Sydney, Australia’s Wesley Mission offers several addiction and behavioral health services, including outpatient eating disorder treatment. The eating disorder track has two separate programs. Wesley Mission decides which track is better for the individual based on their needs and the severity of their eating disorder. Both tracks utilize evidence-based practices. Participants can expect individual and group therapy along with medical interventions. A multidisciplinary team of experts facilitates all treatment.
Treatment and Staff
The more intensive of the two eating disorder programs is Discover Recovery. This takes place at the Wesley Mission Ashfield Hospital. It’s essentially an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for clients with eating disorders. Running for 16 weeks, clients in Discover Recovery meet three times a week for group therapy.
The treatment team breaks Discover Recovery into four modules. It begins with skills development, followed by meal support, shopping and cooking, mindfulness and finally therapeutic and educational groups and activities. Clients participate in all aspects throughout the 16 weeks.
Clients have sessions with the dietitian during Discover Recovery. They also participate in expressive therapy like movement, art and music therapy. Finally, they learn how to support and feed themselves in a real world setting.
Wesley Mission refers to the second program as Happified. It stands for a Healthy Approach to Weight Management and Food in Eating Disorder. It’s specifically for clients with bulimia or binge eating disorder.
This program meets once per week. During this time clients have a weigh in, then a supervised meal followed by group therapy. There is a minimum of eight clients but never more than 12 per session. Clients discuss emotional regulation and managing their weight.
Treatment methods are CBT within a group and individual setting. However this track is mainly in a group therapy environment. Happified runs for approximately 12 weeks.
Psychiatrists, dietitians and therapists who specialize in eating disorders run all programming.
Some holistic treatment options include equine therapy and horticulture therapy.
Wesley Mission’s eating disorder treatment is a very personal experience. They keep the groups small in order to guarantee more individualized attention. Each client has a program that fits his or her needs. Above all, Wesley Mission designs treatment so clients repair their relationship with food and regain their independence.
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Call for details. Private pay and insurance options are available. Reach Wesley Mission by phone at 1300 924 522. Find Wesley Mission on Facebook
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