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What is CAMSA™

CAMSA™: Connection, Acceptance, Mindfulness, Sense of Self and Action

"CAMSA™", as we call it, is a mindfulness-based treatment model unique to Eating Disorder Center of Denver. CAMSA™ focuses on healing the whole person - their mind, body and spirit. Understanding the biological, psychological, social and spiritual issues that are contributing to the manifestation of an eating disorder allows us to treat not just the physical eating disorder, but the cause of the eating disorder. We use CAMSA™ to give patients the skills necessary to accomplish and sustain long-term recovery, whether they are anorexic, bulimic or diabulimic.


While in treatment, opportunities are available every day for patients to practice building connections. Therapeutic interventions are crafted in group and individual therapy sessions, providing patients with opportunities to connect with others. We strive to create an environment of openness and support.


Individuals must initially accept that they have an eating disorder as the mandatory first step toward recovery. This is often a difficult step. Acceptance empowers one to make changes in his or her life. At Eating Disorder Center of Denver, the process of learning acceptance starts upon admission and evolves through individual, group and meal therapies. Patients learn how to allow themselves to heal in order to recover.


Mindfulness is the practice of being aware and living in the moment. Often, you are not experiencing the present when you are being controlled by your eating disorder or engaging in disordered thinking. Eating Disorder Center of Denver therapists will help you take control, focus on the things that truly matter to you and learn to mindfully live your life.


Body image distortion accompanies eating disorders and disordered thinking. Patients learn to be honest about how they look and feel. Our therapists help patients develop positive self-awareness, self-esteem, psychosocial growth and the ability to overcome not just an eating disorder but many of life's struggles.


Patients are expected to stay recovery-focused after the daily program ends. This means they cease eating disordered behaviors and practice healthy behaviors while not actively participating in the treatment program. Relying on treatment-enforced structure (e.g., the food police) is not an option. Therapies such as drama, art, movement and yoga provide an outlet for patients to actively express their authentic selves and become reconnected to their bodies and minds in new creative and healthy ways.