Establishing a solid therapist/client relationship is the most important factor in successful recovery. That's why we are so committed to understanding you and working together to meet your goals. Our individual therapies include current best practices such as Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

Columbus Park offers a variety of therapeutic groups during both day and evening hours. By sharing experiences and supporting one another in change, group therapy helps participants feel less isolated and more engaged. Groups are typically comprised of 4-7 participants; topics include body image, coping strategies, DBT skills, and open forum. Groups may be structured around age/gender (i.e. college age group, women 40 plus) or diagnosis (i.e. specific groups for Binge Eating Disorder).

Columbus Park offers a full range of supported dining experiences in both group settings and one-on-one. These therapeutic meal experiences are opportunities to work through any struggles that come up around food and/or meal time. We can work with you to normalize your eating, increase flexibility and reduce overall distress at mealtime. Support is customized to your needs specifically and can include group meals at Columbus Park, restaurant dining, meal selection support, and food shopping support. Columbus Park is now also offering a virtual support experience; we can provide support via video as you dine in the comfort of your own home or office.

Throughout the year, Columbus Park offers periodic Adolescent Intensives for the treatment of anorexia and bulimia in males and females, ages 13-17. The program is structured to encourage motivation, compliance and skill acquisition in our teen participants as we guide their parent[s] in taking an active, central role in their recovery process. The teen program supports patient participation in school, day camps, summer jobs or other extracurricular activities by providing a comprehensive treatment in the early evening hours.

Columbus Park has a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes the teaching and integration of skills for coping. We provide a rigorous DBT program that is structured with fidelity to the interventional model. Our staff is intensively trained in DBT through the gold-standard training instituation, and are given years of intensive supervision to hone their skills and delivery of treatment. This means that our clients receive the highest level of skills training and coaching with therapists who are not just experts in DBT, but in DBT adapted specifically for eating disorders.

DBT is an evidence-based mix of Eastern and Western approaches that involves training around four basic skills:

1. Mindfulness--how to be present in the moment
2. Distress tolerance--how to tolerate pain in difficult situations
3. Interpersonal effectiveness--how to maintain self-respect in your relationships
4. Emotion regulation--how to cope with difficult emotions

DBT is especially effective for individuals struggling with bulimia or binge eating disorders. The DBT program is a stand-alone treatment or may be offered in conjunction with other targeted interventions.

Family-Based Treatment (also called FBT or “the Maudsley method”) is an intensive outpatient treatment focused on empowering parents or caregiver[s] in the critical role of feeding their sick child. FBT’s goal is an eventual transition of control back to the child when he/she is ready. FBT allows continued engagement in school and home life. It is time and cost efficient and, of course, spares the child of the upheaval of a hospital stay.

Columbus Park’s FBT program is spearheaded by our Founder and Clinical Director, Melissa Gerson, LCSW, who is a Certified Family-Based Treatment Therapist. Research has demonstrated that FBT is more effective for treating Anorexia Nervosa (AN) than any other intervention for patients under 18 years old. FBT has shown recent promise as the leading treatment for adolescent bulimia as well.

We are now offering FBT "virtually" using a video platform; this is ideal for individuals outside of the immediate area (but still in NY state) who wish to access our expert, specialized care.

Columbus Park offers structured outpatient programming (IOP) for clients who need more intensive treatment. We combine individual therapy, group and meal support in three-hour blocks during day or evening hours up to six days per week. Our IOP is designed with flexibility to accommodate busy work or school schedules and is customized to meet each individual patient's needs.

Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) is the evidence-based first line treatment for adults with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, and many of the other eating disorders. Therapy focuses on addressing a client's unique obstacles to change and designing strategies to overcome them. There is often homework (e.g. a diary) and weekly weighing. Treatment is typically either 20 weeks or 40 weeks, depending on each client's particular diagnosis and needs.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based mix of eastern and western approaches that involves training around four basic skills:
1. Mindfulness -- how to be present in the moment
2. Distress tolerance -- how to tolerate pain in difficult situations
3. Interpersonal effectiveness -- how to maintain self-respect in your relationships
4. Emotion regulation -- how to change emotions DBT is used in both individual and group settings and is especially helpful for many who struggle with bulimia, emotional eating or binge eating.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a well-studied treatment and clinically proven to be successful for a wide range of psychological issues. ACT gets its name from its central message: learn how to accept those things that are out of your control and commit to action that will improve your life. ACT focuses on increasing awareness and one’s ability to overcome negative thoughts and feelings. Through the use of engaging metaphors and experiential exercises, this treatment boosts motivation, commitment, psychological flexibility, and self-knowledge.
Family Based Treatment (FBT), sometimes called Maudsley, has proven to be particularly effective for children and adolescents with anorexia; some recent studies have shown similar success treating bulimia. Parental empowerment is at the core of this intervention. FBT welcomes families into a blame-free environment where parent[s] take an active role in restoring the child back to full mental and physical health. With the support of an experienced, FBT- certified therapist, parents are able to regain control of their child’s nourishment and return her/him to a path of normal psychological and social development.
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