needs, rather than the "good enough" fit.
For instance, an adult client with an extensive trauma history who is seeking treatment for binge eating may benefit from a different treatment setting in comparison to an adolescent client who struggles with compulsive exercising and anxiety. Those two clients could receive an assessment at the same treatment center and receive the same exact treatment recommendation-- not because that program is the best fit for both clients, but because both clients technically meet the standard criteria for admission to that program-- thereby making it an acceptable treatment option.
Because I am not affiliated with any treatment programs, I am able to offer treatment recommendations without the bias of trying to "sell" you on any one program in particular. I have strong connections with both local and national eating disorder treatment centers, and have developed a good sense of each program's various strengths. Similarly, I am able to screen clients out of higher level of care programs if they are a better fit for outpatient care. In those cases, I can recommend a full outpatient treatment team (including any or all of the following: individual therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, family therapist, group therapy, primary care provider) so that clients leave our assessment with a plan in place. I work closely with multidisciplinary eating disorder specialists across the DC Metro area on a regular basis, and therefore can recommend outpatient providers based on each client's specific needs (and wants!)
How It Works
Based on the information collected during the assessment, I will provide a diagnosis if applicable and/or appropriate, as well as a recommendation for one of the following levels of care: Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Day Treatment Program/ Partial Hospitalization Program (DTP/ PHP), Residential Treatment, Inpatient. I will also explain the difference between these levels of care! I will then provide a referral list accordingly, and consult with clients and/or their families to support them in pursuing next steps. I offer extensive education and support throughout the assessment process and beyond.
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**Please note: While I can recommend the level of care that I believe to be most appropriate during our assessment, I cannot guarantee that the treatment centers I refer clients to will agree with my assessment and/or admit clients to the level of care that I recommend. Because I am not a physician, I am unable to determine clients' medical stability, but can offer referrals to qualified providers who are able to do so.