Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Backcountry Wellness is a comprehensive outpatient behavioral health facility providing flexible and individualized treatment to clients with eating disorders and related mental health issues. The organization was founded by Dr. Joanna Bronfman, a specialist in eating disorders who was previously the clinical director at the Renfrew Center and who has given guest lectures at Yale and the University of Connecticut. The programs at Backcountry Wellness are available in both standard outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) intensities, all with a focus on the mind-body connection.
Treatment and Staff
Before treatment begins, clients go through an initial intake and assessment process to help staff members develop their individualized treatment plans. While the specifics of each plan may vary, all programs include both individual, group and family therapy rooted in evidence-based treatment practices including CBT, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As mentioned, the curriculum also uses a variety of holistic and alternative therapeutic approaches as well including somatic psychotherapy, yoga, art therapy and mindfulness training.
In addition to therapy, each program teaches clients skills specifically related to food and health such as cooking classes, nutritional counseling, meal planning. Other group topics may include coping skills, healthy body image, spiritual counseling and emotional processing. Dual diagnosis support including medication management is also included. While 12-step participation is not strictly required, those looking for nearby programs can get referrals.
The staff at Backcountry Wellness consists of psychiatrists, MDs, LCSWs, art therapists, nutritionists and additional Master’s-level clinicians.
Other specialized options include in-home meal support programs where therapists come to the clients and help with cooking and meal planning. Bariatric counseling services for clients struggling with emotional eating and obesity are also available. Finally, those who complete a primary care regimen can also work with staff members to develop personalized aftercare plans.
Backcountry Wellness is a well-rounded program which offers intimate, comprehensive care for a variety of eating disorders. Treatment includes both holistic and evidence-based approaches which approach behavioral issues from a mind-body perspective, all with medical and psychiatric oversight. While the cost of each program may vary depending on the clients’ insurance and the frequency of therapy, Backcountry Wellness is a great resource for those in the Greenwich area.
7 Lincoln Ave
Greenwich, CT 06830
Backcountry Wellness Cost: $100-$300 per hour (individual therapy); varies by program specifics and insurance. Reach Backcountry Wellness by phone at (203) 992-1700.
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