Students who present with concerns related to eating, exercise, and body image will be referred to an Eating Disorder Assessment. This is a three-session process to explore one’s relationship with food, exercise, and body, in order to clarify diagnosis, develop treatment recommendations, and connect the student with appropriate resources/referrals.
Integrative & Interdisciplinary Treatment
UHS takes an integrated and interdisciplinary team approach to treating eating disorders, with a treatment team consisting of counseling (individual and group), psychiatry, medical, and nutrition providers. It’s common for recommendations from the assessment to be multi-disciplinary and involve services such as individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, medical/primary care, nutrition, and/or eating disorder-specific intensive programming (e.g. IOP, PHP, residential, inpatient care).
In line with best practices for eating disorder outcomes, it is important that students experiencing an eating disorder are seen regularly (typically weekly or biweekly) for individual counseling, for sufficient duration. Students in need of this eating disorder-specific counseling may be best served by community-based therapy providers to complement UHS services. Access to resources and identity are considered in treatment planning.