Emotion Regulation and Eating Support
Our Treatment Philosophy
Our program is designed to help individuals who have had a chronic struggle with weight and / or emotional eating. We believe that health and happiness comes from creating and living a balanced lifestyle, not from the “right” diet, a number or a size. Our primary goal is to work with you to build skills and habits that will promote both physical and mental well-being.
Outpatient Clinical Programming
We are a multidisciplinary group of experts who aim to provide individualized consultation and treatment planning for weight management and disordered eating. Patients are seen for 1-2 diagnostic visits and then for 2-4 additional visits for medical stabilization as needed. Services include child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, family practice and dietitian consultation.
We are a teaching clinic lead by eating disorder specialists who are faculty members at Washington University and St. Louis University. Resident doctors from both institutions rotate with us to learn how to treat the unique combination of weight and eating behavior concerns.
We coordinate with your doctor to build a sustainable treatment plan that you can then refer to for long-term management. Additional visits can be scheduled for routine annual or semi-annual check-ups, and our doctors are available for telephone consultation with your doctor to problem-solve any treatment questions.
Skills for Emotional Eating Group
Our weekly Behavioral Support programming focuses on learning important strategies to promote life and health balance. Some of the core topics include harm reduction, intuitive eating, emotion regulation, body image and mindfulness. Groups will consist of weekly goal setting, learning and applying a new strategy for behavior change, and in some cases simple homework to consolidate learning and provide an opportunity for practicing new skills between sessions.
Meal support services are offered in 1:1 sessions with a dietitian experienced in working with emotional eating. Participants will be able to develop strategies for feeling full and satisfied by learning a balanced approach to portioning, pacing, meal-planning and meal preparation.
Movement support services are currently offered in 1:1 sessions with a movement specialist. These include education on how to prepare for being active, learning how to meet yourself where you are at, tuning into your individual body cues, and understanding safety and the use of proper form are all important aspects of our movement support programming. To create an enjoyable and safe movement environment, our specialists provide guidance on how to choose workout clothing that will allow you to move comfortably and with ease. We promote gentle and fun movement in a non-judgmental setting that empowers you to feel confident and strong in your own body.
You Can Do This
The hardest decision is whether to start on the journey to recovery, not when. Sometimes asking questions and talking with a real person can help, and is the first step towards reclaiming your life. It is possible to heal your relationship to food. Contact us by calling 800-828-8158, or send us an email. We’re here to help, when you’re ready.