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Nurse and patient Melrose Center outpatient programs

Most people diagnosed with an eating disorder will begin with outpatient treatment. We offer various levels of outpatient care, with treatment ranging from several hours a week to eight hours a day.

Outpatient treatment

This is the least intensive level of care, with one-on-one sessions with the core treatment team (medical doctor, registered dietitian and licensed psychologist) and possible group sessions.

Program:

  • Number of individual and group sessions will vary according to patient needs
  • Individual sessions with a psychiatrist are available
  • Group sessions (nutrition, exercise therapy, occupational therapy or psychotherapy) may be recommended to supplement treatment

Program goals:

  • Help you toward the path of recovery through one-on-one and group sessions, if needed
  • Work toward or maintain a healthy body weight
  • Work toward reducing eating disorder behaviors

Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Intensive outpatient treatment

This four week outpatient program is intended to help patients solidify new lifestyle patterns and behaviors that support their wellness goals. The program provides intensive outpatient treatment focused on supporting patients as they transition skills to their real life situations.

Program:

  • Three hours of group programming (psychotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education and nutrition) two days each week
  • Trained staff (registered dietitians and health educators) observe patients eat one meal each programming day
  • Individual psychotherapy once a week, as needed
  • Family therapy (for adolescents) once a week, or more if recommended by care team
  • Visits with a medical doctor one time each week
  • Visits with a psychiatrist as needed

Program goals:

  • Focus on maintaining weight, moving toward a goal body mass index (BMI) and reducing eating disorder behaviors

Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment

This intensive, multidisciplinary treatment program helps patients establish new lifestyle patterns and behaviors to support their wellness goals. The program includes a variety of meal and snack experiences and practice opportunities, as well as a variety of classroom and experiential groups to support skill strengthening and generalization.

Program:

  • Eight hours of group programming three to five days per week
  • Programming includes psychotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education and nutrition
  • Trained staff (registered dietitians and health educators) observe patients eat two meals and one to two snacks each day
  • Individual psychotherapy twice weekly, as needed
  • Family therapy (for adolescents) weekly, or more as needed
  • Medical visits with a medical doctor one time each week
  • Visits with a psychiatrist as needed
  • Supervised group outings into the community (such as grocery shopping and restaurant eating), as recommended by care team
  • Group support and education program for all patients

Program goals:

  • Help patients heal and plan for time away from Melrose Center
  • Focus on maintaining weight, moving toward a goal body mass index (BMI) and reducing eating disorder behaviors
  • Prepare to use new skills in the outside world

Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions.