OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Eating Disorders Program - Treatment Options

Due to the complex nature of these disorders, our Eating Disorders Progam offers treatment with a variety of professionals including registered dietitians, nurses, occupational therapy assistants, physicians and psychotherapists. The first step of treatment is an evaluation by a psychotherapist, consisting of an interview to gather a history and description of current problems. After the evaluation, an appropriate course of treatment is recommended.

We offer a variety of programs to fit every life style, including outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

Outpatient Counseling

Outpatient counseling is the cornerstone of managing eating disorders. It explores the underlying factors that maintain the eating disorder and emphasizes the development of a plan for change. For patients who do not require the structure and support of the Partial Hospitalization Program, our Outpatient Program provides a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan and may include: 

  • Family Therapy:The family can be instrumental in the recovery process. Many families find these sessions help reduce guilt, stress and miscommunication.
  • Nutrition Counseling: A licensed dietitian assesses nutritional status and provides nutrition counseling which is an essential component of treatment for eating disorders.
  • Medical Management: The Eating Disorders staff coordinate with the patient's primary care physician and address any medical concerns or issues. A medical consultant is available to assist in addressing issues with patients who are admitted for partial hospitalization treatment.
  • Psychiatric Management: A psychiatrist is available to provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment during partial hospitalization treatment and when needed in outpatient treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Program* (IOP)

Patients who are able to minimally manage their symptoms but are still struggling on a daily basis are placed in our Intensive Outpatient Program. In this program, patients are provided two structured meals along with therapy and activities from two to five days per week. Patients are also made responsible for managing one meal at home each weekday and are allowed to spend evenings and weekends at home.

Partial Hospitalization Program* (PHP)

Designed for patients with unremitting eating disorder symptoms like severe weight loss, inability to gain weight or daily bingeing and purging, our Partial Hospitalization Program offers a more structured daily environment. Patients are provided three meals each day, group and individual therapy, psychoeducation and body image therapy. The program runs five days per week from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm and provides the structure and support for patients to be at home during evenings and weekends. This program may be recommended under the following circumstances:

  • Medical or psychiatric instability
  • Severe weight loss or inability to maintain an adequate weight
  • Unremitting binge/purge episodes
  • Failed outpatient treatment
*All patients in IOP and PHP participate in the following:
  • Therapeutic Community
  • Group Therapy
  • Medical Management
  • Psychiatric Management
  • Family Therapy
  • Structured Group Activities
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Body/Self-Image Group