Columbia, Maryland Office for Eating Disorders:
The Body Image Therapy Center (TBITC) has Maryland’s only Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for male and female adolescents ages 11-18 seeking treatment for an eating disorder.
We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for clients with all manner of eating disorders and related conditions like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive exercise, muscle dysmorphia, and related concerns. We understand that treating adolescents is not like treating adults. Their brains, bodies, and lives are different. And we tailor our program to help them and their families learn the tools to recover, find balance in their lives, and shine a light into their bright futures.
In addition, we provide outpatient services for adults with eating disorders, mental health concerns, trauma, and related issues.
We’ll help you learn to accept your body and learn to love yourself from the inside out. For more information call (877) 674-2843 x 0 or text our Columbia, Maryland office.
Who we treat:
Adolescents ages 11-18 and adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (aka compulsive overeating). Other diagnoses include OSFED (other specific eating disorders such as atypical anorexia, sub-threshold bulimia, sub-threshold BED, purging disorder, and night eating syndrome), compulsive exercise behaviors, and dual diagnosis clients who have an eating disorder mixed with a mood disorder.
- Patients are accepted based on medical appropriateness and psychological readiness for care as prescribed by the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
- Medically stable to the extent that more extensive medical monitoring is not required
- No danger to self or others
- Self-sufficient in eating/weight restoration with the help of family and outside supports
- Fair to good motivation to recover, including cooperativeness, insight, and ability to control or tolerate obsessive thoughts
- Can greatly reduce compulsive exercising and are ready to begin including light exercise again
- Can greatly reduce binge eating, purging, laxative and diuretic abuse in non-structured settings
- Establish a regular and sustainable eating pattern including three regular meals a day plus snacks as required by a dietitian-designed meal plan
- Stop all eating disorder behaviors for 4 consecutive weeks
- Recognize unhelpful thinking patterns and learn skills to change them
- Develop and demonstrate competence with at least 5 alternative coping and self-soothing skills
- Decrease the importance of weight and shape in defining self-worth
- Integrate physical activity into daily routine and improve mood and self-esteem
Treatment Team Includes:
- Licensed masters or doctorate level clinicians
- Registered dietician
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Nutrition Therapy
- Stress management
- Mindfulness training
- Art Therapy
- Goal setting
- Weekly meal planning
Adolescent IOP Treatment includes:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Nutrition education and counseling
- Supervision of one therapeutic meal per session
- Coordination of care with an outpatient team if applicable
Adolescent IOP Program Hours:
- Patients attend Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
- IOP group meets from 4-7 p.m., with Monday groups including parents of multi-family therapy.
- Individual and family therapy and nutrition counseling are also provided once a week.
- We are in-network with most insurances and can often arrange single case agreements for those who do not have coverage for care with us. In most cases, you will be responsible for your deductible and co-pays.
- Please call us so we can verify your insurance information. As a courtesy to prospective patients our admissions staff will, with your consent, contact your insurance carrier to obtain a quote of insurance benefits. We will share this information with you to help you make an educated decision about your treatment options and what your insurance will cover.
- Our staff will also coordinate insurance coverage and payment for all treatment authorized by your insurance company.
Call the Body Image Therapy Center with offices in Maryland, Virginia, & DC at (877)-674-2843 ext. 0, today
or CLICK HERE to contact our Intake Coordinator.