The Ellern Mede outpatient program located in London is designed for adolescents and adults suffering from general eating disorders. In some cases, it serves as a step-down from the intensive inpatient treatment also available at Ellern Mede. Unlike the residential treatment, the outpatient programming also open to young men. Individualized care is facilitated either via an Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) or standard outpatient services. Programming includes medication management, group and individual therapy and specialized tracks devoted to clients specifically dealing with bulimia and binge eating disorders.
Treatment and Staff
There are programs designed for children and adults using a variety of evidence-based practices on very flexible schedules, so as to not interfere with schooling or work. Clients from all over the world are accepted at Ellern Mede and during the assessment process, a therapist decides whether the initial step should be a stabilization and inpatient program, or if the outpatient track is a sufficient level of care. The treatment team works in collaboration with the client and, if it’s appropriate, their family members, to come up with a personalized plan that is effective while maintaining the client’s personal wishes.
Outpatient clients are put on a specialized diet and or those who participated in the residential program, maintain their diet, and are monitored. The outpatient tracks adhere to the Maudsley approach and follow the NICE guidelines. The IOP consists of meeting for groups a few times a week that address common issues like body dysmorphia, anxiety management, mindfulness, self care and managing the idea of perfectionism. Treatment methods include CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), DBT and Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT). There are also a number of therapeutic activities and experiences, like social eating and snacking. Younger clients can expect play and recreational therapy approaches. There are also expressive modalities implemented in treatment, such as art and music therapy.
The bulimia and binge eating clients have four weeks of integrative treatment in addition to regular group and individual therapy. For the most part, the faculty recommends that clients have some form of therapy for no shorter than five months when they’re dealing with an eating disorder of any kind.
The multidisciplinary team of clinicians in comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff, art therapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists and dieticians.
Family therapy is an integral part of treatment at Ellern Mede and the family program offers education, anxiety management and counseling. There is also a short-term intensive offered at the Barnet facility.
Aftercare planning is offered throughout treatment, and in some cases clients continue to meet with their counselors for an extended amount of time as a maintenance program.
The caring and supportive nature of the staff at Ellern Mede provides a feeling of safety and security for clients and their families as they go through these programs. In its outpatient program, the facility offers open communication and extended treatment programs for all ages with the intent to give clients the proper tools for success and long-term recovery. Ellen Mede at large is a solid resource for the London eating disorder recovery community.
Ellern Mede Wimpole Street
85 Wimpole St
London W1G 9RJ
Ellern Mede Harley Street
10 Harley St
London W1G 9PF
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