Empowerment-based Treatment Philosophy

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

"CAMSA", as we call it, is a mindfulness-based treatment philosophy 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 build connections – connections to yourself, to others who support you, to your body, mind and spirit. At Eating Disorder Center of Denver, we strive to create an environment of openness, support, and connection.


Accepting that you have an eating disorder is the first step. In treatment, you will work toward acceptance of your thoughts and feelings, your strengths and weaknesses, and the reality of your eating disorder. Acceptance of your “self” empowers you to make changes in your life and promotes recovery.


Mindfulness is the practice of being aware and connected in the moment. It is the practice of being mindful of your recovery process and taking a non-judgmental stance in your daily life. Our team can help you focus on the present and things that truly matter to you as you learn to mindfully live your life.


In program, patients learn to identify their values and develop an authentic sense of self. Our team can help patients build a sense of identity and develop self-awareness and self-worth. Patients work toward recovery from an eating disorder through the discovery of their authentic selves. In addition to traditional talk therapy and psycho-education, therapies such as art, drama, 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.


Practice, practice, practice! Through treatment, patients will learn how to apply the skills they learn in program to their real-life situations to practice and sustain recovery. Recovery may mean taking steps that feel risky, but our team is here to support, encourage and model recovery at every step.