Ascend approaches eating disorders with multifaceted and evidence-based programing tailored to each person's needs. Because ED's may present in combination with other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions, or self-injury, these conditions may require longer term treatment and intensive levels of care in order to sustain recovery.
Our team prioritize building skills and knowledge that improves emotion identification, mindfulness, and relational connection with one's self and others. Meal planning, therapeutic dining, and nutrition exposures may be helpful components of your recovery plan. It is not essential to involve parents, family, or significant others in the treatment process, but ASCEND creates this opportunity and welcomes all. Our goal is to strengthen your ability to move recovery forward, and we will leave no avenue unexplored in this process. We will learn together from setbacks or lapses and know more about you and your recovery, and know that you can feel hopeful and capable for your future if you are surrounded by our bright, compassionate and positive team.
Anorexia is often characterized by restricted eating resulting in lost body weight and/or arrested growth and development. Restriction may present in the form of rigid rules, highly structured eating, curtailed quantity of eating, limited variety of eating, and/or other. Restricted eating threatens both physical and mental health presently and in the future. Body image dissatisfaction is prevalent and often includes persistent feelings of being too large or too fat. ASCEND considers anorexia to be the outward presentation of essential needs that are not otherwise met.
ASCEND's staff feel strongly that anorexia and other eating disorders can be treated compassionately and recovery may be fully realized.
Bulimia is characterized by eating episodes which are followed by some "compensatory behavior" such as purging, exercise, or use of weight loss products, medications or herbal remedies. Individuals with bulimia may experience fluctuation in mood, anxiety, and energy. Body image frustrations and/or dissatisfaction often presents with this illness.
Binge Eating is common across age, gender, and race. Episodes of overeating occurring with an associated sense of loss of control typifies binge eating. Research in the binge eating field has advanced our knowledge greatly in the past decade. You are not alone. ASCEND has many tools and strategies to remedy binge eating and its associated emotional challenge. ASCEND's compassionate staff will help you rebuild confidence, control, and good health.
ASCEND's Registered Dietitians provide thoughtful care, targeting personal goals and values. A full spectrum of nutritional support is available to proficiently address a variety of nutritional concerns. Our dietitians expertly adjust interventions and approaches as your needs evolve.
Respecting people of all sizes. Realizing unique individual nutritional needs. Appreciating nutrition as a vital component of good health, focus, energy, and well-being.
Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), previously known as selective eating disorder (SED), is an eating disorder where the consumption of specific foods is limited based on the food's appearance, smell, taste, texture, or a past negative experience with the food. AFRID is unique and characterized by a dependence on an external feeding source (e.g. dietary supplements or feeding tubes), significant weight loss, absence of expected growth/gain in children, nutritional deficiencies present, and/or psychosocial interferences.
The literature, research, and understanding of ARFID is growing rapidly.
We at ASCEND are able to diagnosis and treat adults, children, and families experiencing the struggles of ARFID. We approach each case as unique, building trust and rapport with the client to support them in their journey to an improved and more flexible outlook on food.
IOP - Intensive Outpatient Program
For individuals who need an additional level of support, ASCEND has an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). IOP programs are scheduled 9 to12 hours weekly and 3 to 4 hours per day for each day attending. IOP may be ideal for individuals needing one or more of the following areas of support.
Transitioning Support - Individuals who are transitioning from more intensive care such as hospital, residential care, or partial hospitalization programming
Reassessing a Treatment Plan - Individuals whose current treatment may be insufficient to effect recovery
Co-Occurring Challenges - Individuals whose symptoms may be complex, long standing, or require more precisely targeted care
Additional Support - Individuals preferring additional support in order to sustain recovery
For questions about nutrition services, programming, eligibility, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our team.