Therese Waterhous is the founder and president of Willamette Nutrition Source (WNS), a premier eating disorder and nutrition facility located in Corvallis, Oregon. She specializes in working with children to young adults transitioning into college—through counseling and coordination of an interdisciplinary treatment team of medical and mental health professionals. Waterhous has been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and has operated her private eating disorder clinic for nine.
Treatment and Staff
In order to receive treatment at WNS, clients have to either get a referral from a medical professional, or have a parent seek a referral for younger clients. Incoming clientele have to be already medically stable, and in most cases have recently completed either a residential program or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
Initially, Waterhous assesses what the client’s current eating habits are, their view of food, and how much food they’re consuming on a daily basis. She also evaluates them for any co-occurring disorder and how much they exercise. From there she provides a personalized treatment plan that includes the coordination between the client’s mental health providers and physicians. Much of her programming involves weigh in, helping clients get to their healthy goal weights and educating them about their disorders.
For the most part all treatment is in a one on one setting, though there are some parenting groups that Waterhous offers. She strongly believes that having family involvement during all the stages of treatment is a key element to her clients’ success. She relays current information regarding scientific treatments available and provides support to family members and loved ones of her clients, and offers them ways to cope. Waterhous also offers a number of outside resources for additional support communities. The parenting groups are held every month and are free of charge for family members of her clients.
One of Waterhous’ main focuses is helping college students transition as smoothly as possible. She does this by communicating with the school counseling services and student health services, and helping to monitor the individual during the initial stages. She also assists parents in putting together contracts so they have peace of mind while their loved one is acclimating to their new environment.
Waterhous has dedicated her life to offering her clients education and therapy that helps them heal their relationship to food and themselves. Additionally, if she ultimately can’t help then she can refer them to someone or somewhere that can. She truly has a passion for helping people get better and recover from their eating disorder, and this is evident through her work at Willamette Nutrition Source.
Willamette Nutrition Source
744 NW 4th St
Corvallis, OR 97330
Willamette Nutrition Source Cost: Call for details; accepts insurance. Reach Willamette Nutrition Source by phone at (541) 207-7205.
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