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Eating Disorders Treatment

  • Our Eating Disorders Program offers a holistic approach that takes physical health, psychological functioning and overall well-being into consideration.

    The Einstein Difference

    • Experienced. We've been treating eating disorders for over 16 years.
    • Specialized expertise in treating males and females from childhood through older adulthood.
    • Individualized treatment, including vegetarian, Kosher diets and other food restrictions.
    • Affordable. We work with a variety of commercial and public insurance plans and with individuals for alternative payment options.
    • Access to an entire network of specialists in the Einstein Healthcare family.

    Our philosophy maintains that people with eating disorders need help in two key areas in order to begin their recovery:

    • Nutritional rehabilitation
    • Readjustment. Our therapists gradually introduce patients to challenging environments to help them develop an understanding of the psychological underpinnings of the eating disorder.

    Nutritional Rehabilitation

    When they seek treatment, eating disorder patients may be significantly under their ideal body weight and suffer from severe electrolyte imbalance and other medical issues. To normalize food intake, all patients are:

    • Assessed by a dietitian
    • Encouraged to follow a meal plan
    • Active participants in menu planning groups and a cooking group
    • Returned to a healthy and maintainable weight

    Our dietitian will create a specialized nutrition plan for your specific needs, such as vegetarian or kosher diets, or to comply with your food restrictions, in the case of allergies or medical conditions, for example.


    Unlike other substance abuse problems, food must be consumed every day for survival and cannot be avoided by those suffering from eating disorders. Being around food or clothing stores can remind those with eating disorders of their body issues and be traumatic.

    Our Approach to Treatment

    Holistic Care. The Eating Disorders Program treats individuals with a holistic approach that includes identification and treatment of other mental health or physical issues they may be experiencing.

    A comprehensive and individualized approach to understanding a patient’s eating disorder is vital, as it often occurs with other disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or even complications from bariatric surgery.

    Full Range of Therapies. To help patients identify and explore their psychological difficulties with food, weight and body image, we offer a range of therapeutic modalities, including:

    • Daily individual sessions with a psychiatrist to address eating disorder symptoms and other psychiatric concerns
    • Daily psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational group therapy sessions to increase coping skills and build motivation for recovery
    • Individual psychotherapy
    • Individual nutrition counseling
    • Family therapy sessions to rebuild health and successful relationships between patients and their families
    • Weekly meetings with the treatment team to discuss treatment planning and aftercare
    • Aftercare planning group built upon individual needs and resources
    • Body image group
    • Symptom management group
    • Self-injury prevention group
    • After-meal support group
    • Psychophamacology
    • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for those also suffering from borderline personality disorder
    • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) when stable
    • Inclusive therapy and service offerings

    Addictions Treatment Track. It is estimated that over half of individuals who suffer from eating disorders have other addictive behaviors, such as drug or alcohol abuse. Patients meet three times per week for group therapy designed to:

    • Identify triggers to addictive behaviors
    • Develop coping skills to decrease these behaviors
    • Increase motivation to live a drug and alcohol free life following treatment

    Access to an Entire Healthcare Network. Our patients benefit from being a part of the Einstein Healthcare Network. Medical consultations are available as needed, from specialists at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Eating disorder patients who require intensive medical care are referred for hospital care and may return to the Eating Disorders Program when they are ready to resume eating disorders treatment.

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    Accreditation & Partnerships

    Joint commission gold seal


    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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