Opal is a Seattle-based eating disorder treatment organization that was founded in 2012. Opal’s goal is to help women tap into their own food and body wisdom, an intuitive non-diet approach to help people heal from the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma of eating disorders. The facilities offer a full continuum of care. These include a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with a structured living option located a short distance from the Opal offices.
Treatment and Staff
Opal offers individualized programs for every client. An assessment determines where new clients fit on the continuum of care. Those with co-occurring disorders can expect psychological support and medication management.
PHP runs 8 am to 6 pm, five days a week and consists of multiple group sessions a day, and at least one individual psychotherapy session a week. PHP clients also get breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks every weekday, individual nutrition counseling, weekly cooking classes, meal outings, food experiences and group nutrition education. Therapeutic methods include Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), a specialized version of DBT used in cases of OCD, severe depression and Anorexia. Opal became the first eating disorder clinic in the US to offer RO-DBT on an outpatient basis in 2015.
After a period of about 30 days, clients typically transition to the IOP, which meets three to five times a week for three hours of group therapy, three meals a day and snacks on therapy days, nutrition counseling, options for weekly grocery outings, culinary groups and nutrition education. The IOP usually lasts six weeks, though the total length in the program can vary. There are a variety of other outpatient options including therapeutic groups that address healthy diet and exercise.
Co-founders of Opal, Julie Church, RDN, CDRD and Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS began working together in 2004 at the Seattle Pacific University Counseling Center where they co-developed the Eating Disorder Program. They met their third co-founder, Lexi Giblin PhD soon after while presenting her dissertation. With these three at the helm, the team at Opal also includes a medical doctor and several other Master’s-level therapists.
Opal’s structured living program offers accommodations in large, modern apartments in the heart of the University District, one block north of Opal. The building has two rooftop green spaces with BBQ grills, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped fitness center and community courtyards. Units feature semi-private bedrooms furnished with twin beds, closets, luxurious bedding and all linens. Comfortable sitting areas and chic décor create an inviting atmosphere in the living spaces. All meals are served at set times in the dining room. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, upon request.
Opal offers a unique program of structured eating disorder care in a thriving recovery community. The program provides plenty of choices for treatment and a good mix of evidence-based care and real world meal support. This is a great choice for those in Seattle who are looking for structured living and outpatient care.
1100 NE 45th St, Ste 600
Seattle, WA 98105
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