We believe quality eating disorder treatment which maximizes the opportunity for full recovery consists of the following:
Every woman that comes to OPC is seen as a human being first, unique in their challenges and gifts and unique in their journey to recovery. We know they come to us with their own psychological and medical histories, life circumstances, fears, goals and motivation. No matter where they are, this is where we begin.
Every aspect of our eating disorder treatment, from therapeutic goals to meal planning, family work and aftercare planning is tailored to meet the particular needs of the individual patient and her recovery.
The medical teams at OPC are integrally involved through daily interaction with patients and communication with the clinical and nutrition teams. Overseen by Dr. Joel Jahraus and Dr. Molly McShane, all residential patients are treated by a board-certified psychiatrist and a board-certified internal medicine specialist throughout their stay. They receive nursing, medical assessments and lab work when indicated. We specialize in the psychiatric and medical management of co-occurring disorders, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, PTSD and addiction, which affect many of the patients we treat.
Residentially licensed and Joint Commission accredited, we offer the highest level of care outside of a hospital setting.
At OPC, psychotherapy sessions occur with high frequency and intensity throughout each patient's stay, creating an environment of trust, collaboration and hope. This allows the patient and her therapist to fully explore the core issues driving the eating disorder, building a roadmap for authentic and long-term recovery. Many treatment centers can provide the structure needed to support normal eating during treatment, but unless these core issues are addressed, the patient is at risk for returning to the eating disordered behavior once she returns home.
We believe individual psychotherapy is a cornerstone of effective eating disorder treatment.
We are a clinically comprehensive treatment center with the intimacy and warmth of a home. Located on tree-lined streets in safe suburban neighborhoods, our sites are beautifully and comfortably decorated. Each of our residential programs has a maximum of twelve patients and a dedicated multidisciplinary team. Our primary therapists work with an average of three patients at any one time, allowing for extensive communication with the family and outpatient providers.
We believe this environment allows patients to significantly connect to every member of their treatment team and helps them do the difficult work of recovery.
We integrate patients into real life through daily, guided outings in the community from the earliest appropriate stage in their recovery process. Together, we experience restaurants, parks, museums, cultural events, grocery and clothes shopping, college campuses and specially designed challenges. Meals are prepared by a private chef and reintroduce a wide variety of tastes, textures and cuisines. Served in a family setting with staff support and encouragement, meals at OPC emphasize the sociability and warmth of eating with others.
We believe this approach helps approximate real-life living and dining experiences, and is a key factor in relapse prevention.
In addition to our residential and partial hospitalization programs, we offer transitional living and intensive outpatient step-down levels of care to support our patients as they work toward increased freedom from the eating disorder. When a patient is ready to leave OPC, we thoroughly assess the bio-psycho-social environment she will face upon her return home and develop an aftercare plan that addresses her ongoing needs. The plan will include local step-down programs or outpatient treatment, a personalized movement plan, recovery activities and individual goals. Strategies for academic reintegration are also included in the aftercare plans for our patients returning to school.
We believe a gradual progression to independence allows our patients to embody their recovery more fully.