Eating Disorder Treatment and Therapeutic Approaches

Reasons is led by a team of eating disorder specialists who also have experience in treating co-occuring psychiatric and medical issues which often present along side the eating disorder.  Our team uses an integrated, comprehensive approach composed of treatments that reflect our understanding of the available evidence on effective treatments, as well as the complex psychology and underlying neurobiology of eating disorders.


The foundation of our approach to eating disorder healing begins with assessments from physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and registered dietitians. From those assessments, we collaborate with our patients to develop a comprehensive plan for their care and help our patients begin the process of working on their recovery journey within the context of the Reasons program. We believe in thoughtful psychiatric care and medication management, compassionate round the clock nursing in our inpatient and residential programs, frequent individual therapy, supportive family therapy, intensive group psychotherapy and therapeutic nutritional rehabilitation. All of our programs are highly structured and at the same time, highly supportive with intentionally designed exposures and real-life challenges to assist in maintaining long-term recovery.

Learn More About Our Therapies

  • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP): Our program was developed with an understanding of the link between anxiety, fear and eating disorders in mind. One of the most effective treatment approaches for anxiety-based disorders is Exposure and Response Prevention.

  • Depth-Oriented Therapy: A depth-oriented approach is a way of seeing and understanding. There is a fundamental assumption that healing is a return to an original state of wholeness that is intrinsic to each of us.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective in helping individuals develop skills to manage severe emotional dysregulation and distress tolerance, learn to be in interpersonal relationships effectively, and develop mindfulness skills.

  • Nutrition Therapy: We teach that all foods can fit into a balanced eating pattern which encompasses a non-diet approach to life, which is one that recognizes balance, moderation, and the importance of variety in choices.

  • Experiential and Somatic Therapies: Experiential and Somatic Therapies are an important way through which we help our patients begin the process of healing not only from an eating disorder, but also from co-occurring issues such as trauma symptoms experienced in the body, emotion dysregulation, anxiety, and depression.

  • Family Therapy : We believe family and friends can be a valuable source of support and strength for patients on the journey to recovery and our clinical team places a strong emphasis on involving the family in the treatment process.