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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Inadequate food intake
  • Excessive concern with weight, shape, or body image
  • Self-esteem overly related to body image
  • Eating a large amount of food in a short period of time while feeling out of control
  • Self-induced vomiting
  • Using diuretics, diet pills, or laxatives to control weight
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, and dieting
  • Anxiety about gaining weight and/or food
  • Excessive exercise
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Isolation
  • Significant weight loss, even if still at a healthy weight (significant weight loss is not required for a diagnosis of an eating disorder)
  • Excessive guilt
  • Extreme restriction
  • Excessive night time eating
  • Extreme appearance concerns or appearance anxiety

If you or someone you loves is showing any of these symptoms, please contact us for help.

Eating disorders can affect anyone. However, young women are at high risk to develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders generally develop during early adolescence (ages 12-14) and/or during late adolescence (ages 18-19, often during the transition to college). Though young women are at higher risk, anyone can develop an eating disorder. Women, men, young adults, older adults, and individuals of all ethnicities and cultures may develop an eating disorder. We treat everyone at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders regardless of age, ethnicity, or background.

Dependent on the severity of your eating disorder, it may be recommended that you complete outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, or residential/inpatient treatment.

Determining what level of care is needed is a crucial first step for getting the help you need. Reach out to our intake department (502 908-9410) to schedule a “Level of Care Consultation” to help you decide what level of support is best for you!

If you are transitioning out of a partial hospitalization, or inpatient/residential setting, we can treat you at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. Reach out to intake at 502 908 9410

The best treatments for eating disorders are cognitive-behavioral treatments (for adults) and family based treatment (for adolescents). Depending on the disorder, there are several empirically-validated treatments for eating disorders. Some of the treatments we specialize in are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other related disorders
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other related disorders
  • Family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy for all eating disorders
  • Family based therapy for selective eating disorder and avoidant restrictive eating disorder
  • Targeted exposure therapies for fears around food, weight gain, and body image
  • Perfectionism therapy
  • Therapies that target an eating disorder, as well as co-occurring anxiety and depression

Dependent on the type of eating disorder, your treatment history, and treatment preferences, we will work with you to develop an individualized, empirically-based treatment plan. Most treatments are best performed with the support of a professional team that includes a dietician, physician, and psychiatrist. We will work closely with you to help you develop an effective treatment team.

Your first step is to participate in a comprehensive eating disorder assessment that identifies what level of care is needed and what type of treatment would be best suited for your individual needs. Call today to get this scheduled! 502 908 9410

No one deserves to suffer from an eating disorder, please call us now to begin working towards recovery.

Your first time in therapy can be intimidating. We do our best to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. In your first session we will ask you lots of questions about your eating, anxiety, mood, and history. We ask these questions so that we can develop a personalized treatment plan that is best for you.

After you complete the eating disorder assessment we will give you treatment recommendations. If you have been recommended a program with us, you will recieve an email from support@bewellkentucky regarding next steps such as getting a start day in place, and getting paperwork filled out!

If you were recommended a higher level of care than we offer, we will provide resources to help you recieve the recovery you deserve. We will be here when you graduate from the higher level of care and can eliminate the waitlist for you!

Call 502-908-9410 or contact us hereYou can also fill out the consultation form at the bottom of this page. One of our trained staff is available to help you schedule your first session.  

Our Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program are both in network with several insurance providers and we are additionally able to work with many other insurance providers through single case agreements.  

Currently all outpatient services are provided through our partnering clinic: Be Well Kentucky, which is out of network with all insurance providers. For more information about the cost of services, availability of reimbursement from insurance, and reduced rates through our sliding scale program please click here.

We ask each of our clients to get lab work done prior to their first session or right after their first session, and sometimes during treatment with us. Eating disorders can impact your physical body and we need to make sure that you are physically okay to undergo treatment. Lab work helps us understand what is going on with your body, as well as your mind.

Yes! In fact, our intensive outpatient program has a 91% adherence rate! On average, eating disorder symptoms decreased from clinical levels to non-clinical levels. On average, food anxiety decreased from admission to discharge.

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This depends on the individual – how motivated they are, if they stay on their meal plan outside of treatment, work on homework given by providers, etc. Typically, we see treatment lasting around 12 weeks. Eating disorders can go years without recognition or treatment so in perspective, changing thoughts, beliefs, and finding coping strategies will take some time. However, recovery is possible and we are here to help!

We offer family sessions for minors in IOP/PHP! These are usually with your childs primary therapist and occurs weekly. There are also designated times to check-in with your child’s therapists if needed.

Supporting and encouraging your child in this journey can help their motivation for treatment. If they are expressing worry about treatment, this is completely normal. Their Eating Disorder has allowed them to feel safe for a long time and it can be difficult to recover. We are here to help you and your child with encouragement every step of the way. Again, recovery is possible and will give them a greater quality of life.

Make sure they are meeting their meal plan – packing meals for programming and monitoring outside of programming meals. 

Relapse happens for some seeking eating disorder treatment. When a patient relapses, they are re-evaluated and admitted to the appropriate level of care based on their medical and psychological needs.

Reminders for Relapse Recovery:  Relapse does not mean failure. Seek professional help immediately. Your child has been through this before and can get through it again.

Contact Us

We provide evidence-based treatments for eating and co-occurring disorders (anxiety, depression).

Phone: (502) 908-9410
Fax: (502) 908-9226

intake@louisvillecenterforeatingdisorders.com

Choose a Convenient Time to Speak With Our Intake Coordinator

Louisville Center for Eating Disorders
11824 Ransum Dr., Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40243

HOURS

Monday-Thursday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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