An eating disorder is no simple matter. It is a complex combination of psychological, cultural and physiological forces. In most cases, an eating disorder is a valiant attempt to cope with underlying stresses, which may or may not be recognized by the person struggling with the disorder. At The Koch Center, it is our goal to help the individual regain control of his or her life and to learn ways to feel comfortable and happy while uncovering and managing those things which may have contributed to the development of the disorder. We teach the skills necessary for people to deal with and regulate feelings in a healthy way, as opposed to using food as a means to cope. Whether restricting, bingeing, purging, compulsive overeating or any combination of these behaviors are involved, we can help to restore a sense of balance.If you are interested in starting treatment at our center, the first step involves one of our staff therapists conducting an initial psychological evaluation (which usually takes 1-1.25 hours). Many times we may also recommend an evaluation by one of our nutritionists who are highly skilled in working with people with eating disorders. If you are already working with an outside nutritionist, then you would not need to have another nutrition evaluation with us. We would, however, ask that you sign a release of information allowing us to contact your nutritionist to gather additional information.
After the initial evaluation(s), we typically meet as a team and make clinical recommendations for treatment. If we recommend treatment at our center, this may consist of any of the following: individual therapy, nutrition, and/or group or family therapy. In certain circumstances, after the initial evaluation(s), we may not recommend treatment at our center and refer you to a higher level of care (such as day treatment or hospitalization). This happens when a person’s symptoms are so severe that we determine that our program would not be as effective as a higher level of care. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to call Dr. Cyndi Koch at (201) 670-6450 x1 to discuss your particular situation.
For more information on eating disorder treatment at our center or to schedule an initial evaluation, please call (201) 670-6450 x1or email: firstname.lastname@example.org