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    Initial Diagnostic Evaluation and Consultation

    Utilizing evidence-based therapy is important to our team, as these treatments show the most convincing data and evidence that they help individuals improve and overcome their mental health struggles. We recognize that eating disorders are not typically as “black-and-white” as the categories we use to describe them, and many of the patients we see often fall just outside of those categories.

    Due to the unique nature of problematic eating and the individual who struggles with food, body image and weight concerns, our first session consists of an in-depth, 90-120 minute assessment of current and historical eating and activity-related behaviors, co-occurring mental health concerns and history, medical history and family history.

    We will then collaborate on an individualized treatment plan which may consist of collaboration with a dietician, psychiatrist and/or physician. In addition, appropriateness of outpatient treatment will be assessed, and depending on the severity of you or your child’s symptoms, a higher level of care may be recommended.

    In addition to those with eating disorders, we also treat individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety disorders, and pre- and post-bariatric surgery support.

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    Individual Therapy

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps you by identifying the connections between your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. You can expect a collaborative approach in CBT, with your therapist providing information and techniques for you to practice in-between sessions. CBT is the first line treatment for eating disorders, depression and anxiety disorders and is utilized in children, adolescents and adults.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy is used with patients when standard treatments have failed, or when there are several co-occurring problems in which increased structure of therapy and support is needed. You can expect a structured, collaborative style of therapy, as well as practicing mindfulness and learning specific skills and coping techniques for emotional regulation, interpersonal issues, distress tolerance.

    Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM)

    Specialist Supportive Clinical Management is a treatment that has shown efficacy for severe and enduring eating disorders. SSCM combines features of clinical management and supportive psychotherapy. SSCM is collaborative and the goals of therapy are led by the client and met with support by the therapist.

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    Family Based Treatment (FBT)

    Family Based Treatment, also referred to as the “Maudsley Approach”, is the first-line treatment for children, adolescents, and some younger adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, OSFED, and ARFID. FBT empowers parents with strategies and guidance to restore their child’s health. In the FBT model, parents are viewed as the best resource for their child’s recovery, and it firmly asserts that families do not cause eating disorders.

    There are three phases of FBT:

    Phase 1: Weight restoration
    Parents are empowered to take charge of meals as they help their child to reestablish regular eating patterns and to disrupt problematic eating disorder behaviors. The therapist provides instruction in how to manage the child at mealtimes.

    Phase 2: A gradual return of control to the adolescent
    Once weight is mostly restored, when eating disorder behaviors are under control and meals are less disruptive, control is gradually transferred back to the adolescent in an age-appropriate manner. This often includes the adolescent having snacks away from their parents.

    Phase 3: Establishing healthy independence
    The focus of treatment shifts to developing a healthy identity when the adolescent is not exhibiting eating disorder behaviors and when they are able to eat with age-appropriate independence.

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    Group Therapy

    Eating Concerns Skills Group for Young Adults

    Mondays in June and July 2019
    Facilitated by Lisa Hutson, PsyD

    An education and skills-based group that utilizes CBT-E (Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to provide tools for managing eating and weight related distress and living a more satisfying life.

    When will the group meet?

    • This is an 8-week closed group. It will meet Mondays from 5:15-6:45pm; June 3-July 22, 2019.

    Who is this group for?

    • Individuals Ages 18-30 (including college or professional students home for summer break)
    • Ideal for clients who have or are currently participating in CBT focused treatment for eating concerns, but is not necessary
    • This group is appropriate for individuals who struggle with:
      • Restricted eating
      • Binge eating
      • Purging and/or other compensatory behaviors such as over-exercising
      • Rigidity around eating
      • Chronic dieting
      • Emotional eating
    • To be eligible for the group, you must have a BMI of > 18.0
    • Those with active self harm, suicidality, substance/alcohol abuse or psychosis are not eligible

    What will I learn from this group?

    Group Session Topics

    • Identify factors that maintain one’s eating problem and implications of this, as well as costs and reinforcers
    • Over-evaluation of shape, weight, and their control
    • Addressing body checking/comparison behaviors and feeling fat
    • Identifying personal values and enhancing self-worth
    • Dietary Restriction/Restraint, Learning to eat flexibly
    • Event or Mood triggered changes in eating
    • Recognizing and replacing associated Automatic Thoughts

    Group Goals

    1. Participants will experience decreased anxiety around eating/weight/appearance, and attempts to control these
    2. Participants will experience increased self-confidence and positive body-image
    3. Participants will be helped to reestablish regular, more flexible eating habits
    4. Participants will develop adaptive strategies for avoiding problematic eating behaviors and managing associated negative emotions
    5. Connect with other individuals with disordered eating struggles who are committed to recovery within a safe and supportive environment.

    How Do I Sign Up?

    • Call us at 614-431-1418 and press 0 to talk to our office staff or email to inquire about scheduling an assessment and consultation session for this group.
    • Dr. Hutson will provide recommendations for anyone who may not be appropriate for the group after the assessment and consultation.

    Improving Body Image and Acceptance Group

    Wednesdays in June and July 2019
    Facilitated by Sarah Altman, PhD

    A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based Therapy Group for women who struggle with poor body image and self-confidence due to their negative view of their body.

    When will the group meet?

    • This group is an 8-week closed group. It will meet Wednesdays 5:15-6:30pm starting June 5th and end on July 31st.
    • We will not meet during the week of July 4th.

    Who is this group for?

    • Women 18+ who find themselves preoccupied with their weight or shape to the point that their mood is impacted by a number on the scale, “feeling fat”, or after out-of-control eating.
    • An eating disorder diagnosis is not required—many women who suffer from depression or anxiety also experience poor body image.
    • Those with more severe body image disturbance or co-occurring issues, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, psychosis, or severe mood disorders may need more individualized help and support to address their body image concerns.

    What will I learn from this group?

    This group will aim to teach you cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based skills and techniques to increase self-esteem, improve self acceptance, increase body kindness, combat negative thoughts, decrease avoidance, and increase enjoyment in social situations.

    Group Topics

    • How your body image developed and factors that maintain a poor body image
    • Identification of body image assumptions
    • Identification of distorted body image thoughts and how to challenge them
    • How to use mindfulness to decrease negative judgments about your body and increase body acceptance and kindness
    • How to decrease avoidance of social situations

    Group Goals

    1. Participants will experience decreased negative thoughts about their bodies
    2. Participants will experience increased body acceptance and kindness toward their bodies
    3. Participants will increase presence and participation in social situations
    4. Participants will develop the ability to practice mindfulness in relation to their eating and their body
    5. Connect with other individuals with body image concerns who want to improve confidence and self esteem within a safe and supportive environment.

    How Do I Sign Up?

    • Call us at 614-431-1418 and press 0 to talk to our office staff or email to inquire about scheduling an assessment and consultation session for this group.
    • Dr. Altman will provide recommendations for anyone who may not be appropriate for the group after the assessment and consultation.

    If you have any other questions, please contact us at

    **COMING FALL 2019**

    DBT for Eating Disorders Skills Training

    DBT Skills Training consists of 24 weekly group sessions focused on four modules- Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Commitment to the entire 24-sessions is required, as the skills build on each other. In this group, you will learn how to apply these DBT skills responding to and coping with eating disorder symptoms and behaviors. We also discuss their application to general emotion dysregulation.

    Check back to this page for updates on when scheduling for Fall 2019 groups will be open. You may also contact us here to communicate your interest.

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    Couples Therapy

    The Gottman Method is a form of couples therapy and education based on the research of John Gottman and the clinical work of John Gottman and Julie Gottman. You can expect a structured therapy focusing on the development of understanding and instruction of relationship building and problem solving skills to increase positivity and admiration, have needs met, and manage conflict. This type of couples therapy is for all stages of relationships, from education during the early stages of a committed relationship, to those stuck in chronic conflict, coping with infidelity or engaging in other destructive patterns.


    It can be challenging to find therapists who offer evidence-based treatments for eating disorders. Some individuals may find that teletherapy is an option for them. Teletherapy consists of sessions being conducted through a secure and confidential teleconference platform. Teletherapy can be used in a variety of situations including:

    • Living in a rural area where it is difficult to find a therapist
    • Students who are away at college or on break
    • Individuals who need extra support for in vivo challenge

    Some but not all insurances cover teletherapy sessions or may have limitations.

    Currently due to licensing laws, the individual receiving teletherapy from our practice must be physically located within the boundaries of Ohio. If you live within Ohio and would like to learn more or would like to see if this may be an option for you, contact us. If you live out of state, licensing jurisdictions may prevent our ability to help you.

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    Professional Consultation and Training

    Dr. Altman is available for professional consultation, lectures and trainings on eating disorder diagnosis, assessment and treatment, as well as consultation for family members on how to best support your loved one. Please contact us here to inquire about availability and rates.