Eating Disorder Programs for Teenagers
A PLACE OF HOPE AND EMPOWERMENT
The Healthy Teen Project is an Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization program in the San Francisco Bay area for adolescents who struggle with eating disorders. We believe that teens struggling with eating disorders deserve every opportunity to find their inner strength and experience a joyful, productive life.
Eating disorders create significant challenges for teens and their families in all aspects of their lives. Sometimes these challenges require intensive treatment. Through our multidisciplinary approach, we address physical, emotional, and nutritional health, academic functioning, and family and peer relationships. Our goal is to provide holistic care that supports adolescents and their families in finding new and healthy ways of living.
So often, teens with eating disorders and their families feel isolated and alone. Our program provides structure and support. It gives clients a chance to connect, relate and problem solve with others that struggle with similar issues. We help guide families in supporting their loved ones in a safe and caring way.
The Healthy Teen Project aspires to help teens accept themselves and acknowledge their eating disorders while discovering new healthy ways of coping. Through hope and empowerment, we inspire teens to value themselves and their health as they confront future challenges.
919 Fremont Ave #100
Los Altos, CA 94024
Phone: (650) 941-2300
We provide multidisciplinary treatment for adolescents with eating disorders at the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization levels of care.
An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to meet the needs of someone who requires more physical, emotional and nutritional support than they can get from seeing their outpatient providers once or twice a week. The hours of an IOP (3-4 hours a day, 3-5 days a week) allow for active participation in school and other activities.
A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides a higher level of care than an IOP as patients spend the full day there 5-6 days a week. Often, PHP is a transition between acute hospitalization or residential treatment and IOP or working with their outpatient team.
Our multidisciplinary team includes dietitians, therapists and psychiatry and adolescent medicine specialists. Each team member has extensive experience working with adolescents with eating disorders. We are committed to getting to know each client in order to understand the underlying issues driving their eating disorder. Every client and their family receives individualized care and therapy that is most appropriate and relevant for them.
All clients are assigned an individual therapist for treatment coordination and individual therapy. They also receive family therapy, group psychotherapy, and expressive arts groups. All activities are age appropriate and creative in order to engage the teens and encourage self-expression in a non-threatening way.
We work with educational consultants to coordinate with schools and to guide the client towards success in the academic realm.
Registered dietitians conduct nutritional assessments and provide counseling and meal planning. Staff supported meals are a part of the program.
Multi-family meals and groups provide education and support. Eating disorders touch everyone in the family, so it is our belief that the family should have the opportunity to heal together.
Ongoing medical and psychiatric treatment is imperative at these levels of care. Our adolescent medicine and adolescent psychiatry specialists can provide these services on site. We will also coordinate with outside providers to ensure continuity of care.
THE HEALTHY TEEN PROJECT PHILOSOPHY
At The Healthy Teen Project we aim to provide a warm, safe, supportive environment for our clients to grow and heal.
Our philosophy is fourfold:
1. Every client is a unique individual who comes with his or her own unique strengths and challenges.
a. We meet each client where they are and create an individualized plan to meet their unique needs.
b. Adolescents have many needs that are different from adults. We have created a unique program that caters to the needs of adolescents.
c. We empower our clients to be their own unique people and to let their individuality shine.
2. The family is a crucial component in an adolescent’s eating disorder treatment and recovery.
a. Parents can be the best support for their child.
b. Parents of teens with eating disorders have been thrown into a new world that they are often struggling to navigate. We provide them with the support, encouragement and education that they need to navigate this new world.
c. Our clients’ eating disorders significantly affect their siblings. We aim to provide support for siblings as well.
3. We do not work in isolation.
a. We are part of a treatment community. Many of our clients have a strong support network outside of the program. We make it a priority to connect with this support network in order to make the transition into and out of the program as seamless as possible.
b. We do not just communicate with outside providers upon admission and discharge. We keep in close touch with the client’s home treatment team (pediatrician, therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist) throughout the client’s time at The Healthy Teen Project.
c. We coordinate with the client’s school to help them keep up with necessary work while they are in program and to help ease the transition back to school.
d. If a client is a competitive athlete and wishes to have their coach involved, we work with with their coach to develop a plan for them to reintegrate into their sport.
e. If a client does not have a treatment team when they admit to us, we will help them develop a strong outpatient treatment team while they are here. That way they can smoothly transition into outpatient care once they no longer need the extra support of our program.
a. Eating disorder prevention is crucial. The hope is that over time there will be less and less need for programs such as ours.
b. We work closely with schools and community agencies to provide education and implement prevention programs.