Individual therapy provides students with a safe, confidential space to process their eating concerns. For some students, therapy is a way to learn ways to respond to eating disorder-related urges or adjust their ways of thinking about food, body shape, and/or weight. For others who are further along in their recovery, therapy might be a way to maintain support and reinforce the skills they previously learned.
While the Counseling Center does not currently offer a group that specifically addresses eating/body image concerns, our regular group therapy offerings can be a helpful resource and act as a supplement to more targeted therapeutic support.
Emergency Walk-In Services
For situations in which a student is highly distressed and in crisis, the Counseling Center offers same-day walk-in appointments. During these appointments, students can discuss their emergency situation and consult with a therapist about how to best proceed. Some students feel better after just one such meeting, and other students may decide with their counselor that they would be best served by pursuing ongoing services (i.e. individual or group therapy).
Counseling Center clinicians are available to consult with students, parents, faculty, and staff members about matters related to eating/body image concerns. This often means providing an understanding of appropriate services, explaining how to support someone in treatment or recovery, and providing referrals for community treatment providers.
Dean of Students
When a student is struggling, the Office of the Dean of Students can be a valuable resource. This office can provide students with resources, support, and education. In some situations when a student has decided to pursue intensive treatment while remaining in school, the Dean of Students can also provide guidance on practical matters such as alleviating course loads or changing class schedules.
Student Health Services
Given the many physical consequences of eating disorders, it is important for individuals seeking recovery to seek medical consultation. This may involve getting a basic physical exam or getting extra bloodwork done in order to rule out or identity serious medical conditions that could require immediate attention. For students seeking intensive treatment in the community, they may be required to obtain specific labs before starting treatment.
The Counseling Center can provide students with referrals for individual therapy providers. For local treatment centers that provide intensive, specialized treatment for eating disorders, including outpatient groups, intensive outpatient programs, day treatment programs, and inpatient treatment, please consult the following list:
- Rock Recovery
- The Renfrew Center of Bethesda
- Reflections Eating Disorder Center at Dominion Hospital
- The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt