Treatment

Bulimia Nervosa

lauren's story link imageWhat bulimia nervosa is

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating (characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period and a sense of loss of control over eating behaviors)
  • Use of inappropriate, compensatory behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, fasting and/or obsessive exercise
  • The binge eating and compensatory behaviors occur at least once a week for three months
  • Self-evaluation is inappropriately influenced by the person’s weight and shape

(adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition)

What we treat

Our program philosophy

  • Comprehensive and strengths-based
  • Includes (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, medical team, and clinical director
  • Incorporates elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and psychotherapy

Goals for therapy

  • Eliminate eating disordered behaviors
  • Identify adaptive skills to cope with life stressors
  • Develop a healthy relationship with exercise
  • Restore weight (within ideal body weight range)
  • Establish healthy eating patterns a healthy relationship with food/fluids
  • Practice food related life skills (including grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking, and appropriately portioning food)
  • Distinguish emotional and physical hunger/fullness cues
  • Identify and challenge food/body related cognitive distortions

Clinical modalities

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, experiential and symbolic experiential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, symbolic modeling (metaphor) therapy, reality therapy. Learn more about Magnolia Creek’s clinical modalities.

Recommended reading

  • Life Without ED by Jenni Schaffer and Thom Rutledge
  • Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michelle Siegel
  • Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder by Johanna S. Kandel
  • The Body Betrayed by Kathryn J. Zerbe
  • Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths, Metaphors, and Storytelling by Anita Johnston, PhD
  • 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb