Treatment

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Options of Treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Diabulimia

The highest level of care offered by Eating Disorder Center of Denver is PHP. Patients in need of this level of treatment are diagnosed with acute anorexia, bulimia, binge eating or other eating disorders. It includes therapy and therapeutic activities 10 hours a day, seven days a week, with shortened schedules on weekends. This is a highly structured, intensive program designed to treat the most difficult eating disorder situations.

PHP helps patients learn to practice and internalize recovery skills until they can incorporate these behaviors into their way of life. As patients begin to experience daily successes, they make a gradual transition from our supportive, structured environment back into their homes and lives.

Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified psychiatrists, physicians, clinicians, family therapists and registered dietitians are dedicated to bringing about change through empowerment. Working together, they create specialized treatment plans that fit each individual patient’s needs.

The highly structured program includes:

Medical Evaluation:
Board-certified psychiatrists oversee each treatment team to ensure the proper regimen focus and to see that co-morbid psychiatric conditions are appropriately diagnosed and treated. In addition, a board-certified internist carefully monitors the physical and medical conditions of all patients.

Individual Therapy: Patients meet weekly for a psychiatric consultation and twice a week with a primary therapist. Patients also attend weekly staff meetings to update their treatment goals and plans for aftercare.

Family/Couples Therapy: A designated family therapist meets with patients and their families each week. Additionally, patients and their families are encouraged to attend weekly multi-family group sessions. We also have a free family and friends support group.

Group Therapy: A wide range of daily psycho-educational, experiential (yoga, movement therapy, art therapy and psychodrama) and process groups cover such topics as:

  • Nutrition
  • Healthy relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Medical lectures
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Sensing the self
  • Body image
  • Addictions
  • Grief and loss
  • Skills

Nutrition Therapy: Our registered dietitians plan three daily meals and one snack for patients. Meals are eaten in groups with a therapist. The dietitians are also available to meet with patients weekly to review their individual meal plans and goals. Our comprehensive nutrition therapy includes a weekly cooking group and meals out.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) - "Admission Day - What to Expect"

On your first day of PHP, the typical process will include:

  • Appointment with our staff physician for full medical exam
  • Complete paperwork
  • Meet with your registered dietitian for a nutritional assessment
  • Meet with an admissions counselor for orientation
  • Meet our "Milieu" staff - the therapists who will provide daily guidance - and become oriented to the meal process
  • After lunch, you will meet your primary therapist and complete a psychological assessment - your individualized treatment program begins at this time
  • Meet with your attending psychiatrist and complete a psychiatric assessment
  • Meet with our patient account supervisor to confirm and discuss your financial obligations and arrangements
What Happens Once a Patient Enters PHP:
As soon as a patient admits into our PHP, they will begin to work with their treatment team. This team is comprised of an admissions clinician, psychiatrist, primary therapist, registered dietician, and family therapist. While each member of the team plays an important role in working toward the patient’s recovery, we believe that the patient is the most important team member.
On the first day of PHP, the typical process will include: 
  • A meeting with an admissions counselor, who will orient the patient to the program and center
  • A meeting with the patient account supervisor to confirm and discuss financial obligations and arrangements 
  • Completing of initial paperwork
  • A meeting with a registered dietitian, who will be assigned to the patient’s treatment team, for a nutritional assessment
  • Appointment with our staff physician for full medical exam
  • A meeting with the primary therapist who will complete a psychological assessment. A patient’s individualized treatment program begins at this time.
  • An appointment with the attending psychiatrist and complete a psychiatric assessment